I am surprised I actually got some
Of course an answer is that it varies! But I appreciate some of you who have actually given a number. Not that it really means anything, just finding it interesting.
My Kendo Sensei who is Japanese, when our Aikido Sensei (English) came up, was far more interested in the length of time he'd been doing it for rather than the fact that he's whateverdan.
Seems like different countries hold teh kyu/dan system in various levels of esteem. I can't speak for Europe but the UK certainly was polluted (probably just like the US... thanks to the 80's!) in their idea of a "black belt". Perhaps if there were different colours for dan grades the black belt would be of less significance (
). I find that most people really don't know that the black belt signifies the real learning beginning and not the mastery.
So, who's going to go and give the old shihans their Gold belts with silver stripes and diamond studs?
Peace and love