Dan (Black Belt) Grading Information
Gradings & Courses
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 must obtain a permission letter from your instructor in order for you to grade.
Number of Courses *
4 before grading & 4 after grading
2nd Dan & above
8 before grading & 4 after grading
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.
Beginner (10th Kyu) to 1st Dan
1st Dan to 2nd Dan
2nd Dan to 3rd Dan
3rd Dan to 4th Dan
4th Dan to 5thDan
4 Minimum Age Criteria
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:
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.
Updated: Thursday, 06 September 2012