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Grading Examination System

Aikido Grading Examination System

The date and the results of an exam will be announced each time when it is held.

Usually Kyu Grade exams are held on the first Sunday of each month while Dan Grade exams are held on the first Sunday of every other month.
However, no exams are held in January and August.

Please file an application along with the exam fee at the dojo office by Thursday before the day of exam.

Level Prerequisite Examination Content
    Ik
kyo
Ni
kyo
San
kyo
Yon
kyo
Go
kyo
Shiho-
nage
Irimi-
nage
Kote-
gaeshi
Kaiten-
nage
Tenchi-
nage
Jiyu
waza
Kokyu-
ho
5th
Kyu
30 days of practice Shomen-uchi         Katatedori Shomen-uchi         zagi
4th
Kyu
40 days of practice after obtaining 5th Kyu Shomen-uchi
Katadori
      Yokomen-uchi Shomen-uchi         zagi
3rd
Kyu
50 days of practice after obtaining 4th Kyu Shomen-uchi
(zagi and tachi waza)
  Ryotedori
Yokomen-uchi
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki
  Ryote
dori
  zagi
2nd
Kyu
50 days of practice after obtaining 3rd Kyu Shomen-uchi
(zagi and tachi waza)
Katadori
(zagi and tachi waza)
  Katatedori
Hanmi-handachi
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki(tachi waza)
Katatedori

Kata

tedori

Ryote
dori

Kata

tedori

zagi
1st
Kyu
60 days of practice after obtaining 2nd Kyu Shomen-uchi
(zagi and tachi waza)
Yokomen-uchi
(zagi and tachi waza)
Katadori
(zagi and tachi waza)
Ushiro Ryotedori
Yokomen
-uchi
Katatedori
Ryotedori
Hanmi-handachi waza & tachi waza)
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki
Katatedori
Ryote
dori
Kata
tedori
Ryote
dori
Moro
tedori
(zagi and tachi waza)
1st
Dan
70 days of practice after obtaining 1st Kyu Unarmed techniques(zagi, hami-handachi waza, tachi waza) for shoumen-uchi, yokomen-uchi (strikes), tsuki (thrusts), all forms of grasping shoulders, elbows, collar, wrists and hands; all techniques from the rear)
2nd
Dan
Minimum 1 year since 1st dan, with 200 days of practice Same as above plus Tanto-dori and Futarigake (by two ukes)
Submit an article on some Aikido-related subject
3rd
Dan
Minimum 2 years since 2nd dan, with 300 days of practice Same as above plus Tachi-dori, Jo-dori and Taninzugake (more than three ukes)
Same as above (Topics will be assigned)
4th
Dan
Minimum 3 years since 3rd dan, with 400 days of practice Jiyuwaza for all of the above plus a short essay

NOTES
・Zagi (Suwari waza): sitting.
・Hanmi-handachi waza: sitting vs. standing.
・Tachi waza: standing.
・Be sure you have the required number of practice days before applying for an examination. Application forms and fees
   should be filed 3 days before the examination.
・Essays and articles should be filed 3 days before the examination.
・Successful completion of summer and winter training will be taken into consideration.
・Minimum age for 1st Dan is 15 years, and for 4th Dan is 22 years.
・Examinations shall be taken at the dojo where you normally practice. If you wish to take an examination at a dojo
   other than where you normally practice, approval of both dojos is required.
・Morotedori is two hands holding one hand.
・As a rule partners (uke) in an examination should be of the same rank.
・Continue doing the same technique, left and right, ura and omote, until the examiner says "Stop".

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