Curricula - Aikido Testing


AIKIDO Testing Procedures

A martial art student is never allowed to decide when they are ready to test for rank. This is the sole privilege of the instructor. A student doesn't have the perspective or the right to make this decision. The grandfather has a much better perspective on development than a two-year-old. TRUST the sensei and comply with their decision regardless of any personal feelings. When, in their opinion, they feel a student is ready they will notify the student. Never insult the sensei by refusing to test (another test may end up being many moons away.) Never ask - wait to be told!


1) Those not testing should also dress out and sit on the mat. All Dan ranks should attend testing.

2) Procedure for students testing: (all appropriate paper work must be completed prior to testing, test fees paid, etc.)

a) When your name is called, sit facing the kamiza with your uke on your right.
b) Bow to Ôsensei, Sensei, and then your partner.
c) At the end of your test, bow to your partner, Sensei, and Ôsensei (reverse order of bowing in).
d) Before freestyle, bow to uke.
e) After freestyle, bow to uke, Sensei, and Ôsensei.
f) After freestyle when uke are dismissed, they should bow to the nage, Sensei, and Ôsensei.

3) For kyu tests, choose an uke who is the rank for which you are testing or one rank higher (e.g. If you are a 5th kyu testing for 4th kyu, your uke should be 4th or 3rd kyu.)

4) For Dan grades, your uke will be selected for you.


United States Aikido Federation Testing Requirements

Note: Hour requirements are counted from the last promotion.

5th Kyu (60 Hours)
1. Shômen'uchi Ikkyô (omote & ura)
2. Shômen'uchi Iriminage
3. Katatetori Shihônage (omote & ura)
4. Ryotetori Tenchinage
5. Tsuki Kotegaeshi
6. Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi
7. Morotetori Kokyûhô

4th Kyu (80 Hours)
1. Shômen'uchi Nikyô (omote & ura)
2. Yokomen'uchi Shihônage (omote & ura)
3. Tsuki Iriminage
4. Ushiro Tekubitori Sankyô (omote & ura)
5. Ushiro Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi
6. Suwari Waza:
- Shômen'uchi Ikkyô
- Katatori Nikyô
- Katatori Sankyô

3rd Kyu (100 Hours)
1. Yokomen'uchi Iriminage (2 ways)
2. Yokomen'uchi Kotegaeshi
3. Tsuki Kaitennage
4. Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyô (omote & ura)
5. Morotetori Iriminage (2 ways)
6. Shômen'uchi Sankyô (omote & ura)
7. Suwari Waza:
- Shômen'uchi Iriminage
- Shômen'uchi Nikyô (omote & ura)
8. Hanmi Handachi:
- Katatetori Shihônage
- Katatetori Kaitennage (uchi & soto mawari)

2nd Kyu (150 Hours)
1. Shômen'uchi Shihônage
2. Shômen'uchi Kaitennage
3. Yokomen'uchi Gokyô
4. Ushiro Tekubitori Shihônage
5. Ushiro Tekubitori Jûjinage
6. Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage
7. Morotetori Nikyô
8. Hanmi Handachi:
- Shômen'uchi Iriminage
- Katatetori Nikyô
- Yokomen'uchi Kotegaeshi
9. Randori - 2 persons

1st Kyu (200 Hours)
1. Katatori Men'uchi - 5 techniques
2. Yokomen'uchi - 5 techniques
3. Morotetori - 5 techniques
4. Shômen'uchi - 5 techniques
5. Ryotetori - 5 techniques
6. Koshinage - 5 techniques
7. Tantôtori
8. Hanmi Handachi (Ushiro waza - 5 techniques)
9. Randori - 3 persons

Shodan (300 Hours)
1. All of 1st Kyû requirements
2. Tachitori
3. Jôtori
4. Henkawaza
5. Randori - 4 persons

Nidan (500 Hours)
1. Attend 2 seminars per year after Shodan.
2. All of Shodan requirements
3. Tachitori - 2
4. Randori - 5 persons
5. Kaeshiwaza

Sandan (600 Hours)
1. Attend 2 seminars per year after Nidan.
Subject of exam to be determined by examiner at the time of the exam.

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