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6380 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Québec, H4B 1M9, (514) 222-2641



In all martial arts, the code of conduct is very important and Aikido is no
exception. This guide summarizes practical information to help new students.

Respect is one of our DOJO’s (practice location) main values. Please respect
each other’s differences.


¾ Please be punctual;

¾ Make sure that your GI (kimono) is clean and does not smell at all times;

¾ Bow to O’Sensei (picture of the founder of Aikido) before entering the
practicing room;

¾ Bow to O’Sensei before entering the TATAMI (mat surface);

¾ If you are late, please wait outside until the instructor gives you the
authorization to access the mat surface;

¾ A few minutes before the class starts, sit in SEIZA (on your knees) forming
a line in front of the picture of O’Sensei (the founder of Aikido). The
student with the highest rank sits on the extreme left of the line and the
most junior student sits on the extreme right of the line;

¾ Before each class bow to O’Seinsei and then to your instructor;

¾ At the end of each class bow to your instructor and then to O’Sensei.

¾ Bow to your partner before training with him;

¾ When your instructor shows you something during the class, sit in SEIZA
and thank him after the demonstration by bowing to him;


¾ When training with a partner make sure not to injure him. DAIRYUKAI AIKIDO/IAIDO 6380 Sherbrooke Ouest. ¾ Keep your toe and finger nails short. ¾ Do not leave the TATAMI during class to drink. ¾ If you wish to leave the TATAMI (mat surface) during class. therefore. please talk to one of your instructors about it. Québec.COM ¾ At the end of the class. bow to all students with who you have trained during the class. please ask your instructor’s authorization. The well being of each student is very important for us. if there is anything which bothers you. ¾ Do not wear jewellery during class. ¾ If you sweat a lot while you are training. keep a handkerchief on you. (514) 222-2641 DAIRYUKAI. Montréal. H4B 1M9. ENJOY TRAINING!!! 2 .

Québec. Shi(Yon) 5. San 4. Ni 3. Hachi 9. Sishi(Nana) 8. (514) 222-2641 DAIRYUKAI.COM Counting 1. Go 6. Ichi 2. DAIRYUKAI AIKIDO/IAIDO 6380 Sherbrooke Ouest. H4B 1M9. Ku(Kyu) 10. Roku 7. Ju Clothing and equipment boken Wooden sword Gi Uniform Jo Wooden stick Hakama Wide pleated trousers Obi Belt Shitabaki Pants Tanto Wooden knife Tatami Practice mat Zori Sandals Manneer Rei Bowing (appreciation and respect) Ritsurei Bow standing Zarei Sitting bow Roles Nage The person who does the technique O’sensei The founder of Aikido Sensei The instructor Uke The person who receives the technique 3 . Montréal.

one with the right foot forward the other with the left foot. H4B 1M9. or vice-versa (right/left or left/right) Maai Proper distance between the two partners facing each other Seiza Kneeling position. Québec. each with the right or the left foot forward (right/right or left/left) Gyaku hanmi Partner face each other. (514) 222-2641 DAIRYUKAI.COM Posture Ai hanmi Partners face each other. Montréal. DAIRYUKAI AIKIDO/IAIDO 6380 Sherbrooke Ouest. sitting on the heels with back straight Falls (Ukemis) Kojo kaiten Back roll Mae ukemi Forward roll Tobu ukemi Break fall Ushiro ukemi Back roll Zempo kaiten Forward roll Warm up Haishin undo Final back strech Ryote tori senobashi undo Final back strech 4 .

Montréal.COM Category of movements Tachi waza Standing technique Hanmi handachi waza Technique done with uke standing and nage sitting Suwari waza Sitting technique Omote waza Entering movement in front of uke. H4B 1M9. considered negative Soto kaiten Outside turning movement Uchi kaiten Inside turning movement Irimi Entering movement going toward uke Tenkan Turning movement Tenshin Nage steps back Attacks Katate tori One hand grasp of a wrist Ryote tori Two wrists grasp from the front (one hand per wrist) Morote tori Two hand grasp of a wrist Kata tori Shoulder grasp Ryokata tori Two shoulders grasp Ushiro tekubi tori Two wrists graps from behind Ushiro ryokata tori Two shoulders grasp from behind Shomen uchi Descending strike to the top of the head Yokomen uchi Sideways strike to the head Tsuki Thrust punch 5 . considered positive Ura waza Entering movement behind uke. Québec. DAIRYUKAI AIKIDO/IAIDO 6380 Sherbrooke Ouest. (514) 222-2641 DAIRYUKAI.

Morotetori Kokyuho Shomenuchi ikkyo omote and ura Katate tori shihonage omote 6 . Tsuki Kotegaeshi Shikko 6. (514) 222-2641 DAIRYUKAI. Montréal. Shomenuchi Ikkyo Tenkan 2. Katatetori Shihonage Ushiro ukemi 4. Québec.COM Techniques Ikkyo Arm pin Nikkyo Wrist control by turning it in Sankyo Wrist control by twisting it Iriminage Entering throw Shiho nage Four corners throw Tenshi nage Heaven (ten) and earth (shi) throw Kote gaeshi Throwing by turning out uke’s wrist Kaiten nage Throwing by pushing diagonally on one of uke’s arm while maintaining down his head Kokyu ho Breathing exercise EXIGENCES POUR LE PASSAGE DE GRADE 6 th Kyu (30 hours) 5 th Kyu (60 hours) Double tenkan (tai Sabaki) 1. Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi Aihanmi ikkyo omote and ura 7. DAIRYUKAI AIKIDO/IAIDO 6380 Sherbrooke Ouest. Shomenuchi Iriminage Mae ukemi 3. H4B 1M9. Ryotetori Tenchinage Yoko ukemi 5.

