Blue Heron Aikido

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Kyu Exam Guidelines

(For both youth and adult)

5th kyu (white belt)

Tachiwaza (techniques from standing):

  • Irimi and tenkan from Katatedori
  • Shomenuchi Ikkyo
  • Katatedori Kokyunage
  • Tsuki Kokyunage
  • Ryotedori kokyunage
  • Ryotedori Tenchinage
  • Walking Randori
  • Ryotodori from behind
  • Jiyuwaza with three ukes
  • Kokyu ho

Brief Explanation of Techniques

Irimi and tenkan from Katatedori.

This is the technique we use to start class. “Katatetori” means a grab at the wrist. Irimi is the entering technique where we slide forward and then pivot. Tenkan is the turning move we make.

Shomenuchi Ikkyo

“First Teaching.” This is the move that we begin from static for the first test. The strike is directed on the center line to the middle of the forehead. Initiating the movement from the hips, nage connects with uke and turns the hips while placing uke’s elbow in uke’s ear. After bringing uke to the hips, nage performs the z step and brings uke to the mat. The first pin may include the bread roller pin or the simple extension.

Katatetori Kokyunage—two variations of the backward throw, one forward.

This is the technique when your partner grabs your wrist and you complete the “breath throw.” The first example of this technique we practiced was sliding your forward foot to the side and assuiing an Aikido stance perpendicular to your partner. Then, you slide behind your partner as you open like a tulip bulb, extending both arms in front of you. Then, you hand your partner a big platter of sushi/cookies/watermelon. The other backward variation is sliding to one side, parallel to your partner, and then walking to the “Ben Franklin store.” The forward variation is when you perform a tenkan turn and then extend your energy and arm outward in an arc to allow your partner to continue into a forward roll.

Tsuki Kokyunage— two variations backward and one forward. Also include deflecting and walking away.

A “tsuki” is a punch. This is the same technique as the one above only performed from a punching strike rather than a wrist grab. To throw backward, you may also slide slightly forward and to one side as uke strikes and connect with his elbow as you follow the retraction of the punch back into uke’s third point to unbalance her.

Ryotedori kokyunage—one backward and one forward.

Ryotedori means that your uke has grabbed you by both wrists. Again, you perform the same techniques as the one handed grab. This is the “breath throw” from a two-hand grab.

Ryotedori Tenchinage (heaven and earth throw)

Your partner grabs you by both wrists. Your forward foot is your down hand. You slide off the line with your forward foot connecting to the earth and with your down hand extending deep into the mat. With your other arm, extend right through your partners center line to “heaven” as you slide in and through your partner.

Walking Randori technique (katadori)

This is the practice by which your partner grabs you by the lapels. Your lead foot slides forward as your lead hand slides under uke’s elbow. You pivot in the direction of uke’s attack as your lead hand lifts uke’s center and your other hand hooks uke’s other elbow and cuts to your center. Keep your hand as a knife blade, do not grab uke. You slide in the direction of uke’s attack throwing her forward.

Ryotodori from behind

In this technique, your partner grabs you from behind by both wrists. Bending your knees with a straight back, you sink deep into your center as you extend your arms out and forward. Then, you slide to one side and extend your arms in a long flowing arc down to the mat that sends uke into a forward roll. As with all the techniques you should finish with good posture, not bending over.

Jiyuwaza with three ukes

With three partners you indicate how you want to be grabbed and you perform the technique of your choice.

Kokyu ho.

Sit in seiza across from your partner. Your uke grabs you by both wrists. As you sink into your center, you extend your connection through your partner and lift her/him out of her/his center. Imagine embracing the uke behind your uke. You then pivot to one side and pin your partner by extending through the mat. Toes up, posture erect.

Ukemi

To demonstrate ukemi ability, at the conclusion of the demonstration the student demonstrating is thrown by members of the class.

4th Kyu (blue belt)

Includes proficiency of all previous kyu requirements. Where appropriate, techniques should be demonstrated from irimi and tenkan, omote and ura.

Suwariwaza (techniques from kneeling):

  • Shomenuchi Ikkyo
  • Katadori Ikkyo, Nikkyo, and Sankyo

Tachiwaza (techniques from standing):

  • Shomenuchi Ikkyo & Nikkyo
  • Yokomenuchi Shihonage
  • Aidori Iriminage – two ways
  • Aidori Kotegaeshi
  • Katatedori Kokyunage – one forward throw & one backward throw
  • Morotedori Ikkyo
  • Ushiro Tekubidori Sankyo
  • Tsuki Kotegaeshi

Jiyuwaza (freestyle) with one uke
Walking Randori
Kokyuho

3rd Kyu (blue belt)

Includes proficiency of all previous kyu requirements. Where appropriate, techniques should be demonstratedfrom irimi and tenkan, omote and ura.

Suwariwaza (techniques from kneeling):

  • Shomenuchi Iriminage
  • Katadori Ikkyo thru Yonkyo

Hanmihandachi:

  • Katatedori Shihonage
  • Ushiro Tekubidori Kotegaeshi

Tachiwaza:

  • Shomenuchi Ikkyo thru Yonkyo
  • Yokomenuchi Ikkyo (include entering style)
  • Ushiro Ryokatadori Ikkyo
  • Morotedori Kokyunage (two throwing forward, one backwards)
  • Tsuki Iriminage
  • Katatedori Kokyunage, Kaitennage (uchi & soto)

Jiyuwaza with two uke
Walking randori
Kokyuho

2nd Kyu (brown belt)

Includes proficiency of all previous kyu requirements. Where appropriate, techniques should be demonstrated from irimi and tenkan, omote and ura.

Suwariwaza:

  • Shomenuchi Ikkyo thru Yonkyo
  • Yokomenuchi Iriminage (2 ways, include entering)
  • Katadori Ikkyo thru Yonkyo
  • Katatedori Kotegaeshi

Hanmihandachi:

  • Katatedori Kaitennage (uchi & soto)
  • Ushiro Ryokatadori Kokyunage

Tachiwaza:

  • Shomenuchi Iriminage, Kotegaeshi, Kaitennage
  • Ryotedori Shihonage
  • Katatedori Kotegaeshi
  • Morotedori Ikkyo
  • Ushiro Ryokatadori Ikkyo thru Sankyo
  • Tsuki: 3 variations
  • Aidori Koshinage
  • Katatedori Koshinage

Jiyuwaza with two uke
Randori with three uke
Kokyuho

1st Kyu (brown belt)

Includes proficiency of all previous kyu requirements. Where appropriate, techniques should be demonstrated from irimi and tenkan, omote and ura.

Suwariwaza:

  • Shomenuchi Iriminage, Kotegaeshi
  • Katamenuchi Ikkyo – Yonkyo
  • Yokomenuchi Ikkyo – Yonkyo

Hanmihandachi:

  • Ushiro Hijidori Kotegaeshi
  • Ushiro Ryokatadori Sankyo
  • Ushiro Tekubidori Shihonage
  • Ushiro Kubishime Kokyunage
  • Ushiro: 5 variations any Ushiro attack

Tachiwaza:

  • 5 variations: each attack including Koshinage
  • Tsuki (including Tsuki to face and Kaitennage)
  • Shomenuchi
  • Yokomenuchi
  • Morotedori
  • Ryotedori
  • Katamenuchi Iriminage
  • Tsuki Kaitennage
  • Morotedori Koshinage

Tantowaza:

  • attacks from Tsuki, Shomen, Yokomen, slash and from behind

Jiyuwaza with three uke
Randori with three uke
Kokyuho

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