Goal of Exams
There is only one way and that way is to go forward. You can practise aikido until your death and keep on developing yourself. This can be done physically, mentally and/or spiritually. This does not apply only to the youth. Also, when you grow older, as your body starts to deteriorate, you can influence how fast and how healthy you will age.
Try to master as many skills at an early age and do so in the proper order. Regularly doing exams provides you with a framework for your development and guides you step by step through it.
As we develop together, exams are a way to validate your knowledge and skills so that you can apply it and help other learning.
“Running water never grows stale”
— Bruce Lee
Our teacher can conduct the following kyu exams. These are officially registered at our aikido federation. The fees are listed below and are valid from 1 January 2014.
|6th kyu||6 months, training 2× per week||€10.00|
|5th kyu||6 months, training 2× per week||€17.50|
|4th kyu||6 months, training 2× per week||€25.00|
|3rd kyu||8 months, training 3× per week||€ 32.50|
|2nd kyu||10 months, training 3× per week||€40.00|
|1st kyu||12 months, training 3× per week||€47.50|
Examinations are usually organised with teachers and students of affiliated groups. The exam fee must be paid also in case of failure to pass the exam.
Our aikido federation organises dan exams (black belt) and charges no additional costs to the fees of Aikikai International, Hombu Dojo.
|exam||minimal preparation||access to function|
|shodan||1 year, training 3× per week||assistent teacher level 2|
|2nd dan||2 years, training 3× per week||fukushidoin and teacher level 3|
|3rd dan||3 years, training 4× per week||fukushidoin and teacher level 4|
|4th dan||4 years, training 4× per week||shidoin and teacher level 4|
Dan exams will always take place at an international seminar such as a summer school.
Our exam program can be found here. Note: the standard requirements are listed in the column Programmes d’examens. A very practical explanation in English, can be found in the column Nouveaux programmes d’examens.
Of these explanations, the parts on hojo, genkikai, tanden, chakras and pleads in the hakama can be skipped. The parts on aikijo and aikiken are required for the exam. Other practical overviews can be found here. We also have Dutch translation in our dojo and in digital form.