Syllabus and Ranks

On the day of your grading, arrive early, have your completed grading application and the exact grading fee.

Printable Grading Application Form

Syllabus and Ranks (Aikido Renshinkai Site)

Aikido Renshinkai YouTube Channel. This is a very good reference for Kihon Dosa and some of the basic techniques.

About Aikido Renshinkai

The founding of Aikido Renshinkai and its philosophies can be best described with quotes directly from the website itself:

"Aikido Renshinkai is based on the philosophy and techniques that have been passed down from Gozo Shioda Sensei. Shioda Sensei was a famous martial artist who founded his own style of aikido.

One of Shioda Sensei’s top students was Tsutomu Chida Sensei. He was a Japanese style apprentice (uchi deshi) to Shioda Sensei for 33 years, the longest of any of Shioda Sensei’s students. In 2008, after retiring as the chief instructor of the Yoshinkan Aikido headquarters, Chida Sensei went on to form Aikido Renshinkai."

"Like most styles of Aikido, Renshinkai is firmly rooted in the philosophy of non-aggression. In Aikido Renshinkai however, following the example left by Gozo Shioda Sensei, there is usually more focus on learning through personal experience and training than through philosophical discourse. Yet in order for non aikido practitioners to understand, Chida Sensei has explained:

A smaller and weaker person should be able to use aikido effectively even when confronted by a larger and more powerful attacker. The point is to train to find one’s strongest and most centred position, while learning to be sensitive to the weakness of the attacker.

Through training in the kihon dosa, Renshinkai’s basic movements, we learn how to be strong and centred without excess tension or energy, eventually, being able to keep centred while moving freely and doing techniques.

By training in the kihon waza, Renshinkai’s basic techniques, we learn how to find our partners’ weak points so that instead of struggling against their force we can use the power of their attack to control them. When force against force is experienced, the challenge is to learn how to change one’s power and approach so that as one progresses in aikido there is less and less power required."

"Aikido Renshinkai is a registered not-for-profit organization with the mandate to spread the techniques and teachings of Gozo Shioda Sensei."