Overseas Ikkyu Grading
Any non BKA candidates from overseas who wish to grade Ikkyu in the UK will need to provide evidence that they have been member of a suitably affiliated association for a minimum of 3 months
As the Ikkyu grade is a BKA only grade, a letter of eligability is only required for Dan grades.
Applicants Eligibility for Kendo
|Grade||Minimum Delay||Minimum Age|
|1st Kyu||6 Months of BKA membership
(either 6 months full or 3 months temporary,
followed by 3 months full)
|1st Dan||3 Months or more after 1st Kyu||14 years|
|2nd Dan||1 year or more after 1st Dan|
|3rd Dan||2 years or more after 2nd Dan|
|4th Dan||3 years or more after 3rd Dan|
|5th Dan||4 years or more after 4th Dan|
|6th Dan||5 years or more after 5th Dan|
|7th Dan||6 years or more after 6th Dan|
|8th Dan||10 years after 7th Dan||46 years|
The required gap between grades is only measured when your membership is active. So a lapse in membership may result in your “grading clock” being reset.
Kendo Grading Policy (Jan 2015)
This policy is intended to make sure everyone is aware of what they have to do to grade in Kendo.
All applications for the grading are to be made via the on-line booking system. There will be no circumstances where people can turn up on the day and expect to grade if they have not previously booked. If anyone has problems accessing the system please consult your Dojo leader.
All applications will be submitted three weeks before the grading (date determined by on-line booking system), no applications will be accepted after that date.
Everyone attending the grading will required to have completed the questions which can be found on the BKA website. The questions are grade appropriate. The answer sheet should have the applicants name and BKA number printed on the top and be handed into the grading officer on the day of the grading.
Please ensure the questions are current as the questions do change. The questions will not be changed within a month of a pending grading.
If there are not more than three candidates of the same grade then that grading will be unable to take place. (eg If there are only 1 or 2 candidates going for Yondan the grading will have to be cancelled.) The grading officer will inform candidates before the grading if the grading is cancelled through lack of numbers. However, if a candidate does not turn up on the day and that would mean less than three people grading the grading would be cancelled on the day.
Any candidate taking their shodan grading must complete the New Shodan Registration form which can be found on the BKA website. This must be e-mailed to the grading officer before the grading at email@example.com.
Kendo grading requirements follow the EKF guidelines and are summarised in the table below:
|Written Paper||Ikkyu, 1st-5th dan|
|Ji-geiko||Ikkyu, All dan grades|
|Kirikaeshi||Ikkyu, 1st-3rd dan|
|Kata||Ikkyu||Tachi – ipponme to sanbonme (1-3)|
|1st dan||Tachi – ipponme to gohonme (1-5)|
|2nd dan||Tachi – ipponme to nanahonme (1-7)|
|3rd dan and above||All 10 kendo kata|
|Dan Examined||Examiner Number||Criteria|
|1st Kyu||3 @ 3rd Dan & above||Consent of min. 2 Examiners|
|1st Dan||5 @ 4th Dan & above||Consent of min. 3 Examiners|
|2nd Dan||5 @ 5th Dan & above||Consent of min. 3 Examiners|
|3rd Dan||5 @ 5th Dan & above||Consent of min. 3 Examiners|
|4th Dan||6 @ 6th Dan & above||Consent of min. 4 Examiners|
|5th Dan||6 @ 7th Dan & above||Consent of min. 4 Examiners|
|6th Dan||6 @ 7th Dan & above||Consent of min. 4 Examiners|
|7th Dan||6 @ 7th Dan & above||Consent of min. 4 Examiners|
|Grade being taken||Graded on|
|1st Kyu||5 Kata from Seitei Iaido free choice|
|1st Dan||5 Kata from Seitei Iaido free choice and paper|
|2nd Dan||5 Kata Shiite waza and paper|
|3rd Dan||5 Kata Shiite waza and paper|
|4th Dan||2 free choice Koryu 3 compulsory Seitei Iaido and paper or 1 free choice Koryu 4 compulsory Seitei Iaido and paper|
|5th Dan||2 free choice Koryu 3 compulsory Seitei Iaido and paper|
|6th Dan||2 Free choice Koryu 3 Compulsory Seitei Iaido and paper|
|7th dan||2 free choice Koryu 3 Compulsory Seitei Iaido and paper|
|8th Dan||7 Compulsory Seitei Iaido then if passed 7 free choice Koryu and thesis|
|Grade||Examiners Grade||Votes Needed to Pass|
|1st Kyu||4th Dan and over||2/3 or 3/5|
|1st Dan||5th Dan and over||3/5|
|2nd Dan||5th Dan and over||3/5|
|3rd Dan||5th Dan and over||3/5|
|4th Dan||6th Dan and over||5/7|
|5th Dan||7th dan and over||5/7|
|6th Dan||7th Dan and over||5/7|
|7th Dan||8th Dan and over||5/7 or 7/9|
|8th Dan||8th Dan and over||5/7 first exam 10/14 second exam|
As for Kendo
|Grade being taken||Graded on|
|1st Kyu||1 to 5|
|1st Dan||1 to 5 and paper|
|2nd Dan||Seitei 2 to 6 and paper|
|3rd Dan||Seitei 5 to 9 and paper|
|4th Dan||One koryu 8 9 10 11 and paper|
|5th Dan||Two koryu 10 11 12 and paper|
|6th Dan||Three koryu 10 11 12 and paper|
As for Iaido
As for Kendo