Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Training

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-25-2007, 12:58 AM   #51
RoyK
Dojo: Nishin Kan
Location: Herzliya
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 171
Israel
Offline
Re: How long to shodan?

Quote:
John Riggs wrote: View Post
Over 4 years seems ridiculous to me. 3.5-4.5 seems reasonable for most people.
Over 4 years seems ridiculous? Oh my, I've been training consecutively for 2 years and I'm at 4th kyu, and that's the normal pace at my dojo.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2007, 10:14 AM   #52
ChrisHein
 
ChrisHein's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Location: Fresno , CA
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,645
United_States
Offline
Re: How long to shodan?

I know several uchi deshi who got their shodan in 3 years, myself included. And I have never heard anything but praise from other teachers about my teachers students.

If you're athletic and dedicated (full time training, multiple classes a day) with a good teacher, there is no reason you shouldn't get a black belt in 2-3 years.

Normal people 4-5, and slow learners 8 or so. But a black belt is only a first step.

Patrick Cassidy told me Saito gave him a shodan in 10 months. I've heard other Iwama people who trained with Saito say the same. Black belt is only a first step, not a master. It means you know the whole system, and can perform it adequately.

  Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2007, 11:10 AM   #53
Beard of Chuck Norris
Dojo: Aberdeen Aikido Yuishinkai
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 181
United Kingdom
Offline
Re: How long to shodan?

I am surprised I actually got some answers!

Of course an answer is that it varies! But I appreciate some of you who have actually given a number. Not that it really means anything, just finding it interesting.

My Kendo Sensei who is Japanese, when our Aikido Sensei (English) came up, was far more interested in the length of time he'd been doing it for rather than the fact that he's whateverdan.

Seems like different countries hold teh kyu/dan system in various levels of esteem. I can't speak for Europe but the UK certainly was polluted (probably just like the US... thanks to the 80's!) in their idea of a "black belt". Perhaps if there were different colours for dan grades the black belt would be of less significance (). I find that most people really don't know that the black belt signifies the real learning beginning and not the mastery.

So, who's going to go and give the old shihans their Gold belts with silver stripes and diamond studs?

Peace and love

Jo
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2007, 02:29 PM   #54
ChrisHein
 
ChrisHein's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Location: Fresno , CA
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,645
United_States
Offline
Re: How long to shodan?

Quote:
Jo Duncan wrote: View Post
So, who's going to go and give the old shihans their Gold belts with silver stripes and diamond studs?
It's comming Jo, it's comming...

  Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2007, 10:47 AM   #55
Berney Fulcher
Dojo: Roswell Budokan
Location: Marietta, Ga
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 47
United_States
Offline
Re: How long to shodan?

Nice bell curve on that poll. I have to wonder if it would even out any more if the answers were in days of training instead of years?
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2007, 05:34 AM   #56
Jonathan Punt
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 19
Wales
Offline
Re: How long to shodan?

Took me 12 years. But took 18month break after about 8 years due to re location.

I always think that I took the more scenic route to my Shodan rather than the more direct route.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2007, 12:36 AM   #57
batemanb
 
batemanb's Avatar
Dojo: Seibukan Aikido UK
Location: body in UK, heart still in Japan
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,031
Offline
Re: How long to shodan?

Quote:
Philip Purcell wrote: View Post
Have you tried standing and not sitting! Only joking - good luck.

I am two years in and I don't see myself taking Shodan (if at all) for a very long time, possibly when I am old and grey.
What can I say

A difficult problem is easily solved by asking yourself the question, "Just how would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2007, 11:47 AM   #58
PhilMyKi
Dojo: Seibukan, Milton Keynes
Location: At Work unless I am at the DOJO!
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 111
United Kingdom
Offline
Re: How long to shodan?

Quote:
Bryan Bateman wrote: View Post
What can I say
I think 'good luck with that one' would suffice!

But, the congratulations you offered me last night after my surprise grading were well received and I still think I will be old and grey.

Vorsprung durch Aikido!
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

AikiWeb Sponsored Links - Place your Aikido link here for only $10!



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
When is long enough to long? Dennis Hooker General 32 09-14-2008 10:15 PM
Shodan is another start of Aikido? EKoba Spiritual 12 05-06-2007 10:53 AM
Poll: How long do you think a shodan exam in aikido should take? AikiWeb System AikiWeb System 17 04-27-2006 11:31 AM
How long to Shodan Mark Williams General 27 11-06-2003 02:28 PM
How long until shodan? Robin Walton General 36 05-22-2002 12:12 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:09 AM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2017 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2017 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate