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    Hi, what is the average time to get ranked from white till black[shodan] in Judo?

    Maybe this is a double topic or anything that is asked too many times.

    Not being too overconfident to be in 3.5 years till shodan but, just need an indication.
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    Depends on how good your are. Some places you can go to a promotional tournament and destroy everybody you can be shodan in a year. I personally don't like that because you can master one technique and know hardly anything else and win. But teacher's rank supposedly doesn't begin until 4th dan so in theory I guess it is OK.

    Some people 3, or 5 or 10 years. It depends on how good you are. You need to be able to pass the exam.
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    Also depends on the time in grade requirements of your local organization. In my club, it's 7 years minimum to ikkyu. You then have to rack up enough points to test shodan, so theoretically 8 years but realistically 9.
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    Hi, Thanks for the replies.

    I know Kendo takes a long time.

    I have to go to exam to yellow over a few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsp View Post
    Hi, Thanks for the replies.

    I know Kendo takes a long time.

    I have to go to exam to yellow over a few weeks.
    I was talking about judo, not kendo. Kendo is actually a very short time, in most federations you can get shodan in about 2 years of hobby practice. Shodan in kendo is very much a beginner's rank.
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    Midwest Kendo Federation in the AUSKF does allow for testing of Nikyu and Ikkyu. But the first REAL test is Shodan. I watched the Nikyu test that was hard. It was all on etiqutte and equipment. You physically had to fold the hakama. I hang mine on a clothes hanger.

    If you took the Ikkyu test and failed they made you Nikyu so very few took the Nikkyu test. The Shodan test was easier than the Nikyu test.
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    I know PNKF takes a while too as they have formal kyu exams. In Canada ikkyu is the first national exam, most people take it after a year and then shodan the following year. Japan is the same or faster, adult beginners can probably get kendo shodan in a year. Judo too, for that matter.

    Kids are a different story, they are judged more harshly than adults for the same rank and usually have been practising longer.
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    thanks all for the reply. I forgot to say this is about Judo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsp View Post
    thanks all for the reply. I forgot to say this is about Judo.
    Nope; you said it: "Hi, what is the average time to get ranked from white till black[shodan] in Judo?" Plus, this is in the Judo forum.
    Yours in Budo,
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    Thanks for the reply.

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    I think in Japan 1-1.5 years after 1st kyu.

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    Thanks I am green now. Our school just started offering Dan training and I am always watching with them so I can learn more.
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