Aikido Training

Aikido is not only taijutsu (open hand techniques), but is complimented with the art of Aiki-ken (wooden sword) and
Aiki-jo (wooden staff). In practicing with the ken and jo, The founder developed much of the empty handed aikido
techniques from traditional sword movements, so the practice of these movements provide insight into the origin of techniques and movements, as well as vital practice of these basic building blocks.


Grading System

THE STUDY OF AIKIDO IS TO BEGIN A LONG AND EXCITING JOURNEY WITH YOURSELF AND THE ART.

9TH KYU:

  • Taijutsu: Ukemi (Ushiro & Mae Mawari), Tai no henko, Suwariwaza Kokyuho
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi 1.

8TH KYU:

  • Taijutsu: Ukemi (Ushiro & Mae Mawari), Tai no henko, Morotedori Kokyunage, Suwariwaza Kokyuho.
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi 1 ~ 2.

7TH KYU:

  • Taijutsu: Ukemi (Ushiro & Mae Mawari), Tai no henko, Morotedori Kokyunage, Shomenuchi Ikkyo Omote & Ura, Suwariwaza Kokyuho.
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi 1 ~ 3.

6TH KYU:

  • Taijutsu: Tai no henko, Morotedori Kokyunage, Shomenuchi Ikkyo ~ Nikkyo Omote & Ura, Suwariwaza Kokyuho.
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi 1 ~ 5.

5TH KYU:

  • Minimum practice: 30 training days since 6th Kyu
  • Taijutsu: Tai no henko, Morotedori Kokyunage, Shomenuchi / Yokomenuchi Ikkyo ~ Nikkyo Omote & Ura, Shihonage (1 kind), Suwariwaza Kokyuho.
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi 1 ~ 7.

4TH KYU:

  • Minimum practice: 40 training days since 5th Kyu
  • Taijutsu: Tai no henko, Morotedori Kokyunage, Shomenuchi / Yokomenuchi Ikkyo ~ Sankyo Omote & Ura, Shihonage (2 kind), Kotegaeshi (2 kind), Iriminage (2 kind) Suwariwaza Kokyuho.
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi, Migi & Hidari no Awase

3RD KYU:

  • Minimum practice: 50 training days since 4th Kyu
  • Taijutsu: Tai no henko, Morotedori Kokyunage, Kokyunage (1 kind), Shomenuchi / Yokomenuchi Ikkyo ~ Yonkyo Omote & Ura, Shihonage (3 kind), Kotegaeshi (3 kind), Iriminage (3 kind), Koshinage (1 kind), Ushirowaza (1 kind), Tenchinage, Suwariwaza Kokyuho.
  • Bukidori: Tantodori (1 kind), Tachidori (1 kind), Jodori (1 kind).
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi, Migi & Hidari no Awase, Roku no Jo Kata, Jusan no Jo Kata.

2ND KYU:

  • Minimum practice: 50 training days since 3rd Kyu
  • Taijutsu: Tai no henko, Morotedori Kokyunage, Kokyunage (2 kind), Shomenuchi / Yokomenuchi Ikkyo ~ Gonkyo Omote & Ura, Shihonage (3 kind), Kotegaeshi (3 kind), Iriminage (3 kind), Koshinage (2 kind), Ushirowaza (2 kind), Kaitennage Soto & Uchi, Tenchinage, Hanmi Handachi (3 kind), Free Randori 1 Minute, Suwariwaza Kokyuho.
  • Bukidori: Tantodori (2 kind), Tachidori (2 kind), Jodori (2 kind).
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi, Ken no Awase (1, 5, 7), Roku no Jo Kata, Jusan no Jo Kata. Sanjuichi no Jo Kata.

1ST KYU:

  • Minimum practice: 60 training days since 2nd Kyu
  • Taijutsu: Tai no henko, Morotedori Kokyunage, Kokyunage (3 kind) Shomenuchi / Yokomenuchi Ikkyo ~ Gonkyo Omote & Ura, Shomenuchi / Yokomenuchi Ikkyo ~ Gonkyo Omote & Ura Suwariwaza, Shihonage (5 kind), Kotegaeshi (5 kind), Iriminage (5 kind), Koshinage (3 kind), Ushirowaza (3 kind), Kaitennage Soto & Uchi, Tenchinage, Hanmi Handachi (5 kind), Free Randori 2 Minutes, Suwariwaza Kokyuho (3 kind).
  • Bukidori: Tantodori (3 kind), Tachidori (3 kind), Jodori (3 kind).
  • Bukiwaza: Ken no Suburi, Ken no Awase (1, 5, 6, 7), Jo no Suburi, Roku no Jo Kata, Jusan no Jo Kata. Sanjuichi no Jo Kata.

1ST DAN

  • Minimum age: 15 years
  • Minimum practice: 6 months / 80 training days since 1st kyu
  • Taijutsu: Suwariwaza-Ikkyo~Gokyo (Shomen-Uchi), Nagewaza and Buki-dori (3 forms), Jiyuwaza (bare hands x 1 and ken x 1, 45 seconds minimum)
  • Buki-waza: Ken-no-Suburi 1~7, Jo-no-Suburi 1~20

2ND DAN

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Minimum practice: 1 and a half years / 300 training days since 1st Dan
  • Taijutsu: Suwariwaza-Ikkyo~Gokyo (Shomen-Uchi), Nagewaza and Buki-dori (3 forms), Jiyuwaza (bare hands x 2 and ken x 1, 1 minute minimum)
  • Buki-waza: Ken-no-Suburi 1~7, Jo-no-Suburi 1~20, Ken-no-awase (right, left, gohon, roppon, nanahon), 31 jo-no-kata and 13 jo-no-kata

3RD DAN

  • Minimum age: 25 years
  • Minimum practice: 2 and a half years / 500 training days since 2nd Dan
  • Taijutsu: Suwariwaza- Ikkyo-Gokyo (Shomen-Uchi/Yokomen-Uchi), Tachiwaza- Ikkyo~Gokyo (Shomen-Uchi / Yokomen Uchi, different techniques from Suwariwaza), Nagewaza (4 forms), Buki-dori Jiyuwaza (ken x 1, jo x 1, tanken x 1, 1 minute 30 seconds minimum)
  • Buki-waza: Ken-no-Suburi 1~7, Happo-giri (Suburi Kata 1-2-6-7), Kumi Tachi 1~5, Kimusubi-no-Tachi, Jo-no-Suburi 1~20, 31 no-kumi-jo, 13 jo-no-awase

4TH DAN

  • Minimum age: 30 years
  • Minimum practice: 3 and a half years / 600 training days since 3rd Dan
  • Taijutsu: Suwariwaza-Ikkyo~Gokyo (Shomen-Uchi/Yokomen-Uchi), Tachiwaza- Ikkyo~Gokyo (Shomen-Uchi/Yokomen-Uchi, different techniques from Suwariwaza), Nagewaza (4 forms), Buki-dori Jiyuwaza (bare hands x 1, ken x 1, jo x 1, tanken x 1, 1 minute 30 seconds minimum)
  • Buki-waza: Ken-no-Suburi 1~7, Jo-no-Suburi 1~20, Ken-tai-Jo 1~7, kumijo 1~10 (11 including yon-no-ni)