Re: promotion test
I took my shodan test in 2001. Within our organisation, testing for shodan is only possible on major courses. At the end of the course, all the candidates who passed are called in front of Sensei and get their black belt presented. They take off their brown belt and put on the black and then get a lot of applause by all the other Aikidoka present. It is really a memorable ceremony. The certificate usually is given on a later major course in front of all those present.