Dan (Black Belt) Grading Information
Gradings & Courses
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.
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
about 3 years minimum
1st Dan to 2nd Dan
2nd Dan to 3rd Dan
3rd Dan to 4th Dan
4th Dan to 5thDan
5th Dan to 6thDan 6 years
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: Monday, 17 July 2017