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Old 05-04-2014, 07:23 PM   #613
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Arrow Soldier Dan (rank)
"...freemasonry is still strong in parts of the Army. One leading mason said that when he joined every member of the Army Board was a mason - he would not say how things stood today."
p. 167, 'Inside the British Army', by Antony Beevor, Corgi books 1991, ISBN 0 552 13818 5.
The dan (段?) ranking system is used by many Japanese organizations to indicate the level of one's ability (expertise) within a certain subject matter. As a ranking system, it was originally used at a go school during the Edo period.. It is now also used in modern fine arts, martial arts..

The Chinese character for the word dan (段) literally means step or stage in Japanese, but is also used to refer to one's rank or grade, i.e., one's degree or level of expertise. In Chinese pinyin, however, the same character is spelled duàn, and was originally used to mean phase. Dan is often used together with the word kyū (級?) in certain ranking systems, with dan being used for the higher ranks and kyū being used for lower ranks...
I first met Pete (or Snapper as he was called then) in 1984. I had justjoined the SAS at the age of 24, and had been sent out to join the restof B Squadron in the jungles of South East Asia..I’d only just been introduced to the rest of the troop and was enjoying a quick brew with them under the canopy, when Snapper and 4 of his mates came crashing through the jungle, looking for the new boy. It didn’t take long for Snapper’s torchlight to find me, and from the residual glow of the fire we were brewing our tea on, I got a vague glimpse of him: a tall, bearded guy, with a flat face and a nose broken so badly it seemed to be heading east when he was facing north.. His accent was dramatic Northern, and he stretched the last word of thesentence he spat out at me, as he and his mates loomed over me in thedarkness.. ‘You a fookin’ Masonnnnnn?..

Snapper was obsessed; he was sure that the Freemasons were infiltrating the Regiment. It had become a running joke – the troop had set up a ‘lodge’ in the jungle, where Snapper and his mates spenttheir evenings conducting spoof rituals with their trouser legs rolled up.That was my first meeting with the man who’d become Soldier ‘I’, andfortunately, I was able to reassure him that I hadn’t been sent by the Masons on any kind of secret mission. But my first impression of Snapper was that he was as mad as box of frogs, and someone I would do well to keep away from..

Daniel: Hey, what kind of belt do you have?
Miyagi: Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. You like?
Daniel: [laughs] No, I meant...
Miyagi: In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants.
[laughs; then, seriously]
Miyagi: Daniel-san... [taps his head] Karate here. [taps his heart] Karate here. [points to his belt] Karate never here. Understand?.. you like birds? The ones with the white collars are wild.. The others are domesticated.. With people it's the other way around...
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