PRINCIPAL INSTRUCTOR HENRY PIELACKI
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Grades and techniques
8th Kyu min 25 hrs
7th Kyu min 50 hrs
6th Kyu min 75 hrs
5th Kyu min 100 hrs
4th Kyu min 100 hrs
3rd Kyu min 150 hrs
2nd Kyu min 100 hrs
1st Kyu min 100 hrs
The grading syllabus is based on one produced by Honbu dojo (www.yoshinkan.net) which is updated on a yearly basis. When somebody is ready to test they will be informed by their instructor.
Completion of the minimum number of hours does not automatically entitle you to take a grade. There will occasionally be exceptional circumstances which will allow a student to grade below the minimum hours. If this is the case then your instructor will inform you.
Training hours will only count:
All Dan grades and Instructor certificates are registered at Honbu and only Honbu Kyu grade certificates are issued.
The use of the term AYF after a Dan grade refers to the fact that it has been registered at Honbu.
Dan grade fees are in two parts; the first part is the fee paid to the dojo and the second part is the fee that is paid to Honbu.
In Yoshinkan Aikido we do not have competitions so gradings serve many purposes such as testing yourself under pressure, to measure progress and to show your level of physical conditioning.
Regular consistent training is the best way to make progress. It is expected that club members will test as and when they are ready. The minimum hours that are shown as a requirement are in addition to the previous grade. Therefore if all the hours from 8th Kyu to Shodan are added, they come to a minimum of 1000 hours.
Click each link to view the techniques tested at that level