AIKIDO PROMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS 

 

 

Rank

 

 

Yonkyu

 

Sankyu

 

Nikyu

 

Ikkyu

 

Shodan

 

Nidan

 

Sandan

 

Yondan

 

Godan

 

Rokudan

 

Shichidan

 

Hachidan

 

Kudan

Belt Color

 

 

Green

 

Brown

 

Brown

 

Brown

 

Black

 

Black

 

Black

 

Black

 

Black

 

Red & White

 

Red & White

 

Red & White

 

Red

Hours Per Week

 

 

3.0

 

3.0

 

3.0

 

3.0

 

4.5

 

4.5

 

4.5

 

4.5

 

4.5

 

4.5

 

4.5

 

4.5

 

4.5

Total Hours In Aikido

 

40

 

80

 

120

 

160

 

250

 

500

 

850

 

1,100

 

1,600

 

2,600

 

4,600

 

6,600

 

10,000

Minumum Age

 

 

14

 

14

 

14

 

14

 

16

 

18

 

20

 

22

 

25

 

29

 

37

 

45

 

55

Time in Grade

 

 

3 months

 

3 months

 

3 months

 

3 months

 

6 months

 

1 year

 

2 years

 

2 years

 

2 years

 

3 years

 

8 years

 

8 years

 

10 years

Total Time in Aikido

 

3 months

 

6 months

 

9 months

 

1 year

 

1 - 1.5 years

 

2 years

 

4 years

 

years

 

8 years

 

11 years

 

19 years

 

27 years

 

35 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.

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