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7th KYU Requirements

Ki Tests and Exercises

Seiza:

Sitting Japanese style with legs folded underneath

Shizentai:

Natural stance with feet shoulder-width

Orenaite:

Unbendable arm, tested while in hanmi stance

Koho Tento Undo:

Rolling backward and forward from sitting, kneeling and standing positions

Ushiro Ukemi, Rolling:

Tumbling backward completely, from kneeling and standing positions

Mae Ukemi, Rolling:

Tumbling forward completely, from kneeling and standing positions

Kokyudosa:

Partner practice in seiza position; exercise to develop timing or “breath” power

Technique

Katatekosatori Kotegaeshi:

Cross-hand wrist grab/ ”Wrist-turning” throw, pin

Katatori Ikkyo:

Lapel grab/ “First teaching” and pin

Katatekosatori Kokyunage:

Cross-hand wrist grab/ “Timing throw;” controlling the head

Time and Event(s) Requirements

Minimum 2 months and 20 hours of training

6th KYU Requirements

Ki Tests and Exercises

Ushiro Ukemi, Breakfall:

Rolling backward with slap, and returning to standing position

Mae Ukemi, Breakfall:

Falling forward with slap, and returning to standing position

Empty Hand Strikes:

Shomenuchi, Yokomenuchi, and Munetsuki; demonstration of basic strikes

Funakogi Undo:

“Rowing exercise”

Shomenuchi Ikkyo Undo:

Raising and lowering the arms as if cutting with a sword

Renzoku Kokyudosa:

Kokyudosa practiced continuously, one side to another without pause

Technique

Shomenuchi Kokyunage:

Downward strike to the head/ “Timing throw;” controlling the head

Katatetori Shihonage:

Same side wrist grab/ “Four directions throw”

Shomenuchi Iriminage:

Downward strike to the head/ “Entering throw”

Katatori Nikyo:

Lapel grab/ “Second teaching” and pin

Time and Event(s) Requirements

Minimum 3 months and 30 hours of training after earning 7th Kyu

5th KYU Requirements

Ki Tests and Exercises

Hanmi No Kamae

“Half-body stance”

Banzai no Kamae

Stance with feet shoulder-width and both arms raised

Zengo Undo

Raising and lowering arms as if cutting with a sword, with 180 degree pivoting motion

Happo Undo

Raising and lowering arms with movement as if cutting in eight directions

Tekubikosa Undo

“Crossing the wrists exercise;” high and low variations required

Kamae with Bokken

Demonstration of five basic sword stances

Bokken and Jo Suburi

Demonstration of basic strikes with sword and staff

Technique

Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi

Downward strike to the head/ “Wrist turning” throw and pin

Shomenuchi Ikkyo

Downward strike to the head/ “First teaching” and pin

Katatetori Sankyo

Same side wrist grab/ “Third teaching;” both nage waza (throwing) and katame waza (pinning) variations required

Yokomenuchi Sokumen Iriminage

Strike to the side of the head/ “Side of the face, Entering throw” (technique performed in the manner of Sayu Undo)

Munetsuki Kotegaeshi

Thrusting strike to the chest / “Wrist turning” throw and pin

Katatetori Kaitenage

Same side wrist grab/ “Rotary throw”. Tenkan variation required

Time and Event(s) Requirements

Minimum 3 months and 30 hours of training after earning 6th Kyu

4th KYU Requirements

Ki Tests and Exercises

Ushirosori

Bending backwards while in hanmi stance

Maekagami

Stooping forward while in hanmi stance

Sayu Undo

“Left and right exercise;” extending arms to the left and right and sinking the hips

Sayu Choyaku Undo

“Left and right exercise;” with stepping movement

Udefuri Undo

“Swinging the arms exercise” to left and right

Udefuri Choyaku Undo

“Swinging the arms exercise” with stepping and turning motion

Ushirotori Undo

“Grasped from behind exercise”

Ushirotekubitori Undo

“Wrists grasped from behind exercise”

Shikko

Walking and turning on one’s knees

Taisabaki Toshu

“Empty-hand body movement” against Katatetori, Shomenuchi, Yokomenuchi and Munetsuki attacks.

