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 The Belt System

There are five Kyu or student grades, before Dan rank (Black Belt). These are indicated by different coloured belts that the students wear:-

GRADE / BELT

(Click on grade for syllabus)

6th Kyu (White)
5th Kyu (Yellow)
4th Kyu (Orange)
3rd Kyu (Green)
2nd Kyu (Blue)
1st Kyu (Brown)
1st Dan (Black)
2nd Dan (Black)
3rd Dan (Black)
4th Dan (Black)
5th Dan (Black)
6th Dan (Black)

The first Black Belt is know as 1st Dan.  This is also known as Shodan, which means beginning.  This is the first rank that is registered with the Japan Aikido Association.

Grading examinations are held every six months.

After every grading there are some students disappointed, and even upset, if they have not been successful in obtaining their next grade. Gradings are not rewards for training hard or attending sessions regularly, although both of these elements are necessary if your Aikido is to develop properly. Gradings are but an assessment of the student's ability to move on to the next stage of their training. The belt system is merely an indication that you have knowledge of the techniques at the lower grades and are ready to move on. However, previously learnt techniques. Even the highest grades of Black Belts continue to practice basic exercises and drills, always striving for perfection.

One must always remember that attaining Black Belt is not the end of the student's training, only the end of the first phase, although student's can be justifiably proud of achieving a Dan grade, it is only the start of their Aikido training. By the time the student has obtained this grade they will be fit, strong and have the correct technique and should be mentally competent enough to be able to embark on a most exciting journey knowing they will never reach their destination (perfection).

The student should always keep in mind that taking a Grading is not to compare yourself with others - it is simply a measure of your progress since the last examination.  So you compare yourself with yourself not others.

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Syllabus

6th Kyu White Core Skills:

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

 Unsoku - Complete (3 Sections)

Ukemi - Side and Back breakfall

Randori-no-kata 1-5

1. Shomen-ate

2. Ai-gamae-ate

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate

4. Gedan-ate

5. Ushiro-ate

Performed on candidate's 'natural' side.

i.e. candidate's choice of left or right.

Kakarigeiko - Single attacker, Open-handed attack which must include Shomen-ate and Yokomen-uchi.

Timescale:

More than 2 months from start date.

Minimum of 20 hours practise.

5th Kyu Yellow Core Skills:

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

Tandoku-undo - Sections 1-3

Ukemi - Forward Roll

Randori-no-kata (1-5 and 6-10)

1. Shomen-ate

2. Ai-gamae-ate

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate

4. Gedan-ate

5. Ushiro-ate

6. Oshi-taoshi

7. Ude-gaeshi

8. Hiki-taoshi

9. Ude-garame

10. Waki-gatame

Performed left or right, examiner's choice.

Kakarigeiko - Single attacker with or without Tanto, to include Shomen and Yokomen (Aigamae and Gyakugamae) attacks.

See note 2

Timescale:

More than 2 months as 6th Kyu.

Minimum of 20 hours practise as 6th Kyu.

4th Kyu Orange Core Skills:

 

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

 

Tandoku-undo - complete (Sections 1-5)

Ukemi - Kote-gaeshi, supported

 Shikko - Forward & Turning

 Suwari-waza - 2 techniques

Randori-no-kata (1-5 and 6-10 and 11-14)

1. Shomen-ate

2. Ai-gamae-ate

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate

4. Gedan-ate

5. Ushiro-ate

6. Oshi-taoshi

7. Ude-gaeshi

8. Hiki-taoshi

9. Ude-garame

10. Waki-gatame

11. Kote-hineri

12. Kote-gaeshi

13. Tenkai-kote-hineri

14. Shiho-nage

Performed left or right, examiner's choice.

 Kakarigeiko - Grasp attacks, Aigamae and Gyakugamae.

Tanto Kakarigeiko - Single attacker with Tanto.

Timescale:

More than 4 months as 5th Kyu.

Minimum of 40 hours practise as 5th Kyu.

3rd Kyu Green Core Skills:

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

 Ukemi - Sumi-otoshi, supported.

 Suwari-waza - 4 techniques

(Candidate's choice, both students kneeling)

Randori-no-kata (1-5 and 6-10 and 11-14 and 15-17) (17 techniques)

1. Shomen-ate

2. Ai-gamae-ate

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate

4. Gedan-ate

5. Ushiro-ate

6. Oshi-taoshi

7. Ude-gaeshi

8. Hiki-taoshi

9. Ude-garame

10. Waki-gatame

11. Kote-hineri

12. Kote-gaeshi

13. Tenkai-kote-hineri

14. Shiho-nage

15. Mae-otoshi

16. Sumi-otoshi

17. Hiki-otoshi

Randori-no-kata-no-ura-waza 1-5 (Counters 1-5)

1. Shomen-ate - Waki-gatame

2. Ai-gamae-ate - Kote-mawashi

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate - Gedan-ate

4. Gedan-ate - Ai-gamae-ate

5. Ushiro-ate - Tenkai-kote-hineri

Kakarigeiko - Multiple attackers e.g. Ninindori, with variation of attack, open-handed.

Hikitategeiko - Single attacker with Tanto.

