Student Guide

Guidelines for Gokyu-J

(Blue belt, 32 classes, 16 weeks)

Evaluations consist of specific items from the following list. While specific arts and exercises are particular at each level a student may also be asked to demonstrate any (or all) of the requirements from a prior level during their test. In this way Aikido is viewed as a cumulative process, not simply a procedure of studying for a single test.


Students should be aware that these lists are for practice and training purposes only. Since each individual's abilities, personality, and desires from training vary it is only natural that each individual's evaluation may likewise vary. These pages are only intended to provide a listing of what abilities and knowledge are typically mastered at each level. It is between each individual student and Sensei to determine what that student's particular evaluation for any given rank will consist of and how (and when) it will be conducted.


Note: All arts are to be demonstrated (if possible) both Irimi and Tenkan. All Kata are to be demonstrated (if possible) from both left and right sides.


Specific Arts

Kata Tori Hiji Otoshi

Shomen Uchi Ikkyo

Ushiro Katate Tori sayu Nage

Katate Tori Sumi Otoshi

Mune Tsuki Sayu Nage

Katate Tori Sankyo

Katate Tori Nikyo

Three instructor selected arts from prior level

Two student selected arts

Side Slide
Jo Kata

Twenty-one Count Jo Kata
Bokken Suburi

One, Two, Three

Two Blunt Object Tori

One Tanto Tori

Instructor Selected Ki Tests

One art from Swari Waza

Katate Tori Hiji Otoshi