I just had my kendo grading over the weekend and hauled my raggedy ass up from 7th kyu to 5th. If I keep this up, I may have a shot at the dearly coveted Shodan somewhere around the end of next year.
I like Shodan. I like the sound of the word. There's something about it that strikes me as tremendously cool and sexy. Like how with depictions of the military in pop culture, certain ranks have an image associated with them. Sergeants are ruff and tuff and gritty. Captains are daring, dashing and debonaire. Majors (or was it Colonels?) are gruff and stuffy. That kind of thing.
Or maybe I just like the sound of Shodan because I played System Shock 2: