I hope this is an appropriate forum topic.
So I started Wado Karate some 35 years ago and have official certificates up to 4th Kyu.
Since that I have done many martial arts and in particular WJJF Jujitsu (which many of you know is a mix of many things). I got to brown belt there.
Also some Aikido & BJJ.
So also in the middle of this myself and a few other self motivated guys ran our own club for 2 years and we also did extensive wado training of our own up to the 1st DAN syllabus, maybe over 2-3 years in fact. -
The previous jujitsu experience was invaluable in understanding the KATAs in WADO, I would nearly say that the jujitsu training was a very advanced course on KATA Bunkai, so I have spent 10 years just doing throws, locks etc and not really needing to know what they are, I just did them.. but it gives me a huge head start on Bunkai compared some other wado people in the club, especially a lot of the escaping techniques etc.
So the question (at last),
Given that I know the 1st DAN syllabus of WADO very well and that i have 10-15 years of grappling and other arts, would you consider it reasonable that I can be given the opportunity to test for a 1st DAN Karate WADO or would you say I should still do the older grades that i have no official recognition of. I stress, be "given the opportunity to take the exam" If im good enough to pass with flying colours then this seems ok to me? - if not then its a fail! views?