Grading Policy

  1. 1. Eligibility
    1. 1.1

      A candidate may apply for his / her first grading – adult (7th Kyu) and children (12th Kyu) after four months of consistent training at the respective registered dojo.

    2. 1.2

      All candidates who are applying to be graded for 5th Kyu and above must satisfy the respective pre-requsite as stipulated by Hombu or the Association. Details can be found in our Grading Syllabus.

    3. 1.3

      A candidate is considered to be eligible for grading only if he/she has paid to date membership fee, training fee, and has fulfilled a minimum of 75% attendance rate during the required period of practice.

    4. 1.4

      A candidate is to submit his/her AIKIDO FEDERATION (SINGAPORE) membership booklet and attendance card along with the grading fee two weeks before the grading date.

    5. 1.5

      The candidate must sign the waiver and indemnity undertaking form, if he/she has not already done so.

    6. 1.6

      In exceptional cases, a candidate may be allowed to be graded with their dojo instructor’s recommendation and/or the approval of the Chief Instructor.

    7. 1.7

      A student/an applicant from other Aikido schools or organisations is not allowed to be graded by AIKIDO FEDERATION (SINGAPORE) without prior written consent from the Chief Instructor of the student’s/ applicant’s school or organisation.


  1. 2. Grading For Absentees
    1. 2.1

      Absentees who failed to attend the grading may apply to be graded on an appointed date by the Chief Instructor if he/she is able to provide a valid reason.


  1. 3. Grading Performance & Evaluation
    1. 3.1

      Candidates must perform all the required techniques, movements, etc., as listed in the Hombu Grading Syllabus (Aikido World Headquarters, Japan) to the best of their ability.

    2. 3.2

      The following grades are awarded for the evaluation of each candidate’s performance:
      i) A – Excellent
      ii) B – Good
      iii) C – Fair
      iv) D – Fail

    3. 3.3

      A candidate must obtain at least a “C” grade to pass the grading.

    4. 3.4

      A candidate with an “A” (Excellent) grade may be awarded a double promotion (e.g. 7th Kyu to 5th Kyu, or 5th Kyu to 3rd Kyu, etc.).


  1. 4. Rules For Candidates
    1. 4.1

      Candidates must be properly attired (i.e. do-gi, belt, hakama).

    2. 4.2

      Candidates must be punctual for grading.

    3. 4.3

      Candidates under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed to be graded.


  1. 5. Revision Of Grading Rules
    1. 5.1

      AIKIDO FEDERATION (SINGAPORE) reserves the right to amend and/or change the rules stated herein.