As with most martial arts the KAA marks your progress through Aikido by awarding grades, and coloured belts, using a defined grading syllabus.
As a beginner you will work towards and through the Kyu grades, coloured belts, and then progress onto the Dan grades, which are represented by prestigious black belt.
- 6th Kyu - White
- 5th Kyu - Yellow
- 4th Kyu - Orange
- 3rd Kyu - Green
- 2nd Kyu - Blue
- 1st Kyu - Brown
- 1st Dan - Black
The grading syllabus used by the KAA has been carefully devised to allow the student to demonstrate a good understanding of the art of Aikido. And by progressing to the next level of grading will develop those skills to a higher standard.
Here is the current Kogusoku grading syllabus in PDF format.