5 techniques 7. Suwari waza Shomenuchi Ikkyo 6. Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi 3. Shomenuchi Nikkyo 1. Yokomenuchi Shihonage 2. Suwari waza Katatori Nikkyo 7. Shomenuchi Shihonage 1. Shomenuchi . Tsuki Kaitennage (uchi & soto) 4. Montréal. Freestyle: 5 attackers 5. Yokomenuchi . Québec. H4B 1M9. Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo 5. Hanmi handanchi Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi 11. Koshinage . Kaeshi Waza 4. Freestyle: 4 attackers Sandan (700 hours) Subject of exam to be determined by examiner at the time of the exam 7 . Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage 6. Hanmi handanchi Katatetori Nikkyo 9. Yokomenuchi Iriminage (2 ways) 2. Ryotetori . Hanmi handachi Katatetori Shihonage 10. Hanmi handanchi Shomenuchi techniques Iriminage 8. Freestyle: 3 attackers 10. Freestyle: 2 attackers Shodan (400 hours) Nidan (600 hours) 1. Jotori 3.5 techniques 3. All of 1-st kyu requirements 1. Ushiro Tekubitori Shihonage 4. Ushiro Tekubitori Sankyo 4. Ushiro Tekubitori Jujinage 5. DAIRYUKAI AIKIDO/IAIDO 6380 Sherbrooke Ouest. Morotetori Nikkyo 7. Suwari waza Shomenuchi Nikkyo 9. Morotetori . Henka Waza 4. Suwari waza Katatori Sankyo 8. (514) 222-2641 DAIRYUKAI. Tantotori 9.2 attackers 3.5 techniques 4. All of Shodan requirements 2. Ushiro Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi 5. Tachitori 2. Morotetori Iriminage (2 ways) 6.5 8. Hanmi handachi Ushiro Waza .5 techniques 2. Shomenuchi Sankyo 7. Katatori menuchi .5 techniques 5. Suwari waza Shomenuchi Iriminage 8. Yokomenuchi Gokyo 3.COM 4 th Kyu (80 hours) 3 rd Kyu (100 hours) 1. Shomenuchi Kaitennage 2. Hanmi handachi Katatetori Kaitennage 2 nd Kyu (200 hours) 1 st Kyu (300 hours) 1. Tsuki Iriminage 3. Tachitori .5 techniques 6.

not only as means to project or immobilize an opponent but as a vehicle to opening up to life. Montréal. Morihei Ueshiba whom his students often called O’Sensei (which means Great Teacher) because of his great expertise in martial arts gave his training a new direction by eliminating the notion of enemy and winner of a fight. He named his style Daito Ryu Aiki Jutus until Takeda forbid it in 1922. In 1940 O’Sensei had a second vision. Morihei Ueshiba first taught most of Daito Ryu Jujutsu’s curriculum which Sokaku Takeda had passed on to him.COM Morihei Ueshiba’s Life Morihei Ueshiba was born on December 14. DAIRYUKAI AIKIDO/IAIDO 6380 Sherbrooke Ouest. H4B 1M9. 1883 in Tanabe. It was a more violent style than the one he developed in later years. 8 . a town in the prefecture of Wakayama. he opened his first dojo called Kokuban. After having studied numerous martial arts during his youth and being marked by several encounters. the Aikido of flowing circular movements was born. to knowledge. He envisioned Aikido not only as the synthesis of his martial art training but as an expression of universal peace and reconciliation. In 1927. he then named it Ueshiba Ryu Jujutsu until 1924. Québec. virtue and to common sense. (514) 222-2641 DAIRYUKAI. and finally Aiki Budo from 1927 onwards as well as Kobu Budo and Aikinomichi. Today it is known as Aikikai Hombu Dojo and is located in the neighborhood Shinjuku inTokyo. he envisioned them under a different angle. Ueshiba Ryu between 1925 and 1926. During the final years of O’Sensei. He combined it with techniques of Kenjutsu and Jojutsu adapting them to form a more “peaceful” martial art. The Aikido Morihei Ueshiba was practicing in this early period was still very close to Daito Ryu but some authors also mention a Chinese influence. Japan. Discarding all techniques he learnt until then.

He died peacefully on April 26. After the Second World War. H4B 1M9. Québec. of aiki ”way” of Aikido. Ueshiba said. physical constitution and attitude while training is a different aiki and all these forms are within the principle. The founder of Aikido did not worry about transmitting his art. (514) 222-2641 DAIRYUKAI. O Senseï gave his last public demonstration. Each student’s technique. his health deteriorated. to promote it internationally by sending emissaries to several European countries and to America. even though he seemed to be vigorous. Montréal. On June 14th of the same year his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba was designated as his official successor of the new Aikikai Foundation. He also accepted foreigners who wished to train in Japan and who had the required determination. “There is no form or style of Aikido. During the years following the Second World War O’Sensei started to give public demonstrations of his art which largely contributed to its visibility among the Japanese public. 1968. In 1969. In the same year he opened a dojo in Iwama and dedicated a temple to Aikido which has been reconstructed at the beginning of 1960. 9 . Since Morihei Ueshiba always considered his martial art as a gift to humanity. It is the movement of nature and it’s secret is deep and infinite”. he did everything he could. In January 12. He retired at the end of the war to a little village called Iwama and only visited some dojos of his former students. even though he only spoke Japanese. DAIRYUKAI AIKIDO/IAIDO 6380 Sherbrooke Ouest.COM In 1942 he decided to call it Aikido. 1969. He considered it being the responsibility of his most advanced students to spread Aikido around the world. there was a hiatus on all Japanese Martial Arts and in 1952 Aikido was the first Martial Art which could be taught again in a school.