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Kyu Requirements

5th Kyu  ·  4th Kyu  ·  3rd Kyu  ·  2nd Kyu  ·  1st Kyu  ·  Sho Dan  ·  Ni Dan  ·  San Dan

5th Kyu Requirements

See "Study Guidelines" for your level.
 
Ukemi
Forward roll
Backward roll
Forward into backward roll
Extended Roll (over an object)
Blending
Katate Dori Tai No Henko and Irimi blend
Two-step practice with partner
Suwari Waza
Shikko
Ryote Dori Kokyu Dosa
Tachi Waza
Shomenuchi Irimi Nage (showing all 4 steps - start/stop)
Tsuki Kote-Gaeshi
Katate Dori Shihonage - Omote & Ura
Katate Dori Sumi Othoshi - Ura (demonstrating back empty point)
Shomen Uchi Ikkyo - Omote & Ura
Weapons
Happo-giri with a bokken
Oral Requirements
Be prepared to answer oral questions concerning information found in the student handbook. Request the questions from Sensei.

4th Kyu Requirements

See "Study Guidelines" for your level.
 
Ukemi
Ukemi in response to a sempai doing 4th kyu techniques
Sutemi fall (performed as a solo practice)
Blending
Katate Dori Tai No Henko Ki No Nagari (continuous flow)
Two-step practice with partner, including Irimi
Suwari Waza
Ryote Dori Kokyu Dosa
Shomen Uchi Ikkyo - Omote & Ura
Tachi Waza
Shomenuchi Ikkyo - Omote & Ura
Kata Dori Nikkyo - Omote & Ura
Ushiro Te Kubi Shime Sankyo - Omote & Ura
Ikkyo principle: Demonstrate a variety of applications of Ikkyo. This will represent your "Ikkyo Study." Include: beginning in a different principle (i.e. kote gaeshi) transitioning into Ikkyo; Ikkyo used in kokyu nage; beginning with Ikkyo, transitioning into another principle.
Shomenuchi Irimi Nage
Ryote Dori Tenchi Nage
Mae Te Dori (variety of wrist grabs) Kote Gaeshi (includes: kote gaeshi and gyaku (reverse) kote gaeshi omote, ura, and tenkan.)
Mae Te Dori Shihonage - Omote & Ura
Weapons
Jo Suburi (1 thru 5, including the names)
Ken Suburi (1 thru 5)
Written Requirement
Read the handouts on budo and bujutsu, and your handbook. Be prepared to answer several written questions on this information and how your training and dojo reflect them. Request the information and questions from Sensei.

3rd Kyu Requirements

See "Study Guidelines" for your level.
 
Ukemi
Take falls in jiyu waza
High fall from Koshi Nage and Kote Gaeshi
Suwari Waza
Shomen Uchi Ikkyo - Omote & Ura
Shomen Uchi Irimi Nage
Tachi Waza
Shomen Uchi Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Nikkyo principle: Demonstrate a variety of applications of Nikkyo. This will represent your "Nikkyo Study." Include: beginning in a different principle (i.e. kote gaeshi) transitioning into Nikkyo; Nikkyo used in kokyu nage; beginning with Nikkyo, transitioning into another principle.
Shomen Uchi Irimi Nage
Shomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi
Tsuki Irimi Nage
Tsuki Kote Gaeshi
Yokomen Uchi Shihonage - Omote & Ura
Morote Dori Kokyu-ho
Katate Dori Kaiten Nage - Uchi Mawari and Soto Mawari - Irimi and Tenkan
Blending
Jiyu Waza with grabs
Weapons
Jo Suburi (1 through 10, including the names)
Ken Suburi (1 through 7)
Written Requirement
Read O'Sensei's interview and "Memoirs of the Master," in the student handbook. In several paragraphs, reflect on the relevance of that material in your training.

2nd Kyu Requirements

See "Study Guidelines" for your level.
 
Ukemi
From jiyu waza
Suwari Waza
Shomen Uchi Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Shomen Uchi Irimi Nage
Shomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi
Tachi Waza
Shomen Uchi Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Ushiro Ryote Dori Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Sankyo principle: Demonstrate a variety of applications of Sankyo. This will represent your "Sankyo Study." Include: beginning in a different principle (i.e. kote gaeshi) transitioning into Sankyo; Sankyo used in kokyu nage; beginning with Sankyo, transitioning into another principle.
Shomen Uchi - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Tsuki - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Katate Dori - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Ushiro Ryote Dori Shihonage
Ushiro Ryote Dori Kote Gaeshi
Ryote Dori Koshi Nage
Gyakute Dori Koshi Nage
Variations - 3 techniques from any front grab or strike
Hanmi Handachi
Katate Dori Shihonage
Ryote Dori Shihonage
Ryote Dori Tenchi Nage
Blending
Jiyu Waza with grabs
Weapons
Ken Awase (1-16, as requested by examiner)
20 Jo Suburi (including names)
Written Requirements
Read any book on Aikido. Give a written review.

1st Kyu Requirements

See "Study Guidelines" for your level.
 
