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 04-11-2003, 05:40 PM   #1
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
Question testing board

Just curious: If you've sat on a testing/grading board, what are you looking for? Or is it all simply an empty formality?

  Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2003, 06:14 PM   #2
MikeE's Avatar
Dojo: Midwest Center For Movement & Aikido Bukou Dojos
Location: Hudson, WI
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 407
I've been part of the testing board for many tests and in a few different organizations.

Some were true tests of ability and character. Others were to just show everyone what the instructor already knew about the testee. The worst is when you see someone pass, and you know it is weakening the art.

But, I don't ever think it was just empty ceremony.

Mike Ellefson
Midwest Center
For Movement &
Aikido Bukou
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 02:43 AM   #3
Jim ashby
Dojo: Phoenix Coventry
Location: Coventry, England
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 303
I've been on testing boards for the last 6/7 years now. Luckily, our organisation has a syllabus and set testing dates, so everyone is aware of the standards expected.As to what I'm looking for, it depends on the grade being taken. For the first grading I look for good body movement, balance and posture. The criteria change as the gradinge get harder. I hope that I will never be involved with an "empty ceremony".

Have fun.

Vir Obesus Stola Saeptus
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Doran-sensei in VA, Mar. 4-6, 2016 - Doran-sensei at Aikido of Northern VA, 3/4-6/16. All ranks & affiliations.


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
Oh heck! Testing next month!.. :O Daniel Mills General 11 05-12-2003 07:13 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 04:08 PM.

vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2015 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
Copyright 1997-2015 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