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Old 10-07-2002, 09:41 AM   #11
Larry Feldman
Dojo: Atlanta School of Aikido
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 374
I will sometimes do a 'surprise test'. It is usually for the earlier kyu ranks.

When I start, I just ask the student to demonstrate some techniques. As long as they are 'performing' as they practice in class I will ask them if they want that to count as their test. They usually are pretty humble about the performance, which is typically very good.

As far as charging - I don't charge for kyu ranks, but I believe that is unusual. Dan ranks are expected to donate something to the chief instructor/founder.
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