My comments weren't about who's entitled to what. I'm personally less concerned with my own rank, and reduced the number of ranks (and amount of hierarchy) in my curriculum. I'm not full-time, so I doubt I'd ever be on par with the creator of NGA, nor will I ever put in the level of effort that Richard Bowe did (the one who brought it to the US, and became de facto head of style). But I'd be opposed to the concept of reserving rank for either of them, because it assumes nobody will ever reach that level. I know others who could potentially have passed Bowe's peak skill level (I didn't know him in his peak years), and nobody except Bowe can speak to what Morita's skill level was. And there are others who have arguably made contributions to the art equivalent to each of them (not the same level of accomplishment as the early Gracies, mind you). It's a conceptual objection, mostly. Certainly, every group is entitled to determine these things for themselves.