Dan (Black Belt) Grading Information

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SSKA - 1st Kyu to 5th Dan grading Syllabus (1st October 2009) (pdf format 570kb)

1    Below is important information you will need before you embark on a Dan Grading.

  • Your licence/insurance has to be up to date.

  • You will need to obtain a "Black & Brown Belts Course Attendance Card" and attend the appropriate number of courses* as listed in the table below.

  • You must obtain a permission letter from your instructor in order for you to grade.

     

    GRADE

    Number of Courses *

    1st Dan

    4 before grading & 4 after grading

    2nd Dan & above

    8 before grading & 4 after grading

2    Re-Grades

  • If you have to re-grade for any element of your Dan grading (i.e. Kumite, Kata etc) you must grade within four months, otherwise the full grading will have to be re-taken.

3    Grading Time Scales.

      The following time in grade restrictions apply to all Dan grades over the age of 16.

GRADE

TIME SCALE

Beginner (10th Kyu) to 1st Dan

3 years

1st Dan to 2nd Dan

2 years

2nd Dan to 3rd Dan

3 years

3rd Dan to 4th Dan

4 years

4th Dan to 5thDan

5 years

 

4    Minimum Age Criteria

GRADE

MINIMUM AGE

Shodan

16

Nidan

18

Sandan

21

Yondan

25

Godan

30

 

4    Junior Dan Grades (Below 16 Years)

The youngest age in which a junior can grade for Shodan (1st Dan) is 10 years old.

The minimum age for junior Dan gradings are as follows:

GRADE

MINIMUM AGE

1st Dan 10 years old
2nd Dan 14 years old

5    Residential Courses

If attending a residential course, providing you are within the timescale boundaries, you will be able to grade without attending the brown & black belt courses.

A letter of permission to grade must be obtained from your instructor in order for you to grade.

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Updated: Thursday, 06 September 2012