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This graph charts the average progress of a student in an ideal training environment.

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The JKA Kyu and Dan Rank Certification System

The JKA (Kyu and Colour Belt) Rank Certification System. To obtain certification for each rank, you must fulfill the certification requirements and complete the testing procedure. Testing or Grading is carried out by a panel of instructors authorized as JKA technical examiners.

Typically, Grading sessions take place 3 times per year, and Kyu grading takes place twice. In order to be eligible for testing, you must first have gained the appropriate amount of continuous experience at your current rank. Then, depending on the level of Dan you are being graded for, you may have to take the test outside your own country or region (at the higher Dan ranks, only Tokyo JKA HQ is authorized to evaluate, grade and issue certification).

To progress to the next Belt/Grade, JKA students must demonstrate exceptional skill and near flawless execution of a prescribed set of techniques and kata. Our specially-trained instructors and examiners carefully study and evaluate each student based on the required criteria.

National Dan Gradings Requirements:

Grading for Shodan:

Pre – Grading Course

  1. Attend 1 pre – grading course prior to grading.
  2. Attend pre – grading course on grading day.

Time / Training

  1. Have the minimum required time & training to attempt the grading.

Curriculum

  1. Be proficient in the required curriculum.

Gashukus

  1. Attend 1 club Gashuku before grading.

Grading for Ni-Dan:

Pre – Grading Course

  1. Attend 1 pre – grading course prior to grading.
  2. Attend pre – grading course on grading day.

Table Official

  1. Table official course, and table official at one national tournament before attempting the grading.

Time / Training

  1. Have the minimum required time & training to attempt the grading.

Curriculum

  1. Be proficient in the required curriculum.

Gashukus

  1. Attend 2 club Gashukus before grading.

Special Training Events

  1. Attend the Standardisation seminar yearly
  2. Attend any special events as example, a visiting senior instructor from Japan. (Sensei Okuma)

Grading for San-Dan:

Pre – Grading Course

  1. Attend 1 pre – grading course prior to grading.
  2. Attend pre – grading course on grading day.

Table Official

  1. Table official course, and table official at one national tournament before attempting the grading.

Referee / Judge

  1. SA JKA or JKA Japan qualification has to be obtained prior to grading.

Referee / Judge

  1. Judge at one SA JKA national tournament between gradings.

Time / Training

  1. Have the minimum required time & training to attempt the grading.

Curriculum

  1. Be proficient in the required curriculum.

Gashukus

  1. Attend 2 club Gashukus before grading.

Special Training Events

  1. Attend the Standardisation seminar yearly
  2. Attend any special events as example, a visiting senior instructor from Japan. (Sensei Okuma)

Dojo Heads:

Standardization Seminar , Must attend 2 over a 3 year period.