- Annual Grading Schedule
- Applying for Grading
- Special Circumstances
- Examination and Certificate Fee Schedule
- Grading Guideline Overview
- Special Fees
See the full CKF Grading Policy.
Details of upcoming gradings can be found in the main and discipline-specific news sections of this website. The details will have links to the written exam—please use those links and do not use old written exams. If the links are not posted, the exam is not yet available.
Please note that the deadline for both application and written exams is usually 2 weeks before the exam date.
Written exams are submitted to the special email addresses given at the top of the exam. Written exams are not the application, you must apply separately.
Annual Grading Schedule
Gradings held by the CKF are listed below for planning purposes. Gradings listed as “major” will usually include grading for 6 Dan and above. Grading may not proceed as planned from time to time, so please look for notifications via email and on the website.
End Feb/ Beginning March: Saskatoon
June (first Saturday): Vancouver
June (at the Quebec Open): Montreal
Last Sunday in Nov (After the Ontario Open): Toronto (major)
First Saturday in Dec: Steveston (Vancouver) (major)
May (Victoria day weekend Monday): Guelph
June (first Saturday) Vancouver
Dec (first Saturday): Steveston (Vancouver) (major)
Dec (first Saturday): Etobicoke (major)
May (Victoria Day weekend Monday): Guelph (major)
Dec (first Saturday): Etobicoke
If you are challenging an exam that is part of a special event such as a seminar or tournament, you must still apply separately through your CKF membership account.
Applying for Kyu or Dan Grading
Any Canadian resident grading in Canada must be a CKF member. If you reside in another country or are visiting Canada for a short time, see instructions for Foreign Candidates Grading in Canada. Candidates should follow the following steps for registration:
- Register for your grading by logging into your CKF Member Account
- Your CKF membership must be paid up to the current year
- If you have not paid your CKF dues, you will be required to pay dues for all years since you last paid your membership. There are exceptions to this rule, for details see the CKF Back Dues Policy
- Submit the written exam (if required) by the grading deadline.
Click here for instructions on how to complete the Online Grading Application Process [PDF].
Links to the written exams are posted on the official grading notification post and email from the CKF. Please do not use old exams. If there is no link, the exam is not yet available.
Please note that in general, the deadline for both application and written exams is 2 weeks before the exam date. A group confirmation email is sent near the deadline, so please check it to see that you are registered correctly.
Examinees may apply for exams one month less than the full eligibility to allow for variation in exam dates. If you are applying for your exam in the minimum time, you may have to wait until closer to the deadline to be eligible. If you have any trouble applying through our automated system, please contact the CKF Grading Secretary.
Applying for Shogo
Candidates for shogo must meet the same membership requirements as those for kyu or dan. Renshi may be applied for 1 year after rokudan has been awarded. Kyoshi may be applied for 2 years after nanadan has been awarded. Applications for renshi or kyoshi must be sent to the President and the appropriate national Chief Examiner, with a copy to the Secretary. The Secretary will arrange for the appropriate fees to be paid. The application must contain:
- Brief kendo resume including:
- position of the applicant within CKF
- major kendo activities to date
- accomplishments as a leader and referee in the organization
- records of attendance for official seminars held by CKF, FIK or any FIK affiliate
- An essay of between 400 and 800 words in either French or English. For guidance on the topics, please see appendix A of the Grading Policy
- Renshi topic may be either “The Significance of Shinai” or “The Significance of Reiho”
- Kyoshi topic is “My Life-long Kendo/Iaido/Jodo”
- Kyoshi applications must also include a letter of recommendation from any CKF dojo leader
CKF Members Grading in Foreign Countries
CKF members in good standing may grade in other FIK countries, subject to the requirements of both the CKF and the foreign federation. Candidates can apply by following these steps:
- Contact the CKF President first by email to obtain permission for grading
- Pay the $20 processing fee through the Generic Payment Page. Indicate in the payment description “Your Name” and note “Fee for foreign grading application”
- Complete and sign the Application Form for Kyu/Dan Examination in a Foreign Country [PDF] and send it to the CKF President with a CC to the CKF Secretary.
- The President will return the signed form to you, and you may then use it in your application to the foreign federation
Each federation has its own procedure for application. In the case of the AJKF, you must use either the AJKF Application Form 1D to 5D or the AJKF Application Form 6D up. You must also follow whatever procedure is required by the grading event itself.
Foreigners Grading in Canada
- Create an account in the CKF Membership System: this is a one-time operation and your account will be used for all future gradings. If you do not have an account, please go to the Foreign Member Registration page and create a Membership ID. Please do not create a normal CKF member account.
