12 | 12 | 2017

Shodan Nidan Sandan Yondan


The pervasive understanding of the black belt as some sort of super-human killer is childish and unfounded. Shodan is literally the "initial" step in the martial arts. Achievement of this rank simply means that one is a confirmed disciple of Aikijutsu. In no way does it imply mastery over any large portion of the art; rather it means that a suitable understanding of the fundamentals of the art has been achieved, allowing for more advanced work to be undertaken. Because this rank signifies a certain level of maturity, the minimum age requirement is 15 years old. The other ranks of the Yudansha are benchmarks of further and deeper understanding of the art of Aikijutsu. Although there are no set-in-stone time limits a student can expect the following as the amounts of time they will spend in each rank:

 

Shodan – Nidan           1 yr

Nidan – Sandan            2 yrs

Sandan – Yondan         2.5 – 3 yrs

Yondan – Godan          3 – 3.5 yrs