Posted 2011-03-02 13:57:55 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/loca...-makes-8th-dan
Here is an article entitled "Eighty-year-old makes 8th dan"
which highlights John Waite of Auckland, New Zealand, who recently received his 8th dan in the Japan Aikido Association (Tomiki/Shodokan).
From the article: After years as 7th dan, Waite says he had been looking forward to getting to the next level but never thought it would happen. "They are loathe to promote non-Japanese â€" they keep it very in-house," the Englishman says. He is only "foreigner" to have been awarded the rank â€" the others are Japanese, two of which are the technical advisers to the Japanese Aikido Association â€" but he is pleased to have the honour. "I didn't want to be awarded it posthumously," he says.
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