Aikido has a standard Kyu-Dan grading system (starts at 5th Kyu for adults and 10th Kyu for children ages from 8-14). Aikikai Hong Kong Yubukan follows the Aikikai Grading System as set out by Hombu Dojo, Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
At Aikikai Hong Kong Yubukan, although not required, practitioners are encouraged to demonstrate their progress. Examination offers an unique opportunity to show your techniques. Remember, there is no need to rush.
Grading exams are held every six months (May and November). Aikikai Hong Kong Yubukan will hold tests for Kyu and Dan grades. Aikido World Headquarters delegate Nagai sensei to conduct Dan grade examinations, Members will have the opportunity to grade in Hong Kong and receive Dan grade and Hombu Dojo certification from Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu directly.
Aikikai Hong Kong Yubukan follows the traditional Aikikai ranking system (white and black). All Kyu grade practitioners wear white belts, while Dan grades wear black belts. It is said the dirtier and darker the belt, the higher the grade. By the time the practitioners have reached the level for Dan grade, their belt would have been black, thus this is where the modern term “black belt” comes from.
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