Recently I found out that it's been suggested my Sensei should test for Yondan. This is a person well known around the Aikido community with over 40 years of practice. My personal opinion is that Yondan is long overdue and it should have been awarded to him. However, he will have a formal test. I don't want to voice this opinion of mine in the dojo because I think it is disrespectful, so I thought the anonymous forum here is the perfect place
Please share opinion on dan promotion. What are the criteria for being awarded instead of having a formal test? I would think it is subjective and it should… Please share your personal experience.
My guess is that it wouldn't have been suggested that he have a public test unless those doing the suggesting felt that he would put on an exemplary demonstration that would be of benefit to all concerned.