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Old 07-23-2009, 11:05 AM   #79
Craig Allen Jr
Dojo: Aiki Farms (Birankai Int'l)
Location: Ledyard, CT
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 11
Re: non-Japanese cannot become shihan anymore?

Ashley Carter wrote: View Post
Hey Phil. We actually have a black belt who often wears a white belt under his hakama. I saw him when I first started and then he came back after a two month hiatus. I could of swore he was a black belt, but figured I remembered wrong or saw his hakama ties instead. He just felt like a black belt in his techniques. Turns out I remembered correctly. He is a black belt (3rd dan actually I believe)
Ashley, you might find that a lot of Birnakai yudansha wear white belts. Even some of the shihan. Then again, they're not the kind of white that you'd want for a Tide commercial.

So if yudansha have white belts, some mudansha have hakama, and shihans may or may not *really* be shihan...guess it just comes down to how good one's aikido is.
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