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We progress in aikido by training for and completing a series of promotion examinations. Most everyone can benefit from studying aikido, physically, mentally and spiritually.


The grading system in aikido is similar to many other Japanese martial arts.

Youth grades start with 10th Kyu, progressing as far as 6th Kyu. Youth wear colored belts based on rank.

Adult ranks progress from 5th Kyu to 1st Kyu, usually wearing a white belt. Sometimes colors are worn.

The black belt ranks follow, from 1st Dan up to 8th Dan.

Promotion Requirements Below may be Viewed & Printed

Youth Promotion Requirements
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