Gradings are an opportunity for students to demonstrate their growth in Aikido to their fellow students. The additional time and effort students invest in the preparation for their grading often helps them to take a leap forward in their ability, understanding and confidence.
In Aikido students wear either a white belt, or a black belt (with hakama). There are six white belt or “kyu” grades starting with 6th kyu and working through the grades up to 1st kyu. From 1st kyu students progress to Shodan, the first of the black belt or “dan” grades.
Gradings for 6th kyu up to 3rd kyu are conducted in our dojo usually twice a year around Autumn and Spring. Dates are notified in advance.
Gradings for 2nd kyu through to 2nd dan are taken at intensive training camps with other dojos called a “gasskuku”. These are held several times throughout the year, often with a visiting sensei (teacher) from overseas.
Gradings for 3rd dan and above are taken in Japan with Takeda Shihan.
AKI gradings are internationally recognised and registered with Aikikai Japan.
Click here to download a copy of our AKI Grading Syllabus for 5th kyu and above:
“In your training do not be in a hurry, for it takes a minimum of ten years to master the basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing, perfected master; you must continually train daily with your friends and students and progress together in the Art of Peace”. — Morihei Ueshiba