A little Zen story: “Sensei, how long should I train in order to master the art of meditation?” The answer was “by committing yourself completely, it will take 3 years”. Not satisfied, the student replied: “How long if I will train night and day?”, The sensei spoke calmly “Well, in this case 6 years!”.
Ranking in Aikido follows the traditional system of Japanese martial arts called Kyu-Dan system. It consists of 6 lower levels called Kyu (white belts) or “mudansha” (without rank), plus eight higher level ranks called Dan (black belts).
In our dojo, adult beginners are automatically assigned the rank of 6th kyu. Each rank advancement requires a minimum of training hours. The rank advancement only happens at the teacher’s own discretion. Ranks in Budo do not have an absolute value: they symbolize personal progress, not advancement over others. A rank is achieved after having improved with respect to one’s own condition of life, age, body, health. The same rank does not make two budokas equal.
National Dan degrees from a Progetto Aiki examiner are recognized by Aikikai’s Honbu Dojo through a referring Shihan.
The Progetto Aiki association is recognized by Aikikai’s Honbu Dojo in Tokyo as an organization appointed to promoting, spreading and teaching Aikido according to the principles established by the Founder Ueshiba Morihei.
Our dojo’s referring Shihan is Philippe Gouttard.