HOMBU DOJO GRADING SYSTEM
Exam. for Grade of: Prerequisite for Exam: CONTENTS
Ikkyo Nikyo Sankyo Yonkyo Gokyo Shiho nage Irimi nage Kote gaeshi Kaiten nage Tenchi nage Jiyu waza Kokyu ho
5th Kyu 30 days of practice Shomen-uchi Katatedori Shomen-uchi Sitting
4th Kyu 40 days of practice after obtaining 5th Kyu Shomen-uchi Katadori Yokomen-uchi Shomen-uchi Sitting
3rd Kyu 50 days of practice after obtaining 4th Kyu Shomen-uchi(Sitting and Standing) Ryotedori
Yokomen-uchi
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki
Ryotedori Sitting
2nd Kyu 50 days of practice after obtaining 3rd Kyu Shomen-uchi (Sitting and Standing)
Katadori (Sitting and Standing)
Katatedor
(Hanmi-handachi)
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki(Standing)
Katatedor
Katatedor Ryotedori Katatedor Sitting
1st Kyu 60 days of practice after obtaining 2nd Kyu Shomen-uchi(Sitting and Standing)
Yokomen-uchi(Sitting and Standing)
Katadori(Sitting and Standing)
Ushiro Ryotedori
Yokomen-uchi Katatedor
Ryotedori
(Hanmi-handachi & Standing)
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki
Katatedori
Ryotedori Katatedor
Ryotedori
Morotedori
Sitting
Standing
 
HOMBU DOJO GRADING SYSTEM
Exam. for Grade of: Prerequisite for Exam: CONTENTS
1st Dan 70 days of practice after obtaining 1st Kyu Unarmed techniques(sitting,sitting vs. standing,standing techniques for strikes, thrusts, all forms of grasping shoulders, elbows, collar, wrists and hands; all techniques from the rear)
2nd Dan Minimum 1 year since 1st dan, with 200 days of practice Same as above plus Tantodori and Futarigake
Submit an article on some Aikido-related subject.
3rd Dan Minimum 2 years since 2nd dan, with 300 days of practice Same as above plus Tachidori , Jodori and Taninzugake
Same as above (Topics will be assigned)
4th Dan Minimum 3 years since 3rd dan, with 400 days of practice Jiyu-waza for all of the above plus a short essay
NOTES
·   Be sure you have the required number of practice days before applying for an examination. Application forms and fees should be filed 3 days before the examination.

·   Essays and articles should be filed 3 days before the examination.

·   Successful completion of summer and winter training will be taken into consideration.

·   Minimum age for Shodan is 15 years, 4th Dan 22 years.

·   An examination shall be taken at the dojo where you normally practice. If you wish to taken an examination at a dojo other than where you normally practice, approval of both dojos is required.

·   Morotedori(two hands holding one)

·   As a rule partners (uke) in an examination should be of the same rank.

·   Continue doing the same technique, left and right, ura and omote, until the examiner says “Stop”.