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Old 02-28-2003, 03:29 PM   #1
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
Dan Testing Cutoff

I am curious and maybe this has been addressed before.

What rank level do the various organizations cut off dan testing? In other words, at which point is the rank awarded without a test? Mine tests through yondan.
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Old 02-28-2003, 04:05 PM   #2
Jim ashby
Dojo: Phoenix Coventry
Location: Coventry, England
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 303
Our organisation tests to Nidan. It takes upwards of eight years to get there though. There have been nasty rumours that there will be a Sandan test but I'm not even ging to think about that.

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Old 02-28-2003, 04:07 PM   #3
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
I've seen tests up to yondan (younger folks only), but sandan seems to be the norm within our organization.
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Old 02-28-2003, 04:32 PM   #4
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Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 5,905
The last test people take at our dojo is for 4th dan as well. Students who have received higher rankings than 4th dan have received it without a testing examination.

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Old 03-02-2003, 07:32 PM   #5
Dojo: UW-La Crosse Aikido
Location: La Crosse, WI
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 68
Sandan is the highest test in any of the organizations that I have been affiliated with.

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Old 03-02-2003, 07:53 PM   #6
Dojo: Sheffield Shodokan Dojo
Location: Sheffield, UK
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 524
The JAA has a syllabus all the way up to 7th dan. (It would probably be naive to think that technical ability is the only thing that gets looked at in the more senior grades, but nevertheless the syllabus is there.)


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Old 03-02-2003, 11:01 PM   #7
Paul Sanderson-Cimino
Dojo: Yoshokai; looking into judo
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 426
I believe that Yoshokai Aikido (AYANA) has tests for all the way up to ... well. Hachidan, I suppose. As far as I can tell, there is always some test. They get insanely hard and are judged very exactingly, of course.
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Old 03-03-2003, 10:01 AM   #8
Alan Mung
Location: Essex
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 19
The senior instructor at the club I attend did a 4th dan grading yesterday and I have the bruises to show for it. I think that is the last offical mat grading in our clubs.

My sensei had a full 5th dan mat grading though. He had to do the whole thing whilst holding two baloons. I would have liked to have seen that.
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Old 03-03-2003, 04:18 PM   #9
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Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Seidokan doesn't formally test past sandan. I believe after sandan they base promotions on your students, and recommendations of other high level instructors. Or maybe it's just on how cute you look in a the skirt


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