- Obtain a letter or form of permission signed by your federation president. NOTE: US applicants see this AUSKF page for information. Note that under the US process, you must submit an application first to your regional federation and then to your national federation: the process takes about a month. Please allow enough time.
- Send your CKF membership number and electronic scans of the permission letter and your last certificate to the CKF Grading Secretary. A certificate is not required for ikkyu applicants.
- Upon approval of the application from the Secretary, log into your account. Click on the “kendo grading”, “iaido grading” or “jodo grading” button as appropriate and follow the instructions. Note that until your application has been approved as per step 3, clicking on this button will display a message indicating you need authorization.
- Submit your written exam (if applicable) by the grading deadline. Links to written exams are made available when grading notifications are posted on the website and by email. Please do not use old exams. If there is no link, the exam is not yet available.
FIK Grading Guidelines
The International Kendo Federation has laid out guidelines for Dan-Kyu rank and judging requirements for all affiliated nations. The CKF strictly adheres to these guidelines.
Examination and Certificate Fee Schedule
Please note that both the examination and registration fees must be paid in advance. This is done automatically through the on-line application. In the event that the candidate fails, the registration fee is refunded. The examination fee is kept in the event of a failure or a no-show. If the candidate cancels with sufficient notice, both fees will be refunded.
|Kyu/Dan applied for
|Registration (Certificate) Fee
Frais du certificat
Certificat version japonaise*
|1st Kyu Junior||$ 25.00||$ 25.00||N/A|
|1st Kyu||$ 35.00||$ 35.00||N/A|
|1st Dan Junior||$ 30.00||$ 50.00||+ $ 80.00|
|1st Dan||$ 50.00||$ 60.00||+ $ 80.00|
|2nd Dan||$ 60.00||$ 90.00||+ $ 80.00|
|3rd Dan||$ 70.00||$ 150.00||+ $ 80.00|
|4th Dan||$ 75.00||$ 325.00||$ 0|
|5th Dan||$ 75.00||$ 425.00||$ 0|
|6th Dan||$ 75.00||$ 550.00||$ 0|
|7th Dan||$ 75.00||$ 700.00||$ 0|
|Renshi||$ 100.00||$ 500.00||$ 0|
|Kyoshi||$ 0||$ 600.00||$ 0|
|Hanshi||$ 0||$ 0||$ 0|
|Registration for foreign certificate
Enregistrement d’un certificat étranger
Remplacer un certificat
|$ 50||$ 70|
|Rank confirmation letter
Lettre de confirmation
*All certificates for 4th Dan and up will be written in Japanese. All names on Japanese Certificates will be written in Roman alphabet unless otherwise specified on the application form. Les certificats pour tout grade de 4e Dan et plus seront libellés en japonais. Tous les noms, à moins d’indication contraire sur le formulaire d’application, seront inscrits en caractères romains.
CKF Grading Guidelines Overview
Consult the full CKF Grading Policy -English [PDF] for complete rules and regulations.
Applicants must be members in good standing of the Canadian Kendo Federation. This means that all yearly membership fees must be paid in full in advance of grading.
Applicants (Kendo, Iaido and Jodo) must have the following periods of practice:
|1 (Sho) Dan||Over 3 months after granting of 1 Kyu||13 Years and over|
|2 (Ni) Dan||Over 1 years after granting of 1st Dan|
|3 (San) Dan||Over 2 years after granting of 2nd Dan|
|4 (Yon) Dan||Over 3 years after granting of 3rd Dan|
|5 (Go) Dan||Over 4 years after granting of 4th Dan|
|6 (Roku) Dan||Over 5 years after granting of 5th Dan|
|7 (Nana) Dan||Over 6 years after granting of 6th Dan|
|8 (Hachi) Dan||Over 10 years after granting of 7th Dan||46 Years and over|
Kendo Kata shall be examined as follows:
|1 Kyu||Kendo Kihonwaza Keiko Ho 1 – 9 Hon|
|1 Dan||Kendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 3 Bon|
|2 Dan||Kendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 5 Hon|
|3 Dan||Kendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 7 Hon|
|4th Dan & Up||Kendo no Kata Tachi 7 Hon & Kodachi 3 Bon|
Iaido Kata shall be examined as follows:
|1 Kyu & 1 Dan||5 ZenKenRen* of candidate’s choice|
|2 Dan & Up||1 Koryu of candidate’s choice
4 ZenKenRen* as selected by the examiners.
|6 Dan & Up||2 Koryu of candidate’s choice
3 ZenKenRen* as selected by the examiners.
Jodo Kata shall be examined as follows:
|1 Kyu||First 3 Kihon, Seitei Kata* #1, 2, 4 Jo and Tachi side|
|1 Dan||Kihon+Seitei Kata 2 – 6 both sides|
|2 Dan||Kihon+Seitei Kata 3 – 7 both sides|
|3 Dan||Kihon+Seitei Kata 4 – 8 both sides|
|4 Dan||Seitei Kata 5 – 9 both sides|
|5 Dan||Seitei Kata 6 – 10 both sides|
|6 Dan||Seitei Kata 6 – 11 both sides (rotation)|
|7 Dan||Seitei Kata 7 – 12 both sides (rotation)|
* Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Jodo – All Japan Kendo Federation Jodo set
Kihon (Tandouku) will be selected by the examiners.
