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Sy Labthavikul 05-02-2009 09:27 PM

Pop quiz, hot shot
 
Has anyone (or anyone you know) ever been asked to take a test without having prior knowledge they were going to be taking a test? How did it turn out?

Peter Goldsbury 05-02-2009 10:25 PM

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Yes. For shodan. I was told just beforehand. I passed.

PAG

Michael Hackett 05-03-2009 02:40 AM

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Yes, second kyu and I passed, much to my surprise. I actually had fun during the test and enjoyed the experience. I think I would have enjoyed it even if there had been a failing grade...I dunno, but I think so.

Amir Krause 05-03-2009 04:52 AM

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Yes, in my Nidan test.

A friend had his Shodan test. Between the parts of his test, me and another friend were asked to "show" some other things, without being told we are being tested.

After the friends test was over, Sensei said he past, and "Oh yea, ... & Amir have also passed and are now Nidan".

I guess such things are easier whrn your teacher is allowed (within your org) to test you and rank you on his own.

Amir

Eric Webber 05-03-2009 07:12 AM

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All of my kyu exams were by surprise. My teacher would simply come out onto the mat in the middle of a class with a clip board and test some folks. Was great because you didn't spend weeks trying to "prepare" for an exam and get nervous and distracted from the daily training. Much appreciated.

mwpowell 05-03-2009 10:45 AM

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My recent 5th kyu test was completely unexpected. After warm-ups and ukemi, Sensei asked me to stand and perform kosa katate dori kotegaeshi, so I did. Then he asked for ikkyo, so I did. He kept requesting one technique after another until I'd gone through everything. Then he asked me to sit down. So I did.

He then proceeded with the class, and 5 or 10 minutes later looked my direction & said, "Oh, by the way, you just got your 5th kyu". Complete surprise, as I didn't realize I was being tested.

ninjaqutie 05-03-2009 06:06 PM

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I have never been tested in aikido since I am so new, but our tests in my aikijitsu class was always a surprise. You never knew if they were jus watching of if it was a test. Kept you on your toes.

Abasan 05-04-2009 12:09 AM

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All of my tests except for shodan were surprise tests. Well not really.

The sensei's habit was to use us extensively as ukes throughout the preceding class. And if the class ends early, then you know what's next.

Lan Powers 05-04-2009 10:54 AM

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"Oh, bye the way, bring your testing fees to the seminar. You test this weekend for Shodan"
About 3 months before the "planned" date.
passed, had fun, was VERY NERVOUS but it went all right.

AnaSophia 07-16-2009 02:48 PM

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a friend of mine took & passed his scheduled 4th kyu test. afterwards sensei says "alright, everyone did very well... take a 5 minute water break and then come back because [the guy that just received yonkyu] is testing for his brown belt!"

RED 07-16-2009 04:24 PM

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In our dojo typically the Sensie won't allow people to test without seeing them. We make sort of a party out of testing days, she wants to make sure everyone shows up to support the testers and she wants to be sure they are ready and will pass.

Now as for Christine in our class.. she found out she was testing the night before the test lol... that's usually not typical, but they knew she'd be doing fine!

Nick P. 07-16-2009 08:00 PM

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When we do a surprise test, the person testing walks into the empty dojo, thinking there is a regular class.

They begin to get changed, and then the lights go out. LOVE hearing the muffled "Oh, $shit!" from them as we all rush out from our hiding places and proceed to give 'em the beats. SO much fun.

:eek:

No, seriously, not yet, but am enjoying reading other's accounts.

ninjaqutie 07-16-2009 11:31 PM

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Do the lights go back on before or are they doing this in the dark....

MikeLogan 07-17-2009 12:34 AM

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My 3rd kyu test was by surprise. I had been uke for many of the other tests that day (2nd, 1st tests). I would have liked to prepare more, but I suppose that is what 2nd kyu is for :D

michael.

Nick P. 07-17-2009 07:13 AM

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Quote:

Ashley Carter wrote: (Post 234849)
Do the lights go back on before or are they doing this in the dark....

ALL in the dark, keeps everyone sharp, as you might find yourself having to be nage if your fellow uke mistakes you for the victim, er, lucky person being tested.

Sensei has night-vision goggles to see how nage does.

jason jordan 07-17-2009 11:23 AM

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My Nidan test was a surprise. It was like regular class, only my sensei was working a lot with me that night. Not really correcting me, but nailing me with attacks, and throwing me very very hard.
Afterwards he bowed and said "Congratulations"

RED 07-17-2009 08:52 PM

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Quote:

Jason Jordan wrote: (Post 234870)
My Nidan test was a surprise. It was like regular class, only my sensei was working a lot with me that night. Not really correcting me, but nailing me with attacks, and throwing me very very hard.
Afterwards he bowed and said "Congratulations"

Were you awarded the Nidan from Southlake aikikai?
I can't see Dallas Aikikai granting any dan with only the dojo sensie approval because it is a federation dojo.

RED 07-17-2009 09:08 PM

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Quote:

AnaSophia Eiseman wrote: (Post 234806)
a friend of mine took & passed his scheduled 4th kyu test. afterwards sensei says "alright, everyone did very well... take a 5 minute water break and then come back because [the guy that just received yonkyu] is testing for his brown belt!"

They did that at the Santa Barbara dojo? I didn't even think they awarded colored belts ???

Lyle Laizure 08-04-2009 04:20 PM

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The pop quiz is my preferred way to administer tests. My sensei has done this a few times as well. In both cases the tests have come out very well.

Phil Van Treese 08-17-2009 03:51 PM

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I never tell my students they're testing. Either they know it or they don't. If they pass, I tell them at the end of the class. If they fail, they never know about it. A test might be a week or 2 long. Everything is covered but they never know as I said before.

Ketsan 08-19-2009 10:47 AM

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I've had short notice before. "I don't want you, Bob or Richard going out drinking this weekend" "Why Sensei?" "Never you mind."

Linda Eskin 08-19-2009 03:52 PM

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I had a 3rd grade teacher who threatened (only half-kiddingly) that she might show up at any of our homes at any time, day or night, and ask us questions about things we were supposed to know. She never did (at least not with me), but the threat kept me on my toes!

Our tests are done with ample notice, and we work with a higher-ranked mentor to prepare. While I appreciate that, I try to learn as if my 3rd grade teacher (or Sensei) were lurking out there somewhere.

Adam Huss 09-20-2009 10:30 AM

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Our school has done the "surprise you just tested" thing before, only with mudansha though. They try to make yudansha tests relatively nerve wracking.

A teacher of mine was testing for godan (not usually a physical test for this) when a teacher from Japan was in town (I think it was Terada Sensei). Two days before the test she was informed the testing requirements she had been studying changed significantly, but she still passed (and did really well). This was for a Yoshinkan test, so the test was rather detailed and specific about the things required in it (for example the 1st kyu testing requirements are two pages long).


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