Second dan Aikido Aikikai

By Dmitry Kann 2 min read This post in Russian 0360

Even though it’s been more than a year, I feel I need to mend this.

On March 19, 2016 I’ve passed my first dan Aikido Aikikai exam. Then, a few months later, I received an official dan certificate from Hombu Dojo.

Fast forward a year and a half, on July 7th, 2018 I was fortunate to have qualified for the second dan (nidan) before Marc Jongsten at Aikido Centrum Leiden.

Photo from the July 7th seminar. I’m at the bottom right.
Photo from the July 7th seminar. I’m at the bottom right.

Obviously I couldn’t refrain from filming this notable event:

The exam consisted of two parts: a proper aikido test which verified how well one mastered various aikido techniques, and a bokken (wooden sword) kata demonstration. My uke (the attacker) was a bit stiff and gawky, furthermore he had a hard time managing the sword (which is quite noticeable on the video). But alright, nobody’s perfect.

I’ve passed that exam. In December same year a nidan certificate has arrived:

The presentation of the certificate.
The presentation of the certificate.

This document looks very much like the previous one, with the word shodan (初段) replaced with nidan (弐段):

Second dan Aikikai certificate.
Second dan Aikikai certificate.

It’s the first time I noticed it’s not entirely hand-written as some, printed, characters have a slightly different tint.

After the certificate handing.
After the certificate handing.

Some more seminar photos:

On to the sandan! ■

See also

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Now official: Shodan
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Shodan: 11 years on the way
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Aikido demo at Vathorstdag 2014
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How to pyromark your jo, bokken, or tanto
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Aikikai Amersfoort website
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The castlerun, fourth edition

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