Aikido is not competitive, but a grading system is used so that students may keep track of their progress. The grading categories begin with the learning grades – the KYU grades – and continue with the teaching grades – the DAN grades.
The grades follow this sequence:
At Preston Aikido Club we generally hold gradings twice a year. A student is graded on the basis of their performance and attendance at classes, as well as by a practical examination. Gradings from 1st Kyu onwards are carried at special Dan Grade courses. Attendance at courses is required for all grades above 6th Kyu.