A "Rokudan" is a sixth degree black belt.
The requirements for Rokudan varies according to the Aikido organization issuing the rank. The Fugakukai requires 11 years training. Chiba Shihan took 12 years at Hombu Dojo. In most of the major US Aikido groups, it currently takes about 25 to 30 years of training.
Ranks beyond fourth Dan also usually require some commitment to Aikido beyond technique: teaching; promoting the Art; activities helping an organization; running a dojo.
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