These qualifications for testing were published and passed to those who wished to be examined by Saito Shihan. The examinations were detailed, requiring precision, accuracy and an ability to demonstrate the Suburis, Katas and additional forms over and over again.
Now that he has passed and the Iwama dojo has been handed back to the Ueshiba family the rules that were original made can no longer be applied in full. However, Sensei Sargeant is following the tradition of Iwama Ryu Bukiwaza certification as an authorised examiner.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR AIKI KEN JO (BUKIWAZA) EXAMINATION
1. MOKUROKU 1 (SHODAN)
Only those who are YUDANSHA of IWAMA STYLE AIKIDO, or who are YUDANSHA of other styles but have participated in at least 5 IWAMA STYLE SEMINARS, can apply.
2. MOKUROKU 2 (NIDAN)
Only SHODAN (BUKIWAZA) can apply, after having completed either at least 2 weeks as IWAMA UCHIDESHI, or after having attended at least in further 5 IWAMA STYLE AIKIDO SEMINARS.
3. MOKUROKU 3 (SANDAN)
Holders of NIDAN in both IWAMA STYLE AIKIDOand BUKIWAZA can apply, after having completed at least one month as IWAMA UCHIDESHI, Holders of NIDAN in BUKIWAZA and NIDAN in another style of AIKIDO can apply after having completed at least 6 months as IWAMA UCHIDESHI.
4. MOKUROKU 4 (YONDAN)
Only holders of SANDAN in both IWAMA STYLE AIKIDO and BUKIWAZA can apply. The examination may only be taken in IWAMA after at least one month of severe training as UCHIDESHI. In particular cases, exceptions may be made.
5. MOKUROKU 5 (GODAN)
Only holders of YONDAN in both IWAMA STYLE AIKIDO and BUKIWAZA can apply. The examination may only be taken in IWAMA after at least one month of severe training as UCHIDESHI. IN particular cases, exceptions may be made.
From the beginning, AIKI KEN JO must be practiced intensely with respect to the union of JO, KEN and TAIJUTSU with the IWAMA style system of AIKIDO, as directly transmitted from O SENSEI. To understand the true meaning of AIKIDO, the TAIJUTSU practice must be IWAMA STYLE AIKIDO.
From now on, I change the name of “AIKI KEN JO” to “IWAMA RYU KEN JO”.
RULES FOR MOKUROKU EXAMINATION
IWAMA TAKEMUSU AIKIKAI KAICHO’
AIKIKAI 9° DAN