Student Guide

Guidelines for Gokyu

(Canary belt with Black Stripe, 60 hours, 4 months)

Evaluations consist of the items from the following twelve elements. While specific arts, kata, 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. The twelve elements are:


  1. Specific Aikido arts at each level
  2. Instructor selected arts from any of the prior levels
  3. Student selected arts
  4. Demonstration of Ukemi (safe rolling and falling)
  5. Jo and Bokken: Suburi, Kata or Kumi (specific methods required at particular levels)
  6. Ryokata Tori Exercise (number of repetitions by level)
  7. Rondori Exercise (number of persons and repetitions by level)
  8. Blunt Object, Tanto, Jo, and Tachi Tori (number and type by level)
  9. Teaching Skit (Ikkyu and above only)
  10. Ki Tests (including Aiki Taisos and Kokyu Dosa Exercise)
  11. Selected arts from Swari Waza (both attacker and defender kneeling) and Hanmi Handachi (attacker standing, defender kneeling)
  12. Appreciation of Aikido Philosophy


Specific guidelines for each level are given on the following pages. The numbers next to each set of items on these pages correspond to the twelve categories listed above. 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

Shomen Uchi Nikyo

Kata Tori Ikkyo

Kata Tori Nikyo

Mene Tsuki Kaiten Nage

Katate Tori Ikkyo Hantai

Katate Tori Sankyo

Shomen Uchi Kokyu Nage

Ryote Tori Nikyo

Ushiro Katate Tori Ikkyo

Katate Tori Ryote Mochi Katate Otoshi

Five instructor selected arts from the prior level

No student selected arts

Running Forward roll

Jo Suburi: Shomen No Bu (Striking Movements)

Jo Kata: Thirteen Count Jo Kata

Bokken Suburi: Four, Five, Six and Seven

Bokken Kata: Eight Count

No Ryokata Tori Exercise

No Rondori Exercise

One Blunt Object Tori; One Tanto Tori

No Teaching Skit

Instructor selected Ki tests

No Swari Waza, No Hanmi Handachi

Appreciation of Aikido Philosophy