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Aikido is the bridge to peace and harmony for all humankind. - Ueshiba Morihei
Rank Testing Requirements

United States Aikido Federation

Promotional Test Requirements

6th Kyu Requirements

  • 20 days practice
    1. Seiza: Bowing, Rise from seiza
    2. Shikko
    3. Hanmi: Migi hanmi, Hidari hanmi
    4. Ukemi: Back fall, Back roll, Front roll
    5. Kokyu undo: Funakogi undo, Ikkyo undo
    6. Tai sabaki: Tenkan, Irimi, Irimi tenkan, Tenshin
    7. Hanmi (with partner): Ai hanmi, Gyaku hanmi
    8. Atemi (with partner): Tsuki, Yokomenuchi, Shomenuchi
    9. Tai no henko (with partner), as both uke and nage
    10. Kokyudosa (Zagi Kokyuho)

5th Kyu Requirements

  • 40 days practice after 6th Kyu
    1. Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote & ura)
    2. Shomenuchi Iriminage
    3. Katatetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
    4. Ryotetori Tenchinage (omote & ura)
    5. Tsuki Kotegaeshi
    6. Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi (omote & ura)
    7. Morotetori Kokyuho (omote & ura)

4th Kyu Requirements

  • 80 days practice after 5th Kyu
    1. Shomenuchi Nikyo (omote & ura)
    2. Yokomenuchi Shihonage (omote & ura)
    3. Tsuki Iriminage
    4. Ushiro Tekubitori Sankyo (omote & ura)
    5. Ushiro Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi (omote & ura)
    6. Suwari Waza:
      • Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote & ura)
      • Katatori Nikyo (omote & ura)
      • Katatori Sankyo (omote & ura)

3rd Kyu Requirements

  • 100 days practice after 4th Kyu
    1. Yokomenuchi Iriminage (2 ways)
    2. Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi (omote & ura)
    3. Tsuki Kaitenage (omote & ura)
    4. Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo (omote & ura)
    5. Morotetori Iriminage (2 ways)
    6. Shomenuchi Sankyo (omote & ura)
    7. Suwari Waza:
      • Shomenuchi Iriminage
      • Shomenuchi Nikyo (omote & ura)
    8. Hanmi Handachi:
      • Katatetori Shihonage
      • Katatetori Kaitenage (uchi & soto mawari)

2nd Kyu Requirements

  • 200 days practice after 3rd Kyu
  • Seminar attendance encouraged
    1. Shomenuchi Shihonage (omote & ura)
    2. Shomenuchi Kaitenage (omote & ura)
    3. Yokomenuchi Gokyo (omote & ura)
    4. Ushiro Tekubitori Shihonage (omote & ura)
    5. Ushiro Tekubitori Jujinage (omote & ura)
    6. Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage
    7. Morotetori Nikyo (omote & ura)
    8. Hanmi Handachi:
      • Shomenuchi Iriminage
      • Katatetori Nikyo (omote & ura)
      • Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi (omote & ura)
    9. Randori - 2 attackers

1st Kyu Requirements

  • 300 days practice after 2nd Kyu
  • Seminar attendance strongly encouraged
    1. Katatori Menuchi - 5 techniques
    2. Yokomenuchi - 5 techniques
    3. Morotetori - 5 techniques
    4. Shomenuchi - 5 techniques
    5. Ryotetori - 5 techniques
    6. Koshinage - 5 techniques
    7. Hanmi Handachi: Ushiro Waza - 5 techniques
    8. Tantotori
    9. Randori - 3 attackers

Shodan Requirements

  • 300 days practice after 1st Kyu
  • Attend one seminar per year
    1. All 1st Kyu requirements
    2. Tachi tori and Bokuto waza
    3. Jo tori and Jo waza
    4. Henka waza (changing technique)
    5. Randori - 4 attackers

Nidan Requirements

  • 600 days practice and at least 2 years after Shodan
  • Attend two seminars per year
    1. All Shodan requirements
    2. Tachitori with two attackers
    3. Kaeshi Waza
    4. Randori - 5 attackers

Sandan Requirements

  • 700 days practice and at least 3 years after Nidan
  • Attend two seminars per year
    • Subject of examination determined by examiner at the time of examination

Notes

  • The practice requirements are counted from the previous promotion or the date the student started Aikido training.
  • The test requirements at all levels are at the discretion of the examining instructor; additional techniques are commonly requested on higher-level tests.
  • Where the test requirements indicate that a technique is to be performed two or more ways, omote and ura of the same form count as one way.
  • Tests for 6th through 3rd kyu are administered at the dojo as part of regular classes. Tests for 2nd kyu and higher are administered at seminars and regional testing sessions several times a year, at Aikido Center of Atlanta and elsewhere.
  • The United States Aikido Federation certificate fee is $35 for all kyu ranks. For 6th kyu there is no certificate fee, but the $45 USAF membership fee is charged. Students testing for ranks above 6th kyu must be current members of the Federation; the $45 annual USAF membership fee is due each January.
  • Augusta Aikido Club does not use colored belts, as is true for most dojo in the United States Aikido Federation. Students below dan grade wear white belts; students at shodan or higher wear black belts.