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  • Kyoto 8-dan Shinsa, May 1st/2nd 2012

    The first day of the 8-dan shinsa was yesterday, Tuesday 1st May, 2012. According to the AJKF website, of 790 examinees, 69 passed the first stage, and from those, only five passed and were awarded the grade of 8-dan. That's a pass rate of 0.6%!! It is the lowest pass rate for all 8-dan gradings going back to 1999. Of course, this is only the first day so the pass rate may be higher when today's successful candidates are added.

    As yet, the names of the five sensei that passed have not been published. When they are, I'll post them here.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Wark 1978 View Post
    As yet, the names of the five sensei that passed have not been published. When they are, I'll post them here.
    Actually, it's already posted, in kanji.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dervish View Post
      Ah, didn't see that link. Was looking at a different one.

      Here they are in name, prefecture, age order:

      Someya Tsuneharu, Chiba, 46
      Miyazaki Fumihiro, Kanagawa, 46 - The younger brother of Miyazaki Masahiro
      Terazono Makoto, Nara, 47
      Hashimoto, Fukuoka, 51
      Kashimura/Kashiwamura, Yamaguchi, 57

      I wonder what the pass rate will be once today's candidates are included.
      Last edited by Wark 1978; 2nd May 2012, 01:48 PM.

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      • #4
        In the session today there were 874 candidates with 83 passing the first stage. From those only nine passed with a pass rate of 1.0%. When added to yesterday's shinsa, that makes a combined pass rate of 0.8%.

        Here are the candidates who passed today in name, prefecture, age order:

        Sakata, Tokyo, 46
        Seino, Yamanashi, 47
        Miyamoto, Osaka, 48
        Arima, Kanagawa, 48
        Fujimori, Fukuoka, 48
        Okamura, Tokyo, 50
        Yamanaka, Hiroshima, 50
        Ando, Kanagawa, 54
        Saito, Miyagi, 55

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        • #5
          The new hachidan are quite young!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Raffa View Post
            The new hachidan are quite young!
            Most of them are from police tokuren teams.

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            • #7
              All the results for kendo are up now, as well as for iaido and jodo, any kanji readers out there want to share with the rest of us?

              Kim.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kim Taylor View Post
                All the results for kendo are up now, as well as for iaido and jodo, any kanji readers out there want to share with the rest of us?

                Kim.
                Kim sensei,
                Hatakenaka sensei just earned her Hachidan. That means you'll have 2 hachidan senseis this year's seminar.

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                • #9
                  10 new Iaido Hachidans, 167 applicants, 6.0% pass rate
                  Hasegawa sensei (Aichi)
                  Nakanishi sensei (Kanagawa)
                  Itou sensei (Tokyo)
                  Outa sensei (Fukuoka)
                  Yamada sensei (Kyoto)
                  Kawaguchi sensei (Shizuoka)
                  Kawamura sensei (Hokkaido)
                  Mikami sensei (Saitama)
                  Hatakenaka sensei (Tokyo)
                  and more sensei from Fukushima, but I can't read his/her name without a dictionary (don't have one atm).

                  One new Hanshi from Hiroshima: Maehara sensei
                  Last edited by Nothingness; 4th May 2012, 01:46 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nothingness View Post
                    Kim sensei,
                    Hatakenaka sensei just earned her Hachidan. That means you'll have 2 hachidan senseis this year's seminar.
                    Is that the first woman to earn hachidan in iaido, or have there been others?

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                    • #11
                      Jodo Hachidans , 30 applicants, 2 passes, 6.7% pass rate

                      Atsushi sensei (Miyazaki)
                      Etou (Goutou?) sensei (Fukuoka)

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                      • #12
                        Good question. I do not remember any female hachidans so I am not quite sure. She possibly is, but you'll need someone more knowledgeable than me to completely confirm this.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Neil Gendzwill View Post
                          Is that the first woman to earn hachidan in iaido, or have there been others?
                          Not the first if I remember right one passed last year or the year earlier I believe.

                          and Jodo? Two passed and Tomoko Eto sensei was one name I think I understood, who was the other?

                          Actually we'll now have four hachidan with the two Jodo sensei so yay team.

                          Kim.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Neil Gendzwill View Post
                            Is that the first woman to earn hachidan in iaido, or have there been others?
                            I asked my sensei last year just after Kubota (久保田) sensei passed hers and he mentioned two others: Ogino sensei and Hattori sensei. With Hatakenaka sensei, that's four in iai!

                            Originally posted by Nothingness View Post
                            Jodo Hachidans , 30 applicants, 2 passes, 6.7% pass rate

                            Atsushi sensei (Miyazaki)
                            Etou (Goutou?) sensei (Fukuoka)
                            That's Shoji Keiichi sensei and Eto Tomoko sensei and I believe Eto s. is the third female hachidan jodo, the other two being Yano s. and Hayashi s..

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