Student Guide

Guidelines for Ikkyu

(Brown belt with Black Stripe, 90 hours, 6 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

Kata Tori Shomen Uchi Ikkyo

Ushiro Katate Tori Kubi Shime Sankyo

Mune Tsuki Sankyo

Kata Tori Yokomen Uchi Shiho Nage

Ushiro Katate Tori Kubi Shime Kote Gaeshi

Shomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi

Kata Tori Mune Tsuki Irimi Nage

Ushiro Kubi Shime Juji Nage

Ryote Tori Juji Nage

Katate Tori Koshi Nage

Mune Tsuki Sayu Nage

Katate Tori Kote Gaeshi

Katate Tori Hiji Otoshi

Mune Tsuki Irimi Nage

Ushiro Kata Tori Aiki Otoshi

Ushiro Tori Aiki Otoshi

Kete Tsuki Irimi Nage

Ushiro Tekubi Tori Sayu Nage

Ushiro Katate Tori Kubi Shime Ago Tsuki Age

Mune Tsuki Ikkyo

Fifteen instructor selected arts from all prior levels

Ten student selected arts

"High" forwards Ukemi (eg. from Juji Nage); "Low" backwards Ukemi (eg. from Shiho Nage); "Low" hip Ukemi (eg. from Koshi Nage); "Low" kick Ukemi (eg. from Kete Tsuki)

Jo Kata: Thirty-One Count Jo Kata (Saito Method)

Kumi Tachi: Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven and Twelve

Seventy-Five Ryokata Tori Exercises

One Person Rondori Exercise (Jiyu Waza):


Hanmi Handachi

Swari Waza

Five Blunt Object Tori; Five Tanto Tori; Five Jo Tori; Five Tachi Tori

Student Prepared Teaching Skit (five to ten minutes)

Instructor selected Ki tests

Four arts Swari Waza; Four arts Hanmi Handachi

Appreciation of Aikido Philosophy