A minimum time interval of 3 months is required between Kyu examinations, except for those taking brown belts, when the time requirement is 6 months. There is a minimum time requirement of 36 months before taking the 1st Dan black belt examination and 48 months is a more realistic target.


Black belt grades are known as ‘Dans’ and they progress from 1st Dan through to 10th Dan. To gain another Dan an individual also has to pass a grading examination, which may only be taken after all the specified pre-requisites, including the minimum appropriate time interval, have been satisfied. Time intervals are as follows:



2 Years


1st Dan

to

2nd Dan

3 Years


2nd Dan

to

3rd Dan

4 Years


3rd Dan

to

4th Dan

5 Years


4th Dan

to

5th Dan

6 Years


5th Dan

to

6th Dan

7 Years


6th Dan

to

7th Dan

8 Years


7th Dan

to

8th Dan

9 Years


8th Dan

to

9th Dan


6th Dan and above are awarded on merit by the BSKA Technical Committee and National Grading Panel.


For juniors (those under 16 years) the same time intervals apply for Kyu and Dan grading examinations, but an allowance is made for age.


Juniors are recognisable because they are required to wear a 6” by ¾” white strip on each end and both sides of their coloured belts. Upon reaching the age of 16 years a junior is eligible to attempt a senior grading examination for recognition of his or her existing junior grade.