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.

aikido articles


dojo search
image gallery
links directory

book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews


rss feeds

Follow us on

Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Anonymous

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!

Thread Tools
Old 08-05-2009, 11:41 AM   #1
"Frances Bacon"
IP Hash: ff514f22
Anonymous User
A Weird Testing Thing

I attend a small dojo where there is not ability to have advanced class becasue we are too small.

Our dojo seems to have philosophy of test when you have the hours to test. But since we are so small we don't always have enough time to go over each technique that will be on the test. So, even tho body movement may be at the right level for passing the test, there is some concern that the technique is not there.

In perfect world, yes, we are ready to test when we test, but situation means we aren't always.

This is for levels before black belt test, FYI.

A friend who also attends dojo is getting frustrated about testing requirements. Friend does not want to take test unless sure of passing. Feels somewhat pressured to test but does not feel ready.

  Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:29 PM   #2
IP Hash: e0cbe067
Anonymous User
Re: A Wierd Testing Thing

When you are at blackbelt level I feel you should test when you think your ready but your instructors have seen your progression through the ranks and that holds a lot of weight on whether I,m ready or not.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 03:33 PM   #3
Janet Rosen
  AikiWeb Forums Contributing Member
Janet Rosen's Avatar
Location: Left Coast
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,342
Re: A Wierd Testing Thing

I think that if there is to be testing and it is based on technique, the dojo - instructor and students - need to support students in preparing by presenting opportunities to work on the technique, if not within limited class time (which is optimal) then by having some open mat times when students can at least work informally.

Janet Rosen
"peace will enter when hate is gone"--percy mayfield
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 10:04 AM   #4
"Frances Bacon"
IP Hash: ff514f22
Anonymous User
Re: A Wierd Testing Thing

Thank you for the responses.

I am also following a forum in the main area, but not replying, about testing that is been enligtening.

About pop quiz tests which seems to happen kind of frequently. It has been instructive as well.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
David Orange
Dojo: Aozora Dojo
Location: Birmingham, AL
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,511
Re: A Wierd Testing Thing

Anonymous User wrote: View Post
Our dojo seems to have philosophy of test when you have the hours to test. But since we are so small we don't always have enough time to go over each technique that will be on the test.
Why is that? The fewer people there are, the more time you have to go over anything and everything in extreme detail. I could see the problem if you said you had too many people, but the fewer the students, the more time you have.


"That which has no substance can enter where there is no room."
Lao Tzu

"Eternity forever!"

  Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 06:16 PM   #6
Dojo: Dale City Aikikai
Location: VA
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 393
Re: A Wierd Testing Thing

You need to practice your test techniques on your own at home. Take one technique a week for example and disect the hell out of it. You will then have very specific questions to ask your Sensei during or after class. You are in charge of your aikido, not your Sensei.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 11:32 PM   #7
ChrisHein's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Location: Fresno , CA
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,646
Re: A Weird Testing Thing

No matter what kind of dojo you are in, people are going to second guess whether they are ready to test or not. I've been in large dojo's and small, and in both case's the things you describe are the same.

Your teacher knows more about Aikido then you, so trust him. If you can't trust that he knows better then you, don't train with him.

  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

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


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

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

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Testing requirements kyu levels arjandevries Testing 10 08-07-2006 08:26 PM
What is the big deal w/ testing??? New Student Anonymous 50 05-22-2006 08:54 PM
Tight Testing Criteria? Justin Gaar Testing 1 07-10-2005 10:52 PM
One thing NOT to do before a test.... cbrf4zr2 General 3 09-09-2002 04:07 PM
Testing Erik General 13 07-26-2001 12:26 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:16 AM.

vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2018 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
Copyright 1997-2018 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