Time Limit

10th Kyu & 9th Kyu

- Grading may be taken at two monthly intervals.

8th Kyu to 6th Kyu

- Grading may be taken at three monthly intervals.

5th Kyu to 3rd Kyu

- Grading may be taken at four monthly intervals.

2nd Kyu & 1st Kyu

- Grading may be taken at six monthly intervals.

1st Kyu to Shodan

- A candidate must hold the grade of 1st Kyu for one full year before applying for Shodan.

Shodan to Nidan

- Minimum of two years.

Nidan to Sandan

- Minimum of three years.

Sandan to Yondan

- Minimum of four years.

Yondan to Godan

- Minimum of five years.

Godan to Rokudan

- Minimum six years.

The chart simply illustrates the grades obtainable at tests. An attendance rate of 70% is a minimum eligibility requirement for tests. Dan and Kyu grades are not themselves the object - they are a guide to progress only.

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