Ranking

Students progress through the Colored Belt ranking system (yellow belt through advanced black belt).  Black stripes are earned for each colored belt to mark progress along the way to their next rank.   This system was designed to provide easily attained and visible goal posts.  It constantly undergoes refinements so it may continue to meet the needs of our students.

Weapons class students add a stripe onto the end of their colored belts for each level successfully completed.

Testing

Testing happens when sensei feels a student is ready for the next level.  Sensei will let each student know when he feels they are ready.  While training diligently toward the next level here are some important points for students and parents to keep in mind.

  • Regular attendance should be a cornerstone of training.
  • Student conduct and focus in class is very important.  Expectations increase with rank and age.
  • Students are expected to be training in the right spirit and not to be too attached to reaching the next level.  The important part is the journey not the destination.  Training diligently with the principles of Aikido in mind will bring students to the next level precisely when they are ready.
  • Students must constantly work to improve their Aikido techniques.  Learning the form is only the beginning.  Polishing the form is an on-going process.
  • Students need to have trained for an appropriate period of time.  The training-hour guidelines will give students and parents an idea for how long it typically takes to advance from one level to the next.  Depending on each student’s development of the points described above, testing may happen with more or less hours than the training-hour guidelines state.

Students and parents are always welcome to talk to sensei about testing.


Adult Technical Requirements

Kyu ranks are awarded by Rock Water Aikikai and the Canadian Aikido Federation while black belt ranks are awarded by Aikikai World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Adult Minimum Technical Requirements

6th Kyu – 40 days of practice
5th Kyu – 60 days of practice
4th Kyu – 80 days of practice
3rd Kyu – 100 days of practice
2nd Kyu – 110 days of practice
1st Kyu – 120 days of practice
1st Dan – 200 days of practice
2nd Dan – 350 days of practice

Youth Belt Requirements

Students under the age of 18 advance through a colored belt ranking system ranging from yellow belt through black belt.  A written test accompanies the technical requirements for each level.  These ranks are all awarded by Rock Water Aikikai.

Youth Technical Requirements

Yellow Belt – 15 hours of practice
Orange Belt – 25 hours of practice
Red Belt – 35 hours of practice
Green Belt – 50 hours of practice
Blue Belt – 75 hours of practice
Purple Belt – 100 hours of practice
Brown Belt – 150 hours of practice
Advanced Brown Belt – 200 hours of practice
Junior Black Belt – 250 hours of practice
Intermediate Black Belt – 350 hours of practice
Advanced Black Belt – 500 hours of practice

Youth Written Tests

Yellow Belt
Orange Belt
Red Belt
Green Belt
Blue Belt
Purple Belt
Brown Belt
Advanced Brown Belt
Junior Black Belt
Intermediate Black Belt
Advanced Black Belt

Youth Weapons Requirements

Students training in the weapons only class advance through a belt-stripe ranking system where a single stripe is attached for each rank earned.  Students need to have earned at least a green belt rank before they are accepted into the weapons class.  A written test accompanies the technical requirements for each level.  These ranks are all awarded by Rock Water Aikikai.

Youth Weapons Technical Requirements

Ichi Dan Kai – 8 hours of practice
Ni Dan Kai – 12 hours of practice
San Dan Kai – 16 hours of practice
Yon Dan Kai – 24 hours of practice
Go Dan Kai – 36 hours of practice
Roku Dan Kai – 48 hours of practice
Nana Dan Kai – 60 hours of practice
Hachi Dan Kai – 60 hours of practice

Youth Weapons Written Tests

Ichi Dan Kai
Ni Dan Kai
San Dan Kai
Yon Dan Kai
Go Dan Kai
Roku Dan Kai
Nana Dan Kai