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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2021 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps, if rank becomes more important than effective applications, then the art itself has diminished...as well as the practitioner.

Of course, staying at Shodan is the personal choice, of which, never should be questioned because ones MA journey, even though a shared experience from time to time, is quite private...personal.

Fumio Demura Sensei's very own Sensei pressed him to rank up, otherwise, they suggested that Demura's own students would begin to outrank him. Demura Sensei eventually did rank up, which is his, or any MAists, right to do so.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The example of Fumio Demura is a good one. Grades and ranks will come eventually, but it is important to continue training and practising while staying focused on improving in skills, rather than gaining the next rank.

There are still quite a few people out there who are still training and/or teaching with many years since their last “recognized” formal rank/grade. And it absolutely does not make them any less skilled or any less of a teacher because of it.
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