Elk City Aikido Club
AIKIDO PROMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS

RANK BELT HRS/
WEEK
TOTAL HOURS MIN AGE TIME IN GRADE TOTAL AIKIDO TIME
Yonkyu Green 3.0 40 14 3 months 3 months
Sankyu Brown 3.0 80 14 3 months 6 months
Nikyu Brown 3.0 120 14 3 months 9 months
Ikkyu Brown 3.0 160 14 3 months 1 yr
Shodan Black 4.5 250 16 6 months 1-1.5 yrs
Nidan Black 4.5 500 18 1 yr 2 yrs
Sandan Black 4.5 850 20 2 yrs 4 yrs
Yondan Black 4.5 1,100 22 2 yrs 6 yrs
Godan Black 4.5 1,600 25 2 yrs 8 yrs
Rokudan Red & White 4.5 2,600 29 3 yrs 11 yrs
Shichidan Red & White 4.5 4,600 37 8 yrs 19 yrs
Hachidan Red & White 4.5 6,600 45 8 yrs 27 yrs

The rank of Shodan may be given at one year if the total hours and technical requirements are met. The above recommended hours per week, if followed, will result in the total hours needed at the recommended time in grade and the total time in the art.

No person shall be deprived of a rank when the total hours and technical requirements are met, regardless of how long it takes to meet those hours. Not everyone can practice 3 to 4.5 hours per week.

A student may be required to demonstrate all prior rank requirements if it is deemed necessary. This should only be used in the case of a person who has been absent from the art for a considerable length of time.

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