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Godan Rokudan Shichidan Hachidan


Shihan (she'hýn) are master teachers that usually preside over a large geographic area or over several schools. They have been granted the menkyo license, making them a full teacher, and their job is to ensure that the sensei are following the rules and giving quality instruction. They are usually very seasoned teachers with many years of experience, and range from godan to hachidan.

The position of Shihan is not a position that one tests for as one does for Shodan - Yondan ranks. There are no new skills that a student learns past Yondan. Promotion to Godan and above is therefore honorary, and based upon a student's maturiation in the art of Aikijutsu. The Shihan ranks are betowed upon a student based on their contributions to the SAA. Shihan have not only taught Aikijutsu for some time, they have also made some sort of vital contribution to the art.  In general a Shihan is promoted to the next rank no less that five years from the time they received their current rank.

Although promotion to these ranks is honorary and decided upon by the Soke (or head of the SAA). There are some guidelines as to what qualifies a student for promotion besides mere time in rank.

Promotion to Godan

A student can satisfactorily demonstrate all of the required skill of Shindoryu Aikijutsu. For the student to be ready to promote other students to position of Sensei, he or she must have actively taught Aikijutsu for no less than 3 years, and have promoted at least one student to the rank of Shodan. They should also have at least one of their students that is actively (or soon will be) teaching Aikijutsu in their own dojo.  

Promotion to Rokudan

A student can satisfactorily demonstrate all of the required skill of Shindoryu Aikijutsu. A candidate should be able to demonstrate the personal ability of achievement, for example: attaining a college degree, writing a book on Aikijutsu, conducting a several training camps, etc. The candidate for this rank should have guided at least 3 students to the rank of shodan, and preferably some students beyond shodan.

Promotion to Shichidan

A student can satisfactorily demonstrate all of the required skill of Shindoryu Aikijutsu. Advancement to this rank should require a demonstrated commitment to teaching Aikijutsu and spreading its exposure. A demonstration of this could be in a student having one or more of his or her students who have started their own Aikijutsu dojo or school programs.

Promotion to Hachidan

A student can satisfactorily demonstrate all of the required skill of Shindoryu Aikijutsu. A candidate for this rank will need to have a continued dedication to teaching Aikijutsu. In addition he or she should have made some significant contribution or promotion of the art. There should also be a history of achievement by the numerous students under the candidate.