Promotion Requirements

Required material for each level includes all elements from previous levels.

Adults Promotion Requirements

Children

     Children begin training as 10th kyu (Jukyu) - White Belt

     9th kyu (Kyukyu) - Yellow Belt - Minimum 25 days training as 10th kyu.

     8th kyu (Hachikyu) - Orange Belt - 30 days as 9th kyu

     7th kyu (Shichikyu) - Green Belt - 35 days as 8th kyu

     6th kyu (Rokkyu) - Purple Belt - 40 days as 7th kyu

Adults and Children

     Adults begin training as 6th kyu (Rokkyu) - White Belt

Test material for 5th kyu and higher comes from the California Aikido Association.

     5th kyu (Gokyu) - Red Belt (for children) - 50 days as 6th kyu
     5th kyu (Gokyu) - White Belt (for adults) - 50 days as 6th kyu

     4th kyu (Yonkyu) - Blue Belt - 60 days as 5th kyu

     3rd kyu (Sankyu) - Blue Belt - 80 days as 4th kyu

     2nd kyu (Nikkyu) - Brown Belt - 100 days as 3rd kyu

     1st kyu (Ikkyu) - Brown Belt - 150 days as 2nd kyu

     1st dan (Shodan) - Black Belt - 200 days as 1st kyu (minimum one year from ikkyu); must be 15 years old

    2nd dan (Nidan) - 360 days as shodan (minimum two years)
    3rd dan (Sandan) - 540 days as nidan (minimum three years)
    4th dan (Yondan) - Higher ranks are awarded upon recommendation by senior instructor
    5th dan (Godan) -
    6th dan (Rokudan) -
    7th dan (Nanadan) -
    8th dan (Hachidan) -
    9th dan (Kyudan) -
    10th dan (Judan) -

Waka Sensei - Mitsuteru Ueshiba (b. 1980), great-grandson of O Sensei
Sandai Doshu - Moriteru Ueshiba (b. 1951), leader of the art, grandson of O Sensei
Nidai Doshu - Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999), son of O Sensei
Founder - Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei (1883-1969)