Stanford Aikido Club

Nidan Examination

Aikido Assocation of Northern California (Revised February 1990)
2nd Degree Black Belt: minimum two years and 360 training days since obtaining shodan.

A comprehensive examination of basic Aikido techniques (see shodan examination requirements).

In addition...

Kaeshi Waza

  • Demonstrate reversals (counters) from a variety of basic techniques.

Tachi Dori

  • Demonstrate sword taking techniques.

Jo Dori

  • Demonstrate staff taking techniques.

Jiyu Waza

  • one person flowing freestyle


  • multiple attack - directed by examiners


  • Submit a short essay on an Aikido-related subject.