RANK BELT COLOR   TOTAL HOURS IN AIKIDO MINIMUM AGE OF CANDIDATE TIME IN GRADE TOTAL TIME IN AIKIDO
Yonkyu Green 40 14 3 months 3 months
Sankyu Brown 80 14 3 months 6 months
Nikyu Brown 120 14 3 months 9 months
Ikkyu Brown 160 14 3 months 1 year
Shodan Black 250 16 6 months 1-1.5 years
Nidan Black 500 18 1 year 2 years
Sandan Black 850 20 2 years 4 years
Yondan Black 1,100 22 2 years 6 years
Godan Black 1,600 25 2 years 8 years
Rokudan Red & White   2,600 29 3 years 11 years
Nanadan Red & White   4,600 37 8 years 19 years
Hachidan Red & White   6,600 45 8 years 27 years

 

RANK Technical Knowledge REQUIREMENTS
Yonkyu walking, falling, 8 release movements, 1-5 of Ju Nana Hon Kata
Sankyu 6-10 of Ju Nana Hon Kata and basics of knife randori
Nikyu 11-14 of Ju Nana Hon Kata and basics of hand randori
Ikkyu 15-17 of Ju Nana Hon Kata, multiple attack training and rudimentary teaching skills
Shodan must demonstrate all of the above plus vocabulary knowledge plus the first 5 movements of Owaza Ju Pon
Nidan advanced skills in all areas, Owaza Ju Pon complete, 1-16 of San Kata
Sandan 1-34 of San Kata, the first 14 techniques of Yon Kata, advancement of all skills especially in the areas of teaching the application of the principles of our system and of Aikido
Yondan this is a PhD. level rank and the candidate must demonstrate extraordinary knowledge of all Aikido principles, katas and techniques, a total commitment to Aikido and teaching the Art is required
Godan assistant professor, advancement of all skill required
Rokudan full professor, extra-ordinary teaching and leadership skill required
Nanadan professor emeritus, must be an outstanding contributor to the art and all of its precepts and techniques whether physical or spiritual
Hachidan must have demonstrated continuing contributions to Aikido and exerted a continuing positive service to Aikido, its members and ideals
Kudan red belt awarded by the committee of full professors
Judan red belt awarded by the committee of full professors

The rank of Shodan may be given at one year if the total hours and technical requirements are met. Noone will be held back from testing for rank when the total hours and technical requirements are met, regardless of how long it takes to achieve their goals.

  A student may be required to demonstrate all prior rank requirements at test time. This should only be used in the case of a person who has been absent for a considerable length of time.