Student Guide

Guidelines for Sankyu

(Purple belt with Black Stripe, 50 days minimum)

Evaluations consist of the items from the following six 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 six elements are:


  1. Specific Aikido arts at each rank (a list of arts required at this level by Hombu, and additional arts emphasized at the Prairie Aikikai)
  2. Selected Aikido arts (a number of student selected arts, as well as instructor selected arts from any of the prior levels
  3. Weapons forms (Tanbo, Tanto, Jo and Bokken: specific methods required at each particular level)
  4. Selected arts from Hanmi Handachi (attacker standing, defender kneeling) and Swari Waza (both attacker and defender kneeling)
  5. Rondori Exercise (freestyle defense against certain types of attacks and numbers of persons by level)
  6. Ryokata Tori Exercise (number of repetitions by level)


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 six 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

All previous techniques plus:

Shomen Uchi Ikkyo

Shomen Uchi Nikyo

Shomen Uchi Sankyo

Shomen Uchi Yonkyo

Ryote Tori Shiho Nage

Tsuki Irimi Nage

Ryote Tori Tenchi Nage

Bokken: Basic Handling/Stances

Jo: Handling Etiquette/Stances

Mune Tsuki Nikyo

Ryote Tori Fune Koge Nage

Kubi Shime Hiji Otoshi

Ushiro Katate Tori Shiho Nage

Ryote Tori Kote Gaeshi

Selected Arts

Three student selected arts

Three instructor selected arts

Weapons Forms

Tanbo Tori: 3 arts

Tanto Tori: 3 arts

Jo Suburi: Hasso no Bu

Jo Kata: 21 count

Jo Tori: 3 arts

Kumi Jo: 2 arts

Bokken Suburi: 6, 7

Bokken Tori: 3 arts

Hanmi Handachi or Swari Waza

Hanmi Handachi: 1 art

Swari Waza: 1 art

No Randori Exercise

Ryokata Tori Exercise

25 repetitions