Appendix II: Financial Structure

Gasshuku Instruction & Examination Fees

Gasshuku Instruction

Gasshuku Director or Guest Instructor
Travel expenses, paid gasshuku expenses, plus fee:
Master Instructor:$500 per gasshuku
General Instructor:$400 per gasshuku
Senior Instructor:$300 per gasshuku
Instructor:$200 per gasshuku
Invited Goreisha
Master Instructor:$200 per class
General Instructor:$150 per class
Senior Instructor:$100 per class
Instructor:$50 per class
Guest Examiner
Per class fee for each class taught, as noted above.

The Gasshuku Director and Gasshuku Manager will decide in advance who will teach during the Gasshuku. This advanced planning is necessary for budgeting purposes.

Of exam fees, one third go directly to SoA, and the remaining two thirds are divided among all the examiners.

As a co-founding member of SoA, Michael Thompson is invited to attend all SoA-accredited gasshukus free of charge. [Michael Thompson and H.F Ito (1942-2023), are the co-founders of SoA]


SoA fee structure as of January 2019
Shintaido of America DuesGeneral Member$60
Examination Fees (You must be a fully paid member of SoA to take an exam)
Bo, Karate and Kenjutsu10 kyu – 6 kyu$30
 5 kyu – 1 kyu$40
ShintaidoAdvanced Student$40
Graduate/Shodan and Instructor/Nidan exam fees include an SoA Examination Licensing/Diploma Fee (one-time fee paid after passing an exam) of $50 for Graduate/Shodan and $100 for Instructors/Nidan. If the examinee does not pass, the appropriate diploma fee is refunded. Above Nidan and Instructor, licensing fees are handled directly by the International Shintaido Project (ISP).
Bo, Karate and KenjutsuShodan$50

Other Resources

  • The Examination Book has more details about the examination process.
  • The Member Resources section includes applications that are required for taking the Assistant and Graduate Shintaido exams.
  • The Examinations page has an overview and lists the necessary examiners for each level.