HELLENIC AIKIDO AIKIKAI
MINIMUM PROMOTION TEST REQUIREMENTS

Kyu test requirements:

7th Kyu

Minimum 2 months and 20 days of training
Successful completion of seminars and courses will also be taken into consideration.

KI TESTS AND EXERCISES:
SEIZA: Sitting Japanese style with legs folded underneath
SHIZENTAI: Natural stance with feet shoulder width
ORENAITE: Unbendable arm, tested while in hanmi stance
BASIC TAISABAKI: Hidari/Migi Hanmi, Tsuki-Ashi, Ayumi-Ashi, Tenkan, Irimi Tenkan
KOHO TENDO UNDO: Rolling back and forward from sitting, kneeling and standing position
MAE UKEMI SUWARI WAZA: Rolling tumbling forward from kneeling position
USHIRO UKEMI SUWARI WAZA: Rolling tumbling backward from kneeling position
RYOTETORI KOKYUHO SUWARIWAZA ( KOKYUDOSA ): Exercise to develop timing and breath power, partner practice in seiza position

TECHNIQUES: ( TACHIWAZA )
KATATETORI AI HANMI IKKYO
KATATETORI AI HANMI KOTEGAESHI
KATATETORI AI HANMI KOKYUNAGE ( Controlling the head variation )
KATATORI IKKYO

6th Kyu

Minimum of 3 months and 30 days of training after earning 7th Kyu.
Successful completion of seminars and courses will also be taken into consideration.
Be prepared to demonstrate exercises and techniques from all ranks prior to the one for which you are actually testing.

KI TESTS AND EXERCISES:
MAE UKEMI TACHI WAZA: Rolling tumbling forward completely from standing position
USHIRO UKEMI TACHI WAZA: Rolling tumbling backward completely from standing position
SHOMENUCHI, YOKOMENUCHI, MUNETSUKI: demonstration of basic strikes
FUNAGOKI UNDO: Rowing exercise
SHOMENUCHI IKKYO UNDO: Raising and lowering the arms as if cutting with a sword
GAKYU HANMI TAISABAKI: Tenkan, Irimi, ( also with partner )
KOKYUDOSA RENZOKU: Continuously one side to another without pause

TECHNIQUES: ( TACHIWAZA )
KATATETORI GAKYU HANMI IKKYO
KATATETORI GAKYU HANMI IRIMINAGE
KATATETORI GAKYU HANMI SHIHONAGE
( All above techniques should be performed omote –ura )
SHOMENUCHI KOKYUNAGE ( Controlling the head variation )
SHOMENUCHI KOTEGAESHI

5th Kyu

Minimum of 3 months and 40 days of training after earning 6th Kyu.
Successful completion of seminars and courses will also be taken into consideration.
Be prepared to demonstrate exercises and techniques from all ranks prior to the one for which you are actually testing.

KI TESTS AND EXERCISES:
MAE UKEMI BREAKFALL
USHIRO UKEMI BREAKFALL
SHIKKO ( forward, backward and turning )
ZENGO UNDO: Raising and lowering the arms as if cutting with a sword 180 degree pivoting motion
SHIHO UNDO: Raising and lowering the arms as if cutting with a sword in the 4 basic directions
GAKYU HANMI TAISABAKI: Uchi Kaiten, Soto Kaiten, with partner
MOROTETORI KOKYUHO ( TACHIWAZA ): Exercise to develop timing and breathe power, partner practice, standing position

TECHNIQUES: ( TACHIWAZA )
SHOMENUCHI IKKYO
SHOMENUCHI IRIMINAGE
MUNETSUKI KOTEGAESHI
USHIRO TEKUBITORI IKKYO
USHIRO TEKUBITORI KOTEGAESHI
RYOTETORI TENCHINAGE
RYOTETORI SHIHONAGE
KATATORI NIKKYO

WEAPONS:
KAMAE NO BOKKEN: Demonstration of five basic sword stances
BOKKEN AND JO SUBURI: Demonstration of basic strikes

4th Kyu

Minimum of 3 months and 60 days of training after earning 5th Kyu.
Successful completion of seminars and courses will also be taken into consideration.
Be prepared to demonstrate exercises and techniques from all ranks prior to the one for which you are actually testing.
Attendance of at least one seminar.

