Dan Testing at VWA seminars

Testing for yudansha grades, shodan through yondan, is possible at Vancouver West Aikikai seminars. All test candidates must be registered participants in the CAF, with their dues paid up.

In order to test at a seminar, the following are required:

  1. Vancouver West Aikikai must be notified in advance of your intent to test.
  2. CAF Application for Promotion
  3. Hombu Application for Test
  4. Hombu Application to Join Aikikai
  5. Hombu Application for Yudansha Book
  6. Payment

Advance Notification

Vancouver West Aikikai must be notified of your intent to test, at least two weeks before the seminar.

VWA students should remind Liz McKinlay or Bruce Riddick of their intent to test. As you should have been preparing for your test for several months ahead of time, they most likely already know. But remind them just to be safe.

For candidates from other dojos, the candidate's instructor should send an email to aikido@vancouverwestaikikai.com with a copy to Liz McKinlay, wlanz@telus.net. The email should include:

  • The candidate's name.
  • The rank to be tested for.
  • The date of the candidate's last promotion (see the discussion below under "CAF Application for Promotion Form").
  • The number of days of practice since the last test.
  • The dojo name.

Forms

The CAF and Hombu forms are fillable PDF forms. Acrobat Reader seems to work best for completing these forms.

The CAF form is here. The Hombu forms will be provided by email when you notify Vancouver West Aikikai of your intent to test, as in the preceding section.

These forms should be filled in, printed, and signed before the seminar. They must be submitted to the testing coordinator at the start of the seminar. Forms will only be accepted from candidates who have provided advance notification and been accepted by the Grading Panel. All forms must be typewritten with no handwriting except for signatures.

Where an instructor's signature is required, your current instructor must sign, except for dojo chief instructors, who must get a signature from a member of the Grading Panel.

Payment

Candidates pay an examination fee and a promotion fee. Payment must be submitted in advance of testing.

The examination fee is $30 and is non-refundable; this fee is payable by cash or cheque made out to Vancouver West Aikikai. The promotion fee varies with dan level: see the CAF website for details; this fee is payable by cheque made out to the Canadian Aikido Federation. The promotion fee is returned if the candidate fails.

Candidates expecting to test can withdraw at any time before the test date. However, they should inform the testing coordinator and Liz McKinlay as soon as possible.

CAF Application for Promotion Form

Name should be as it appears on the dojo list from the CAF.

For candidates for shodan, the Date present rank obtained is the actual date of your last test. For higher yudansha levels, the Date present rank obtained is the date on the certificate issued by Hombu for your current rank. This date should be the same as in your yudansha book or on the CAF membership list.

Number of days of practice since last test refers to the number of days that you have practised; adjust that to the expected number you will reach by the test date.

Hombu Application for Test Form

The Attendance or Jours de pratique refers to the number of days on which you have practiced since your last promotion. This should be the same number used on the CAF Application for Promotion form.

Please note the Aikikai Membership number is not the same as the CAF number. The Aikikai Membership number should be in your yudansha book and on your Hombu membership card. Likewise, the Date of Aikikai Registration can be found there. For candidates testing for Shodan who do not have a Hombu number; leave this space blank.

Name is what Hombu will write on their promotion certificate. Write the Name on all forms in capital letters. Address need not include the street, but should include at least city, province and country. Date Present Rank Obtained should be the same as the Date present rank obtained on the CAF Application for Promotion form. For Place Obtained, the name of the city is sufficient. Date of Current Examination is the first day of the seminar. Leave blank the part for Examiner’s Name. Sign the form on the bottom left.

Hombu Application to Join Aikikai Form

Candidates testing for shodan must complete this form to obtain their Hombu membership and receive a yudansha book.

Hombu Application for Yudansha Book Form

Candidates testing for shodan must fill in this form. (The form can also be used by a yudansha book holder to apply for a new book.)