Student Guide

Guidelines for Nikyu

(Brown belt, 80 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

Yokomen Uchi Nikyo

Yokomen Uchi Sankyo

Yokomen Uchi Yonkyo

Shomen Uchi Koshi Nage

Yokomen Uchi Koshi Nage

Katate Tori Koshi Nage Hantai

Mune Tsuki Koshi Nage

Ushiro Tekubi Tori Sankyo

Mune Tsuki Kokyu Nage

Mune Tsuki Kaiten Nage

Kata Tori Gokyo Hantai

Katate Tori Tenchi Nage

Kata Tori Shiho Nage

Ushiro Tekubi Tori Juji Nage

Mune Tsuki Shiho Nage

Ryote Tori Sayu Nage

Kata Tori Sankyo

Kete Tsuki Sayu Nage

Yokomen Uchi Ude Osai

Yokomen Uchi Sumi Otoshi

Ten instructor selected arts from all prior levels

Ten student selected arts

"Low" forwards Ukemi (eg. from Kote Gaeshi)

Jo Suburi: Nagare No Bu (Flowing Movements)

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

Kumi Jo: Five and Six

Kumi Tachi: Five, Six and Seven

Fifty Ryokata Tori Exercises

One Person Rondori Exercise (Jiyu Waza):


Hanmi Handachi

Four Blunt Object Tori; Four Tanto Tori; Four Jo Tori; Four Tachi Tori

No Teaching Skit

Instructor selected Ki tests

Three arts Swari Waza, including:

Katate Tori Shiho Nage

Ryote Tori Shiho Nage

Four arts Hanmi Handachi, including:

Shomen Uchi Ikkyo

Kata Tori Ikkyo

Yokomen Uchi Ikkyo

Appreciation of Aikido Philosophy