Aikido is always a journey. The greatest Sensei will say that he is still learning and exploring. People who don't study have no idea. They think a black belt is a sign of mastery of an art.
an acknowledgement that one has learned a specific set of building
blocks and shown a level of dedication to training over a number of
years. It is a waypoint on the journey. An important one in some ways.
It signifies that you have been accepted by your organization as a serious student.
Lee Sensei reached that waypoint at Gasshuku 2017. This weekend our dojo celebrated her promotion with a gathering and a meal that ended with the presentation of her belt.
On Monday the journey continues.