WHAT IS SHINTAIDO
THE SHINTAIDO PROGRAM: EXAMINATIONS
 
   
GENERAL  

Shintaido examinations are held with the rigor and formality that is characteristic of most traditional martial arts: throughout the ceremony, strong concentration and particular attention to etiquette is requested not only from the the examinees, but also from all who are present. More than anything, however, Shintaido examinees are expected to burst into their fullest expression and to give themselves completely to their demonstration. While technical mastery of the forms is essential for promotion, the strong commitment to active expression is a far more important quality that must be demonstrated at any rank.

   
FORMAT   Examinations generally take place during a Gasshuku or other special event. An examinee has applied for a specific rank and appears before a comittee to perform the required techniques, which are called out by the goreisha. The latter directs the procedure of the examination and serves as a facilitator between the examinee and the comittee, which usually requires the presence of at least one master instructor or one general instructor, in addition to one or several senior instructors. The comittee may ask to see the examinee demonstrate techniques that lie beyond the scope of the requested rank. Exams in several disciplines may be taken consecutively.
   
REQUIREMENTS   RANK CHALLENGED NECESSARY EXAMINERS
       
OPEN HAND   Instructor Two General Instructors
  Graduate Two Senior Instructors
  Assistant Two Instructors
 

Advanced Student

Two Instructors
   
KARATE   2nd-dan Two 4th-dan holders
  1st-dan Two 3rd-dan holders
  1-kyu & below Two 2nd-dan holders
   
BOJUTSU   2nd-dan Two 4th-dan holders
  1st-dan Two 3rd-dan holders
  1-kyu & below Two 2nd-dan holders
 
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