Ukemi
Take falls in jiyu waza and randori
Suwari Waza
Shomen Uchi, Yokomen Uchi & Kata Dori - Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Shomen Uchi Irimi Nage
Shomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi
Tachi Waza
Shomen Uchi, Yokomen Uchi & Kata Dori - Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Ushiro Ryote Dori Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Yonkyo principle: Demonstrate a variety of applications of Yonkyo. This will represent your "Yonkyo Study." Include: beginning in a different principle (i.e. kote gaeshi) transitioning into Yonkyo; Yonkyo used in kokyu nage; beginning with Yonkyo, transitioning into another principle.
Shomen Uchi - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Yokomen Uchi - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Tsuki - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Variations - 3 techniques
Including: wrist, elbow and shoulder grabs (front & rear) and Kata Dori Menuchi, Shomenuchi, Yokomenuchi, tsuki
Koshi Nage variations
Hanmi Handachi
Katate Dori Shihonage
Ryote Dori Shihonage - Omote & Ura
Yokomen Uchi Shihonage - Omote & Ura
Shomen Uchi - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Tsuki - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Ushiro Waza - 5 variations
Tanto Dori
Tsuki - Kote Gaeshi, Sankyo (Uchi Mawari), Gyaku Shihonage
Mune Tsuki (front) - Kote Gaeshi
Ushiro Tsuki (knife at back) - Kote Gaeshi, Gyaku Shihonage
Weapons
Ki Musubi No Tachi and 5 Kumi Tachi (performed start/stop & awase mode)
13 Movement Jo Kata Partner Practice or "Gathering Spirit" Jo Kata Partner Practice
Blending
Jiyu Waza with any attack
Randori with two attackers
Written Requirement
Write an essay on an agreed-upon subject related to Aikido.

Sho Dan Requirements

Suwari Waza
Shomen Uchi, Yokomen Uchi & Kata Dori - Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Shomen Uchi Irimi Nage
Shomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi
Tachi Waza
Shomen Uchi, Yokomenuchi & Kata Dori - Ikkyo through Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Ushiro Ryote Dori Ikkyo thru Gokyo - Omote & Ura
Shomen Uchi - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Yokomen Uchi - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Tsuki - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Variations (5 techniques)
Including: wrist, elbow and shoulder grabs (front & rear) and Kata Dori Menuchi, Shomenuchi, Yokomenuchi, tsuki
Koshi Nage variations
Hanmi Handachi
Katate Dori, Ryote Dori, Yokomenuchi - Shihonage
Shomen Uchi - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Tsuki - Irimi Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Kaiten Nage
Ushiro Waza - 5 variations
Tanto Dori
Tsuki - Kote Gaeshi, Sankyo (Uchi Mawari), Gyaku Shihonage
Yokomen & Shomen Uchi (knife in "stab" position) - Gokyo (Omote & Ura)
Yokomen Uchi - Shihonage (traditional) (knife held in tsuki position)
Gyaku Yokomenuchi - Kokyu Nage (Kote Gaeshi pin)
Mune Tsuki (front) - Kote Gaeshi
Ushiro Tsuki (knife at back) - Kote Gaeshi & Gyaku Shihonage
Ushiro Te Kube Shime - Gokyo
Freestyle (uke's choice of basic attacks)
Weapons
Ki Musubi No Tachi (awase and enbu mode)
31 Movement Jo Kata Partner Practice
Jiyu Waza
One person, flowing freestyle, any attack
Randori
Multiple attack, examiner's discretion
Written Requirement
Keep a personal journal of your training from the time you attained Ikkyu. Write an essay or synopsis of that journal.

Ni Dan Requirements

A feature in the Nidan requirements is Kaeshi Waza, which is an extension of ukemi. Besides the minimum training days and years as a Shodan, one should strive to be available for as much ukemi as possible. A shodan should have at least one occasion of being uke/trainer for a kyu candidate.
In addition, the requirements include a record of camps and seminars and a comprehensive examination of basic Aikido techniques (see Shodan requirements) plus:
Kaeshi Waza Demonstrate reversals from a variety of basic techniques.
Tanto Dori A variety of tanto techniques.
Tachi Dori Demonstrate sword taking techniques.
Jo Dori Demonstrate staff taking techniques.
Ki-flow Jo Demonstrate one ki-flow jo kata.
Jiyu Waza One person flowing free style.
Randori Multiple attack - directed by examiners.
Written Requirement Submit a short essay on an Aikido related subject.

San Dan Requirements

The requirements include a record of camps and seminars attended, and a comprehensive demonstration of traditional Aikido skills to include empty hand and weapons techniques:
Kaeshi Waza Demonstrate reversals from a variety of basic techniques.
Tachi Dori Demonstrate sword-taking techniques.
Jo Dori Demonstrate staff-taking techniques.
Weapons Progressions Suburi - suburi with uke - same technique tai jutsu.
Randori Multiple attack - examiners discretion.
Written Requirement Submit a short essay on an Aikido related subject.

The Art of Peace - Morihei Ueshiba
59 Techniques employ four qualities that reflect the nature of our world. Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diomand, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space.
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