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Old 12-20-2004, 12:30 AM   #8
Joe Bowen
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Dojo: Yongsan Aikikai
Location: But now I'm in the UK
Join Date: Sep 2004
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South Korea
Re: Poll: How often do you get to choose your uke(s) for your rank testing at your aikido dojo?

I've seen it done both ways. When I tested for my Shodan, I was partnered up with another person testing for Shodan. Which in and of itself was pretty grueling, as you did the whole test one time as Nage and one time as Uke. It shows if you're not in good shape. For my Nidan test, I was partnered with another Nidan testee for the weapons portion of the test and got to pick my Uke (thank you Brian) for the set testing syllabus, and had a random Uke thrown in for the Ninin Dori Jiyu Waza (Two person Randori). I have fond memories of that test....
For the most part here, Kyu rank tests don't get to pick their Uke, but for the Dan ranks you can. I also consider it a honorable requests if someone asks you to be Uke for their test.

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