Passage de grade: Règles et procédure
La politique complète est disponible ici.
Tout candidat pour un grade doit être en règle avec la Fédération Canadienne de Kendo et avoir acquitté sa cotisation annuelle.
Période de pratique réglementaire pour tout postulant à l’obtention d’un grade en Kendo, Iaido ou Jodo:
minimale entre deux grades
|1er (Sho) Dan||Plus de 3 mois depuis l’obtention du 1er Kyu||13 ans et
|2e (Ni) Dan||Plus de 1 ans depuis l’obtention du 1er Dan|
|3e (San) Dan||Plus de 2 ans depuis l’obtention du 2e Dan|
|4e (Yon) Dan||Plus de 3 ans depuis l’obtention du 3e Dan|
|5e (Go) Dan||Plus de 4 ans depuis l’obtention du 4e Dan|
|6e (Roku) Dan||Plus de 5 ans depuis l’obtention du 5e Dan|
|7e (Nana) Dan||Dan Plus de 6 ans depuis l’obtention du 6e Dan|
|8e (Hachi) Dan||Dan Plus de 10 ans depuis l’obtention du 7e Dan||46 ans et
L’examen sur les Katas
L’examen sur les Katas de Kendo est déterminé comme suit:
|1er Kyu||Kendo Kihonwaza Keiko Ho 1 – 9 Hon|
|1er Dan||Kendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 3 Bon|
|2e Dan||Kendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 5 Hon|
|3e Dan||Kendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 7 Hon|
|4e Dan et plus||Kendo no Kata Tachi 7 Hon & Kodachi 3 Bon|
L’examen portant sur les katas en Iaido est déterminé comme suit:
|1er Kyu et 1er Dan||5 ZenKenRen* au choix du postulant|
|2e Dan et plus||1 Koryu au choix du postulant
4 ZenKenRen* déterminés par les examinateurs
|6e Dan et plus||2 Koryu au choix du postulant
3 ZenKenRen* déterminés par les examinateurs
* Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei –Fédération Internationale de Kendo
L’examen sur les Katas de Jodo est déterminé comme suit:
|1er Kyu||3 premières Kihon, Seitei Kata* #1, 2, 4 Jo et Tachi|
|1er Dan||Kihon+Seitei Kata 2 – 6 Jo et Tachi|
|2e Dan||Kihon+Seitei Kata 3 – 7 Jo et Tachi|
|3e Dan||Kihon+Seitei Kata 4 – 8 Jo et Tachi|
|4e Dan||Seitei Kata 5 – 9 Jo et Tachi|
|5e Dan||Seitei Kata 6 – 10 Jo et Tachi|
|6e Dan||Seitei Kata 6 – 11 Jo et Tachi (tournant)|
|7e Dan||Seitei Kata 7 – 12 Jo et Tachi (tournant)|
Kihon (Tandouku) déterminés par les examinateurs.
Tarification en vigueur
Grade Registration Fee Policy
Once a challenger has passed a grading, that new rank will be registered by the CKF. The fees for this registration have been called the “certificate fee” but of course include much more than the actual menjo issued to the member.
The fees for registering each grade are set by the Board of Directors and can be found above.
Japanese Language Certificates
At 4dan all certificates are issued in the Japanese language and are hand-written. If members below 4dan wish a Japanese certificate there is an additional fee which can also be found above.
The member’s name will be written in English on their certificate. If the challenger wishes the name to be written in Japanese an image sample of that name MUST accompany the application to grade. If the Japanese language sample of the name is not received with the application the name will be written in English.
If the member wishes the name to be written in Japanese at a later date this will be considered a re-issued certificate and an additional fee will be charged.
If you require help finding the correct kanji for your name, please mention this when you apply for a certificate and we will help you.
Certificates which are re-issued to replace one which is lost, or to change the name on a hand-written Japanese certificate will be subject to a re-issuing fee. This fee is currently set to $50.00 for the printed certificates from 1kyu to 3dan and $70.00 for the hand-written Japanese Certificate.
Log into your CKF account here for membership renewals, updates, and grading registration.
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