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Old 01-10-2006, 07:22 PM   #28
Dojo: Boulder Aikikai
Location: Boulder
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 136
Re: Grading question advice please

How does the testing work at your dojo? At both the dojos I've trained at you yourself signed up for the kyu tests. At my dojo in Seattle, Sensei will sometimes prod people who've been training for a long time to take a test, usually at the level he decides you're ready for. I'm not sure if that happens in Boulder. I think people just grade when they feel like it, until they're ready to enter the yudansha ranks. Tests for shodan and above are invite only and the invite comes when Sensei decides you're ready. You may feel otherwise, but it's his call.
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