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Shidoin (instructor or teacher) certification is dojo-specific and the status of all applying and renewing Shidoin is subject to review by the Technical Committee. Individually, a Shidoin may test kyu ranks up to and including 1st kyu but in order to test students for the ranks of shodan and nidan, there must be at least 2 Shidoins present. The following requirements apply for all Shidoins:

·       Must teach on a regularly scheduled basis;

·       Must be a yondan for a minimum of one (1) year or higher rank;

·       Must be recommended by the Chief Instructor of the dojo OR must be recommended either by a USAF Shihan or Shidoin if person applying for Shidoin certification has his/her/their own dojo and is Chief Instructor;

·       To maintain certification, Shidoins must (i) renew instructor certification annually (ii) attend at least one (1) seminar taught by a TC member and one (1) major seminar each year and (iii) be an active USAF member in good standing of a USAF dojo in good standing;

·       If a Shidoin changes USAF dojos, the certification does not automatically transfer; and

·       It is at the discretion of the Chief Instructor whether or not to grant (or renew) Shidoin status.

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