Energized and Focused

 Milestone Three: Energy

What goes around, ALWAYS comes around

Do you demonstrate aware, sincere, and controlled attacks? As you practice ukemi (tumbling, falling, rolling, receiving attacks), are you aware of your shape and your movements?  Is your ukemi soft and fluid?  Is your ukemi appropriate for the martial arts technique applied to you? Do you resist techniques with force, or connect to them to learn what your opponent is doing? 

 

Martial Movement

Milestone Two: Motion

Just keep moving ... Just keep moving!

In responding to attack, are you able to keep your structure and shape intact throughout movement?  Are you able to change your shape to meet the needs of your situation?  Are you able to change your attacker's shape?  These are some of the elements in this milestone.

 

Shape your Foundations

Milestone One: Shape(s)

Circles! Triangles! Squares!  Oh Myyyyyyyyyyyyy!

Are you able to create a cohesive and stable structure out of your body's various parts, unting your arms and legs with your center (hara)?  Can your body recognize the core shapes present in Aikido - the square, circle, and triangle? Can you place your body, mind, and energy (ki) into these structures?

Martial Arts Milestones

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These milestones are some of the core areas of martial arts content every martial artist works on improving. We are all on the same martial arts learning curve; the same loop of success and frustration.  These aren't improved on a straight line, but a never-ending circle.  Focusing on these basic milestones of martial arts will take your training far better than belts, ranks, or titles. 

Milestone One: Shape(s)

Circles! Triangles! Squares!  Oh Myyyyyyyyyyyyy!

Are you able to create a cohesive and stable structure out of your body's various parts, unting your arms and legs with your center (hara)?  Can your body recognize the core shapes present in Aikido - the square, circle, and triangle? Can you place your body, mind, and energy (ki) into these structures?

Milestone Two: Motion

Just keep moving ... Just keep moving!

In responding to attack, are you able to keep your structure and shape intact throughout movement?  Are you able to change your shape to meet the needs of your situation?  Are you able to change your attacker's shape?  These are some of the elements in this milestone.

 

 Milestone Three: Energy

What goes around, ALWAYS comes around

Do you demonstrate aware, sincere, and controlled attacks? As you practice ukemi (tumbling, falling, rolling, receiving attacks), are you aware of your shape and your movements?  Is your ukemi soft and fluid?  Is your ukemi appropriate for the martial arts technique applied to you? Do you resist techniques with force, or connect to them to learn what your opponent is doing? 

 

 Milestone Four: Connection

Witchcraft! Aikido-Jedi-Mind-Tricks!

When you attack, are you soft and fluid, or rigid and quick?  When defending, are you able to move slowly and calmly with freedom, or do you move quickly and suddenly? Are you able to connect to yourself and then to your attackers?  Are you able to keep and control the connection throughout the exchange?

 

Milestone 5: Centered

There is no spoon (?)

In all things, are you in complete control of your body, mind, and energy?  Are you able to move independently of attackers or defenders?  Are you able to attack or defend at will, flow between techniques, find reversal moments, or defend without techniques?

Kyu and Dan Testing

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Adult students can test for aikido martial arts rank (kyu rank / white belts) through Capital Aikikai.Testing at Capital Aikikai is officially recognized by Hombu Dojo / The Aikikai.

Capital Aikikai hosts Aikido tests for martial arts rank roughly three times per year.  Costs are generally around $30 for Kyu ranks, but check their website for the current rates.  Additionally, if you're testing you'll need to fill out an application for rank.  You can view Capital Aikikai's testing information here.

Capital Aikido Federation Kyu & Dan Ranks

5th Kyu

 

4th Kyu 

 (60 practice days)
 
(80 practice days)
Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote/ura) Shomenuchi Nikkyo (omote/ura)
Shomenuchi Iriminage Yokomenuchi Shihonage (omote/ura)
Katatetori Shihonage (omote/ura) Tsuki Iriminage
Ryotetori Tenchinage Ushiro Tekubi Sankyo (omote/ura)
Tsuki Kotegaeshi Ushiro Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi
Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi Suwari Waza:
Morotetori Kokyuho    • Shomenuchi Ikkyo
    • Katatori Nikkyo (omote/ura)
    • Katatori Sankyo 
   

3rd Kyu

 

2nd Kyu 

 (100 practice days)
 
(200 practice days)
Yokomenuchi Iriminage (two ways) Shomenuchi Shihonage
Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi Shomenuchi Kaitennage
Tsuki Kaitennage Yokomenuchi Gokyo
Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo (omote/ura) Ushiro Tekubitori Shihonage
Morotetori Iriminage (two ways) Ushiro Tekubitori Jujinage
Shomenuchi Sankyo (omote/ura) Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage
Suwari Waza: Morotetori Nikkyo
  • Shomenuchi Iriminage Hanmi-Handachi:
  • Shomenuchi Nikkyo (omote/ura)    • Shomenuchi Iriminage
Hanmi-Handachi:   • Katatetori Nikkyo
  • Katatetori Shihonage   • Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi
  • Katatetori Kaitennage (uchi and soto mawari) Tachitori & Jotori: Shomenuchi/Tsuki 
Tachitori & Jotori: Shomenuchi/Tsuki  Freestyle - two people
   

1st Kyu 

 

Sho-Dan 

(300 practice days)
 
(400 practice days)
Katatori Menuchi - five techniques  All of 1st Kyu requirements 
Yokomenuchi - five techniques  Tachitori 
Morotetori - five techniques  Jotori 
Shomenuchi - five techniques         Henkawaza** 
Ryotetori - five techniques  Freestyle - four people
Koshinage - five techniques   
Hanmi-Handachi (Ushiro Waza - five techniques)   
Tantotori   
Tachitori & Jotori   
Freestyle - three people