Dan Grades

There will be events held annually for Dan grades using both internal & external Instructors.

Dan grades should attend these events in order to advance to the next Dan grade

All Dan grades should have their attendance at Black Belt courses, Seminars & First Aid & Coaching recorded & signed off within their black book.

Assistant coaching within their club & good event attendance will be taken into consideration when allowing a student to advance between Dan grades.

 Anyone assisting at an NFKA Club should be DBS checked to enhanced level, speak to your Instructor for further details.

1st Dan

Physical grading with written exam on bones and muscles

Minimum three years training with six month from sitting Brown & White Belt

Cadet to Senior - Senior black belt to be sat at age 17 unless 5 years training as a cadet (i.e. Cadet at 12) then able to sit to 2nd Dan

Project - bones and muscles of the body

2nd Dan

Physical grading with written exam one the knee joint and bones and muscles

Minimum three years training from sitting 1st Dan

1st Dan cadets with 5 years training prior to 18

Assisting at club

Good Role model

Project - the Knee Joint with bones and Muscles 

3rd Dan

Physical grading with written exam coaching techniques, the knee joint, bones and muscles

Minimum three years training from sitting 2nd Dan

Increased role within club

Instructor nominates at instructors meeting 

Must be agreed at meeting by vote if the person can take the grading

Instructor must be able to confirm they are technically competent

Project - Five martial arts from around the world, Then knee joint, Bones and muscles 

4th Dan

Physical grading 

Minimum four years training from sitting 3rd Dan

Club Instructor

Chief Instructor nominates at meeting or must be nominated by panel member

Must be agreed at meeting by vote if the person can take the grading

Instructor must be able to confirm they are technically competent

5th Dan

Honorary Grade

Minimum five years from 4th Dan

Club Instructor having trained people to Dan grades

Must be nominated by panel member, who will explain what they have given back to the association and their reason for nomination

Must be agreed by meeting by vote if the person can be awarded the grade

Must be consistently giving the association, time and opportunity for development of the whole association. Such as facilitating training seminars, competitions and training courses.

6th Dan (Master)

Honorary Grade

Minimum six years from 5th Dan

Must be nominated by panel member, who will explain what they have given back to the association and their reason for nomination

Must be agreed by meeting by vote if the person can be awarded the grade

Must be consistently providing the association, time and opportunity for development of the whole association. Such as leading on training seminars, competitions and training courses.

7th Dan (Grand Master)

Honorary Grade

Minimum seven years from 6th Dan

Must be nominated by panel member, who will explain what they have given back to the association and their reason for nomination

Must be agreed by meeting by vote if the person can be awarded the grade

Must be consistently providing the association, time and opportunity for development of the whole association. Such as leading on training seminars, competitions and training courses.

8th Dan (Grand Master)

Honorary Grade

Minimum eight years from 7th Dan

Must be nominated by panel member, who will explain what they have given back to the association and their reason for nomination

Must be agreed by meeting by vote if the person can be awarded the grade

Must be consistently providing the association, time and opportunity for development of the whole association. Such as leading on training seminars, competitions and training courses.

9th Dan (Grand Master)

Honorary Grade

Minimum nine years from 8th Dan

Must be nominated by panel member, who will explain what they have given back to the association and their reason for nomination

Must be agreed by meeting by vote if the person can be awarded the grade

Must be consistently providing the association, time and opportunity for development of the whole association. Such as leading on training seminars, competitions and training courses.