Objective: Movement - 'passive' (no counters)

Timescale:

More than 4 months as 4th Kyu.

Minimum of 40 hours practise as 4th Kyu.

2nd Kyu Blue Core Skills:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

Ukemi - floating/falling leaf

(Performed alone.

Similar to Koryu-Dai-San. No. 1 Suwari-waza)

Shichi-hon-no-kuzushi 1-7

(To show balance disturbance,

circular movement and control - no breakfalls)

Randori-no-kata 1-17 (17 techniques)

Randori-no-kata-no-ura-waza 1-10

Counters 1-10 (10 techniques)

1. Shomen-ate - Waki-gatame

2. Ai-gamae-ate - Kote-mawashi

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate - Gedan-ate

4. Gedan-ate - Ai-gamae-ate

5. Ushiro-ate - Tenkai-kote-hineri

6. Oshi-taoshi - Kote-mawashi

7. Hiki-taoshi - Tenkai-kote-hineri

8. Kote-gaeshi - Kote-gaeshi

9. Tenkai-kote-hineri - Waki-gatame

10. Shiho-nage - Shiho-nage

 Kakarigeiko - Ninindori

Hikitategeiko - Single attacker with Tanto - 'active' (with counters).

Timescale:

More than 6 months as 3rd Kyu.

Minimum of 60 hours practise as 3rd Kyu.

1st Kyu Brown Core Skills:

 

 

 

 

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

 Shichi-hon-no-kuzushi 1-14

(To show balance disturbance, circular movement and control - with breakfalls)

Randori-no-kata 1-17 (17 techniques)

Counters 1-10 (10 techniques)

Kuzushi - Demonstration of a variety of balance disturbances for randori.

 Koryu-dai-san 

1. Oshi-taoshi

2. Gyaku-gamae-ate

3. Kote-gaeshi

4. Ryote-mochi-sukui-nage

5. Tenkai-kote-hineri

6. Shiho-nage

7. Gedan-ate

8. Hiji-kime

Suwari-waza Section A (8 techniques)

 Hikitategeiko - Empty-handed (Toshu) 

Timescale:

More than 9 months as 2nd Kyu.

Minimum of 120 hours practise as 2nd Kyu.

Notes:

2. Candidate: From 5th Kyu onwards, and with the exception of Koryu-dai-San, candidates will be expected to be able to demonstrate on left or right at examiner's choice.

3. Coaches: Gohon-no-Kuzushi, currently shown in BAA syllabus at 2nd Kyu, is recognised as a training method and should be incorporated into practice sessions.

4. Coaches: Tanto Randori-no-Kata is recognised as a training method and should be incorporated into practice sessions.

5. At all levels after 6th Kyu, previous syllabus will be required at the discretion of the examiners.

6. Duration, intensity and quantity of the ‘Application’ sections will be at the discretion of the examiners.

1st Dan Black Technique:

Application:

Koryu-Dai-San - Section B and C  - 16 (8+8)
Koryu-Dai-Yon complete - 1-25 (14+11) note1/2

Randori - Tanto and Toshu (empty-handed)
Combinations and Counters - 5 of each, candidates' choice

Timescale:
1 year consistent
practice as 1st Kyu
2nd Dan Black Technique:

Application:

Koryu-Dai-San - Section D, E and F - 18 (5+5+8)
Koryu-Dai-Ichi, Section A - 1-5

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
2 years consistent
practice as 1st Dan
3rd Dan Black Technique:

Application:

 
Koryu-Dai-San complete - 1-50 (8+8+8+5+5+8+8)
Koryu-Dai-Ichi complete - 1-24 (5+7+6+6)

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
3 years consistent
practice as 2nd Dan
4th Dan Black Technique:

Application:

 
Koryu-Dai-Ni complete - 16 (11+5)
Goshin-ho-no-Kata - 1-19 (8+5+2+2+2)

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
4 years consistent
practice as 3rd Dan
5th Dan Black Technique:

Application:

 
Koryu-Dai-Go complete - 23 (7+5+6+5)
Goshin-ho-no-Kata - 20-37

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
5 years consistent
practice as 4th Dan
6th Dan Black Technique:

Application:

 
Koryu-Dai-Roku - 39 (5+10+7+5+4+4+4) Note 3
Goshin-ho-no-Kata - +15

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
6 years consistent
practice as 5th Dan

Notes:

1. Candidates: Koryu-no-Kata – sections to be demonstrated will be chosen by the examiner.

2. Examiner: Koryu-no-Kata – new sections at each level must be demonstrated, demonstration of previous sections is optional. 

3. Candidates: Upon attaining 6 Dan, students will have successfully performed all the current Koryu-no-Kata; Koryu-dai-Ichi, Koryu-dai-Ni, Koryu-dai-San, Koryu-dai-Yon, Koryu-dai-Go, Koryu-dai-Roku. 

4. At any time examiners may ask to review previous parts of the syllabus. 

5. Character and attitude will be considered at each level. These include participation as a student in competitions and/or courses. 

6. ‘Technique’ and ‘Application’ sections are of equal value in the assessment.

7. Age and physical ability will be taken into account throughout.

 

 

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