Years of practice and study culminates in this.
Day 1 of the kendo 8dan exams results (Tokyo): 963 people attempted it, 4 passed. 0.4% pass rate.
Ezawa (Osaka, 46)
Noma (Tokyo, 46)
Yamazaki (Kanagawa, 53)
Sugiura (Aiichi, 58)http://www.kendo.or.jp/examination/kend ... yo/result/
Day 2.888 participants, 4 passes. 0.5% pass rate.
So over 2 days of hachidan exams there were 1,851 people attempting, and only 8 passes. I heard that 1 other person passed the kendo portion yesterday, but was failed on kata. A 0.4% pass rate in total.
Nought's had, all's spent, Where our desire is got without content;'Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.