7th Kyu
White Belt with Stripe

Minimum 2 months and 20 hours of training

Ki tests and exercises

  • Seiza A Japanese style of sitting with legs folded under the body.
  • Shizentai A natural stance (with feet shoulder width) in which feet and shoulders are in one line.
  • Orenaite The unbendable arm.
  • Koho tento undo Rolling back and forth with a folded knee. It is performed from sitting.
  • Ushiro ukemi - Falling backward and to standing position.
  • Mae ukemi Falling forward and to standing position.
  • Ryote dori kokyu dosa From seiza uke attacks with two wrists grab tori. Tori performs breath power throw and moves aside after the throw.

Techniques

Tachi waza

  • Katate kosa dori Kote goeshi Uke attacks with wrist grab (left left; right-right). Tori performs wrist turning, throw and pin.
  • Kata dori Ikkyo (Ude osae) - Uke attacks with dynamic shoulder grab. Tori performs elbow hold. The technique is in two variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Katate kosa dori kokyu nage Uke attacks with the wrist grab (left left; right-right). Tori performs throw, controlling Uke's head and finishes the technique with leg and arm ( left right; right left).

6th Kyu
Yellow Belt

Minimum 3 months and 30 hours of training after having taken 7th kyu

Ki tests and exercises

  • Ushiro ukemi (Heavy Fall) Falling backward with slap of two hands at the same time and returning to standing position.
  • Mae ukemi (Heavy Fall) - Falling forward with slap of two hands at the same time and returning to seiza.
  • Shomen uchi Yokomen uchi and Mune tsuki Demonstration of basic strikes performed with kiai.
  • Funakogi undo Rowing exercise.
  • Shomen uchi ikkyo undo Raising arms to face level and dropping them sharply to waist level as if cutting with a sword.
  • Ryote dori renzoku kokyu dosa From seiza uke attacks with two wrists grab. Tori performs breath power throw without moving.

Techniques

Tachi waza

  • Shomen uchi Kokyu nage Uke attacks with downward strike to the head. Tori performs throw, controlling uke's head and finishes the technique with leg and arm (left right; right left).
  • Katate dori Shihonage Uke attacks with dynamic wrist grab (left – right). Tori performs four directions throw. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Shomen uchi Irimi nage Uke attacks with downward strike to the head. Tori performs throw, controlling Uke's head and finishes the technique with leg and arm (left left; right right).
  • Kata dori Nikyo (Kote mawashi) Uke attacks with dynamic shoulder grab. Tori performs 2 principle in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.

5th Kyu
Yellow Belt with Stripe

Minimum 3 months and 30 hours of training after having taken 6th kyu

Ki tests and exercises

  • Hanmi no kamae Stance in which the shoulders are in one line, also known as triangle stance (Half body stance).
  • Banzai no kamae Stance in which the shoulders and feet are in one line and both arms are folded in elbows and raised up. The body is slightly leaned back.
  • Zengo Undo The same movement as in Shomen uchi ikkyo undo, but with turning 180 degree pivoting.
  • Happo undo Eight directions movement.
  • Tekubi kosa undo Exercise in which the wrists are crossed in front of the abdomen and face.
  • Mae geri – Demonstration of front kick with kiai.
  • Kamae with Bokken Demonstration of the 5 basics sword stances: gedan no kamae, chudan no kamae, jodan no kamae, haso no kamae, waki no kamae.
  • Bokken and Jo Suburi Demonstration of the basic strikes with bokken (sword) and jo (staff) performed by shomen uchi, yokomen uchi and muke zuki with kiai.

Techniques

Tachi waza

  • Shomen uchi Kote gaeshi Uke attacks with downward strike to the head. Tori performs wrist turning, throw and pin.
  • Shomen uchi Ikkyo Uke attacks with downward strike to the head. Tori performs ikkyo(ude osae). The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Katate dori Sankyo (Kote hineri) Uke attacks with dynamic wrist grab (left right). Tori performs sankyo. The technique is in 3 variations: irimi and tenkan with osae, as well as nage.
  • Yokomen uchi Sokomen irimi nage Uke attacks with a side strike to the head. Tori performs movement similar to the exercise sai undo. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Mune tsuki Kote gaeshi Uke attacks with thrusting strike to the chest (in the solar plexus area). Tori performs wrist turning, throw and pin.
  • Katate dori soto Kayten nage Uke attacks with wrist grab (left right). Tori performs rotary throw from the outside. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Katate dori uchi Kayten nage Uke attacks with wrist grab (left right). Tori performs rotary throw from the inside. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.

4th Kyu
Blue Belt

Minimum 3 months and 30 hours of training after having taken 5th kyu

Ki tests and exercises

  • Ushiro sori Stance in which one leg is forward, hands are forded in the elbows and lifted up. The body is slightly leaned back.
  • Mae kagami Banding the body forward as in the technique ushiro tekubi dori kokyo nage
  • Sai undo Exercise in which arms swing to the left and right by emphasizing the movement with high (strong) inclination of the body (hips).
  • Sai choyako undo It is performed like sai undo with cross step.
  • Ude furi undo Exercise in which arms swing around the body.
  • Ude furi choyako undo It is performed like ude furi undo but with tai sabaki.
  • Ushiro dori undo Bending the body forth to the forward leg, the body is bent by the waist, arms are stretched forth and back.
  • Ushiro tekubi dori undo Bending the forth to the forward leg, wrists are bent pointing down to the ground.
  • Shikko Traditional way of walking in seiza (knee walking). It is performed by moving mae, ushiro and tai sabaki.
  • Tai sabaki toshu Moving of the body against katate dori, shomen uchi, yokomen uchi and mune tsuki.

