Rank Examination Guidelines

MANILA KENDO CLUB GUIDELINES FOR KYU EXAMINATION

Rev. November 26, 2017

5th Kyu Examination

  • No Bogu Requirement
  • Big voice. Big straight cuts.
  1. Suburi
  2. Kihon (Men, Kote, Kote-Men, Do)
  3. Suriashi Kirikaeshi

4th Kyu Examination

  • Should have and be able to wear Bogu properly.
  • Should be able to properly do Fumikomi. Big voice.
  1. Kihon
  2. Kirikaeshi
  3. Bokuto 1-3

3rd Kyu Examination

  • Should have more refined movements from 4th Kyu. Teno-uchi. Hikitsuke.
  • Big voice and should be able to sustain Kiai throughout Zanshin.
  1. Kihon
  2. Kirikaeshi
  3. Bokuto 1-6

2nd Kyu Examination

  • For Jigeiko it is important they perform proper Kihon and finish with Zanshin.
  • Last kyu grade to be awarded by the club internally (ideally).
  1. Kirikaeshi
  2. Jigeiko
  3. Bokuto 1-9

1st Kyu Examination

  • Almost no difference from 2nd Kyu in requirements but should be polished enough to pass HK Shodan Shinsa.
  • Chakuso.
  • This should be handled and awarded officially by the Federation. But if they are not prepared to take over the evaluation, then the exam will be handled by the club (MKC).
  1. Kirikaeshi
  2. Jigeiko
  3. Bokuto 1-9
  4. Kendo Kata 1-3

STANDARD GUIDELINES FOR DAN EXAMINATION

Source: INTERNATIONAL KENDO FEDERATION
Rev. December 7, 2006

Purpose

Article 1: The purpose of this Standard Guideline for Dan/Kyu Examination is to define the basic standards of examination, which shall be common to every affiliated organization (herein after called Organization) of International Kendo Federation (hereafter referred to as FIK. When an Organization conducts a Dan/Kyu examination this standard guideline applies.

General Provision

Article 2: The Dan/Kyu stipulated in this Standard Guideline shall be from 1 Kyu (Ikkyu) through 10 Dan (Jyu Dan) shall be granted by the President of Organization according to the overall Kendo ability of an applicant and shall be mutually recognized as being equivalent among Organizations.

Applicant’s Qualification

Article 3:

(1) An applicant shall be a registered member of Organization and shall have the following period of practice.

Dan/Kyu

Practice Periods

Lowest ages

1 Kyu (Ik kyu)

1 (Sho Dan) 1 Kyu holder 14 years and over
2 (Ni Dan) One year or more after 1 Dan
3 (San Dan) Two years or more after 2 Dan
4 (Yon Dan) Three years or more after 3 Dan
5 (Go Dan) Four years or more after 4 Dan
6 (Roku Dan) Five years or more after 5 Dan
7 (Shichi Dan) Six years or more after 6 Dan
8 (Hachi Dan) Ten years or more after 7 Dan 46 years and over
9 (Kyu Dan) After granting of 8 Dan 65 years and over
10 (Jyu Dan) After granting of 9 Dan
(2) Those who desire to apply for a 6, 7 or 8 Dan examination 60 years old or older and have practiced for a certain years as below shall be allowed to apply.

Dan/Kyu

Practice Periods

6 Dan Two years or more after 5 Dan
7 Dan Three years or more after 6 Dan
8 Dan Five years or more after 7 Dan

Examination Methods

Article 4: An examination shall be conducted by Organization; however in case wherein the Organization lacks qualified examiners to meet the required number given below, other Organization(s) may provide qualified examiners with the approval of the President of the Organization(s).

