These are the official promotion requirements for advancement in the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, our rank-providing organization. Unranked (new) students will test first for the 6th Kyu (rokyu) white belt. Advancement is made through 1st kyu (ikyu), which is the last white belt rank before black belt. Aikido rank progression is slow compared to many commercial or competitive martial arts, and cannot be rushed; achieving black belt (shodan) can often take five years or more of dedicated training.
Students are expected to keep track of their own hours, time-in-grade, and other records toward promotion. However, we provide a convenient online system to help make this simple. The posted requirements are only the minimum definitions; actual candidacy for testing is at the discretion of the instructors and their evaluation of the student’s ability to perform at the new level. Testing is held every four months, usually at the end of April, August and December.
Prior to testing, candidates are expected to submit their test fees and annual ASU dues. Students who are not in good standing with respect to membership dues will not be considered for testing or promotion.