Will Aikido Follow in the Footsteps of Judo?

In today’s issue of Japan Times (October 9, 1981), I happened across an article with a title which immediately caught my eye. It was entitled “Humiliation for Kodokan?” and bore the subtitle, “IJF’s (International Judo Federation) Decision to Issue Dan Diplomas Splits Japan’s Judo World”. The article goes on to describe the dispute over ranking in the Judo world in which it appears that the influence of the Kodokan over dan grades has noticeably diminished.

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