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Old 01-16-2004, 09:25 AM   #6
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 495

I think it would definitely help to have specific learning objectives in writing. I have always heard and believe that "people come to aikido for many different reasons". If this is true, then why does it seem that everyone wants rank?

I believe at certain levels, besides technical proficiency, the examanee should have a certain level of confidence or martial spirit. Too many times I see people going to test and walk through the motions in such a slack manner.

I know in karate I would never promote someone who "dialed it in". My feelings is that it can promote a false sense of security. It also lowers the expectations of new students.

I agree that we need to take a page from the business world in that expectations need to be spelled out. But these should also be emphasized during training not just test time.
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