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USAF Kyu Testing Requirements:
   


We provide this as a guide for our students interested in testing for their kyu or non-black belt ranks. As a USAF affiliated dojo, we require our students to test according to the requirements set by the United States Aikido Federation. Kyu tests are usually held in May and December of each year.

Harvard Aikikai's 7th Kyu requirements
      Get instructor permission.

  1. Katatadori sumiotoshi
  2. Katatadori ai-hanmi ikkyo omote
  3. Koho Kaiten: back roll, stand in hanmi
  4. Reiho (ettiquette)
  5. Two additional techniques of your choice

 

Harvard Aikikai's 6th Kyu requirements
(Note: slightly different from the USAF 6th kyu requirements)
      Get instructor permission.

  1. Ryote-tori Tenchi-nage (omote)
  2. Katate-tori Shiho-nage (omote & ura)
  3. Tsuki Kote-gaeshi
  4. Koho Kaiten: back roll, stand in hanmi
  5. Zenpo Kaiten: forward roll, stand, tenkan, face uke
  6. Tenkan: alone or with partner
  7. Tenshin with Atemi: alone or with partner
  8. Irimi: alone or with partner
  9. Two additional techniques of your choice

 

5th Kyu
      60 days

  1. Shomen-uchi Ikkyo (omote & ura)
  2. Shomen-uchi Irimi-nage
  3. Katate-tori Shiho-nage (omote & ura)
  4. Ryote-tori Tenchi-nage
  5. Tsuki Kote-gaeshi
  6. Ushiro Tekubi-tori Kote-gaeshi
  7. Morote-tori Kokyu-ho

 

4th Kyu
      80 days (From previous test)

  1. Shomen-uchi Nikyo (omote & ura)
  2. Yokomen-uchi Shiho-nage (omote & ura)
  3. Tsuki Irimi-nage
  4. Ushiro Tekubi-tori Sankyo (omote & ura)
  5. Ushiro Ryokata-tori Kote-gaeshi
  6. Suwari Waza:
    • Shomen-uchi Ikkyo
    • Kata-tori Nikyo (omote & ura)
    • Kata-tori Sankyo

 

3rd Kyu
      100 days (From previous test)

  1. Yokomen-uchi Irimi-nage (2 ways)
  2. Yokomen-uchi Kote-gaeshi
  3. Tsuki Kaiten-nage
  4. Ushiro Ryokata-tori Sankyo (omote and ura)
  5. Morote-tori Irimi-nage (2 ways)
  6. Shomen-uchi Sankyo (omote and ura)
  7. Suwari Waza:
    • Shomen-uchi Irimi-nage
    • Shomen-uchi Nikyo (omote & ura)
  8. Hanmi-handachi
    • Katate-tori Shiho-nage
    • Katate-tori Kaiten-nage (uchi & soto mawari/omote & ura)

 

2nd Kyu
      200 days (From previous test)

  1. Shomen-uchi Shiho-nage
  2. Shomen-uchi Kaiten-nage
  3. Yokomen-uchi Gokyo
  4. Ushiro Tekubi-tori Shiho-nage
  5. Ushiro Tekubi-tori Juji-nage
  6. Ushiro Kubi-shime Koshi-nage - two ways
  7. Morote-tori Nikyo
  8. Hanmi-handachi:
    • Shomen-uchi Irimi-nage
    • Katate-tori Nikyo
    • Yokomen-uchi Kote-gaeshi
  9. Randori (2 persons)

 

1st Kyu
      300 days (From previous test)

  1. Kata-tori Men-uchi (5 Techniques)
  2. Yokomen-uchi (5 Techniques)
  3. Morote-tori (5 Techniques)
  4. Shomen-uchi (5 Techniques)
  5. Ryote-tori (5 Techniques)
  6. Koshi-nage (5 Techniques)
  7. Tanto-tori
  8. Hanmi-handachi Ushiro Waza - (5 Techniques)
  9. Randori (3 persons)

     As yudansha tests are few and far between and are taken at the regional seminars, we have not listed the requirements for the dan rankings.

 
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