Student Guide

Guidelines for Nikyu-J

(Blue belt with Brown Stripe, 44 classes, 20 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 Nikyo

Katate Tori Sankyo

Shomen Uchi Yonkyo

Yokomen Uchi Ikkyo

Ryote Tori Shiho Nage

Ryokata Tori Sankyo

Katate Tori Kokyo Nage hantai

Four instructor selected arts from prior level

Four student selected arts

Kumi Jo

Three and Four

Kumi Tachi

One and Two

Ten Ryokata Tori Exercises

Two Blunt Object Tori

Two Tanto Tori

Two Jo Tori

One Bokken Tori
Instructor Selected Ki Tests

Two arts from Swari Waza

One art from Hanmi Handatchi