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Stanford Aikido
Stanford Aikido Club

Kyu Examinations

Stanford Aikido is affiliated with the California Aikido Association

Examinations are generally held quarterly, during the first week of March, June, September and December or at the discretion of the dojo cho, Cyndy Hayashi Sensei. Students must have the required number of training days to be eligible for examination. The student then chooses a senior student as a trainer and submits an Application for Kyu Examination card to the dojo cho. Cards are generally kept with the attendance roster. The trainer is responsible for the student's readiness. The test date is set after the trainer confirms readiness with the dojo cho or assistant instructor.

Kyu Ranks
JapaneseEnglishBelt Required Training Days Example Video
Rokyu6th Kyuwhitenone
Gokyu 5th Kyuwhite50
Yonkyu 4th Kyublue60 4th Kyu Test Spring 2013
Sankyu 3rd Kyublue80
Nikyu 2nd Kyubrown100 2nd Kyu Test Spring 2013
Ikkyu 1st Kyubrown150 1st Kyu Test Spring 2013

Examinees should:

  1. Select a partner/trainer in advance to help you prepare. As a general rule, this partner/trainer should be a rank or two above your own.
  2. Listen to your partner/trainer...they have the experience and the responsibility to help get you ready. That responsibility includes being honest with you - and telling you if they feel you are not quite ready to test this time.
  3. Be prepared to demonstrate clearly each technique required.
  4. Continue doing the same technique, left and right, omote and ura, until the examiner asks for the next technique.
  5. Expect examiners to change uke's during the examination.
  6. Be prepared to demonstrate ukemi at a level appropriate for the rank tested for.
  7. Expect to be re-tested within a few days to insure that corrections made by examiners have been understood.

The instructor-staff will consider each applicant according to the following criteria:


  1. Attitude - humility, courtesy, respect
  2. Spirit - aliveness, vitality, willingness to push self to the edge
  3. Interaction - appropriateness in training with others
  1. Knowledge - knowing how the technique works (form and principle)
  2. Proficiency - showing how the technique works
  3. Stamina - endurance, conditioning
  4. Ukemi - falling skills advancing at same level as throwing skills

Dan Examinations

Dan Ranks
JapaneseEnglish Required Training
Shodan 1st Degree2001
Nidan 2nd Degree3602
Sandan 3rd Degree5403
Yondan 4th Degree800 - 10004

The required number of days and years in grade are the minimum requirement. Most candidates will exceed this requirement.

Promotion to 5th and 6th Dan are by recommendation only.