A better way of doing things: “Dan Rankings” by Stanley Pranin

A giant step toward the elimination of abuses of dan rankings would be the design of a new type certificate containing supplementary information. What additional information ought to be included? To start with, a list of any previous ranks received together with the date and issuing authority of the promotion(s). Also, worthy of inclusion on the certificate would be an indication of whether or not the promotion is a “merit” rank or an “honorary” rank to distinguish between those who are being elevated based on ability and those non- or occasional practitioners who advance primarily due to their activities in support of the art…

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  1. I won’s say his name but the guy who wrote “Aikido Techniques & Tactics” claiming 10th dan comes to mind.

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