United States Aikido Federation Testing Requirements

 

TESTING AND PROMOTIONS

 

Ranking in aikido, as in many other Japanese martial arts, adopts a standard Kyu-Dan system. The United States Aikido Federation (USAF) follows the convention of five Kyu ranks (white belt) followed by eight Dan ranks (black belt). Unlike many competitive martial arts, however, testing for rank in aikido is not mandatory. Nevertheless it is an effective way to gauge your skills and technical proficiency in the art, formalizing your training experience and progress.

 

For each rank there is a minimum number of practice days that are prerequisite for testing. The following table will provide you with a guideline for the USAF testing requirements. Remember, there is no rush for testing.  If you feel you are ready to test, you should consult your instructor before making a decision. Also, it is important to familiarize yourself with the testing procedure and etiquette before the actual test.

 


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5th KYU - 60 Practice Days Required


Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote & ura)
Shomenuchi Iriminage

Katatetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
Ryotetori Tenchinage

Tsuki Kotegaeshi
Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi
Morotetori Kokyuho


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4th KYU - 80 Practice Days Required


Shomenuchi Nikkyo (omote & ura)
Yokomenuchi Shihonage (omote & ura)
Tsuki Iriminage

Ushiro Tekubitori Sankyo (omote & ura)
Ushiro Ryotetori Kotegaeshi
Suwari Waza: Shomenuchi Ikkyo
Suwari Waza: Katatori Nikkyo (omote & ura)
Suwari Waza: Katatori Sankyo


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3rd Kyu - 100 Practice Days Required


Yokomenuchi Iriminage - (2 ways)
Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi
Tsuki Kaitennage
Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo (omote & ura)
Morotetori Iriminage (2 ways)
Shomenuchi Sankyo (omote & ura)
Suwari Waza:Shomenuchi Iriminage
Suwari Waza: Shomenuchi Nikkyo (omote & ura)
Hanmi-Hadachi: Katatetori Shihonage
Hanmi-Hadachi: Katatetori Kaitennage (uchi & soto mawari*)


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2nd Kyu - 200 Practice Days Required


Shomenuchi Shihonage

Shomenuchi Kaitennage
Yokomenuchi Gokyo

Ushiro Tekubitori Shihonage
Ushiro Tekubitori Jujinage
Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage
Morotetori Nikkyo
Hanmi-Handachi: Shomenuchi Iriminage
Hanmi-Handachi: Katatetori Nikkyo
Hanmi-Handachi: Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi

Freestyle - 2 persons


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1st Kyu - 300 Practice Days Required


Katatori Menuchi - 5 techniques

Yokomenuchi - 5 techniques
Morotetori - 5 techniques
Shomenuchi - 5 techniques
Ryotetori - 5 techniques
Koshinage - 5 techniques
Tantotori - 5 techniques
Hanmi-Handachi (ushiro waza - 5 techniques)

Freestyle - 3 persons


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Sho-Dan - 400 Practice Days Required

All of 1st Kyu requirements
Tachitori
Jotori
Henkawaza**
Freestyle - 4 persons

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Ni-Dan - 600 Practice Days Required


Attend 2 seminars per year after Sho-Dan
All of Shodan requirements
Tachitori - 2

Freestyle - 5 persons
Kaeshiwaza***


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San-Dan - 700 Practice Days Required


Attend 2 seminars per year after Ni-Dan.
All of Nidan requirements.
Subject of exam determined by examiner at the time of exam.
 

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Note:

Hour requirements are counted from the last test.

 

* Uchi & Soto Mawari -- both the inside (uchi)
and outside (soto) movements or variations.

** Henka-waza -- techniques were the nage
(thrower) switches from one technique to
another technique. Examiner will call the
first (or starting) technique.

*** Kaeshi-waza -- counter techniques. Uke
(attacker) appies the technique to nage. Then
nage counters with the appropriate counter.
Original techniques (for uke) will be called
by the examiner. (E.g., to apply sankyo against
nikkyo).

 

GLOSSARY
Hanmi Handachi - Uke standing and Nage sitting
Jotori - Jo techniques
Katatetori - One hand grab to wrist
Katatori - One hand grab to collar
Morotetori - Two hands on one
Ryotetori - Both wrists held from the front
Shomenuchi - Strike to forehead
Suwariwaza - Techniques from sitting
Tachitori - Attack with sword
Tantotori - Attack with knife
Tsuki - Thrust or punch
Ushiro Kubishime - Choke from behind and wrist grab
Ushiro Ryokatatori - Both shoulders held from behind
Ushiro Tekubitori - Both wrists held from behind
Ushiro Waza - Any attack from behind