Re: Poll: How long do you think a shodan exam in aikido should take?
My ikkyu test happened to be twice as long as my shodan exam. I think this was because ikkyu was my sensei's last official "grading" of my rank, where shodan was an organization's panel.
I personally have mixed feelings about proper length of time. A shihan should be able to watch a candidate for just a while in order to see if he/she has "the stuff." However, if the candidate has proper technique (ie- not forcing/muscling), should he/she tire in 30 minutes or less?
I guess it's a matter of what/how much the shihan or panel wants to see . . .