Dan Grade Syllabus

This is a summary of the BAA Dan Grade Syllabus, effective from October 2019.

1st Dan
Time Scale1 year consistent practice as 1st Kyu
Technique Randori-no-kata – complete (17).
Kihon (basic) Ura Waza – complete (10).
Koryu dai Yon – section A (14).
Koryu dai San – sections total (24) : suwari waza (4) hanza handachi waza (4) tachi waza (8) tanto dori (8).
ApplicationA minimum of two bouts of tanto hikitategeiko & two bouts of toshu hikitategeiko.
2nd Dan
Time Scale2 years consistent practice as 1st Dan
Technique Tanto Randori no Kata – complete (17).
Kihon (basic) Ura Waza – complete (10).
Koryu dai Yon – complete (25)
Koryu dai San – sections total (34): suwari waza (4) hanza handachi waza (4) tachi waza (8) tanto dori (8) tachi dori (5) yari dori (5).
ApplicationA minimum of two bouts of tanto hikitategeiko & two bouts of toshu hikitategeiko.
3rd Dan
Time Scale3 years consistent practice as 2nd Dan
Technique Randori no Kata (from katate dori/single wrist grasp) complete (17).
Koryu dai Yon – complete (25)
Koryu dai San – complete (50).
ApplicationA minimum of two bouts of tanto hikitategeiko & two bouts of toshu hikitategeiko.
4th Dan
Time Scale4 years consistent practice as 3rd Dan
Technique Module A

Randori no Kata (tanto or toshu) – complete.
Koryu dai San – complete (50)

Candidates to choose to present one koryu no kata from the following:
Koryu dai Ichi.
Koryu dai Ni.
Koryu dai Go.
Koryu dai Roku.

Module B – Goshin ho 4th Dan requirement

  • Tegatana no Kuzushi
    • Jodan no Kuzushi (Aigamae-Ushiro Ate, Gyakugamae-Ushiro Ate)
    • Chudan no Kuzushi (Aigamae-Oshi Taoshi, Gyakugamae-Hiki Taoshi)
    • Gedan no Kuzushi (Aigamae-Kote Gaeshi, Gyakugamae-Kote Gaeshi)
    • Koho no Kuzushi (Oshi Taoshi, Ushiro Ate)
  • Tekubi Dori
    • Aigamae Katate Dori (Shomen Ate, Gedan Ate)
    • Gyakugamae Katate Dori (Shomen Ate, Aigamae Ate, Gyakugamae Ate)
  • Datotsushu no Waza (against strikes, punches and kicks)
    • Shomen Uchi (Aigamae Ate, Oshi Taoshi)
    • Yokomen Uchi (Aigamae Ate, Tenkai Kote Gaeshi)
    • Shomen Tsuki (Kote Gaeshi)
    • Mae Geri (Shomen Ate)
ApplicationA minimum of two bouts of tanto hikitategeiko & two bouts of toshu hikitategeiko.
5th Dan
Time Scale5 years consistent practice as 4th Dan
Technique Module A

Randori no Kata (tanto or toshu) – complete.
Koryu dai San – complete (50)

Candidates to choose to present one koryu no kata from the following, not performed at their previous grading:
Koryu dai Ichi.
Koryu dai Ni.
Koryu dai Go.
Koryu dai Roku.

Module B – Goshin ho: 5th Dan requirement

  • Tekubi Dori
    • Aigamae Katate Dori (Oshi Taoshi, Hiki Taoshi, Kote Hineri, Kote Gaeshi, Tenkai Kote Hineri)
    • Gyakugamae Katate Dori (Hiki Taoshi, Gyakute Dori Kote Hineri Osae, Waki Gatame, Tenkai Kote Gaeshi, Sumi Otoshi)
    • Katate Ryote Dori (Tentai Oshi Taoshi, Kote Gaeshi)
    • Zenpo Ryote Dori (Aigamae Ate Omote, Aigamae Ate Ura)
    • Koho Ryote Dori (Tenkai Ude Hineri Nage, Kote Gaeshi, Tenkai Kote Gaeshi, Tenkai Gyakute Kote Hineri)
ApplicationA minimum of two bouts of tanto hikitategeiko & two bouts of toshu hikitategeiko.
6th Dan
Time Scale6 years consistent practice as 5th Dan
Technique Module A

Randori no Kata (tanto or toshu) – complete.
Koryu dai San – complete (50)

Candidates to choose to present one koryu no kata from the following, not performed at their previous grading:
Koryu dai Ichi.
Koryu dai Ni.
Koryu dai Go.
Koryu dai Roku.

