I've been training for almost 4 years and am 4th kyu. I was supposed to do my 3rd, 2nd kyu long ago but because of personal reasons (studies etc) it didn't happen. I have enough lessons behind me to do 1st kyu and my sensei wanted me to do 2nd kyu instead of going through 3rd and later on 2nd.
I asked his acceptance but didn't not want the offer. I wish to do all my gradeings even if the time span between them will be shorter than the avreage time. I am in no hurry and hope to do aikido all my life, but in a way, I want to know that I have done all my gradeings as they should be taken. Hopefully I'll start catching the lead this summer after my exams!