The rank of Shodan (first degree black belt) may be given at one year if the total hours and technical requirements are met. The recommended hours per week listed here, 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. However, 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.
Red & White
Yonkyu (green) — Ju Nana Hon Kata 1-5 | Releases 1-4 | Tegatana no Kata | Basic Ukemi (falling)
Sankyu (brown) — Ju Nana Hon Kata 6-10 | Releases 5-9 | Advanced Ukemi (falling)
Nikyu (brown) — Ju Nana Hon Kata 11-14
Ikkyu (brown/black) — Ju Nana Hon Kata 15-17
Shodan (black) — Refined skills in all areas | Owaza Ju Pon 1-5
Nidan — Advanced skills in all areas | Owaza Ju Pon 6-10 | Koryu Dai San Kata 1-16
Sandan — Koryu Dai San Kata 17-34 | Koryu Dai San Kata 1-14 | Advancement of all skills, especially in the areas of teaching the application of the principles of our system of Aikido.
Yondan — Candidates must not only demonstrate a deep knowledge of all aikido principles, katas and techniques, but also a commitment to the art and to teaching. A yondan should be capable of producing high-quality shodans.
Godan — Assistant professor, advancement of all skills
Rokudan — Full professor, extraordinary teaching and leadership skill, capable of producing high-quality yondans.