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Old 01-12-2004, 06:18 PM   #37
Steven Tame
Dojo: Hombu Aikikai /North London Aikido Dojo
Location: Tokyo , Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 52
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BAF testing sylabus

I have returned to England for a while and asked my Sensei for a copy of the BAF testing requirements. When I saw it my jaw dropped. There were just so many techniques even for 5th kyu. Just a quick comparison to BAF and Hombu. My next test will be 3rd kyu.

Hombu requirements

50 days of practice after 4th kyu

-Shomen uchi

Irimi nage

Kote gaeshi

Ikkyo-->Yonkyo (standing/seated)

-Yokomen uchi

shiho nage

-Tsuki

Irimi nage

Kote gaeshi

-Ryote dori

Tenchi nage

seated kokyu ho

BAF requirements

-katate dori

kote gaeshi

udekimenage (what is this? never heard of it)

kokyu nage seated/standing/hanmi handachi

sankyo

yonkyo

-morote dori

nikyo

shiho nage

udekimenage

-yokomen uchi

shiho nage

ikkyo

kote gaeshi

udekimenage

kaiten nage

kokyu nage

-tsuki

ikkyo

nikyo

-ryote dori

kokyu nage

sankyo

yonkyo

-kata dori

san kyo

yon kyo

kokyu nage

shiho nage

(all standing/hanmi handachi/seated)

-shomen uchi

gokyo

sumi otoshi

uchi kaiten sankyo

kokyu nage

udekimenage

-ushiro ryote dori

ikkyo

shiho nage

kokyu nage

-ushiro kubijime

kokyu nage

ikkyo

I'm wondering why the BAF requirements are so over the top compared to Hombu.

I will be going back to Japan in March and hope to take san kyu at Hombu but after that I will have to follow the BAF requirements since I will be studying at Uni for 2 years in England.

I'm wondering how the gradings can be interchangable with Hombu and BAF when the sylabus is so different. I have 4th kyu from hombu but according to the BAF requirements I couldn't even be a 5th kyu.
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