Kyu exams are composed of 4 parts (delineated here as A-D). Exams are designed to reflect the balanced training of the principles of Aikido, the basic harmonizing movements, specific self-defense techniques and free defense (jiu waza) against one or more attackers.
Part A tests ability to explain basic Aikido principles (e.g., principles of aiki, ki extension, controlled relaxation, masa katsu agatsu, etc.) and how they relate to both self-defense arts and to one’s daily life.
Part B tests ability to perform and explain the basic Aiki Taiso (e.g., nikyo, fune kogi, ude furi choyaku, etc.). This includes demonstrating how to test for the proper execution of the Aiki Taiso and how to relate them to specific techniques.
Part C tests ability to perform specific defense techniques for specific attacks. The list of basic kyu examination arts can be used as a guide here. Minimally, know how to perform the arts listed for the kyu for which you are testing.
Part D tests ability to apply aiki principles in a free attack / free defense situation. This includes being able to apply defense techniques against any specified attack (up to 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 defense arts for 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st kyu exams, respectfully). Also, one or more attackers may be given a set of attacks to choose from (e.g., wrist grabs, straightline strikes, shoulder grabs, etc.) and the defender should be able to apply the basic blending systems (e.g. Tekubi Tori Joho Osae, Tobikomi Otoshi, Tekubi Tori Enkei, etc.) in defense.
Preparation. The best way to prepare for a test is through regular class attendance. Prior to the test, you should have selected someone to be your Uke (Uke should be someone at or near the level for which you are testing).
Protocol. When called to test, you and your uke should come forward, kneel, bow to the instructor, and then bow to each other. At the end of the test, bow to each other and then to the instructor.
Attitude. An attitude of calmness, relaxation, attentiveness, respect, and willingness to harmonize should be reflected in all that you do. The purpose of the test is not to determine how many ways you can throw someone, but rather to provide you with an opportunity to share what you know and harmonize with potential conflict situations.
Promotion. Promotion recognizes that you have completed one phase of your training and are prepared to begin the next phase. Thus, in a sense, we are always being promoted to the level of a beginner. The first degree black belt (shodan) means literally “beginning step.” With promotion also comes greater responsibility for acting in accordance with the principles of aikido and the sharing without hesitation what you have learned with others.
KYU EXAM (TEST FORM: Rate each item 1(poor)-4(excellent)) EXAMINEE _____________________ DATE________________ RANK TESTING FOR ___________PREVIOUS RANK ___________
PART A: EXPLAIN AND DEMONSTRATE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF AIKIDO.
|Aikido in Daily LifeKeep one-point
Range of effectiveness
|Masa Katsu AgatsuFudoshin Fudotai
Dochu no Sei
|Hitoashi YokotetBanyo Aigo
En no Hongi
Go go no Shugyo
Sho shin ni kaeru
Makoto (or Sei)
PART B: EXPLAIN, DEMONSTRATE, AND APPLY AIKI TAISO.
|Koho tendo||Tekubi kosa||Ushirodori Zenpo|
|Nikkyo||Udefuri Choyaku||Udefuri Undo|
|Kotegaeshi||Katatedori Tenkan Sayu||Tekubi Joho|
|Sankyo||Ushiro Tekubidori Zenshin||Ushirotekubidori Kotai|
|Fune kogi||Enkei||Katatedori Tenkan|
|Shomenuchi Ikkyo||Enkei sayu, choyaku||Zenpo Kaiten Nage|
PART C: PERFORM BASIC DEFENSE TECHNIQUES.
|Katatedori Nikyo||Katatedori Tenkan Ikkyo||Katatedori Enkei-nage|
|Katatedori Tenkan Shiho-nage||Yokomenuchi Shiho-nage||Yokomenuchi Makiotoshi|
|Yokomenuchi Hijiotoshi||Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi||Shomenuchi Ikkyo Irimi|
|Shomenuchi Kokyu-nage||Ushirotori Zenpo-nage||Ushirotekubitori Sankyo|
|Munetsuki Kotegaeshi||Munetsuki Kokyu-nage||Munetsuki Hantai Ikkyo|
|Ushirotekubitori Zenshin-nage||KatateRyotemochi Tenkan Kotegaeshi||Ryotedori Shiho-nage|
|Katatedori Irimi-nage||Katatekosadori Hikiyose Ikkyo|
|Yokomenuchi Choyaku Kokyu-nage||Yokomenuchi Irimi-nage|
|Shomenuchi Ikkyo Tenkan||Shomenuchi Sankyo|
|Ushirotekubitori Kotai Kotegaeshi||Ushirotekubitori Tenkan Tenchi-nage|
|Munetsuki Zenpo-nage||Munetsuki Ushiro Kata-hikiotoshi|
|Katateryotemochi Sasoikomi Makiotoshi||Ryotedori Irimi Tenchi-nage|
PART D: APPLY AIKI PRINCIPLES IN FREE ATTACK / FREE DEFENSE.
|Katatedori Kata Oshi||Kata Oshi / Katakosa Oshi|
|Katate Kosadori Kata Kosa Oshi||Tekubitori|
|Ryotedori Ryokata Oshi||Munetsuki / Gamentsuki / Shomenuchi|
|Katate Ryotemochi Shomenuchi||Ryokatadori / Yokomenuchi / Shomenuchi|
|Kata Dori Yokomenuchi||Jiu Tori (Free Attack)|
|Kata Kosa Dori Kaeshi Yokomenuchi|
|Ryokata Dori Munetsuki|
|Ushiro Dori Mae Geri|
|Ushiro Ryokatadori Marwari Geri|