The examimation system in Aikido is not structured on competition. You will be graded on the following points.
  • Your understading 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 importand, 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 (omote) and tenkan (ura) movement should be used whenever applicable. You will be expected to know and respond to the Japanese terms.
Gokyu (5th kyu) - 60 hours
Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote and ura)
Shomenuchi Iriminage
Katatetori Shihonage (omote and ura)
Munnetsuki Kotegaeshi
Sankyu (3rd kyu) - 70 hours
Yokomenuchi Iriminage(2 ways)
Yokomenuchi Kotegeashi
Tsuki Kaitennage
Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo (omote and ura)
Morotetori Iriminage (2 ways)
Shomenuchi Sankyo (omote and ura)
Suwari waza:
Shomenuchi Iriminage
Shomenuchi Nikkyo (omote and ura)
Katatetori Shionage
Katatetori Kaitennage
Yonkyu (4th kyu) - 60 hours
Yokomenuchi Shihonage (omote & ura)
Tsuki Iriminage
Ushiro Tekubi Sankyo (omote & ura)
Ushiro Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi
Suwari waza:
Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote & ura)
Katatori Nikkyo
Nikyu (2nd kyu) - 80 hours
Shomenuchi Shihonage
Shomenuchi Kaitennage
Yokomenuchi Gokyo
Ushiro Tekubitori Shihonage
Ushiro Tekubitori Jujinage
Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage
Morotetori Nikkyo
Hanmi handachi:
Shomenuchi Iriminage
Katatetori Nikkyo
Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi
Freestyle - 2 Persons
Ikkyu (1st kyu) - 90 hours/6 months
All previous techniques plus:
Jiyu waza:
Hanmi handachi
Tanto dori: