Senior Dan Grade Policy

 

  1. All Dan grades will be encouraged to assist at grading Kata & Kumite courses and at the grading examinations. Initially this will under the guidance and supervision of more senior Dan grades.
  2. People attaining Shodan are not automatically ‘Instructors’ In order to obtain Instructor status the following criteria must be fulfilled.
    • Must have trained consistently from Shodan for a minimum period of 6 months.
    • Must have assisted with 3 or more beginners’ courses under the tutelage of a Senior Dan grade and reached the level of taking such courses unsupervised.
    • Must have attended and assisted at 2 or more grading examinations under the tutelage and supervision of senior Dan grades.
    • Must have attended and assisted with at least 4 grading Kata/Kumite courses under the tutelage and supervision of senior Dan grades.
    • Participated in the teaching of non-beginner lessons to the satisfaction of their Dojo instructor(s).
  3. The above process can be achieved within 6 months of attaining Shodan but is individual circumstances may dictate that a longer period is required.
  4. The awarding of full Instructor status will be made following consideration by a panel of Senior CKA Dan grades. Licences will be endorsed accordingly. On award of Instructor status indemnity Insurance must be taken out.
  5. The period between Shodan and Nidan should be used to develop and enhance knowledge and technical proficiency in core style i.e. Shotokan.
  6. The period between Nidan and Sandan should be used to continue to develop and enhance knowledge and technical proficiency in core style i.e. Shotokan. In addition the opportunity will be provided to pursue Dan grading in Kyusho Jitsu with the Ao Denkou kai. The crieteria for ADK Dan grade nomination is as follows:
    • Must have attained the grade of Nidan in Shotokan to ensure a good grounding in core style/delivery system.
    • Must be signed up to the ADK aims, principals and philosophy.
    • Have a good understanding of the principals of kyusho jutsu and be able to identify the following pressure points AS A MINIMUM with the relevant angle and direction of strike. LI-4, SI-6, L-7, H-6, L-8, L-6, LI-10, L-5, H-2, TW-11, TW-12, LI-13, S-12, LI-17,S-9, LI-18, SI-16, TW-17, SI-17, S-5, SI-18, GB-13, 14 & 15, GB-20, SP-21, SP-11,GB-31, SP-10, SP-6.
    • Demonstrate ten applications for Shotokan kata utilising the pressure points. These applications must be realistic and effective.
    • Sign up to a number of short term and long personal objectives covering the following two to three years.