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Peace originates with the flow of things - its heart is like the movement of the wind and waves. The Way is like the veins that circulate blood through our bodies, following the natural flow of the life force. If you are separated in the slightest from that divine essence, you are far off the path.

"The Art of Peace" by Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido Promotional Requirements

Rank Belt Color Hours per week Total hours in Aikido Minimum age of candidate Time in grade Total time in Aikido
Yonkyu Green 3.0 40 14 3 months 3 months
Sankyu Brown 3.0 80 14 3 months 6 months
Nikyu Brown 3.0 120 14 3 months 9 months
Ikkyu Brown 3.0 160 14 3 months 1 year
Shodan Black 4.5 250 16 6 months 1-1.5 years
Nidan Black 4.5 500 18 1 year 2 years
Sandan Black 4.5 850 20 2 years 4 years
Yondan Black 4.5 1,100 22 2 years 6 years
Godan Black 4.5 1,600 25 2 years 8 years
Rokudan Red & White 4.5 2,600 29 3 years 11 years
Shichidan Red & White 4.5 4,600 37 8 years 19 years
Hachidan Red & White 4.5 6,600 45 8 years 27 years

The rank of Shodan may be given at one year if the total hours and technical requirements are met. The above recommended hours per week, if followed, will result in the total hours needed at the recommended time in grade and the total time in the art.

No person shall be deprived of a rank when the total hours and technical requirements are met, regardless of how long it takes to meet those hours. Not everyone can practice 3 to 4.5 hours per week.