Is testing for rank required in Aikido?
In Aikido, testing does not impact what the students are taught, when they are shown material, or how quickly they can learn! We hold promotional demonstrations / testing for our younger students twice per year. The tests usually occur in the Fall and the Spring. Testing costs $20 per student, and the students are awarded solid colored martial arts belts (no collecting electrical-tape stripes to pad the price of the belt or the egos of the students.)
Adult students are tested through our parent dojo, Capital Aikikai in Silver Spring Maryland, and pay testing fees to that dojo. Adults seeking Aikikai ranks test for Kyu ranks first, or white belts. After enough time and testing, students may test for Dan ranks, or black belts. Testing fees for martial arts rank through Capital Aikikai normally are about $30 per Kyu rank with Dan rankings costing more, but check their website for the most up-to-date information.
I hope this can be useful for you. As always, contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we will be happy to connect you to answers!