Exámenes

A continuación, se presenta la lista GENERAL de los requisitos para los exámenes según la AWA. Esta lista es el estándar MÍNIMO para cada grado. Para los requisitos oficiales de su examen consulte a Sensei Mario.

Todos los exámenes son acumulativos. Por ende, cada estudiante debe estar preparado para demostrar técnicas que haya hecho en exámenes anteriores.  Varias de estas técnicas requieren variaciones y/o aplicaciones que no están incluídas en la lista. Ejemplo: omote/ura.

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7th KYU – White Belt with Stripe

Time and Events Requirements

Minimum 2 months and 20 hours of training

Ki Tests and Exercises

  • Seiza – Sitting Japanese style with legs folded underneath
  • Koho Tento Undo – Rolling backward and forward from sitting, kneeling and standing positions
  • Ushiro Ukemi, Rolling – Tumbling backward completely, from kneeling and standing positions
  • Mae Ukemi, Rolling – Tumbling forward completely, from kneeling and standing positions
  • Kokyudosa – Partner practice in seiza position; exercise to develop timing or “breath” power
  • Taisabaki Toshu – “Empty-hand body movement” against, Katatekosatori (cross hand) attack

Technique

  • Katatekosatori Kotegaeshi – Cross-hand wrist grab/ “Wrist-turning” throw, pin
  • Katatori Ikkyo – Lapel grab/ “First teaching” and pin
  • Katatekosatori Kokyunage – Cross-hand wrist grab/ “Timing throw;” controlling the head

 

6th KYU – Yellow Belt

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 3 months and 30 hours of training after earning 7th Kyu

Ki Tests and Exercises

  • Ushiro Ukemi, Breakfall – Rolling backward with DOUBLE slap, and returning to standing position
  • Mae Ukemi, Breakfall – Falling forward with slap, and returning to standing position
  • Empty Hand Strikes – Demonstration of basic strikes; shomenuchi, yokomenuchi & munetsuki
  • Funakogi Undo – “Rowing exercise”
  • Shomenuchi Ikkyo Undo – Raising and lowering the arms as if cutting with a sword
  • Taisabaki Toshu – “Empty-hand body movement” against, Katatori (shoulder grab) & Katatetori(same side hand)attacks.

Technique

  • Shomenuchi Kokyunage – Downward strike to the head/ “Timing throw;” controlling the head
  • Katatetori Shihonage – Same side wrist grab/ “Four directions throw”
  • Shomenuchi Iriminage – Downward strike to the head/ “Entering throw”
  • Katatori Nikyo – Lapel grab/ “Second teaching” and pin

 

5th KYU – Yellow Belt with Stripe

Time and Events Requirements

Minimum 4 months and 40 hours of training after earning 6th Kyu.

Ki Tests and Exercises

  • Hanmi No Kamae – “Half-body stance”
  • Zengo Undo – Raising and lowering arms as if cutting with a sword, with 180 degree pivoting motion
  • Happo Undo – Raising and lowering arms with movement as if cutting in eight directions
  • Tekubikosa Undo – “Crossing the wrists exercise;” high and low variations required
  • Kamae with Bokken – Demonstration of five basic sword stances
  • Bokken and Jo Suburi – Demonstration of basic strikes with sword and staff

Technique

  • Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi – Downward strike to the head/ “Wrist turning” throw and pin
  • Shomenuchi Ikkyo – Downward strike to the head/ “First teaching” and pin
  • Katatetori Sankyo – Same side wrist grab/ “Third teaching;” both nage waza (throwing) and katame waza (pinning) variations required
  • Yokomenuchi Sokumen Iriminage – Strike to the side of the head/ “Side of the face, Entering throw” (technique performed in the manner of Sayu Undo)
  • Munetsuki Kotegaeshi – Thrusting strike to the chest / “Wrist turning” throw and pin
  • Katatetori Kaitenage – Same side wrist grab/ “Rotary throw.” Tenkan variation required

 

4th KYU –  Blue Belt

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 5 months and 50 hours of training since earning 5th Kyu

Ki Tests and Exercises

  • Sayu Choyaku Undo – “Left and right exercise;” with stepping movement
  • Udefuri Choyaku Undo – “Swinging the arms exercise” with stepping and turning motion
  • Ushirotori Undo – “Grasped from behind exercise”
  • Ushirotekubitori Undo – “Wrists grasped from behind exercise”
  • Shikko – Walking and turning on one’s knees
  • Taisabaki Toshu – “Empty-hand body movement” against Shomenuchi, Yokomenuchi and Munetsuki attacks.

