Re: Poll: How long do you think a shodan exam in aikido should take?
I agree with Ed Shockley. We don't do "tests" in Jiyushinkai. We have demonstrations during special occassions as a right of passage event for everyone. Everyone is being tested every time they practice and the instructors and teachers know what's going on with every student. No one is notified to prepare a demonstration if they aren't ready for the promotion. I see these demonstrations as a means of celebration, showing the state of our practice, and letting the instructors and teachers know what they need to work on to pass on the knowledge properly.
Duration of these demonstrations varies appropriately.