One Part of an Dan-examination (Shinsa) consists on theoretical questions, which are to be answered in writing by the candidates. They will be submitted to the audit team. The answers will be examined. The level and depth of the statement is crucial. The target level must correspond.
Here you can check your knowledge, whether you (at least in theory) are qualified for a particular Dangrad. The following questions are examples collected from different years.
Shodan (1. Dan)
1. Tell something about Chakuza (sitting down).
2. What you must consider before you begin an Enbu?
3. Describe the fifth Kata of Zenkenren-Iai.
Nidan (2. Dan)
1. Write about Tachiagari (rise up).
2. Talk about breathing in Iaipractice.
3. Explain the meaning and purpose of Iaido-learning.
Sandan (3. Dan)
1. Describe the seventh form of Zenkenren-Iai.
2. Explain how to handle the Tsuka.
3. Write on Iai and health maintenance.
Yondan (4. Dan)
1. Describe the need of right cutting line (Hasuji).
2. Write about the posture of Iai.
3. Explain what to look for at teaching of Iaido beginners.
Godan (5. Dan)
1. What content is essential to the instruction of the basic techniques Nukitsuke, Kiritsuke, Chiburi and Noto?
2. Describe the various types of swords.
3. Explain the evaluation criteria of Iai-judgment for Shinsa and Taikai.
But: »Actions speak louder than words.« The practical examination with the demonstration of various kata is crucial for obtaining a Dangrades!