Technique

  • Yokomenuchi Shihonage – Strike to the side of the head/ “Four directions throw”
  • Ushirotekubitori Kokyunage – Wrists grasped from behind/ “Timing throw;” variation in the manner of Ushirotekubitori Undo required
  • Ushirotekubitori Kotegaeshi – Wrists grasped from behind/ “Wrist turning” throw and pin
  • Katatori Yonkyo – Lapel grab/ “Fourth teaching” and pin
  • Ryotetori Tenchinage – Grasping both wrists/ “Heaven and Earth throw”
  • Ryotetori Kokyunage – Grasping both wrists/ “Timing throw;” pivot throw variations required
  • Jo Kagrame #1 & 2 – First & second mirrored movement with staff

 

3rd KYU – Blue Belt with Stripe

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 6 months and 60 hours of training since earning 4th Kyu

Ki Tests and Exercises

  • Yoko Ukemi – “Side fall” exercise, from squatting and standing position, from tumbling forward, and while hand is grasped by a partner
  • Tenkan Undo – “Spinning change exercise;” turning body movement (direct pivot and step-with-pivot variations required)

Technique

  • Ushirohijitori Kotegaeshi – Grasping elbows from behind/ “Wrist-turning” throw and pin
  • Munetsuki Kokyunage – Thrusting strike to the chest / “Timing throw;” pivot-throw variation required
  • Katatori Gokyo – Lapel grab/ “Fifth teaching” and pin
  • Ushirotori Kokyunage – Grasping from behind (bearhug)/ “Timing throw;” executed in the manner of Ushirotori Undo
  • Ryotetori Kaitenage – Grasping both wrists/ “Rotary throw”
  • Katateryotetori Nikyo – Grasping a forearm with both hands/ “Second teaching” and pin
  • Suwariwaza (the following techniques performed from seated (seiza) position):
    • Shomenuchi Kokyunage
    • Shomenuchi Ikkyo
    • Katatori Nikyo
  • Bokken Kata I – First sword form; 13 movements (“Happo Giri;” cutting in eight directions)
  • Jo Kagrame #3 – Third mirrored movement with staff
  • Jiyu Waza – “Free technique;” defense against grasping attack, no pinning techniques. Katatetori, katateryotetori, katatori, ryokatatori or ushirotekubitori, based on test committee’s request

 

2nd KYU – Brown Belt

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 8 months and 80 hours of training since earning 3rd Kyu
  • Prior attendance at 1 AWA seminar since earning 3rd kyu

Ki Tests and Exercises

  • Agura no Shisei – Sitting cross legged
  • Agaranai Karada – Unliftable body
  • Kokyuho – Demonstration of breath training

Technique

  • Ryokatatori Kokyunage – Grasping both lapels/ “Timing throw;” pivot-throw variations required
  • Ushirokatatori Kokyunage – Grasping both shoulders from behind/ “Timing throw;” variation with bowing movement required
  • Katateryotetori Kokyunage – Grasping a forearm with both hands/ “Timing throw”
  • Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi – Grasping both lapels / “Wrist-turning” throw, pin
  • Katatori Menuchi Iriminage – Lapel grab with shomenuchi or yokomenuchi to head/ “Entering throw”
  • Hanmi Hantachi Waza(the following techniques performed from a seated (seiza) position against a standing attacker:
    • Katatetori Shihonage
    • Katatetori Sankyo
    • Munetsuki Kotegaeshi
  • Ryotetori Koshinage – Grasping both wrists/ “Hip throw”
  • Maegeri Kokyunage – Front snapping kick/ “Timing throw”
  • Jiyu Waza – “Free technique;” defense against a striking attack, no pinning techniques. Shomenuchi, yokomenuchi or munestuki, based on test committee’s request.
  • Jo Kagrame #4 – Fourth mirrored movement with staff
  • Jo Kata I – First staff form; 22 movements

 

1st KYU – Brown Belt with Stripe

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 10 months and 100 hours of training since earning 2nd Kyu
  • Prior attendance at 1 AWA Camp OR Shochugeiko OR Kangeiko since earning 2nd Kyu

