NIHON GOSHIN AIKIDO CURRICULUM


The following is an outline for the testing program which applies to the various ranks which may be earned in the Nihon Goshin Aikido Association. In addition to these specific items, a student must have a satisfactory attendance record and have given indication of good character before he will be permitted to take any test for advancement in rank.

For Go-kyu (Yellow Belt)

  1. Written test on Aikido history, philosophy and terminology.
  2. Proficiency test on first ten classic techniques, straight punch, one hand blocks and hanmi position.

For Yon-kyu (Blue Belt)

  1. Re-test for improvement in items required for past promotion.
  2. Proficiency test on second ten classic techniques, side of hand blow (chop) and cross blocks.

For San-kyu (Green Belt)

  1. Re-test for improvement in items required for past promotions.
  2. Proficiency test on third ten classic techniques, basic front kicks and variations on basic front kick. Oral exam.

For Ni-kyu (Purple Belt)

  1. Re-test for improvement in items required for past promotions.
  2. Proficiency test on fourth ten classic techniques, basic side kick and variations on basic side kick.

For I-kyu (Brown Belt)

  1. Re-test for improvement in items required for past promotions.
  2. Proficiency test on fifth ten classic techniques and on the elbow blow and its variations.
  3. Proficiency test in free-style self-defense.
  4. Demonstration of perfect control in 5 "ki" positions.
  5. Demonstration of a self-defense application of each of the 50 classic Aikido techniques.

For Sho-Dan (First Degree Black Belt)

  1. Demonstration of perfect control in 10 "ki" positions.
  2. Perfect execution of each of the 50 classic Aikido techniques.
  3. Perfect execution of all Aikido striking techniques and their variations.
  4. Advanced proficiency test in free-style self defense including defense against weapons and defense against more than one attacker.
  5. Basic test on emergency first-aid.
  6. Comprehensive oral and written examinations on the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido.
  7. Some experience in the capacity of assistant instructor.

For Ni-Dan (Second Degree Black Belt)

  1. Minimum of one year teaching experience.
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in the use of Aikido weapons techniques.
  3. Proficiency test on advanced nerve pressure points and striking zones.

For San-Dan and above

No further physical requirements exist for these ranks. They are given only on an honorary basis to people who devote themselves in some way to the art itself. Generally these promotions are issued directly from our headquarters, but they may be given out locally by anyone with the authority to do so.