Testing Requirements

The examination system in Aikido is not structured on competition. You will be graded on the following points:

  • Your understanding of basic technique appropriate to your level.
  • Your spontaneous movement and response appropriate for the attack.
  • Your ability to adapt your movement to the force of the attack.
  • The concentration and awareness you maintain throughout the examination.
  • Continuity of movement is important, not speed.
  • Confidence and courage are important, not ego.
  • Be prepared to uke for someone else of your same level during the examination period. You will be graded on your ukemi.

A technique should be demonstrated continuously both right and left until there is a signal to stop. Both irimi and tenkan movement should be used whenever applicable. You will be expected to know and respond to the Japanese terms. It is necessary to have completed the required hours of training (only one hour per day may count in computing time requirements), and it is necessary that the waiting period between each examination has expired.

Gokyu

(60 hours / 6 months)

  • Jiyu waza – katate dori
  • Katate dori ikkyo **
  • Katate dori nikyo **
  • Katate dori hantai ikkyo **
  • Katate dori hantai nikyo w/ikkyo **
  • Katate dori hantai (kosa dori) nikyo w/o ikkyo **
  • Katate dori hantai iriminage **

Yonkyu

(80 hours / 8 months)
All previous techniques plus:

  • Shomenuchi sankyo
  • Shomenuchi yonkyo
  • Shomenuchi kotegaeshi
  • Shomenuchi kaitennage
  • Yokomenuchi ikkyo
  • Yokomenuchi kotegaeshi
  • Yokomenuchi iriminage (3 ways)
  • Kosa dori hijinage (udekiminage)
  • Munetsuki kotegaeshi
  • Suwariwaza shomenuchi ikkyo
  • Suwariwaza shomenuchi iriminage
  • Jiyu waza – yokomenuchi & shomenuchi
  • Katate dori hiji osae **
  • Katate dori kaitennage **

Sankyu

(100 hours / 10 months)
All previous techniques plus:

  • Ryote dori tenchinage
  • Ryote dori ikkyo
  • Ryote dori kokyu nage (various)
  • Ryote dori shihonage
  • Kata dori ikkyo
  • Kata dori nikyo
  • Kata dori shihonage
  • Kosa dori nikyo
  • Kosa dori nikyo w/o ikkyo
  • Kosa dori sankyo
  • Kosa dori sankyo w/o ikkyo
  • Katate dori hantai koshinage (head and hip first)
  • Munetsuki kaitennage
  • Suwariwaza shomenuchi sankyo
  • Suwariwaza shomenuchi yonkyo
  • Hanmi handachi katate dori shihonage
  • Hanmi handachi katate dori kaitennage (various)
  • Jiyu waza – ryote dori, kata dori (two person attack)
  • Jo 10-count kata w and w/o partner
  • Bokken: shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, tsuki
  • Ryote dori kokyu tanden (various) **
  • Shomenuchi aikinage **
  • Kata dori sankyo **
  • Kata dori yonkyo **

Nikyu

(100 hours / 10 months)
All previous techniques plus:

  • Ushiro ryokata dori ikkyo
  • Ushiro ryokata dori kokyu tanden ho
  • Ushiro ryote dori ikkyo
  • Ushiro ryote dori nikyo
  • Ushiro ryote dori sankyo
  • Ushiro ryote dori iriminage (2 ways)
  • Ushiro ryote dori koshinage
  • Ushiro ryote dori shihonage
  • Ushiro ryote dori kotegaeshi
  • Ushiro kubishime kotegaeshi
  • Ushiro kubishime shihonage
  • Kata dori – arm bar
  • Ushiro kokyu nage (1 way from each attack)
  • Suwari waza kata dori ikkyo
  • Suwari waza kata dori nikyo
  • Suwari waza kata dori sankyo
  • Suwari waza kata dori yonkyo
  • Hanmi handachi shomenuchi ikkyo
  • Hanmi handachi shomenuchi iriminage
  • Hanmi handachi ryote dori shihonage
  • Hanmi handachi kata dori ikkyo
  • Hanmi handachi yokomenuchi ikkyo
  • Ushiro jiyu waza (multiple attackers)
  • Bokken: uchi no kata
  • Jo: 31-count kata
  • Ushiro ryokata dori sankyo **
  • Ushiro ryokata dori aikiotoshi **
  • Ushiro ryote dori nikyo **
  • Ushiro ryote dori kokyu tanden ho **
  • Ushiro ryote dori juji nage **
  • Ushiro kubishime ikkyo **

lkkyu

(120 hours / 12 months)
All previous techniques plus:

  • Morote dori ikkyo
  • Morote dori nikyo
  • Morote dori iriminage
  • Morote dori shihonage
  • Morote dori jujinage
  • Munetsuki ikkyo
  • Munetsuki iriminage
  • Mentsuki kaitennage
  • Mentsuki kotegaeshi
  • Katate dori koshinage
  • Shomenuchi koshinage
  • Yokomenuchi koshinage
  • Munetsuki koshinage
  • Mentsuki koshinage

** Extra Techniques

  • Jiyuwaza – Munetsuki
  • Jiyuwaza – Mentsuki
  • Jiyuwaza – Morote dori
  • Kumi jo – 1, 2, 3
  • Kumi tachi – 1, 2, 3
  • Mune dori ikkyo **
  • Mune dori shihonage **
  • Mentsuki iriminage **
  • Mentsuki kokyu tanden **
  • Mae gaeri (front kick) – analogous to hiji osae **
  • Mae gaeri (front kick) – kaitennage **
  • Mae gaeri (front kick) – kokyu tanden **