Guidelines should not be considered as hurdles or barriers, they are put in place to protect our members and the integrity of the academy,
GRADING AND PROMOTION
All dojo/clubs within the EBKMAA are free to grade and promote their kyu and Dan grades in their individual styles without interference from the academy, however, there are certain guidelines that must be followed.
Yudansha (black belts) must grade on time requirement and within reason, must be active within their style and the academy during that time. The minimum time requirement between their gradings is set by the number of their next grade.
- 1st to 2nd Dan = 2 years.
- 2nd to 3rd Dan = 3 years
The budoka must take part in an exam (grading) up to the rank of 5th Dan, an exception to this is if the budoka is over the age of 45 but can demonstrate the skills required by assessment in teaching and training over a reasonable length of time., the length of time is at the discretion of the instructor.
All promotions above 5th dan are on time served and active participation within the arts and the academy.
Yudansha from the rank of 1st to 7th dan may grade and promote budoka up to two grades below their grade. From 8th dan upwards the Yudansha may promote budoka up to their own rank.
Honorary grades can only be sanctioned by the head of the academy.