Student Guide

Guidelines for Yonkyu-J

(Blue belt with White Stripe, 36 classes, 16 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

Yokomen Uchi Sumi Otoshi

Ryokata Tori Hiji Otoshi

Ryote Tori Fune Kogi Nage

Ushiro Katate Tori Ago Tsuki Age

Yokomen Uchi Shiho Nage

Shomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi

Ushiro Katate Tori Tenchi Nage

Three instructor selected arts from prior level

Two student selected arts

Running forward roll

Bokken Kata

Eight Count Bokken Kata

Bokken Suburi

Four, Five, Six,Seven

Two Blunt Object Tori

One Tanto Tori

One Jo Tori

Instructor Selected Ki Tests

Two art from Swari Waza

Katate Tori Hiji Otoshi

Kata Tori Nikyo