Traditional Aikido Syllabus

British Aikido Association

Senior grading syllabus – Traditional

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6 Kyu (white belt) - no specified training time requirements

Ukemi: front and rear rolling, left and right

Tai-sabaki: irimi and tsugi ashi

Techniques: from Ai katate dori: Ikkyo

Nikkyo

Irimi-nage shomen

Kote-gaeshi

Kokyu-dozo

5 Kyu (yellow belt) - minimum 30 hours training time since 6 Kyu

All the above, plus the following:

Ukemi: side break falls and rolling no arms

Tai-sabaki: irimi tenkan ayumi ashi

Knee walking: shikko forward and back

Basic balance breaks

Techniques: from Ai katate dori and Ikkyo

Gyaku katate dori: Nikkyo

Sankyo

Irimi-nage sukomen

Tenchi-nage

Shiho-nage

Kote-gaeshi

Weapons: Bokken Suburi 1-4,Shiho Geri

Jo Suburi 1-5

Kokyu-nage:

4 Kyu (orange belt) - minimum 60 hours training time since 5 Kyu

All the above, plus the following:

Ukemi: over top breakfalls

Knee walking: shikko: irimi tenkan and with partner

Techniques: from Chudan tsuki Ikkyo

Shomenuchi Nikkyo

Yokomenuchi Sankyo

Irimi-nage sukumen Tenchi-nage

Shiho-nage Kote-gaeshi

Mai-otoshi Sumi-otoshi

Kaiten-nage

Weapons: ` Bokken Suburi 5-7

Jo Suburi 6-10

Ninindori: as Kokyu-nage

3 Kyu (green belt) - minimum 60 hours training time since 4 Kyu

All the above, plus the following:

Techniques: from Kata dori All those from 4th Kyu plus

Kata dori shomenuchi Yonkyo

Ryote dori

Ushiro ryote dori

Ushiro ryo kata dori

Weapons: Bokken Pairs practice 1-4

Jo Suburi 11-13

Ninindori: from tsuki

All to be performed to a very high standard of tai sabaki and control of uke

2 Kyu (blue belt) - minimum 70 hours training time since 3 Kyu

All the above, plus the following:

Techniques: from Ushiro ryote hiji dori All those from 3rd Kyu plus

(tachi-waza) Jodan tsuki Kokyu-nage

Morote dori

Weapons: Bokken Pairs practice 5-7, Tachi dori

Jo Suburi 14-18, Jodori

Suwari-waza: Kansetsu (gripping attacks)

Hanmi handachi: Atemi (striking attacks)

Escape from grip-up attacks from two Uke

Ninindori:

1 Kyu (brown belt) - minimum 100 hours training time since 2 Kyu

This grading will incorporate all the previous Kyu syllabi, plus the following:

Techniques from: Mune dori Gokyo (from shomenuchi and

Ryo mune dori yokomenuchi as tanto attacks)

Ryo kata dori Hijishime Juji-garami Sumi-otoshi

Ushiro eri dori Mai-otoshi Aiki-otoshi

Ushiro katate dori kubishime Uchi-kaiten-nage ,Soto-kaiten-nage

Mune dori shomenuchi

Mune dori jodan tsuki Koshinage: Ikkyo koshinage

Sankyo koshinage

Yonkyo koshinage

Shihonage koshinage

Weapons: Bokken Awase (5 off)

Jo Suburi 19-20, throwing with Jo

Knife Tanto dori

Techniques will be demonstrated from tachi, suwari and hanmi handachi postures

Ninindori: Two unarmed attackers

1 Dan/Shodan (black belt) - minimum of 1 year and 100 hours training time since 1 Kyu

Section 1: Techniques of attack and defence from varying postures, as specified by the lead examiner. Techniques are made up of any of the three elements which form a natural blend and are thus in keeping with the nature of harmony in Aikido movements.

A candidate may be required to demonstrate up to 60 techniques.

Section 2: The candidate will be required to demonstrate six techniques of his/her own choosing from attacks he/she nominates.

Section 3: The candidate will be required to demonstrate his/her ability to ‘escape’ from a situation of being held firmly by two Uke

Section 4: To assess the candidate’s ability to defend against a weapon (tanto, bokken or jo).

Minimum requirement: 2 weapons/10 techniques, which may include repeats and changing applications.

Section 5: Bokken: Kumitachi

Jo: 13 count Kata

Section 6: Futari-Gaekei: free style defence from spirited attacks by two Uke

2 Dan/Nidan - minimum of 2 years training/coaching time since 1 Dan

Defences from nominated attacks, for example, Katate-dori, Ryote-dori, Tsuki, Shomenuchi, Yokomenuchi, Ushiro-dori, Hanmi-handachi and Suwari-waza (each to show positive Irimi (Omoti) & Tenkan (Ura) variations)

Escape from being held by 3 Uke (or 2 + 1 tsuki/geri)

Weapons: Bokken: Kumitachi variations

Jo: 31 Count Kata

Futari-Gaekei: free style defence from spirited attacks by two uke – one armed with Tanto

3 Dan/Sandan - minimum of 3 years training/coaching time since 2 Dan

Self-selection (3 each) of defences from morote-dori, mune-dori, kata-dori-

Shomen/Yokomenuchi, ushiro-dori, hanmi-handachi and suwari-waza (each to show positive Irimi

(Omoti) & Tenkan (Ura) plus applied variations)

Weapons: Bokken: Ken tai Jo

Jo: 31 count Kumijo

Sannin-Gaekei: free style defence from spirited attacks by three Uke – one armed with Tanto

4 Dan/Yondan - minimum of 4 years training/coaching time since 3 Dan

To perform a personal demonstration of not more than 15 minutes duration

 

National Gradings offered twice yearly for candidates applying for a grade of 1 Kyu or above

Note! Examiners may waive or modify the multiple attack situations in the interest of safety in candidates over 40 years of age – or otherwise impaired.

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