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    Years to Shodan in Aikido

    Hello everyone!
    I've a small curiosity for the Aikido practitioners: how long does it take at your dojo to reach shodan starting as an adult, from 6th kyu?
    Usually in my dojo it takes at least 7 years of continued practice.

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    It only takes 7 minutes of real sparring to find out it's worthless.

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    That's not what i asked for...
    I'm not here to change your mind, thank god it's useless so Tokyo's criminals will have a simpler life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vorpal View Post
    It only takes 7 minutes of real sparring to find out it's worthless.
    My bokuto/jo vs. your fists/feet.

    I predict I could crack open your skull in less than 7 seconds.

    Back to the OP...

    The time it takes for an individual to reach shodan depends entirely upon the student. It's no more complicated than that.

    If you find a dojo offering to grade someone to that rank within a specific time scale from ungraded, I'd question the ethics of the instructor.

    There are schools of aikido which don't do any formal weapon training within the grading syllabus, naturally within those schools students may reach shodan before someone studying a different method, which has greater emphasis on bukiwaza. It won't mean their technique is any better or worse.
    "To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".

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    Thank you very much Mr Stiglitz!
    When i wrote about the seven years I wasn't refering to a pre-decided time, it's just that here where I practice we only have one exams session per year, even between the kyu grade which require just a few months of training!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilenzo View Post
    When i wrote about the sven years I wasn't refering to a pre-decided time, it's just that here where I practice we only have one exams session per year, even between the kyu grade which require just a few months of training!
    It's the same here in Serbia. I'm no aikidoist, but one of my pals used to be. If you only have onee or two exams a year, the school is probably legit. It depends mostly on the student, but my shodan in aikido pal told me that when you actually stop caring about your rank, then's the time when you're ready for your brown belt or shodan. He certainly has the results to back it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by judoist View Post
    but my shodan in aikido pal told me that when you actually stop caring about your rank, then's the time when you're ready for your brown belt or shodan.
    Your friend is very right.

    Don't worry about belts and blades and beach volleyball, buddy. Train because you enjoy it and get good skills, not for the rank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helmutlvx View Post
    Your friend is very right.

    Don't worry about belts and blades and beach volleyball, buddy. Train because you enjoy it and get good skills, not for the rank.
    Thank you very much, both of you! I've enjoyed every moment since I've started, I was just curious!
    My purpose is to learn this TMA and slowly get in a better shape, a bad accident left me seriously out of shape.
    When I started I couldn't even do Shikko, now I can! :copdance:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilenzo View Post
    My purpose is to learn this TMA and slowly get in a better shape, a bad accident left me seriously out of shape.
    When I started I couldn't even do Shikko, now I can! :copdance:
    Good for you. I go by the phrase "Sky's the limit".

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    Nice!

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