Student Guide

Guidelines for Sankyu

(Purple belt with Black Stripe, 70 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

Ushiro Ryokata Tori Ikkyo

Ushiro Ryote Tori Shiho Nage

Ushiro Kubi Shime Kote Gaeshi

Ushiro Waza Kokyu Nage

Ushiro Tekubi Tori Ikkyo

Ushiro Ryokata Tori Irimi Nage

Mune Tsuki Nikyo

Shomen Uchi Kaiten Nage

Katate Tori Yonkyo

Katate Tori Ryote Mochi Sayu Nage

Katate Tori Sumi Otoshi Hantai

Shomen Uchi Shiho Nage

Kubi Shime Hiji Otoshi

Ryote Tori Kote Gaeshi

Yokomen Uchi Kokyu Nage

Ten instructor selected arts from all prior levels

Five student selected arts

Running backward roll

Jo Suburi: Hasso No Bu (Figure Eight Movements)

Jo Kata: Twenty-One Count Jo Kata

Kumi Jo: Three and Four

Kumi Tachi: Three and Four

Twenty-Five Ryokata Tori Exercises

One Person Rondori Exercise (Jiyu Waza):

Standing only

Three Blunt Object Tori; Three Tanto Tori; Three Jo Tori; Two Tachi Tori

No Teaching Skit

Instructor selected Ki tests

Two arts from Swari Waza; Two arts from Hanmi Handachi

Appreciation of Aikido Philosophy