Dan Grades

Grading Rules:

  • Dan Grades may only be awarded to students over the age of 16 years.
  • Karateka wishing to take Shodan and Nidan must notify the Dan Grade Administration Officer, on the appropriate form, a minimum of 28 days prior to the examination date.
  • Karateka wishing to take Sandan and above must notify the Dan Grade Administration Officer, on the appropriate form, a minimum of 6 months prior to the examination date.
  • Dan Grade Examinations are only conducted on specified courses.
  • There is a requirement at all levels for qualifying courses to be attended, to ensure the criterion is met, the advice of your Instructor or the Dan Grade Administration Officer should be sought.
  • Only grades awarded by approved examiners of the ESA will be recognised.
  • Only persons with a valid licence / record book who have completed the required training period may present for examination.

Waiting times for Dan Grade Examinations:


GRADE MINIMUN TRAINING TIME MINIMUM AGE
Shodan 16 years
Shodan to Nidan 2 years 18 years
Nidan to Sandan 3 years 21 years
Sandan to Yondan 4 years 25 years
Yondan to Godan 5 years 30 years