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KendoIaidoJodo Any BKA candidates wishing to grade for a Dan grade overseas, please see this notice.

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.

Kendo

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)
12 years
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.

 

Examination Criteria

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-4th 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

Grading questions for kendo

Examiners Qualifications

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

Grading Fees

Grade Application Registration
1st Kyu £10 £20
1st Dan £15 £20
2nd Dan £20 £35
3rd Dan £25 £45
4th Dan £30 £55
5th Dan £35 £65
6th Dan £40 £75
7th Dan £45 £85

Kendo Grading application form


Iaido

Examination Criteria

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

Grading questions for Iaido

Passing Criteria

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

Grading Fees

As for Kendo

Grading Policy

Iaido and Jodo Grading Policy


Jodo

Examination Criteria

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

Grading questions for Jodo

Grading Policy

Iaido and Jodo Grading Policy 

Passing Criteria

As for Iaido

Grading Fees

As for Kendo