Technique

Yokomenuchi Shihonage

Strike to the side of the head/ “Four directions throw”

Ushirotekubitori Kokyunage

Wrists grasped from behind/ “Timing throw;” variation in the manner of Ushirotekubitori Undo required

Ushirotekubitori Kotegaeshi

Wrists grasped from behind/ “Wrist turning” throw and pin

Katatori Yonkyo

Lapel grab/ “Fourth teaching” and pin

Ryotetori Tenchinage

Grasping both wrists/ “Heaven and Earth throw”

Ryotetori Kokyunage

Grasping both wrists/ “Timing throw;” pivot throw variations required

Time and Event(s) Requirements

Minimum 3 months and 30 hours of training since earning 5 th Kyu

Prior attendance at 1 AAA/AAI Seminar, AAA/AAI Teaching Committee Seminar or National Kangeiko in Palatine, IL

3rd KYU Requirements

Ki Tests and Exercises

Yoko Ukemi

o “Side fall” exercise,
o from squatting and
o standing position,
o from tumbling forward, and
o while hand is grasped by a partner

Tenkan Undo

o “Spinning change exercise;”
o turning body movement
o (direct pivot and step-with-pivot variations required)

Technique

Ushirohijitori Kotegaeshi

o Grasping elbows from behind
o “Wrist-turning” throw and pin

Munetsuki Kokyunage

o Thrusting strike to the chest
o “Timing throw;”
o pivot-throw variation required

Katatori Gokyo

o Lapel grab/ “Fifth teaching” and pin

Ushirotori Kokyunage

o Grasping from behind (bearhug)
o “Timing throw;”
o executed in the manner of Ushirotori Undo

Ryotetori Kaitenage

o Grasping both wrists/ “Rotary throw”

Katateryotetori Nikyo

o Grasping a forearm with both hands
o “Second teaching” and pin

Suwariwaza:

o (the following techniques performed from seated (seiza) position)
o Shomenuchi Kokyunage
o Shomenuchi Ikkyo
o Katatori Nikyo

Bokken Kata I

First sword form;
o 13 movements
o (“Happo Giri;” cutting in eight directions)

Jiyu Waza

o “Free technique;”
o defense against any grasping attack

Time and Event(s) Requirements

o Minimum 6 months and
o 60 hours of training since earning 4 th Kyu
o Prior attendance at 1 AAA/AAI Camp

2nd KYU Requirements

Ki Tests and Exercises

Agura no Shisei

Sitting cross legged

Kata Ashiage

Raising one leg, hand extended in front

Agaranai Karada

Unliftable body

Questions

Verbal examination will be administered by test committee on the following topics:
o Four Basic Principles of Aikido
o What is Aikido?

Meisoho

Questions regarding meditation training

Kokyuho

Demonstration of and questions on breathing training

Technique

Ryokatatori Kokyunage

Grasping both lapels/ “Timing throw;” pivot-throw variations required

Ushirokatatori Kokyunage

Grasping both shoulders from behind/ “Timing throw;” variation with bowing movement required

Katateryotetori Kokyunage

Grasping a forearm with both hands/ “Timing throw”

Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi

Grasping both lapels / “Wristturning” throw, pin

Katatori Menuchi Iriminage

Lapel grab with shomenuchi or yokomenuchi to head/ “Entering throw”

Hanmi Hantachi Waza (the following techniques performed from a seated (seiza) position against a standing attacker:

Katatetori Shihonage o Katatetori Sankyo o Munetsuki Kotegaeshi

Ryotetori Koshinage

Grasping both wrists/ “Hip throw”

Maegeri Kokyunage

Front snapping kick/ “Timing throw”

Jiyu Waza

“Free technique;” defense against any attack

Jo Kata I

First staff form; 22 movements

Time and Event(s) Requirements

o Minimum 6 months and 60 hours of training since earning 3 rd Kyu
o Prior attendance at 1 Instructor’s Seminar

1st KYU Requirements

Ki Tests and Exercises

Tai Sabaki with Bokken

Body movement and striking with the sword against an opponent, against shomenuchi, yokomenuchi/ gyaku-yokomenuchi, sliding munetsuki, and stepping munetsuki attacks

Technique

Ushirotekubitori Jujinage

Grasp both wrists from behind/ Entwining the arms in the shape of the Japanese number “10” (a cross) and throwing

Yokomenuchi Sudori

Strike to the side of the head/ “Disappearing” throw

Katateryotetori Kotegaeshi

Grasping a forearm with both hands/ “Wrist turning” throw and pin

Munetsuki Sumiotoshi

Thrusting attack to the chest/ “Corner drop” throw

Katatori Ganmenuchi Ikkyo

Lapel grab with straight punch to face/ “First teaching” and pin

Tantodori

Defense against knife attacks; at least three techniques each against shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, and munetsuki attacks required

Bokken Kata II

Second sword form; 13 movements

Randori

“Seizing chaos;” defense against multiple attackers (3)

Time and Event(s) Requirements

Minimum 6 months and 60 hours of training since earning 2 nd Kyu

Prior attendance at 1 AAA/AAI Seminar since earning 2 nd Kyu