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Old 06-26-2006, 09:17 PM   #26
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Dojo: Ronin (sort of...)
Location: Prairies
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 69
Re: Philippine ranking and other stories

I'm amazed that there are dojo and/or associations in which you do not have to test to advance in rank.

In our association, testing is nly done twice a year, spring and fall. Black belt tests are only done in the spring.

Your sensei alone cannot test and promote you. Testing is a stressful time and we have to travel to our shihan's dojo where the tests are observed by all the senior black belt ranks in the association. All tests are videotaped and the shihan peruses the footage.

You are not invited to test until they are reasonably sure you will pass, so there is also constant evaluation at every keiko.
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:09 AM   #27
David Yap
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 561
Re: Philippine ranking and other stories

Howard Dyke wrote:
I'm amazed that there are dojo and/or associations in which you do not have to test to advance in rank.
Hi Howard,

In Aikikai, rank advancement from shodan to yondan are either by testing or by recommendation. Recommendations are either made by the head of the recognized association or by a shihan to Aikikai Hombu. One of the common grounds for recommendation is the age factor; another is the individual's contribution/effort towards the growth and propagation of Aikikai aikido.

If an individual has been recommended for a rank, his/her subsequent rank(s) will be recommended too. I understand that if an individual has been recommended at shodan, he/she is not allowed to instruct professionally - this is reasonable under such circumstances.

All ranks after yondan are by recommendations. Technically yondan by testing is the highest graded rank, beyond that, ranks are honorary


David Y
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Old 06-27-2006, 04:27 AM   #28
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Dojo: Sensei Aikido Dojo / Marikina Metro Manila
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 115
Re: Philippine ranking and other stories

Didn't notice this thread right away...

It's good to hear from people nearby... kamusta kayo diyan!!!

anyway this is the system in the dojo I originally came from:

White - 6th Kyu
Green - 5th Kyu
yellow - 4th Kyu
Purple - 3rd Kyu
Blue - 2nd Kyu
Brown - 1st Kyu
BLACK - Shodan
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