I know there have been a few threads about grading, and there was just a survey in the magazine (a shameful confession, I don't buy the magazine, i know i should), but having just recently gotten a very low and humble grade, I'm wondering about the different requirements in countries outside Japan.
Out of curiosity, I looked at the Hizen Dojo requirements for ikkyu, and they require the first 3 kata. I was shocked! In Japan, sho-dan only requires the first kata. You don't need to know the third until 3rd dan! For ikkyu in Japan, or at least in my area, you only need to be able to peform good kirikaeshi, and show good form and zansshin in keiko. very different standards.
who sets the grading requirements in each country?