KIHON AIKIDO Belt Ranks




 

Promotion Requirements for Yellow Belt

Verbal test: 80% or above

Practical Knowledge:

      What is Aikido? Translated

      History of Aikido? From enclosure

      The values of Aikido? In your own words

      Principles of Aikido? In your own words 

Basic Knowledge:

      Dojo Protocol and etiquette

      The Bow (REI)

    • Standing
    • Kneeling

    Break Falls (UKEMI)

    Proper distance (MAAI)

    Eye Contact (METSUKE)

    Knife Hand (SHUTO)

    Stance (KAMAE)

    Foot Movements (UNSOKU)

    Aggressor (UKE)

    Defender (NAGE)

Kihon-no-kata (17 basic Techniques)

    1. Shomen-ate (frontal attack)
    2. Aigamae-ate (regular stance attack)
    3. Gyakugamae-ate (reverse stance attack)
    4. Gedan-ate (lower part attack)
    5. Ushiro-ate (back attack)

Variations of Shomen-ate

    1. Tekubi-tori
    2. Mae-eri-tori
    3. Juji-jime

Suwari-waza (Kneeling techniques)

    1. Ryote-mochi-naname-nage (both hands grasp, diagonal throw)
    2. Ude-mochi-tekubi-kime (one arm grasp, wrist lock)
    3. Ude-mochi-hiji-kime (one arm grasp, elbow lock)

 

Promotion Requirements for Orange Belt

Time in rank:   minimum of 3 months practice

 Kihon-no-kata (basic 17 techniques)

  1. Oshi-Taoshi (push down)
  2. Ude-gaeshi (arm turn)
  3. Hiki-taoshi (1) Ichi(pull down)

(a)    Hiki-taoshi (2) Ni (NEW)

 Suwari-waza (kneeling techniques)(Practice not tested on)

4.      Eri-mochi-kote-hineri (collar grasp wrist twist)

5.      katate-mochi-ude-hineri (one hand grasp, arm twist)

 Irimi Nage

1.      Ude-hineri-irimi-nage

2.      Morote-tori-irmi-nage (NEW)

3.      Yokomen-uchi-irimi-nage (1) Ichi (NEW)

4.      Yokomen-uchi-irimi-nage (2) Ni (NEW)

 One arm against one hand

1.      Mae-kote-tori-ude-hineri

2.      Kote-tori-ude-hineri

3.      Kote-tori-ikkyo-taoshi (3)

 Kakarigeiko

Demonstrate Defense against single attacker , Yokomen-uchi /Mune-tsuki strikes only

 

Promotion Requirements for Blue Belt 

Time in rank: Minimum of 3 months practice

Kihon-no-kata (17 basic Techniques) 

    1. Ude-hineri (arm twist)
    2. Waki-gatame (arm lock)
    3. Kote-hineri (wrist twist)

Suwari-waza (kneeling techniques) 

    1. Ryote-hidarite-mochi-taoshi (two hands on one wrist grasp, rear throw)
    2. Ryote-mochi-waki-gatame (both hands grasp, arm lock)
    3. Katate mochi ikkajo osae

Yoshinkan Basic techniques

    1. Katate mochi nikkajou osae (1)
    2. Katate mochi nikkajou osae (2)
    3. Yokomen uchi sankajou osae (1)
    4. Yokomen uchi sankajou osae (2)
    5. Katate mochi sokumen iriminage (1)
    6. Yokomen uchi shoumen iriminage (2)
    7. Shomen uchi shiho nage kuzushi
    8. Katate ayamochi nikajo udegarami

Kakarigeiko 

      Demonstrate defense against single attacker from multiple directions Mune-tsuki, Shomen-uchi, Yokemen-uchi attacks only

 

Promotion Requirements for Purple Belt

Time in rank: Minimum of 3 months practice 

Kihon-no-kata (17 basic techniques) 

    1. Kote-gaeshi (reverse wrist twist)
    2. Tenka-kote-hineri (rotating wrist twist)
    3. Tenka-kote-gaeshi (rotating reverse wrist twist)

Suwari-waza (kneeling techniques) 

    1.   Ryote mochi kote gaeshi
    2.   Katate mochi sankajo osae(1)

No-kuzushi-waza ( Off-balance techniques) 

    1. Katate mochi (pulled 1)
    2. Katate mochi (pulled 2)
    3. Katate mochi (pushed 1)
    4. Katate mochi (pushed 2)
    5. Kata mochi (hand up)
    6. Kata mochi (hand inward) 

Kakarigeiko

      Demonstrate defense against Multiple attackers (2) can use any of the listed strikes as well as grasping techniques.

