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Old 10-19-2001, 01:55 PM   #81
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Cool high-ranking non-japanese yudansha - UPDATE

Dear friends,

When I created my list of high-ranking non-japanese yudansha, its objective was to answer a request, from many people, to know who were them and from what organizations.
It involved quite a bit of research but, finally, it is a personal opinion : i only inducted those i believe, based on my own standards, to be worthy. In this aspect, organizations were much less important than the individuals. Some are universally respected, others are generally seen with caution. In one case, I considered just two people from an organization I didn't like, on the basis of the people, not the organization.
I've always stressed :
"SOME OBSERVATIONS :
A) This list does NOT compare organizations or ranking grades. It just presents high-ranked non-japanese yudansha, from 7th Dan on;
b) It expresses, of course, the author's bias, not necessarily the organization of the inductees; and
c) considering that this is a work in progress, every help, correction, addition, observation, is welcome!"
Recently, however, my respected friend, DENNIS HOOKER SHIHAN pointed to me that my list was organized by highest grade and so, inevitably, gave a false idea of a comparison between people and organizations.
Trying to improve it, I changed the disposition to separate organizations and place people in alphabetical order. I know it will not please everyone but it was the best I could do. I hope it will be for the best.
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AIKIKAI :

Alaoui, M'barek - Aikikai, Morocco, 7th Dan
Aoyagi, Robert - Aikikai, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Blaize, Gerard -- Aikikai, France, 7th Dan
Doran, Frank - Aikikai, California(USA), 7th Dan
Hagihara, Eddie - Aikikai, USA, 7th Dan
Hirao, Richard - Aikikai, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Konigsberg, Harvey -- Aikikai, (USA), 7th Dan
Kubo, Robert -- Aikikai, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Moriyama, Donald - Aikikai, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Nadeau, Robert - Aikikai, California(USA), 7th Dan
Seagal, Steven - Aikikai, California(USA), 7th Dan
Tissier, Christian -- Aikikai, France, 7th Dan
Witt, William - Aikikai, California(USA), 7th dan

ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA DI AIKIDO (AIA) :
Savegnago, Giampietro - Italy, AIA 7th Dan

BDAS:

Walter, Gerhardt - BDAS 7th Dan/Aikikai 5th Dan, Germany

BU IKU KAI :

Cognar, André -- France, Bu Iku Kai 8th Dan
Suriano, Piero -- Italy, Bu Iku Kai 7th Dan

DAÍ NIPPON BUTOKUKAI :

Stobbaerts, Georges -- Butokukai, Portugal, 8th Dan

DEUTSCHE AIKIDO BUND (DAB) :

Altenbrandt, Erhard - DAB, Germany, 7th Dan
Brand, Rolf - DAB, Germany, 7th Dan

FUGAKUKAI :

Allen, John - Fugakukai, W. Virginia(USA), 7th Dan
Caldwell, Charles - Fugakukai, Colorado(USA), 7th Dan
Copeland, Henry - Fugakukai, Alabama(USA), 8th Dan
Geis, Karl - Fugakukai, Texas (USA), 10th Dan
Jackson, Rianard - Fugakukai, Texas(USA), 7th Dan
Joe, Tim - Fugakukai, Texas(USA), 7th Dan
Norgaard, Clif - Fugakukai, Arkansas(USA), 7th Dan
Wright, Harry - Fugakukai, Alabama(USA), 7th Dan

GCERCCE :

Soulenq, Michel - GCERCCE, France, 7th Dan /Aikikai, 6th Dan

INSTITUTE OF AIKIDO :
Foster, Haydn -- Institute of Aikido, England, 7th Dan

INTERNATIONAL AIKIDO ASSOCIATION :
Wilkinson, L.F. - Texas(USA), IAA, 7th Dan

INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION (IMAF) :

Fredrix, André -- Belgium, IMAF 7th Dan
Paterna, Luciano -- Italy, IMAF 7th Dan

IWAMA RYU :

Corralini, Paolo - Iwama Ryu, Italy, 7th Dan
Evenas, Ulf - Sweden, Iwama Ryu, 7th Dan

JIYUSHINKAI :
Clark, Chuck - Jiyushinkai, USA, 8th Dan

KEIJUTSUKAI :

Makiyama, Thomas H. - Keijutsukai, Japan, 8th Dan (born in Hawaii)

KI-AIKIDO :

Curtis, Christopher -- Ki-Aikido, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Nonaka, Takashi -- Ki-Aikido, Hawaii(USA), 8th Dan
Suzuki, Shinichi -- Ki-Aikido, Hawaii(USA), 8th Dan

SEIDOKAN :

Chan, Stewart - Seidokan, California(USA), 7th Dan

SHINGITAI :

Jones, Gwynne - England, Shingitai, 7th Dan


SHODOKAN (TOMIKI) :

Eustace, Brian -- Tomiki/England, 7th Dan BAA
Forest-Webb, Robert -- Tomiki/England, 7th Dan JAA/BAA
Lawrence, William -- Tomiki/England, 7th Dan BAA
Lee, Ah Loi - Tomiki, England, 7th Dan (JAA)
Waite, John -- Tomiki/England, 7th JAA/BAA, 5th BJA

SHUDOKAN (Malaysia) :

Rajah, Thamby - Shudokan, Malaysia, 9th Dan

UNITED STATES MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION (USMAA) :

Krenner, Walther von - USMAA, USA, 8th Dan
Periello, Lou - USMAA, USA, 8th Dan/Aikikai 5th Dan

WORLD KOBUDO FEDERATION :
Blok, Kevin - World Kobudo Federation(Aikido Section), 7th Dan/Yoshinkai 6th Dan

YOSEIKAN
Augé, Patrick - Yoseikan, USA, 7th Dan
Floquet, Alain - Yoseikan, France, 8th Dan

YOSHINKAN
Parker, Amos - Yoshinkai, USA, 8th Dan
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A last observation : Ranking are mainly important for organizations (Aikikai, Yoshinkai, etc...), that promote and give graduations. So, to say "grades are not important", when you belong to an organization, is not very coherent. But, as there is no standardization, each organization has its own criteria. Some grade to the 9th Dan, 8th, 7th, or less. That's another reason why it's impossible to "compare" them.
As we've said before, any help will be welcome!
Best

Last edited by Kami : 10-19-2001 at 06:01 PM.

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