KI TESTS AND EXERCISES:
UDEFURI UNDO: Swinging the arms exercise left and right
UDEFURI CHOYAKU UNDO: Swinging the arms exercise with stepping and turning motion
SAYU UNDO: left and right exercise, extending arms to the left and right and sinking the hips
SAYU CHOYAKU UNDO: left and right exercise, with skipping step
USHIRO TEKUBITORI UNDO: Grasped from behind exercise
HAPPO UNDO: Raising and lowering the arms as if cutting with a sword in the 8 basic directions
TAISABAKI with partner, AI HANMI – GAKYU HANMI

TECHNIQUES: ( TACHIWAZA )
SHOMENUCHI NIKKYO
YOKOMENUCHI SHIHONAGE
MUNETSUKI IRIMINAGE
USHIRO TEKUBITORI SANKYO
USHIRO RYOKATATORI KOTEGAESHI
USHIRO TEKUBITORI KOKYUNAGE
RYOTETORI KOKYUNAGE
KATATETORI KAITENAGE ( UCHI-SOTO )

SUWARI WAZA:
SHOMENUCHI IKKYO,
KATATORI NIKKYO
KATATORI SANKYO

WEAPONS:
BOKKEN SHOMENUCHI TAISABAKI ( Tsuki- ashi, Ayumi-ashi, with partner exercise )

3rd Kyu

Minimum of 6 months and 80 days of training after earning 4th Kyu.
Successful completion of seminars and courses will also be taken into consideration.
Be prepared to demonstrate exercises and techniques from all ranks prior to the one for which you are actually testing.
Attendance of at least one seminar.

KI TESTS AND EXERCISES:
TAISABAKI TOSHU: Empty hand body movements
GAKYU HANMI TAISABAKI (Tenkan-Irimi-Uchi Kaiten-Soto Kaiten-Kokyuho with partner)

TECHNIQUES: ( TACHIWAZA )
YOKOMENUCHI KOTEGAESHI
YOKOMENUCHI IRIMINAGE (2 ways )
MUNETSUKI KOKYUNAGE
MUNETSUKI KAITENAGE ( UCHI-SOTO )
USHIRO RYOKATATORI SANKYO
SHOMENUCHI SANKYO
MOROTETORI IRIMINAGE
MOROTETORI IKKYO
JIYU WAZA ( 1 PERSON )

SUWARI WAZA:
SHOMENUCHI ( IKKYO NIKYO SANKYO YONKYO )
SHOMENUCHI IRIMINAGE

HANMI HANTACHI WAZA:
KATATETORI GAKYU HANMI SHIHONAGE
KATATETORI GAKYU HANMI KAITENAGE

WEAPONS:
BOKKEN KATA 1: Happo Giri – ( cutting in 8 directions )13 movements
BOKKEN TAISABAKI – Kata forms ( 1 – 3 )

2nd Kyu

Minimum of 6 months and 80 days of training after earning 3rd Kyu.
Successful completion of seminars and courses will also be taken into consideration.
Be prepared to demonstrate exercises and techniques from all ranks prior to the one for which you are actually testing.
Attendance of at least one seminar

TECHNIQUES: ( TACHIWAZA )
SHOMENUCHI KAITENAGE
SHOMENUCHI SHIHONAGE
YOKOMENUCHI GOKYO
USHIRO KATATORI KOKYUNAGE
USHIRO TEKUBITORI JUJINAGE
USHIRO TEKUBITORI SHIHONAGE
RYOKATATORI KOKYUNAGE
MOROTETORI NIKKYO
MOROTETORI KOTEGAESHI
MOROTETORI KOKYUNAGE
RYOTETORI KOSHINAGE
KATATORI GAMENUCHI IKKYO
KATATORI MENUCHI IRIMINAGE
JIYU WAZA Free technique against 2 persons

HANMI HANTACHI WAZA
KATATETORI GAKYU HANMI NIKKYO,
KATATETORI GAKYU HANMI SANKYO,
YOKOMENUCHI KOTEGAESHI,
MUNETSUKI KOTEGAESHI
SHOMENUCHI IRIMINAGE

WEAPONS:
JO – KATA 1: First stuff form 22 movements
BOKKEN TAISABAKI – Kata forms ( 1 – 6 )

1st Kyu

Minimum of 6 months and 80 days of training after earning 2nd Kyu.
Successful completion of seminars and courses will also be taken into consideration.
Be prepared to demonstrate exercises and techniques from all ranks prior to the one for which you are actually testing.
Attendance of at least one seminar.

