Last Updated: 15th April 2022
The aim of the dan grading system is to provide karateka with a clear, unambiguous, and definitive measure of the progress, development and current level of their karate. Dan gradings are opportunities for karateka to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding of Shotokan Karate. The decision to undertake a dan grading should shape a karateka’s approach to training and encourage the attainment of a higher level of karate skills and knowledge. Dan gradings also provide the opportunity for the Shotokan Connect to assess the development of the instruction provided by the association and the standard of our karate.
they hold a current Shotokan Connect licence, which must be shown at the grading
they have trained regularly at a Shotokan Connect club, twice a week wherever possible
they have the permission of their club instructor to grade. Where the karateka grading is the most senior grade in the club, permission must be obtained from a more senior Shotokan Connect karateka with whom they train on a regular basis
the appropriate time period has elapsed since their last grading
karateka taking a grading for 1st dan must be 1st kyu, not intermediate 1st kyu
Minimum time period
1st kyu to 1st dan
1st dan to 2nd dan
2nd dan to 3rd dan
3rd dan to 4th dan
4th dan to 5th dan
5th dan to 6th dan
During the grading of karateka who have joined Shotokan Connect from another association and are 3rd dan or above, the grading examiners may, at their discretion, require the karateka to undertake elements of the syllabus for any dan grading up to that for which they are grading.
Having undertaken a grading, karateka who have joined Shotokan Connect from another association and are 3rd dan or above, will be awarded a grade commensurate with their Shotokan Connect standard, which will be deemed to apply from the date of their most recent grading with their last association.
There are no age restrictions for Shotokan Connect karateka undertaking 1st or 2nd dan gradings.
The minimum age for Shotokan Connect karateka to be eligible to take 3rd dan is 21 years of age.
Gumshields, groin protectors (where appropriate) and hand mitts are compulsory for jiyu ippon and jiyu kumite. Chest protectors (where appropriate) are recommended for jiyu ippon and jiyu kumite.
There is no appeal process with regard to the outcome of a dan grading. The decision of the grading examiners is final.