Techniques

Tachi waza

  • Yokomen uchi Shiho nage Uke attacks with side strike to the head. Tori performs four directions throw. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Ushiro tekubi dori Kokyu nage Uke attacks with both wrists grab from the back. Tori performs dynamic throw using the movement from ushiro tekubi dori undo.
  • Ushiro tekubi dori Kote gaeshi Uke attacks with both wrists grab from the back. Tori performs wrist turning, throw and pin. The technique is in 2 variations.
  • Kata dori Yonkyo (tekubi osae) Uke attacks with dynamic shoulder grab. Tori performs yonkyo. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Ryote dori Tenchi nage Uke attacks with both wrists grab from the front. Tori performs Heaven and earth throw. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Ryote dori kokyu nage Uke attacks with both wrists grab from the front. Tori performs dynamic throws. The technique is in 4 variations.

3rd Kyu
Blue Belt with Stripe

Minimum 6 months and 60 hours of traning after having taken 4th kyu

Ki tests and exercises

  • Yoko ukemi The sideways falling exercise is performed from standing position as mae ukemi.
  • Tenkan undo Turning the body to 180 degree.
  • Irimi tenkan (Tai sabaki) – Turning the body to 360 degree.

Techniques

Tachi waza

  • Ushiro rio hiji dori Kote gaeshi Uke attacks with dynamic elbows grab from the back. Tori performs wrist turning, throw and pin. The technique is in 1 variation.
  • Mune tsuki Kokyu nage Uke attacks with thrusting strike to the chest. Tori performs rotary throw grabbing uke's attacking hand.
  • Katat dori Gokyo (ude nobashi) Uke attacks with dynamic shoulder grab. Tori performs gokyo. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Ushiro dori Kokyu nage Uke attacks with grab from the back (Bear hug). Tori performs dynamic throw using the movement from Ushiro dori undo.
  • Ryote dori Soto Kaiten nage Uke attacks with both wrists grab from the front. Tori performs rotary throw from outside. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Ryote dori Uchi Kaiten nage Uke attacks with both wrists grab. Tori performs rotary throw from inside. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Katate ryote dori nikkyo Uke attacks with both hands holding tori's hand. Tori performs nikkyo. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.

 

Suwari waza

  • Shomen uchi Kokyu nage Uke attacks with downward strike to the head. Tori performs throw throw controlling uke's head. The technique finishes with osae.
  • Shomen uchi Ikkyo Uke attacks with downward strike to the head. Tori performs elbow hold . The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Kata dori Nikkyo Uke attacks with dynamic shoulder grab. Tori performs nikkyo. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Bokken Kata 1 Happo giri. The kata consists of 13 movements which include the basic strikes shomen uchi and mune tsuki.
  • Ju waza Demonstration of free style techniques against Ryote dori, Mae rio kata dori, Ushiro tekubi dori.

2nd Kyu
Brown Belt

Minimum 6 months and 60 hours of training after having taken 3th Kyu and also having participated in an aikido seminar.

Ki tests and exercises

  • Agura no shisei Cross-legged sitting position.
  • Kata ashiage Keeping one's balance with raised bent leg (in the air) and stretched forward arm.
  • Agaranai karada The unliftable body. It is performed from shizen tai.
  • Questions: The examining commitee might ask one of the following questions during the test:

-What are the four basic principles in Aikido?
-What is Aikido?

  • Kokyu ho Breathing demonstration.

Techniques

Tachi waza

  • Mae rio kata dori Kokyu nage Uke attacks with grabbing both shoulders from the front. Tori performs dynamic throw ending on one knee.
  • Ushiro rio kata dori Kokyu nage Uke attacks with grabbing both shoulders from the back. Tori performs dynamic throw to seiza.
  • Katate ryote dori Kokyu nage Uke attacks with two hands holding tori's hand. Tori performs dynamic throw controlling uke's head and ends up the technique with rear leg and arm (left right; right left). The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Mae Rio kata dori Kote gaeshi Uke attacks with dynamic both shoulders grab. Tori performs turning the wrist, throw and pin.
  • Kata dori Men uchi Irimi nage Uke attacks simultaneously with shoulder grab and direct upward strike to the head. Tori performs throw controlling uke's head and ends up the technique with leg and arm (left left; right right).

Hanmi Handachi Waza

  • Katate dori Shiho nage Uke attacks with wrist grab (left right). Tori performs four directions throw. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Katate dori Sankyo Uke attacks with dynamic wrist grab (left right). Tori performs sankyo. The technique is in 3 variations: irimi and tenkan with osae and with nage.
  • Mune tsuki Kote gaeshi Uke attacks with direct strike. Tori performs wrist turning, throw and pin.

