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Testing & Rank

Aikido has no tournaments. Ueshiba believed these promoted misconceptions of budo. However, there are ranks. These usually include six levels of kyu ranks, counted from six to one, then ten levels of dan ranks.

At CAC, kyu ranks are given after in-house testing before a senior instructor. Members may test after meeting ASU training requirements and receiving preparation from a senior member. After test results have been reported to ASU, a kyu certificate is issued.

Junior dan ranks are awarded based on testing before Shihan or other authorized instructors, usually at a weekend seminar. Higher dan ranks* are awarded by Shihan based on personal development and contributions to the art. All dan ranks are processed by Hombu Dojo in Japan, which issues certificates and a yudansha passport.

 

Aikido Ranks

Requirements for Promotion

Any student testing for a kyu promotion must be an ASU member in good standing (However, unranked students are not required to join ASU until their first kyu test). Required training hours must be completed (one dayÅfs training only counts as one regardless of the number of actual hours) and it is necessary that the waiting period (number of months) between each examination has expired before testing.

Rokkyu

(Top)

6th Kyu (30 hours/3 months)

Gokyu 

(Top)

5th Kyu (60 hours/4 months after receiving Rokkyu)

All previous techniques plus:

Yonkyu

(Top)

4th Kyu (60 hours/4 months after receiving Gokyu)

All previous techniques plus:

Sankyu

(Top)

3rd Kyu (70 hours/4 months after receiving Yonkyu)

All previous techniques plus:

Nikyu  

(Top)

2nd Kyu (80 hours/6 months after receiving Sankyu)

All previous techniques plus:

Ikkyu   

(Top)

1st Kyu (90 hours/6 months after receiving Nikyu)

All previous techniques plus:

Shodan

(Top)

1st Dan (120 hours and 9 months after receiving Ikkyu)

All basic techniques and previous requirements plus:

Nidan  

(Top)

2nd Dan (Minimum 2 years of consistent training after receiving shodan)

All basic techniques and previous requirements plus:

Sandan

(Top)

3rd Dan (Minimum 3 years of consistent training after receiving Nidan)

All basic techniques performed to demonstrate the student's understanding of the principles of aiki, and all previous requirements.

Yondan

(Top)

4th Dan and above.

Only by recommendation at the discretion of Saotome Shihan or Ikeda Shihan.

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