|Students who have attended the required number of classes and are, in the opinion of their instructor, ready to advance a grade, are encouraged to test for the next belt level. Belt tests take place four times per year for coloured belts and twice a year for Shodan (1st degree black belts). Individuals testing for higher degree black belts are encouraged to test at Saiko Shihan's dojo in Japan. However, higher degree black belt tests can occur in Vancouver subject to Saiko Shihan's schedule of visits to Canada.
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