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I know that you have to be a sandan,do you need a permission only from your own sensei or from Hombu?do you have to make special courses or seminars?
The official rank is Sandan, but as long as a Sandan or above is willing to supervise, I think you can set up a branch as Nidan, or soemtimes even Shodan.
In the UK, you have to obtain the permission of the Chief Instructor, Mizuno-sensei. I imagine it would be the same in Germany.
Having thoughts about starting out, Dominic?
Tripitaka of AA
There are a few matters of eligibility that are strictly adhered to and they are prescribed by Hombu. The requirements include those you have mentioned, like attendence at seminars, grade, permission from your instructor and authorisation from Hombu... Anders could give you chapter and verse on all the details... but these are just the bureacratic details. There is a much bigger picture to look at. If you are looking to become a Branch Master then you'll need a whole load of skills, experience and motivation. Finding these ingredients will be way more important than simply ticking the boxes on the pre-requisites sheet. Some people have these skills from birth, others pick them up quickly when given the chance while the rest of us might need to have them given intravenously (injection). It is for that reason that you sometimes meet instructors whose own CV doesn't seem to match the requirements (allegedly:)).
It is not uncommon for students to look ahead and dream of being instructors. Jame has even published his plans ;). I tend to look at it like this; study to be the best you can be, copy your Sensei until people mistake you for him, train until you don't remember a time that you weren't training... then one day, when you've forgotten the "dream" thing, someone will ask you to teach a class and it will feel like the most normal thing in the world. If people come back to the next class then you may be onto a winner.
Good luck in your journey.
The Moscow Branch was started with someone with a San Kyu rank.
I don't think of starting out :rolleyes: !
it was more a general question, I thought about if there were maybe examinations to test if a potential branch-master is suitable for beeing branch-master...or if he has to have some special conditions?
If your country has a federation, it will handle all matters concerning starting a new branch or a new branch master. Then WSKO/Hombu will accept and register the statuses.
A new branch master must first (after all other prerequisites are filled) take part in WSKO's seminar for new branch masters, then be personally interviewed by the federation president. The federation must quarantee the person.
When the federation accepts the new branch or branch master then it is responsible (for ever) for whatever happens with the new branch (or master). Therefore these decisions are not lightly taken.
Tripitaka of AA
Welcome to Budoseek, Kari.
Thanks for your post. :)
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