Testing Requirement

Notes:
  • All practice day requirements are counted from the last test.
  • Many techniques have omote (front) and ura (rear) variations which you must know
  • The testing committee may wave any requirements, or add other requirements.
  • Use of colored belts is at the discretion of each individual Dojo. At Mill City Aikido we use colored belts in our children’s program, until the student graduates into the adult program. We do not use colored belts at Mill City Aikido in the adult program, except that 2nd and 1st kyu students wear brown belts.
  • 6th kyu is the first rank offered in judo, as we establish our aikido guide lines we are using the judo promotion format. 6th kyu and fifth kyu requirements can be combined as a 5th kyu test, this is at the discretion of the individual dojo.

 

6th Kyu: (Yellow Belt): 30 practice days

  1. Katatetori Kotegaeshi
  2. Katatetori Kokyunage
  3. Katatetori Shihonage
  4. Katatori Ikkyo
  5. Katatori Nikkyo
  6. Shomenuchi Kokyunage
  7. Shomenuchi Iriminage

5th Kyu: (Yellow Belt with Stripe): 60 days

  1. Katatetori Sankyo
  2. Katatetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
  3. Katatetori Kaitenage
  4. Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote & ura)
  5. Shomenuchi Iriminage
  6. Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi
  7. Yokomenuchi Iriminage
  8. Ryotetori Tenchinage
  9. Tsuki Kotegaeshi
  10. Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi
  11. Morotetori Kokyuho
  12. Bokken Suburi 1-5
  13. Jo Suburi 1-5

4th Kyu: (Blue Belt): 80 days

  1. Shomenuchi Nikkyo (omote & ura)
  2. Yokomenuchi Shihonage (omote & ura)
  3. Tsuki Iriminage
  4. Ushiro Tekubitori Sankyo (omote & ura)
  5. Ushiro Tekubitori Kokyunage
  6. Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi
  7. Ushiro Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi
  8. Ryotetori Tenchinage
  9. Ryotetori Kokyunage (variations required)
  10. Suwari Waza:
    Katatori Nikkyo
    Katatori Sankyo
    Shomenuchi Ikkyo
  11. Bokken Suburi 1-5, 6-7
  12. Jo Suburi 1-5, 6-10
  13. Happo Giri

3rd Kyu: (Blue Belt with Stripe): 100 days

  1. Katatori Gokyu
  2. Morotetori Iriminage (2 ways)
  3. Ryotetori Kaitenage
  4. Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo (omote & ura)
  5. Ushiro Ryokatatori Kokyunage
  6. Ushirohijitori Kotegaeshi
  7. Shomenuchi Sankyo (omote & ura)
  8. Yokomenuchi Iriminage (2 ways)
  9. Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi
  10. Tsuki Kaitenage
  11. Munetsuki Kokyunage
  12. Suwari Waza:
    Katatori Nikkyo
    Shomenuchi Iriminage
    Shomenuchi Nikkyo
    Shomenuchi Kokyunage
  13. Hanmi-Handachi:
    Katatetori Shihonage
    Katatetori Kaitenage
  14. Randori - 1 person
  15. Bokken Suburi 1-7
  16. Happo Giri
  17. Jo Suburi 1-10, 11-18
  18. Kumitachi 1
  19. 13 Count Jo Kata

2nd Kyu : (Brown Belt): 200 practice days, attendance at one Aikido seminar since 3rd kyu

  1. Morotetori Nikkyo
  2. Katatori Menuchi Iriminage
  3. Ryotetori Koshinage
  4. Ryokatatori Kokyunage (variations required)
  5. Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi:
  6. Ushiro Tekubitori Shihonage
  7. Ushiro Tekubitori Jujinage
  8. Ushiro Katatori Kokyunage
  9. Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage
  10. Shomenuchi Shihonage
  11. Shomenuchi Kaitenage
  12. Yokomenuchi Gokyu
  13. Maigeri Kokyunage:
  14. Hanmi-Handachi:
    Katatetori Sankyo
    Katatetori Shihonage
    Shomenuchi Iriminage
    Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi
    Munetsuki Kotegaeshi
  15. Randori - 2 persons
  16. Bokken Suburi 1-7
  17. Happo Giri
  18. 13 Count Jo Kata
  19. Jo Suburi 1-18, 19-20
  20. Kumitachi 1, 2
  21. 21 Count Jo Kata
  22. Kumijo 1

