Dan grading information

There are two Dan gradings per year usually in May and November.  There is a pool of Dan grading officers all of who are a minimum grade of 6th Dan.  All Dan gradings have a panel of three Dan grading officers.


The Dan grading syllabus is covered on the Area courses so that members who are due for Dan grading can clarify with the chief instructor and other Dan grading panel members exactly what they are expected to do on their grading. 


Also before the Dan grading there is a Pre-Dan grading practise course for those people who have booked to take the grading  See the SKU calendar page for dates and venues of courses.


The current Dan grading panel consists of:

Sensei Stan Knighton 10th Dan, Sensei Damien Mc Laughlin 8th Dan, Sensei Dave Bowler 8th Dan, Sensei Mo Ilyas 7th Dan, Sensei Craig Murphy 7th Dan, Sensei John Scott 7th Dan & Sensei Julian Tan 7th Dan


Criteria for applications

Please note that BEFORE YOU APPLY you must confirm with your club instructor that you are fully prepared and have all the necessary credentials to attempt the Dan grading.  Only applicants who have their Instructors confirmation that they are ready to grade will be accepted

All applicants for the Dan grading must have attended a minimum of 2 Area courses in the 12 month period prior to the Dan grading and intend to attend the Pre Dan grading course before their Dan grading

The cost of the Dan grading is £95 and the Pre Dan grading course is £15

2020 Dan grading dates are Sunday 31st May and Sunday 22nd November
Sunday 31st May Cancelled due to Coronavirus
OR to print a postal copy of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Dan grading application form click here
To print a postal copy of the 6th Dan and above Dan grading application form click here