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The JKA Kyu and Dan Rank Certification System

There are 10 Kyu and 10 Dan in JKA karate. 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, Dan grading sessions take place 4 times per year, and Kyu grading takes place twice or trice. 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).

These details are summarized in the following chart.

Kyu and Dan Grading Prerequisites

 

                                                                                                                                                     

Rank

Min. Experience

Testing Location

10th to
1st Kyu

 

Branch dojo or group

1st Dan

1 yr
Cannot apply same day as attaining 1st Dan

Prefectural HQ or Branch dojo or group, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

2nd Dan

1 yr at 1st Dan rank

National (Prefectural) HQ or Regional HQ, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

3rd Dan

2 yrs at 2nd Dan rank

4th Dan

3 yrs at 3rd Dan rank

Tokyo JKA HQ or Regional HQ, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

5th Dan

4 yrs at 4th Dan rank

6th Dan

6 yrs at 5th Dan rank

Tokyo JKA HQ

7th Dan

7 yrs at 6th Dan rank

Spring camp in JKA HQ or
Autumun camp in JKA HQ or
Funakoshi Gichin Cup world championships

8th Dan

7 yrs at 7th Dan rank

Upon recommendation by Instructor Committee

9th Dan

8 yrs at 8th Dan rank

Upon recommendation by Instructor

Committee

10th Dan

9 yrs at 9th Dan rank

 
 
  

JKA Kyu Examination

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