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Senior Grading examinations are held every six months, usually in May and November.  This will take the candidate from White belt to Brown belt level.

From 1st August, 2013 Official BAA Dan Gradings (Black belt level) will only be held at six approved BAA National Courses:

BAA Autumn School - North - March - Sheffield
BAA Spring School - Ireland - April - Belfast/Dublin
BAA Spring School - West - May - Winchester
BAA Summer School - North - July - Leeds
BAA Autumn School - South of the River - September - Folkestone
BAA Winter School - South - November - Herne Bay

This will mean that a Grading up to 1st Kyu (Brown Belt) will be now held during normal class time.

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2016

Junior Grading Monday 6th June, 2016  19.15 - 20.15pm 
O DO RYU AIKIDO St John's Church Hall, 411 Malden Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7NY
http://www.aikido-aid.com/odoryu-aikido/venue.htm

Senior Grading Kyu Grading (1st Kyu and below) - Monday 6th June, 2016  19.15 - 20.15pm
O DO RYU AIKIDO St John's Church Hall, 411 Malden Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7NY
http://www.aikido-aid.com/odoryu-aikido/venue.htm

 

Junior Grading Monday 12th December, 2016  19.15 - 20.15pm 
O DO RYU AIKIDO St John's Church Hall, 411 Malden Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7NY
http://www.aikido-aid.com/odoryu-aikido/venue.htm

Senior Grading Kyu Grading (1st Kyu and below) - Monday 12th December, 2016  19.15 - 20.15pm
O DO RYU AIKIDO St John's Church Hall, 411 Malden Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7NY
http://www.aikido-aid.com/odoryu-aikido/venue.htm

 

 

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GRADINGS

The first Black Belt is know as 1st Dan.  This is also known as Shodan, which means beginning.  This is the first rank that is registered with the Japan Aikido Association.

After every grading there are some students disappointed, and even upset, if they have not been successful in obtaining their next grade. Gradings are not rewards for training hard or attending sessions regularly, although both of these elements are necessary if your Aikido is to develop properly. Gradings are but an assessment of the student's ability to move on to the next stage of their training. The belt system is merely an indication that you have knowledge of the techniques at the lower grades and are ready to move on. However, previously learnt techniques. Even the highest grades of Black Belts continue to practice basic exercises and drills, always striving for perfection.

One must always remember that attaining Black Belt is not the end of the student's training, only the end of the first phase, although student's can be justifiably proud of achieving a Dan grade, it is only the start of their Aikido training. By the time the student has obtained this grade they will be fit, strong and have the correct technique and should be mentally competent enough to be able to embark on a most exciting journey knowing they will never reach their destination (perfection).

The student should always keep in mind that taking a Grading is not to compare yourself with others - it is simply a measure of your progress since the last examination.  So you compare yourself with yourself not others.

BAA & JAA CERTIFICATION

A successful candidate attaining black belt  will automatically receive a British Aikido Association Dan Grade Certificate shortly after their grading.  Those invited to apply for International status with the Japan Aikido Association should do so through Study Group Tomiki Aikido.

 

 

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