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Aikido has a kyu-dan system similar to other martial arts such as Karate and Judo. The kyu (grade) levels are white or coloured belts and represent new and intermediate level students and the dan (degree) levels are black belts, and represent various advanced practitioner levels. The chart below is the belt system used at the Hiryukan.

 

A child who obtains a 1st dan in the youth program, will enter the adult program as a 4th kyu. The teacher will assess all other children entering the adult program on an individual basis to determine an appropriate starting level.

 

Click on a level to see the grading syllabus.

Level/Degree

 

Youth Ranks

Belt Colour

Adult Ranks

Belt Colour

New student (mukyu)

 

 

9th  kyu       (kukyu)

 9th kyu

 

8th kyu        (hachikyu)

 8th kyu

 

 

 

7th kyu        (shichikyu)

 7th kyu

 

 

 

 

 

6th kyu        (rokkyu)

 6th kyu

 

5th kyu        (gokyu)

 5th kyu

 

 

 

4th kyu        (yonkyu)

 4th kyu

 

3rd kyu        (sankyu)

 3rd kyu

 

 

 

2nd kyu        (nikyu)

 2nd kyu

 

1st kyu         (ikkyu)

 1st kyu

 

 

 

1st dan         (shodan)

 1st dan

 

2nd dan        (nidan)

 

 

3rd dan         (sandan)

 

 

4th dan         (yondan)

 

 

5th dan         (godan)

 

 

6th dan         (rokudan)

 

 

7th dan         (nanadan)

 

 

8th dan         (hachidan)

 

 

9th dan         (kudan)

 

 

10th dan        (judan)