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WELCOME TO

KAISHUKAN AIKIDO DOJO

A Member Of

THE BRITISH AIKIDO FEDERATION

Under The Direction Of

Kanestuka Shihan (8th Dan Hombu)

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About Ranks and Grades

 

In Aikido we have a grading system based on examinations. The grade shows you ability to perform different techniques to a certain level of ability. In the junior system a person starts unranked with a with a white belt then a set of stripes and colours. There are three stripes for each belt and the belts are ordered Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue and brown. Grades in Aikido are none competitive so grading is based on cooperation with your partner.

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Black Belts (Yudanshia ()

The upper grade system (called Yudansha meaning ranked).

Starting at Shodan (at this grade the hakima is permitted to be worn) to the highest which is Kyudan (9th Dan). All grades above Yondan are awarded by promotion from the Honbu Aikikai Foundation. The Minimum age for Shodan is 18 years old.

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The Fuku Shidoin () & Shidoin ()

These are the high ranking instructors typically Fuku-Shidoin (assistant) are Yondan or above, and Shidoin Godan or above. They are the B.A.F. seniors the highest ranking of which are the technical and grading committee of the B.A.F. under Kanetsuka Shihan. It is common for high ranking Shidoin to take national or international courses.

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The Shihan ()

These are the "professors" or "masters" of aikido ranked above Rokudan. They have a high level of mastery and many years of experience. Currently the B.A.F. only Shihan is Kanetsuka Shihan. This title is awarded by the Honbu Aikikai Foundation.

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Special Ranks In Aikido

Doshu () & Waka Sensei ()

These are the two unique ranks in the Aikido world, Doshu means "leader" and is the head of Honbu Aikikai Foundation, currently this is Moriteru Ueshiba the founders grandson the position for this reason is outside the grade system.

Likewise his son and successor is called Waka Sensei meaning "young teacher" is also outside the rank system, this is currently Mitsuteru Ueshiba the founders great grandson. Currently he Is the Honbu dojo "Dojo-Cho" (head of the dojo).

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