Tachi waza

  • Ryote dori Koshi nage Uke attacks with both wrists grab from the front. Tori performs hip throw.
  • Mae geri Kokyu nage Uke attacks with front kick. Tori performs dynamic throw controlling uke's head and ends up the technique with rear leg and arm (left- right; right left). The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Ju waza - Demonstration of free-style techniques against any strikes and holds.
  • Jo kata 1 Kata with jo (staff) which includes 22 movements.

1st Kyu
Brown Belt with Stripe

Minimum 6 months and 60 hours of training after having taken 2nd Kyu, having participated in an Aikido seminar.

Ki tests and exercises

  • Tai sabaki Bokken Moving of the body towards cutting and thrusting sword attacks from shomen uchi, yokomen uchi and mune tsuki. Uke's attack and tori's defense are performed with kiai.

 Techniques

Tachi waza

  • Ushiro tekubi dori Jiuji nage Uke attacks with both wrists grab from the back. Tori performs throw through crossed hands pin.
  • Yokomen uchi Sudori Uke attacks with strike to the side of the head. Tori trips uke's leg moving to seiza.
  • Katate ryote dori Kote gaeshi Uke attacks with two hands holding tori's hand. Tori performs wrist turning, throw and pin.
  • Mune tsuki Sumi otoshi Uke attacks with thrusting strike to the chest. Tori performs corner throw.
  • Kata dori Gamen uchi Ikkyo Uke attacks simultaneously with shoulder grab and direct strike to the face. Tori performs ikkyo. The technique is in 2 variations: irimi and tenkan.
  • Tanto dori Uke attacks with knife: shomen uchi, yokomen uchi and mune tsuki. Tori performs minimum (at least) 3 techniques.
  • Bokken kata 2 The kata consists of 13 movements which include the basic strikes: shomen uchi, yokomen uchi and mune tsuki.
  • Randori Defense from different strikes and holds against 3 ukes.
 

Tachi waza Uke and tori are standing.
Suwari waza Uke and tori are in seiza.
Hanmi handachi waza Uke is standing and tori is in seiza.

  1. These are the requirements for an exam.
  2. Many of the techniques have irimi and tenkan (omote and ura) variations and students must know them.
  3. Many of the techniques are performed from static grab as well as dynamic one.
  4. During the examination students must be able to perform all the techniques from previous examinations programmes.
  5. All students must fulfill the following requirements:
  • to have paid their annual fee.
  • to have handed their application form for the exam to the instructor.
  • to have paid the examination fee before the exam.

Shodan
Black Belt 1 degree

Minimum 9 months training and 90 days after having taken 1st Kyu and participated in an instructor seminar.
  • Written essays:What is Aikido? What is Shugio?

Techniques

  • Mune tsuki Demonstration of minimum 5 techniques.
  • Yokomen uchi - Demonstration of minimum 5 techniques.
  • Ushiro tekubi dori - Demonstration of minimum 5 techniques.
  • Ryote dori Demonstration of minimum 5 techniques.
  • Hanmi Handachi waza Demonstration of different techniques from seiza against one uke.
  • Bokken Dori Demonstration of minimum 3 techniques against the basic sword attacks shomen uchi, yokomen uchi and mune tsuki.
  • Jo Kata 2 Kata with Jo (staff) including 22 movements.
  • Randori Defense from different strikes and holds against 4 ukes.

Nidan
Black Belt 2 degree

Minimum 18 months training and 50 hours practicing as assistant instructor, participating in an aikido seminar after having taken shodan.

  • Written essay: Aikido-history and future.

Techniques

  • Kata dori Gamenuchi Demonstration of minimum 5 techniques.
  • Shomen uchi - Demonstration of minimum 5 techniques.
  • Hanmi Handachi waza Demonstration of different techniques from seiza against two ukes.
  • Jo Dori Demonstration of minimum 3 techniques against the basic attacks with Jo (staff) from shomen uchi, yuchi, and mune tsuki.
  • Randori Defense from different strikes and holds against 5 ukes.

Sandan
Black Belt 3 degree

Minimum 30 months training, 100 hours practicing as assistant instructor and participating in 2 instructor seminars after having taken nidan.

  • Written essay: Aikido philosophy

Techniques

  • Jo nage Jo throw Free style demonstration.
  • Kumi jo Demonstration of 5 basic forms with Jo (staff).
  • Kumi tachi Demonstration of 6 basic forms with sword.
  • Randori Defense from different strikes and holds against 6 ukes.

Yondan
Black Belt 4 degree

Minimum 42 months, 200 hours practicing as assistant instructor and participating in 2 instructor seminars after having taken sandan.

  • Written essay: Applications of Aikido
  • Interview

 Techniques

  • Kihon waza Demonstration of basic techniques minimum 5 minutes.
  • Henka waza Demonstration of varied techniques minimum 5 minutes.
  • Oyo waza Demonstration of applied techniques minimum 5 minutes.
  • Methodology of teaching Demonstration of teaching kihon and oyo waza.