Examination Subject

Article 5: (1) Examination subject are as follows:

Dan/Kyu Applied For

Examination Subject
1 Kyu Matches (Jitsugi)
1 Dan ~ 5 Dan Matches (Jitsugi), Nippon-Kendo-Kata and Written Test
6 Dan, 7 Dan Matches (Jitsugi), Nippon-Kendo-Kata

(2) Nippon-Kendo-Kata shall be examined as follows:

Dan/Kyu Applied For

Examination Subject
1 Kyu
1 Dan Tachi-no-Kata 3 or more forms
2 Dan Tachi-no-Kata 5 or more forms
3 Dan Tachi-no-Kata 7 forms
4 Dan ~ 7 Dan Tachi-no-Kata 7 forms and Kodachi-no-kata 3 forms
(3) When success of jitsugi, Nippon-Kendo-Kata and written test are separately announced after each occasion, if an applicant fails in Nippon-Kendo-Kata or in written test after the success in Jitsugi he/she may be allowed to take that subject only again at an examination held afterwards. This special treatment shall apply only once for one occasion per applicant.

Examiner’s Qualification, Required Number of Examiner and Eligibility Criteria

Article 6: (1) Examiner’s qualification, required number of examiners and eligibility criteria are as follows:

Dan Examined

Examiner

Number

Criteria
1 Dan 4 Dan & over

5

Consent of min. 3 Examiners
2 Dan 5 Dan & over

5

Consent of min. 3 Examiners
3 Dan 5 Dan & over

5

Consent of min. 3 Examiners
4 Dan 6 Dan & over

6

Consent of min. 4 Examiners
5 Dan 7 Dan & over

6

Consent of min. 4 Examiners
6 Dan 7 Dan & over

6

Consent of min. 4 Examiners
7 Dan 7 Dan & over

6

Consent of min. 4 Examiners

 

Concerning the 4-Dan or higher Dan Examination; if the required number of qualified and suitable examiners cannot be appointed by the method stipulated in the Article 6 the number of the examiners may be reduced to 5. In this case the consent of minimum 4 examiners shall suffice for the decision of passing.

Examination for Kyu and 8 Dan & Over

Article 7: The examination for Kyu and 8 Dan and over shall be determined by each organization. Regarding the 8 Dan and higher Dan examination, each Organization shall determine a rigorous way of examination including Jitsugi evaluation.

Method to Appoint Examiners

Article 8: Examiners shall be appointed by the President of Organization after a discussion with the officials and fully-competent Dan holders. Fully-competent Dan holders here means persons with equal or higher grades stipulated in the Article 6 Examiners Qualification.

Fees for Examination and Registration

Article 9: Fees for examination and registration shall be stipulated by Organization.

Return or Deprivation of Dan/Kyu

Article 10: The President of Organization may, in consultation with the council or the investigation committee of the Organization, order a Dan/Kyu grantee of Organization to return his/her Dan/Kyu or deprive him/her of the same, in case where the grantee disgraced the Dan/Kyu.

Issuing Certificate and Recording

Article 11: Organization shall issue a certificate with the signature of the President of Organization to each successful applicant. Organization shall keep the Dan/Kyu records properly.

Criteria for Awarding Dan Grades; ‘Fuyo Kijun’

Article 12: The acceptability criterion of each Dan ‘Fuyo Kijun’ shall be stated separately as ‘Guidelines for Assessing Pass-Fail in Promotion Examination’.

Iaido and Jodo

Article 13: The Dan/Kyu examination for Iaido and Jodo shall be conducted conforming to this standard guideline.

Dan/Kyu Examinations in a non-affiliated Country

Article 14: In case a Dan/Kyu examination held in a non-affiliated Country, the ‘Memorandum of Dan/Kyu Examination in a IKF Non-affiliated Country’ as of May 23, 2005 shall apply.

Appendix:

Article 1: This standard shall be established and put in force as of April 11, 1975
Article 2: This standard shall be revised and put in force as of May 11, 1987
Article 3: This standard shall be revised and put in force as of March 26, 1997
Article 4: This standard shall be revised and put in force as of July 3, 2003

 

Article No. Not On Original Document: This standard shall be revised and put in force as of December 7, 2006