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 > Testing

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 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.
  Reply With Quote
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.

Have fun

Vir Obesus Stola Saeptus
  Reply With Quote
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.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2003, 04:32 PM   #4
akiy's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 6,049
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.

-- Jun

Please help support AikiWeb -- become an AikiWeb Contributing Member!
  Reply With Quote
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.

  Reply With Quote
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.)


  Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2003, 11:01 PM   #7
Paul Sanderson-Cimino
Dojo: Yoshokai; looking into judo
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 434
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.
  Reply With Quote
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.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2003, 04:18 PM   #9
Bronson's Avatar
Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,677
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


"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
  Reply With Quote


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
Announced Vs. Unannounced Testing jitensha Testing 32 08-01-2011 01:23 AM
Testing Bewildered Rokyu Anonymous 7 09-10-2006 02:17 PM
testing across affiliations Jessie Brown Testing 9 03-08-2004 09:38 AM
refusing a grading Kung Fu Liane Testing 39 05-09-2003 04:53 PM
Testing Erik General 13 07-26-2001 01:26 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:02 PM.

vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2024 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
Copyright 1997-2024 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