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Old 01-22-2007, 04:09 PM   #26
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Re: Up and downs. Teaching / running a dojo

ref testing, my instructor often says it is him who is up on the mat not us, bearing in mind the grading shihan's odten give us a good looking over before the test as well as during the test.
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:39 AM   #27
Location: Indiana
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Re: Up and downs. Teaching / running a dojo

Shawn Carey wrote:
Good point. Anyone can pass or fail a test. But when you are promoted based on your time committed to training versus how much you know *when you're being tested*, to me that promotion means more.
I'm of the opposite standing. I prefer rank to be based on physical ability and technique vs time in rank. Its one thing that irks me about judo and I love about bjj. In judo I've met black belts that couldn't throw me if they tried. But I've never met a bjj purple belt who couldn't clean house with my face.

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Old 01-29-2007, 02:13 PM   #28
Russell Reese
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Re: Up and downs. Teaching / running a dojo

Our instructor will have 'mock tests' near the end of class in the weeks prior to an examination. These tests are generally no more than a few minutes each and focus on the process and etiquette of testing. As a very nervous test-taker myself, I find that preparation very helpful.
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Old 01-29-2007, 03:34 PM   #29
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Dojo: New School Aikido
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Re: Up and downs. Teaching / running a dojo

Don Magee wrote:
I'm of the opposite standing. I prefer rank to be based on physical ability and technique vs time in rank.
I actually think it should be about both. I've seen both sides of this, now, and I believe there should be a minimum time in rank before someone promotes, but there should also be some technical standards.

I'm not as big on formal testing as I once was. But some kind of technical evaluation is required, IMO.

I tell my students that their promotion is based on three things: attendance, technical ability and attitude. We have ten kyu ranks. The first three promotions are mostly about attendance. The next six are more about technical ability. After that, it's mostly about attitude. But all three are evaluated at every level, it's just a question of weighting.

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