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    The last 8-dan grading of 2008 was just held on the 25th and 26th November at the Nippon Budokan. Eight candidates passed on each day with a pass rate of 1% and 1.1% on the first and second days respectively. The link below shows those who were successful.

    http://www.kendo.or.jp/competition/j...o8.html#k-8_01

    Congratulations to all of them!

  • #2
    Can anyone translate the names & prefectures please?

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    • #3
      can someone translate the names please?

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      • #4
        Here are the names translated to the best of my ability;

        Day 1
        Kuwahara - 47 - Kagawa
        Miyato - 47 - Wakayama
        Yoshida - 48 - Tokyo
        Sasatani - 48 - Oita
        Shimazue? - 52 - Fukuoka
        Yasuda - 53 - Shiga
        Izumida - 58 - Kyoto
        Hayashi - 55 - Tokyo

        Day 2
        Yano - 46 - Osaka
        Yagisawa - 47 - Tokyo
        ? - 49 - Aichi
        Koyama - 50 - Kanagawa
        Hatagome - 53 - Chiba
        Takanaka - 54 - Shizuoka
        Yasube? - 56 - Tokyo
        Nakamura - 60 - Tokyo

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        • #5
          Sasatani should be "Kasatani". "Kasaya" is also likely. Sasa is 笹.

          The mystery Aichi man is likely "Hosono".

          "Yasube" is more likely to be "Abe".

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          • #6
            congratulations to koyama sensei of tokou gakuen high school.

            nice big strong kendo. nice guy outside of kendo as well!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Josh Reyer View Post
              Sasatani should be "Kasatani". "Kasaya" is also likely. Sasa is 笹.

              The mystery Aichi man is likely "Hosono".

              "Yasube" is more likely to be "Abe".
              I stand corrected.

              "tani" or "ya" is always a difficult one. I live near a place called Otani (大谷) and yet a guy who I know through kendo uses exactly the same kanji for his name but pronounces it Oya.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wark 1978 View Post
                "tani" or "ya" is always a difficult one. I live near a place called Otani (大谷) and yet a guy who I know through kendo uses exactly the same kanji for his name but pronounces it Oya.
                I don't know how much truth there is to this but I've been told that that is a result of a difference in regional dialects. Names (people and places) originating in Kansai will pronounce it "tani" while in Kanto they will pronounce it "ya". The only other example I can think of right now is that there is an area in Kyoto called Shibutani that shares the exact same characters as Shibuya in Tokyo.
                This of course could be total BS.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by xvikingx View Post
                  This of course could be total BS.
                  I don't think that it is. I have heard the same thing before.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wark 1978 View Post
                    The last 8-dan grading of 2008 was just held on the 25th and 26th November at the Nippon Budokan. Eight candidates passed on each day with a pass rate of 1% and 1.1% on the first and second days respectively. The link below shows those who were successful.

                    http://www.kendo.or.jp/competition/j...o8.html#k-8_01

                    Congratulations to all of them!
                    Man, a 46 year old hachidan. That is amazing. That is still a prime age.

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                    • #11
                      Maz -- I was thinking the same thing...

                      check my math...

                      possible:
                      so.. 46 pass 8.dan
                      39 at 7.dan
                      33 at 6.dan
                      28 at 5.dan
                      24 at 4.dan
                      21 at 3.dan
                      19 at 2.dan
                      18 at 1.dan
                      17 or thereabouts at 1.kyu

                      well... anyway, no matter what... impressive.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tango View Post
                        Maz -- I was thinking the same thing...

                        check my math...

                        possible:
                        so.. 46 pass 8.dan
                        39 at 7.dan
                        33 at 6.dan
                        28 at 5.dan
                        24 at 4.dan
                        21 at 3.dan
                        19 at 2.dan
                        18 at 1.dan
                        17 or thereabouts at 1.kyu

                        well... anyway, no matter what... impressive.
                        .

                        math looks right to me. But the part i am not sure of is the nandan to hachidan part. Is the madatory waiting period 7 years, or is it more? For some reason i always thought it was more..

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                        • #13
                          Not quite right

                          Originally posted by MAZ77 View Post
                          .

                          math looks right to me. But the part i am not sure of is the nandan to hachidan part. Is the madatory waiting period 7 years, or is it more? For some reason i always thought it was more..
                          14=1 dan
                          ?= 2 dan
                          18 =3 dan
                          I have known 28 year old rokudan
                          There is a minimum age for nanadan about 36, don't remember exactly and then 10 year waiting period to test for hachidan plus minimum age of 46 so nanadan is probably 36. There was a allowance for over 60 that you get a reduced waiting period but that goes away this coming year. Since George is living there he probably knows exactly what the current regs are.

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                          • #14
                            10 years after nanadan and a minimum age of 46. As you said last months shinsa was the last one that allowed older fellows to jump ahead. Interestingly enough there were many people in their 40's who passed and all but one was under 60. I wish they also listed their line of work. I'd be interested to know how many are cops, how many are educators, and how many are just regular Joe-kenshi.
                            Originally posted by tango View Post
                            possible:
                            so.. 49 pass 8.dan
                            39 at 7.dan
                            33 at 6.dan
                            28 at 5.dan
                            24 at 4.dan
                            21 at 3.dan
                            19 at 2.dan
                            18 at 1.dan
                            17 or thereabouts at 1.kyu
                            Make 8-dan 49 and you've got it right Tango. That's assuming each grade is accomplished on the first or second try. From what I hear 4, 6, and 7-dan are real hurdles.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tango View Post
                              Maz -- I was thinking the same thing...

                              check my math...

                              possible:
                              so.. 46 pass 8.dan
                              39 at 7.dan
                              33 at 6.dan
                              28 at 5.dan
                              24 at 4.dan
                              21 at 3.dan
                              19 at 2.dan
                              18 at 1.dan
                              17 or thereabouts at 1.kyu

                              well... anyway, no matter what... impressive.
                              I thought it was 14 for 1 dan. I got my 1 dan at 15 (and just passed by 2 dan at 18). I know that there are 3 dan kenshi in high school, so it can't be 18 at 1 dan.

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