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Old 03-05-2005, 08:40 PM   #26
big old smiler
Dojo: dynamic aikido noquet
Location: north east england
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 9
United Kingdom
Re: Age limits on black belts??

thanks for all the comments, a lot to think about. I'm quite glad that I am not in a position where I have to make any decisions about grading myself. To be perfectly honest, and I know that things like this quite often sound conceited, but people get to wrapped up in the whole grade thing anyway. Not that I disagree with having a coloured belt system, but not getting a grade is to often a poor excuse for people leaving.

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Old 03-09-2005, 10:36 AM   #27
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Location: Texas
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 329
Re: Age limits on black belts??

At our school, you have to be 18 just to start the classes, so age really isn't a problem.

As far as BB rank for young kids go, I can see it happening. I see rankings like school.
Lets say if you go to college for 4 years you get a BA, then you get a masters degree, then a PhD.

Just because you get the PhD, doesn't make all Ph D's equal. You have some that aren't that good at all but they still have the degree, you have some that can teach well, but aren't good at doing it for a job, you have some that are great at their job, but can't teach others what they know.

I use this ideology when I think about rankings. If the PhD just happens to be 16 years old, well then that's cool. If he is an 8 year old prodigy, that's really cool. At some schools, rank is a way to make $$$$$. They have all the colors in the rainbow for belts, and each color has 5 levels. That's some serious cash.

When I was younger, I beat up this guy who was a black belt. He was arrogant, and I guess I was to. I used to make fun of all these people that had rank and couldn't fight. As I matured I realized that rank and fighting skills aren't the same.
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:50 PM   #28
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Dojo: Aikido of San Leandro
Location: Oakland, Ca
Join Date: Feb 2005
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Re: Age limits on black belts??

I'll just have to say as a 13 year old who has seen a few aiki-years go by, I don't think those age limits are fair. At my dojo there are such things as junior ranks for under the age of 12. While fully legit, they somewhat separate the older from younger and mature from immature. I do the adult classes so will not be taking a junior shodan, but a normal shodan nad hence will wear a hakama unlike the junior of my rank. That's really the only difference. The techniques are the same as are the requirements.

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