 

Promotion Requirements for Green Belt

Time in rank: Minimum of 3 months practice 

Kihon-no-kata (17 basic techniques) 

    1. Mae-otoshi (front drop)
    2. Sumi-otoshi (corner drop)
    3. Hiki-otoshi (pull drop)

Suwari-waza (kneeling techniques) 

    1. Ryote mochi yonkajo osae
    2. Ue Kara no yonkajo osae

Yoshinkan Basic Techniques

    1. Kata mochi ikkajou osae(2)
    2. Kata mochi nikajou osae(2)
    3. Shomen uchi nikkajou osae(2)
    4. Yokomen uchi sankajou osae(1)
    5. Yokemen uchi sankajou osae(2)

Kakarigeiko 

      Demonstrate defense against multiple attackers from multiple directions (2)

 

Promotion Requirements for Red Belt

Time in rank: Minimum of 3 months practice

Basic Techniques

  1. Katate-tori-shiho-nage
  2. Katate-tori-kote-gaeshi
  3. Ryo-sode-tori (NEW)

Yoshinkan Basics (NEW)

    1. Katate-mochi-shiho-nage (1)
    2. Katate-mochi-shiho-nage (2)
    3. Shomen-uchi ikkajou-osae (1)
    4. Shomen-uchi-ikkajou-osae (2)
    5. Shomen uchi yonkkajou osae(1)
    6. Mune mochi hijishime(1)
    7. Shomen uchi kotegaeshi
    8. Ryote mochi tenchinage

Kakarigeiko

      Demonstrate defense against multiple attackers from multiple directions (3)

 

Promotion Requirements for Brown Belt

Time in rank: Minimum of 3 months practice

Basic techniques Yoshinkan 

    1. Ryote Mochi Shomen Irimi-nage
    2. Shomen uchi sokumen irimi-nage

Ushiro techniques Yoshinkan

             1.   Ushiro ryohiji mochi sokumen iriminage (1)

    1. Ushiro ryokata mochi sokumen iriminage (2)
    2. Ushiro ryote mochi kote gaeshi (1)
    3. Ushiro ryote mochi kote gaeshi (2)
    4. Ushiro ryote mochi ikkajou
    5. Ushiro katate eri mochi ikkajou osae
    6. Ushiro ryote mochi juji nage

Kakarigeiko 

      Demonstrate freestyle randori on 2 attackers

 

Promotion Requirements for Brown Belt (W/BLK Stripe)

Time in rank: Minimum of 3 months practice

Ura-waza-no-kata

    1. Shomen ate - Waki gatame
    2. Aigamae ate - Oshi taoshi
    3. Gyakugamae ate - Gedan ate
    4. Gedan ate - Shomen ate
    5. Oshiro ate - Tenkai kote hineri
    6. Oshi taoshi - Oshi taoshi
    7. Hiki taoshi - Tenkai kote hineri
    8. Kote gaeshi - Kote gaeshi
    9. Tenkai kote hineri - Waki gatame
    10. Tenkai kote gaeshi - Shiho nage

Tanto-no-taisuru kihon-no-kata (the knife techniques corresponding to the 17 basic techniques)

    1. Shomen ate
    2. Aigamae ate
    3. Gyakugamae ate
    4. Gedan ate
    5. Oshiro ate
    6. Oshi taoshi
    7. Ude gaeshi
    8. Hiki taoshi
    9. Ude hineri
    10. Waki gatame

Kakarigeiko 

      Demonstrate freestyle randori on 2 attackers

 

Promotion Requirements for Black Belt (Shodan)

1st Degree 

Time in rank: Minimum of 6 months practice 

Outside requirements:

           Current CPR Certificate

           Current First Aid Certificate

Hand Written Essay on Aikido Topic 

Attend at least 1 Aikido seminar of any Aikido Style

Tanto-no-taisuru Kihon-no-kata (the knife techniques corresponding to the 17 basic techniques) 

      11. Kote hineri

      12. Kote gaeshi

      13. Tenkai kote hineri

      14. Tenkai kote gaeshi

      15. Mae otoshi

      16. Sumi otoshi

      17. Hiki otoshi 
 

Goshin Waza (Self Defense Techniques) 

    1. Ushiro katate mochi kubi shime sankajo rengyo ho

      (One hand grasp from behind with neck lock) 

    1. Tanto dori shomen tsuki hiki kime sokumen irimi nage

      (Taking away the knife front thrust elbow lock) 

    1. Shomen tsuki kubi shime

      (front punch neck lock) 

    1. Kata mochi shomen tsuki kokyu nage

      (Shoulder grasp with front punch throw) 

    1. Tanto dori shomen uchi ikkajo osae

      (taking away the knife front strike) 

    1. Tanto dori shomen tsuki shiho nage kuzushi

      (taking away the knife front thrust four directional throw) 

    1. Tanto dori shomen tsuki ude garami nage

      (taking away the knife arm lock throw) 
       

    Randori Free style 
     

 

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