Testing Requirements

The examination system in Aikido is not structured on competition. You will be graded on the following points:

  • Your understanding of basic techniques appropriate to your level.
  • Your ability to adapt your movement to an attack.
  • The concentration and awareness you maintain throughout the examination.
  • Continuity of movement is important, not speed.
  • Confidence and courage are important, not ego.
  • Be prepared to uke (be an attacker) for someone else of your same level during the examination. You will be graded on how well you attack and respond to their technique.
  • You will be expected to know and respond to Japanese terminology.
  • It is necessary to complete the required number of hours of training before each examination.
  • Please note: You will also be responsible for knowing all of the weapons kata


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