Cost Information:

  1. As we are a Club (or Study group) we have no fee’s. We do accept donations to help keep the lights and a/c on and provide for materials to repair the dojo when Necessary.

 2. If you are financially unable to donate money, you can still donate your labor to clean the school, and pitch in when there are maintenance projects to be done.

3. Membership in the ATAA is not Mandatory but is recommended it is only $25 a year.

No other hidden costs, or requirements. We are only interested in the advancement of this Martial Art.


Traditional GI.

loose Fitting clean Clothes with no distracting or offensive pictures or words.

Hakama is optional for Dan Grades.

All Jewelry, and metal do-dads need to be removed prior to getting on the mat.

Excessively long hair should be Braided or in a ponytail secured at both ends with fabric rubber bands not hard plastic, or metal barrettes

Topics Covered:

Wrist exercises

Ukemi (Falling)

Basic Aikido movement and exercises for beginners.

Advanced Aikido techniques

Exploration and the application of techniques.

Exercises for balance in movement.

Discussions (from time to time), on Aikido, Budo, Bushido philosophy, proper conduct, history, disciplines, concentration, etc.

Exposure and immersion into more advanced Aikido techniques from different modes of attack such as kicking, punching, etc.

Bokken (wooden sword attack) and Jo (wooden staff attack) exercises and techniques, to promote the application of Aikido techniques and movements through the use of weapons. Tanto (knife attack) techniques, which are very similar to empty-handed techniques.

Breathing, relaxation, mind and body coordination.

Testing from time to time, for various levels of Aikido rank (ATAA members only).

Promotion Standards

RankBelt ColorHours in AikidoMinimum AgeTime in GradeTime in Aikido
YonkyuGreen40143 months3 months
SankyuBrown80143 months6 months
NikyuBrown120143 months9 months
IkkyuBrown160143 months1 year
ShodanBlack250166 months1-1.5 years
NidanBlack500181 year2 years
SandanBlack850202 years4 years
YondanBlack1100222 years6 years
GodanBlack and Red1600252 years8 years
RokudanRed and White2600293 years11 years
NanadanRed and White4600378 years19 years
HachidanRed and White6600458 years27 years

Technical Requirements of Each Rank

Yonkyu: walking, falling, 8 release movements, 1-5 of Ju Nana Hon Kata

Sankyu: 6-10 of Ju Nana Hon Kata and basics of knife randori

Nikyu: 11-14 of Ju Nana Hon Kata and basics of hand randori

Ikkyu: 15-17 of Ju Nana Hon Kata, multiple attack training and rudimentary teaching skills

Shodan: must demonstrate all of the above plus vocabulary knowledge plus the first 5 movements of Owaza Ju Pon

Nidan: advanced skills in all areas, Owaza Ju Pon complete, 1-16 of San Kata

Sandan: 1-34 of San Kata, the first 14 techniques of Yon Kata, advancement of all skills especially in the areas of teaching the application of the principles of our system and of Aikido

Yondan: this is a PhD. level rank and the candidate must demonstrate extraordinary knowledge of all Aikido principles, katas and techniques, a total commitment to Aikido and teaching the Art is required

Godan: assistant professor, advancement of all skill required

Rokudan: full professor, extra-ordinary teaching and leadership skill required

Nanadan: professor emeritus, must be an outstanding contributor to the art and all of its precepts and techniques whether physical or spiritual

Hachidan: must have demonstrated continuing contributions to Aikido and exerted a continuing positive service to Aikido, its members and ideals

Basic Kata

Break Falls
Ukemi WazaFalling methods
 Zempo Kaiten UkemiFront rolling break fall
 Koho Ukemi Back break fall
Yoko UkemiSide break fall  
Tegatana No Kata
Aymui AshiWalking normally, alternating feet
Tsugi AshiWalking, foot following foot
ShikkoKnee Walking
The Walk
Shomen AshiX-pattern
Waki AshiSide step
Tenkan AshiPivot step (goblet step)
Shomen Te GataneStraight hand push
Uchi MawashiSweep, to the inside
Soto MawashiSweep, to the outside
Uchi Soto GaeshiPet the dragon
Uchi Mawashi GaeshiTurn outside, same hand same foot
Soto Mawashi GaeshiTurn inside and lift, opposite hand and foot
Ude Goshi GaeshiHip switch (foot pivot to same hand same foot)
O MawashiOutside turn, opposite hand and foot
Yoko O MawashiBig side turn – bear arms

Ju Nana HonKata

Atemi Waza – Striking Techniques
Hiji Waza – Elbow Techniques
Tekubi Waza – Wrist Techniques
Uke Waza – Floating Techniques

Owaza Ju Pon

The Big 10