Progress of the individual is recognised by a grading system. Tests for kyu grades (5 levels) are conducted three times per year by the New South Wales Area Representative, and assess performance of a range of basic techniques.


Kyu grading being taken at Leichhardt Dojo

Kyu grading at Leichhardt Dojo - 3 person attack.


Dan gradings (black belt) are conducted twice annually at the national training schools.

Dan certificates are internationally recognised and issued from Hombu. (world headquarters).


Aikido is an opportunity for continual growth and learning rather than a way to display superiority over others.

- Seiichi Sugano Shihan 8th Dan


The Aiki-Kai grading syllabus is available here.