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Fugakukai International Association

Karl E. Geis, Hanshi
10th Dan Aikido, 9th Dan Judo U.S.J.A., 8th Dan Jyodo




AIKIDO PROMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS


RANK BELT
COLOR
HOURS PER
WEEK
TOTAL HOURS
IN AIKIDO
MINIMUM AGE
OF CANDIDATE
TIME IN
GRADE
TOTAL TIME
IN AIKIDO
Yonkyu Green 3.0 40 14 3 months 3 months
Sankyu Brown 3.0 80 14 3 months 6 months
Nikyu Brown 3.0 120 14 3 months 9 months
Ikkyu Brown 3.0 160 14 3 months 1 year
Shodan Black 4.5 250 16 6 months 1-1.5 years
Nidan Black 4.5 500 18 1 year 2 years
Sandan Black 4.5 850 20 2 years 4 years
Yondan Black 4.5 1,100 22 2 years 6 years
Godan Black 4.5 1,600 25 2 years 8 years
Rokudan Red & White 4.5 2,600 29 3 years 11 years
Shichidan Red & White 4.5 4,600 37 8 years 19 years
Hachidan Red & White 4.5 6,600 45 8 years 27 years
The rank of Shodan may be given at one year if the total hours and technical requirements are met.
The above recommended hours per week, if followed, will result in the total hours needed at the recommended time in grade and the total time in the art.
No person shall be deprived of a rank when the total hours and technical requirements are met, regardless of how long it takes to meet those hours. Not everyone can practice 3 to 4.5 hours per week.
A student may be required to demonstrate all prior rank requirements if it is deemed necessary. This should only be used in the case of a person who has been absent from the art for a considerable length of time.