Hombu Senior Grading Syllabus

Level Prerequisite Examination Content
    Ik
kyo
Ni
kyo
San
kyo
Yon
kyo
Go
kyo
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         zagi
4th
Kyu
40 days of practice after obtaining 5th Kyu Shomen-uchi
Katadori
      Yokomen-uchi Shomen-uchi         zagi
3rd
Kyu
50 days of practice after obtaining 4th Kyu Shomen-uchi
(zagi and tachi waza)
  Ryotedori
Yokomen-uchi
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki
  Ryote
dori
  zagi
2nd
Kyu
50 days of practice after obtaining 3rd Kyu Shomen-uchi
(zagi and tachi waza)
Katadori
(zagi and tachi waza)
  Katatedori
Hanmi-handachi
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki(tachi waza)
Katatedori

Kata

tedori

Ryote
dori

Kata

tedori

zagi
1st
Kyu
60 days of practice after obtaining 2nd Kyu Shomen-uchi
(zagi and tachi waza)
Yokomen-uchi
(zagi and tachi waza)
Katadori
(zagi and tachi waza)
Ushiro Ryotedori
Yokomen
-uchi
Katatedori
Ryotedori
Hanmi-handachi waza & tachi waza)
Shomen-uchi
Tsuki
Katatedori
Ryote
dori
Kata
tedori
Ryote
dori
Moro
tedori
(zagi and tachi waza)
1st
Dan
70 days of practice after obtaining 1st Kyu Unarmed techniques(zagi, hami-handachi waza, tachi waza) for shoumen-uchi, yokomen-uchi (strikes), tsuki (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 Tanto-dori and Futarigake (by two ukes)
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 Tachi-dori, Jo-dori and Taninzugake (more than three ukes)
Same as above (Topics will be assigned)
4th
Dan
Minimum 3 years since 3rd dan, with 400 days of practice Jiyuwaza for all of the above plus a short essay

NOTES

Reproduced from the Aikikai Foundation website - which should be followed if there are any differences.

The Lancashire Aikikai has the following additional requirements for Weapons.

5th Kyu: Ken Uchikomi & 8th to 10th Jo suburi. Or other weapons at least equivalent agreed with your Club leader.

4th Kyu:1st Kumitachi and 1st Jo Kata. Or other weapons at least equivalent agreed with your Club leader.

3rd Kyu: 2nd Kumitachi and 1st & 2nd Kumijo. Or other weapons at least equivalent agreed with your Club leader.

2nd Kyu: 5th Kumitachi and 6th & 7th Kumijo. Or other weapons at least equivalent agreed with your Club leader.

1st Kyu: Demonstrate with ken and jo to show your skills and knowledge through solo and partnered work. Including showing the relationship to ‘body’ aikido


See the Lancashire Aikikai 6th Kyu syllabus - the first grading step.