Student Guide

Guidelines for Ikkyu-J

(Blue belt with Black Stripe, 48 classes, 24 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

Katate Tori Ikkyo Hantai

Yokomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi

Ryote Tori Kokyo Nage

Kokyo Tanden Ho

Ushiro Katate Tori Kote Gaeshi

Ushiro Tori Kokyo Nage

Ushiro Katate Tori Sumi Otoshi

Shomen Uchi Sankyo

Four instructor selected arts from prior level

Four student selected arts

Kumi Tachi

Three and Four

Fifteen Ryokata Tori Exercises

Two Blunt Object Tori

Two Tanto Tori

Two Jo Tori

Two Bokken Tori

Instructor Selected Ki Tests

Two arts from Swari Waza

Two arts from Hanmi Handatchi


After a student has reached 15 years of age the student can test to Adult Sankyu following 70 classes four months of training.