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Old 02-05-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
Robert Cowham
Dojo: East Sheen Aikido and Kashima No Tachi
Location: London, UK
Join Date: Jul 2000
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Re: The Gordian Knot of Grading

Excellent advice! I have seen people grade too fast, but also too slowly - this creates anomalies which cause problems as well.

Minor quibble - Aikikai grading criteria are minimum 1 year to nidan, 2 to sandan and 3 to yondan, but with practice days requirements as well:

http://www.aikikai.or.jp/eng/gradingsystem.htm

Your stated minimum are the more practical levels.
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