Technique content for kyu grades is specified by the Canadian Aikido Federation and subject to change, so please refer to the CAF website for the current kyu testing requirements.

Dan grading content is determined by the examining Shihan or Testing Committee. Yudansha promotions are registered with the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters through the CAF office.

At low grades the practitioner is expected to know the basic forms. As rank increases demonstration of timing, balance, speed, stability, power, flow and situational control carry more weight. At higher skill levels, technique variations and control of multiple opponents are important.