Shidoin (EN: Instructor; JP: 指導員 or しどういん) is a Japanese honorific title for a martial arts instructor. The Nihon Kiin provides a similar title in go called the Nihon Kiin Igo Fukyu Shidoin (EN: Nihon Kiin Go Promotional Instructor; JP: 日本棋院囲碁普及指導員). As the Nihon Kiin's title implies, the role is for one who promotes the spread of go through instruction.
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- Must be an amateur player.
- Must be older than 18 and maintain Nihon Kiin membership.
- Must apply for one of three license ranks: S, A, and B.
|A||1 dan||300 USD|
|B||9 kyu||200 USD|
- The license is valid for only 2 years.
- Updating a license requires a 60 USD fee with supporting application documents.
- For license rank promotion, an activity report must be submitted to the Nihon Kiin.
- Certificates will only be given in Japanese.
- All payments are accepted only by bank transfer. Google Pay or credit cards are unavailable.
- The license is not a national requirement, meaning that there are no laws forcing all go instructors in Japan to obtain this license.
- For go instructors of school clubs, the Nihon Kiin offers a school go instructor (gakko igo shidoin) license.
An authorized referee license is also available for rank-S promotional instructors with recommendation by a Nihon Kiin branch.
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shidōin (also a stub, as of 2019-05-21)
- Official website at Nihon Ki-in
- Insei, in the Go industry, Insei experience is highly welcomed as same as the shidoin license
- JILTA ( Japan Igo Lecturer Training Association), an independent non-profit organization which aims to establish a shidoin alternative in the Go industry. It was founded by Nakano Yuki (former insei at Nihon Kiin & Kansai Ki-in, represented the Aichi prefecture at the All Japan Female Amateur Championship)