Re: Testing requirements kyu levels
I think most American aikido student realized shodan is only the beginning. Also, the one year or 2 year shodans are likely training several hours a day every day. Not just 2-3 times a week for an hour or two.
I think one should look at the test requirements as a minimum only. That is, you have the right to add what ever you want to the test as long as you cover the basic requirements. I'm sure they could care less what you do above and beyond the minimums.