Ki Tests and Exercises

  • Tai Sabaki with Bokken – Body movement and striking with the sword against an opponent, against shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, sliding munetsuki, and stepping munetsuki attacks

Technique

  • Ushirotekubitori Jujinage – Grasp both wrists from behind/ entwining the arms in the shape of the Japanese number “10” (a cross) and throwing
  • Yokomenuchi Sudori – Strike to the side of the head/ “Disappearing” throw
  • Katateryotetori Kotegaeshi – Grasping a forearm with both hands/ “Wrist turning” throw and pin
  • Munetsuki Sumiotoshi – Thrusting attack to the chest/ “Corner drop” throw, both irimi & tenkan
  • Katatori Ganmenuchi Ikkyo – Lapel grab with straight punch to face/ “First teaching” and pin
  • Tantodori – “Seizing the knife”, unarmed defense against knife attacks; minimum 3 techniques each against shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, and munetsuki attacks required
  • Jo Kagrame #5 – Fifth mirrored movement with staff
  • Bokken Kata II – Second sword form; 13 movements
  • Randori – “Seizing chaos;” defense against multiple attackers (3)

 

Shodan – Black Belt, 1st Degree

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 12 months and 120 hours of training since earning 1st Kyu
  • Attendance at Yudansha kai since earning 1st kyu

Two written essays required:

“What is your understanding of what is Aikido ?”

“What is your understanding of what is Shugyo?”

Technique

  • Munetsuki – Free demonstration, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Yokomenuchi – Free demonstration, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Ushirotekubitori – Free demonstration, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Ryotetori – Free demonstration, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Hanmi Hantachi – Free technique, no pinning
  • Bokken Dori – “Seizing the wooden sword:” unarmed defense against sword attack; minimum 3 techniques each against shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, and munetsuki attacks required
  • Jo Kata II – Second staff form; 22 movements
  • Randori – Defense against multiple attackers (4)

 

Nidan – Black Belt, 2nd Degree

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 24 months and 100 hours as Assistant Instructor since earning Shodan
  • Attendance at 1 AWA Camp or Kangeiko or Shochugeiko since earning Shodan
  • Valid instructor certificate

One written essay required:

“Aikido History and feelings about the Future of Aikido”

Technique

  • Test Committee Request – Free demonstration from Shodan requirements; minimum five arts
  • Katatori Ganmenuchi – Free demonstration, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Shomenuchi– Free demonstration, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Hanmi Hantachi – Free technique against two attackers, no pinning
  • Jo Dori – “Seizing the staff:” unarmed defense against staff attack; minimum 3 techniques each against shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, and munetsuki attacks required
  • Jo Awase- Blending movement with the staff
  • Randori – Defense against multiple attackers (5)

 

Sandan – Black Belt, 3rd Degree

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 36 months and 125 hours as Assistant Instructor since earning Nidan
  • Attendance at 1 AWA Camp and 1 AWA Seminar since earning Nidan
  • Valid instructor certificate

One written essay required:

“How has Aikido become part of your philosophy?”

Technique
  • Test Committee Request – Free demonstration from Shodan requirements, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Katatekosatori – Free demonstration, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Jo Nage – “Throwing with the staff;” free demonstration
  • Kumijo – Staff versus staff forms (5)
  • Kumitachi – Sword versus sword forms (6)
  • Randori – Defense against multiple attackers (6)

 

Yondan – Black Belt, 4th Degree

Time and Events Requirements
  • Minimum 48 months and 300 hours as Assistant Instructor since earning Sandan
  • Attendance at 1 AWA Camp and 1 AWA Seminar since earning Sandan
  • Valid instructor certificate

One written essay required:

“The application of Aikido in your daily life”

Interview & Approval of Sato Sensei required

Technique

  • Ushirotekubidori Kubeshime – Free demonstration, nage waza & katame waza; minimum five arts
  • Kihon Waza – “Basic technique,” free demonstration; nage waza & katame waza
  • Henka Waza – “Changing technique,” free demonstration; nage waza & katame waza
  • Oyo Waza – “Applied or advanced technique,” free demonstration; katatedori ikkyo, katatedori sankyo, shomenuchi ikkyo, shomenuchi iriminage, munetsuki kotegaeshi, katadori ikkyo, yokomenuchi shihonage, yokomenuchi kaitenage
  • Kumi Jo/Ken – Staff versus sword forms (5)
  • Possible additional test committee requests
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