Module B – Goshin ho: 6th Dan requirement

  • Dogi Dori
    • Mae Eri Dori (Gyakute Dori Kote Hineri Osae)
    • Aigamae Naka Sode Dori (Kote Gaeshi)
    • Gyakugamae Naka Sode Dori (Waki Gatame, Gyakute Dori Kote Hineri Osae)
    • Ryo Sode Dori (Gedan Ate)
    • Juji Jime (Tenkai Kote Hineri)
    • Oku Eri Dori (Gyakute Dori Kote Hineri Osae, Kote Gaeshi)
    • Kakae Dori (Tenkai Kote Hineri, Gyakute Dori Kote Hineri Osae)
  • Three methods of balance breaking
    • Using Datsuryoku
      • Aigamae Katate Dori-Aigamae Ate
      • Katate Ryote Dori-Tenkai Kote Gaeshi)
    • Using Tegatana
      • Gyakugamae Katate Dori – Ushiro Ate
      • Gyakugamae Katate Dori – Kote Gaeshi (Gyakugamae Gyakute Dori)
      • Gyakugamae Katate Dori – Tenkai Kote Hineri
      • Zenpo Ryote Dori – Hiji Kime Taoshi
      • Gyakute Dori Kote Hineri Osae
      • Tenkai Kote Gaeshi
    • Using Kaiten
      • Aigamae Katate Dori – Aigamae Ate (using Jodan no Kuzushi)
      • Ryo Sode Dori – Ude Hineri
      • de Gaeshi (using Chudan and Gedan no Kuzushi)
ApplicationA minimum of two bouts of tanto hikitategeiko & two bouts of toshu hikitategeiko.
7th Dan
Time Scale7 years consistent practice as 6th Dan
Technique Module A
Randori no Kata (tanto or toshu) – complete.
Koryu dai San – complete (50)

Candidates to choose to present one koryu no kata from the following, not performed at their previous grading:
Koryu dai Ichi.
Koryu dai Ni.
Koryu dai Go.
Koryu dai Roku.

Module B – Goshin ho: 7th Dan requirement

  • Kihon Randori (basic) Kata (17 techniques without tanto)
  • Kihon (basic) Ura Waza complete (10)
  • Koryu Goshin no Kata (all 50 techniques)
ApplicationA minimum of two bouts of tanto hikitategeiko & two bouts of toshu hikitategeiko.
8th Dan
Time Scale8 years consistent practice as 7th Dan
Awarded by the Meritorious and Honorary Awards Committee of the Association. A candidate at this level is appointed for their recognised high level of technical knowledge and practice, their exceptional record of work for the Association and their superlative conduct as an
aikido practitioner.

The candidate at this level has the entitlement to give a demonstration of their Aikido before the Meritorious and Honorary Awards Committee of the Association, in confirmation of their acceptance of the award. (The time and venue to be arranged with the recipient).

Two bouts of tanto hikitategeiko which must demonstrate knowledge and application of kaeshi waza (5 atemi waza counter technique, shomen-ate, aigamae-ate, gyakugamae-ate, gedan-ate & ushiro-ate) when in the role of tanto. Toshu must demonstrate the use of combination techniques against tanto.

Two bouts of toshu hikitategeiko which must demonstrate a knowledge and application of the 17 junanahon in combination and as counter technique in its performance

Note

  • Koryu dai San alternatively termed Goshin no Kata.
  • Koryu dai Yon alternatively termed Nage no Kata.
  • Randori no Kata alternatively termed Junanahon (basic 17).
  • BAA Dan gradings are held at the 6 approved National courses. Only Dan gradings achieved under the BAA syllabus at these venues will now be automatically approved by the BAA.

    The BAA National Courses and Dan Gradings locations and venues are as follows:

    1. BAA Spring School North : March – Sheffield
    2. BAA Spring School Ireland : April – Belfast/Dublin
    3. BAA Spring School West : May – Winchester
    4. BAA Summer School North : July – Leeds
    5. BAA Autumn School : South of the River – September – Folkestone
    6. BAA Winter School South : November – Herne Bay