Testing is a part of the Aikido learning process. As students progress in their training, they accrue practice hours and gain technical knowledge. Once a student has reached the requred number of practice hours, he/she will be invited to test by the chief instructor (see requrements below).
Along with learning the physical tecnhiques of Aikido, students should develop a broader philosophical understanding of the art. It is not enough to get out on the mat and throw people around - a true student of Aikido must seek to understand O'Sensei's vision of Budo.
To ensure this learning occurs, each kyu test has an associated book students must read before taking their next test. These books are avialable in our dojo library for you to take out. For dan promotion, students will write a breif essay in which they express their understanding of Aikido at that time in their practice.
The Art of Peace - Morihei Ueshiba
6th Kyu (Rokukyu) 20 practice days
Invincible Warrior - John Stevens
5TH KYU (Gokyu) 40 practice days
Budo: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido - Morihei Ueshiba
4TH KYU (Yonkyu) 80 practice days
The Essence of Aikido - Morihei Ueshiba
3RD KYU (Sankyu) 100 practice days
Remembering O'Sensei - Edited by Susan Perry
2ND KYU (Nikyu) 200 practice days
Aikido Pioneers - Prewar Era - Stanley Pranin
1ST KYU (Ikkyu) 300 practice days
SHODAN 300 practice days
NIDAN 600 practice days
SANDAN 700 practice days