DEFINITION OF POSITIONS
An Advanced Student is a person who has decided to deepen his/her
practice and begin to study more seriously. An evaluation may be
taken after at least one year of practice. SoA membership is required in order
to take the Advanced Student evaluation.
The evaluation is not an exam, and
the rank of advanced student is automatically granted to the
student as part of this evaluation process. (Both Advanced Students
and more senior practitioners may request the opportunity to receive
an additional evaluation at any event during which SoA exams are
given.) The Advanced Student evaluation is not required by SoA in order to
take the Assistant exam.
An advanced student
is not entitled to attend
held at the National level.
An Assistant is an Advanced Student or General Member who decides to
commit him/herself to serious study of Shintaido and is willing to
take on the role of class assistant. An Assistant may be asked to
contribute some of his/her time and energy to help out with
organizational matters in class and/or the regional or local
An Assistant must be sponsored by a licensed Shintaido Instructor and
complete an application form (which is
available on the website,
and should be submitted to the applicant's Instructor, who forwards it to
National Technical Council
and to the
An interview may be required before taking an exam. An exam may be
taken after two years of practice.
A Shintaido Graduate is a student who has been an Assistant for at
least one year, fulfilled this role as defined, and completed the
core curriculum of Shintaido.
An application for graduate certification
(available on the website)
must be submitted to a licensed Shintaido Instructor.
After successful completion of an examination, a Shintaido Graduate
receives a diploma which documents that she/he has successfully
completed the core Shintaido curriculum. Graduates are eligible to
and wear hakama.
A Shintaido Graduate is under no obligation to assist or teach. One
of the reasons this position has been created is to reward those who
have contributed to Shintaido but do not wish to follow the Instructor
Graduates who wish to continue their study by becoming Instructors are
encouraged to assist in teaching and to take an Instructor's exam
within two years.
In addition to demonstrating technical proficiency and otherwise
international requirements for the Instructor exam,
an Instructor applicant must have had significant teaching experience in
the year before taking this examination. Instructor candidates submit
a resume to the examination committee outlining their keiko experience
and contributions to their local Shintaido organization.
In order to keep their credentials current, Shintaido Instructors are
expected to attend at least one
Shintaido Instructors may request a sabbatical from the
National Technical Council.
During this time, which may extend indefinitely, they are not expected to
and pay membership at the general membership fee. An Instructor who wishes to rejoin SoA
after having allowed his/her membership to lapse entirely must pay
back membership fees at the general membership rate in order to regain