1st Kyu : (Brown Belt with Stripe): 300 practice days and attendance at 1 Aikido seminar since earning 2nd Kyu

  1. Katatori Menuchi-5 techniques
  2. Morotetori-5 techniques
  3. Ryotetori-5 techniques
  4. Shomenuchi-5 techniques
  5. Yokomenuchi-5 techniques
  6. Koshinage-5 techniques
  7. Hanmi-Handachi (Ushiro Waza)-5 techniques
  8. Randori - 3 persons
  9. Bokken Suburi 1-7
  10. Happo Giri
  11. 13 Count Jo Kata
  12. Jo Suburi 1-20
  13. 21 Count Jo Kata
  14. Kumitachi 1-2, 3
  15. Kumijo 1, 2
  16. 31 Count Jo Kata

Sho-Dan : (Black Belt): 400 practice days and attendance at 1 Aikido seminar since earning 2nd Kyu

  1. All of 1st Kyu requirements
  2. Henkawaza
  3. Randori - 4 persons
  4. Kumitachi 4-5
  5. Kumijo 3-5
  6. Tachitori - 3 attacks minimum
  7. Jotori - 3 attacks minimum
  8. Jonage
  9. Tantotori

Ni-Dan : 600 practice days and attendance at 2 Aikido seminars per year since earning 2nd Kyu

  1. All of Sho-Dan requirements
  2. Tachitori Randori-2 persons
  3. Hanmi Handachi Randori: free technique against 2 persons
  4. Randori - 5 persons
  5. Kaeshiwaza
  6. Kumijo 6-10
  7. Ki Musubi No Tachi
  8. 31 Count Kumijo

San-Dan: 700 practice days and attend 2 seminars per year after Ni-Dan.

  1. Subject of exam to be determined by examiner at the time of the exam.
  2. Randori Freestyle - 6 persons
  3. All Ni-Dan, Sho-Dan, and 1st Kyu weapons requirements.
  4. Ken Tai Jo

Yon-dan: minimum 42 months, 200 days as an instructor.

  1. Subject of exam to be determined by examiner at the time of the exam.
  2. Henkawaza five minute demonstration
  3. Kihon waza - "basic techniques" five minute free demonstration
  4. Oyo waza - "applied or advanced techniques" five minutes free demonstration
  5. Instructional methodology demonstration

 

Glossary of attacks

  • Hanmi-Handachi - uke standing, nage kneeling
  • Henkawaza - switching from one technique to another. Examiner will call the first technique.
  • Hijitori - grab to the elbow
  • Jonage - nage starts with jo, and prevents uke from taking jo away from nage
  • Jotori - attack with jo
  • Kaeshiwaza - counter techniques. Uke applies the technique to nage. Original technique will be called by examiner. (e.g. to apply sankyo against nikkyo)
  • Katatetori - one hand grab to wrist
  • Katatori - one hand grab to shoulder/collar
  • Kumijo - staff vs. staff forms
  • Kumitachi - sword vs. sword forms
  • Maigeri - Front kick
  • Morotetori - two hands on one
  • Munetsuki - strike or punch to the head
  • Ryotetori - both wrists grabbed from the front
  • Shomenuchi - strike to forehead
  • Suburi - single person jo or bokken forms
  • Suwari Waza - techniques from kneeling
  • Tachitori - attack with bokken
  • Tantotori - attack with knife
  • Tsuki - thrust or punch
  • Uchi & Soto Mawari - both inside (uchi) and out-side (soto) movements
  • Ushiro Waza - any attack from behind
  • Ushiro Ryokatatori - both shoulders grabbed from behind
  • Ushiro Tekubitori - both wrists grabbed from behind
  • Ushiro Kubishime - choke from behind with free hand grabbing wrist
 

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