26. March 2016
Successful kyu tests from the aikidoka of the TG Münster
Prior to the Easter holidays Kyu test were held. In order to successfully pass the Kyu level exam students aere required to demonstrate their level of proficiency according to standards set by the USAF and dojo instructors. The exam includes a number of set techniques. The tests conclude with freestyle attacks of multiple attackers. Upon successful completion of the exam the student is awarded the next higher rank.
Congragulations to all testing Aikidokas: Phu Nguyen passed his test for 5th Kyu, Simon Hannibal tested successfully for 4th Kyu and Katharina Ritter was awarded 3rd Kyu.
All our Kyu tests are internationally recognized by the USAF(United States Aikido Federation) and Kyu certificates are signed by Yamada Sensei (8. Dan Shihan, New York Aikikai) and the instructors of the dojo. Yamada Sensei is Chairman of the Technical Committee of President of the Board of Directors of United States Aikido Federation (USAF) and Senior Council Member of the Internationalen Aikido Federation. Our dojo is a member dojo of both, USAF and Sansuikai Europe, the European aikido organisation of Yamada Sensei.
In aikido there are, as in many other martial arts, Kyu and Dan ranks. The Kyu ranks (jap. Kyu) have white belts and the Dan ranks (jap. Dan) have black belts and wear a hakama, a traditional Japanese pleated skirt. In the aikido ranking system, the 5th Kyu is the first test followed in sequence to 1st Kyu. Dan testing begins with 1st Dan or Shodan to 3rd Dan or Sandan. Higher ranks are awarded based upon personal commitment to aikido and the development of the art.
Article by Katharina Ritter