TECHNIQUES: ( TACHIWAZA )
KATATORI MENUCHI – ( 5 Techniques )
YOKOMENUCHI – ( 5 Techniques )
MOROTETORI – ( 5 Techniques )
SHOMENUCHI – ( 5 Techniques )
RYOTETORI – ( 5 Techniques )
USHIROTEKUBITORI – ( 5 Techniques )
YOKOMENUCHI ( Ikkyo – Gokyo )
YOKOMENUCHI SUDORI
KOSHINAGE – Ushiro Katetetori Kubishime-Yokomenuchi-Ryotetori
MAEGERI KOKYNAGE – Front snapping kick
JIYU WAZA – ( Randori ) Free technique 3 Persons

HANMI HANTACHI WAZA:
USHIRO WAZA – ( 5 Techniques )
JIYU WAZA – Free style

WEAPONS:
TANTOTORI 3 techniques against ( Shomenuchi, Yokomenuchi, Munetsuki )
BOKKEN KATA 2 Second form, ( 13 movements )
JO KATA-2 Second stuff form ( 22 movements )
BOKKEN TAISABAKI Kata forms ( 1 – 9 )

Dan test requirements:

HELLENIC AIKIDO AIKIKAI
MINIMUM PROMOTION TEST REQUIREMENTS 

DAN RANKS

Permission to test must be obtained from the Shidoin and approved by the HAA Shihan 
at least 6 months before the examination date. 
• Be sure you have the required number of days before applying for an examination. 
• Application forms and essays should be completed at least 1 week before the examination.
• Successful completion of seminars and courses will be taken into consideration.
• Minimum age for Shodan is 15 years, Yondan is 22 years.
• Dan examinations are usually taken at the spring and autumn HAA International Seminars
unless otherwise specified.

Shodan

Minimum 8 months and 120 days of training
Successful completion of 2 seminars or courses after 1st.Kyu
Written essay required:”
“What is Aikido” and “What is Shugyo”
Technique:
All of 1st Kyu requirements:
Munetsuki Free demonstration
Yokomenuchi Free demonstration
Ushirotekubitori Free demonstration
Ryotetori Free demonstration
Suwari Waza Free demonstration
Hanmi Hantachi Free technique
Bokken Dori “Siezing the wooden sword”: unarmed defense
against sword attack: 
Jyu Waza (Randori) Defense against multiple attackers (4)

Nidan

Minimum 18 months and 240 days of training 
Successful completion of 2 seminars per year after Shodan
Written essay required: “Aikido History and Future” 
Technique:
All of Shodan requirements
Katatori Ganmenuchi Free demonstration
Shomenuchi Free technique
Hanmi Hatachi Free technique against two attackers
Jo Dori “Siezing the staff”: unarmed defense against
staff attack
Futarigake
Jyu Waza (Randori) Defense against multiple attackers (4)

Sandan

Minimum 30 months and 360 days of training
Successful completion of 2 seminars per year after Nidan 
Written essay required: “Aikido Philosophy”

Technique:
All of Nidan requirements
Jo Nage “Throwing with the staff”; free demonstration
Kumijo Staff versus staff forms (5)
Kumitachi Sword versus sword forms (6)
Jyu Waza (Randori) Defense against multiple attackers (5)

 Yondan

Minimum 42 months and 480 days of training
Successful completion of 2 seminars per year after Sandan 
Written essay required: “Application of Aikido”

Technique:
Kihon Waza “Basic Technique”: free demonstrations
Henka Waza “Changing technique”: free demonstrations
Oyo Waza “Applied or Advanced technique”: free
demonstration
Instructional Methodology: free demonstration of how
to instruct Kihon waza and Oyo waza
Kumijo Staff versus staff forms (5)
Kumitachi Sword versus sword forms (6)
Jyu Waza (Randori) Defense against multiple attackers (6)