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Old 01-17-2005, 08:28 AM   #5
Larry Feldman
Dojo: Atlanta School of Aikido
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 386
Re: Starting at the beginning

When faced with your situation I agreed to take an 'equivalent' test, never got around to it, and eventually tested for higher rank with the new guys.

Yet I have a student who requested to start at the beginning and test rapidly as you suggested. He was more comfortable doing this, and we run through a lot of techniques in a test - so we are walking him through the ranks. I think either is a legitimate apporach. Your instructor makes the call, but he might be willing to run you through thte lower ranks if you think that works best for you - ask him.
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