Academy Guidelines

Guidelines should not be considered hurdles or barriers, they are put in place to protect our members and the integrity of the academy,


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
  • 5th to 6th Dan = 6 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.

Time in active service promotion is predominantly for members who have earned the grade of 5th Dan and above. The time between promotion is set by the number of the next degree.

Example: 5th Dan to 6th Dan, 6 years. 6th Dan to 7th Dan, 7 years.

Another factor that is taken into consideration is, has the bukoka been active in his/her training and teaching during the time between grades.  This is why in our guidelines it is called "time in active service", not just a designated time between grades.

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.

These A3 or A4 certificates are an internal promotion certificate and will only be issued to full EBKMAA members.

Yudansha grade ratification certificates may be requested and issued to associate non-members who are known to our senior Yudansha. Ratification means the EBKMAA acknowledges an individual rank within their style, it is not promotion.

Only full EBKMAA members are eligible for promotion within the academy.

So, in conclusion, if you are not a member and added to our Yudansha list, we will not sanction promotion kyu or dan grade.

From January 2020, all new Yudansha member will have their joining date added next to their name, the new member will not be considered for grading or promotion for one year, this is also subject to proof of time in grade.

New Yudansha member will only be eligible for grade ratification during the first year so it is imperative that the dojo instructors keep me up to date on new members so as I can add them to the list.


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