Test requirements

For each rank the stripe demonstration (i.e.yellow stripe, orange stripe) requirements are listed above the line. For the full rank all techniques above and below the line must be demonstrated.

10th Kyu (yellow belt) (30 hours 4 - 6 months)

1. Show seiza (formal sitting posture)
2. Proper sitting and standing bow
3. Demonstrate extension practice in hanmi
4. Demonstrate shikko (knee walking)
5. Demonstrate forward and backward rolls
6. Two-step turn
7. Slide turn
8. Katatedori kokyunage (Breath throw)
9. Katatedori ikkyo irimi with pin (wave throw)
10. Aidori kotegaeshi (waterfall throw) (older kids and teens only)
11. Define and pronounce: Aikido (Ai = love or harmony, Ki = energy, Do = path or way). Onegai shimasu (Oh-nigh guy-she-mahss, please). Domo arigato gozaimashita (doe-moe ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mah-she-tah, thank you very much)
12. Show self-discipline

9th Kyu (orange belt)

All previous test requirements plus:

1. Tie Belt by yourself
2. Fast and slow, quiet, balanced, forward and backward rolls
3. Strikes with kiai: tsuki (punch), shomenuchi (strike to top of head), yokomenuchi (strike to side of head)
4. Shomenuchi ikkyo with pin--irimi & tenkan (orange stripe, irimi only)
5. Tsuki kotegaeshi with pin (wrist turn throw) (orange stripe, no pin)
6. Aidori shihonage (4 direction throw)
7. Aidori (cross hand grab) kokyunage (breath throw) forward and backward
8. 2 variations from katatedori (one hand grab)
9. Define and pronounce: irimi (entering), tenkan (turning), ukemi (taking the fall), hara (center of body)
10. Swariwaza kokyuho (seated technique breath throw)
11. Bo: advance, retreat(block), tsuki, yokomenuchi
12.Define uke (person being thrown), and nage (the person who throws), energy (ki) & center (hara).
13.Tell the name of Aikido's founder and something about his life. (Morihei Ueshiba, O Sensei was born in 1883. After a lifetime of studying martial arts, science and spiritual arts, he founded Aikido in 1942. For the next ten years he consolidated the techniques and refined the spiritual philosophy of Aikido. O Sensei trained in Aikido right up to his death at 86 years of age. He envisioned that Aikido training would help us create a global family and achieve peace throughout the world)

8th Kyu (purple belt)

All previous test requirements plus:

1. Forward and backward rolls with a partner
2. 1st half of Bo ikkyo
3.Swariwaza shomenuchi ikkyo with pin–-irimi and tenkan
4. Katadori (shoulder grab) ikkyo with pin-–irimi and tenkan
5. Yokomenuchi (strike to side of head) shihonage
6. Ushiro ryotedori sankyo with pin
7. Aidori (cross hand grab) iriminage (entering technique)
8. Shomenuchi (strike to the top front of the head) iriminage
9. 3 techniques from: tsuki (punch), ryotedori (both hands grabbed by both hands) and ushiro ryotedori (both wrists grabbed from behind)
10.Define and pronounce: hanmi (triangular stance), ma ai (appropriate distance), swariwaza (sitting techniques), & zanshin (unbroken awarenessand concentration)
11. Name and explain 2 principles of Aikido (i.e. what does ‘being grounded in our body’ mean? How do we find our center? How do we extend energy?) and describe what you like about Aikido training
12.Tell a story about how you used your Aikido training in school, on the playground or at home. (i.e., getting out of the way of something coming at you; avoiding an argument by finding your center; regaining your balance when slipping; taking a roll when you lose your balance)

7th Kyu (green belt)

All previous test requirements plus:

1. Forward and backward rolls with a partner
2. Roll over one person
3. Ukemi with instructor throwing
4. Bo ikkyo with precision, balance, and flow
5. Swariwaza shomenuchi iriminage
6. Katadori ikkyo--irimi and tenkan
7. Katatedori shihonage
8. Ryotedori tenchinage (heaven and earth throw)
9. Morotedori kokyunage
10. Iriminage from: shomen chi, aidori, tsuki
11. Ikkyo from: morote dori and ushiro ryote dori
12. Sankyo from: aidori and ushiro ryote dori
13. Variations: 3 techniques each: katate-dori,morote-dori, tsuki
14. Freestyle
15. Randori (multiple attack)
16. Swariwaza ryotedori kokyuho
17. 1 page written and submitted prior to your kyu examination “Why I practice Aikido.”

6th Kyu (Red belt)

All previous test requirements plus:

1. Forward and backward rolls with partner
2. Ukemi with instructor throwing
3. Bo ikkyo with precision, balance and flow
4. Swariwaza shomenuchi ikkyo--irimi and tenkan
5. Swariwaza shomenuchi nikkyo--irimi and tenkan
6. Swariwaza katadori ikkyo--irimi and tenkan
7. Hanmi handachi shomenuchi iriminage
8. Katadori nikkyo with seated pins-- irimi and tenkan
9. Katatedori shihonage-- irimi and tenkan.
10. Tsuki kotegaeshi-- irimi and tenkan
11. Ushiro ryotedori sankyo with pin
12. Iriminage from: aidori, tsuki, shomenuchi
13. Ikkyo from: morotedori, ushiro ryotedori, shomenuchi
14. Variations: 3 techniques from katatedori, aidori, yokomenuchi
15. Freestyle
16.Randori (multiple attack)
17. Kokyuho
18. 1 page written and submitted prior to your kyu examination “How your relationship to yourself and others has changed or grown since you have become an Aikidoist.”