Qualifications for Official International Dan Gradings, Titles, Referees, and Instructors



Applicants for the above qualifications are judged based on the official rules of the World Koshiki Karatedo Federation (W.K.K.F.).


Applicants need to follow the requirements for each qualification by submitting the appropriate application form, fee and thesis. The International Qualification Committee will carefully examine the skills of the Applicant and any documents submitted.


All Applicants are required to attend the appropriate seminars and regularly held W.K.K.F. examinations, and need to meet the required level of skill (as shown in the examination) and knowledge (as shown in the thesis).


All Applicants for Dan grades and titles, and for Referee and Instructor Licenses, are judged based on a broad spectrum of considerations including


•  Mind
•  Technique
•  Training attitude
•  Understanding of Koshiki Karatedo
•  Skill level
•  Competition record and experience of international and domestic matches
•  Experience of Embu (performance demonstrations)
•  Attitude of training
•  Participation in W.K.K.F. related activities and support to W.K.K.F.


Examination meetings are held two times per year at the W.K.K.F. headquarters, in the spring and autumn.

Examinations are held during W.K.K.F. World Cup events, international, national, tournaments and other local tournaments. Applicants are eligible for Examination after participating in appropriate W.K.K.F. seminars and handing in the necessary application form and thesis in advance. For Dan grading, Applicants need to pay the appropriate Dan Recognition Fee after passing the Examination.


Representatives of each country or examination committee have to send reports of any W.K.K.F. seminars and test results of grading, along with grading recommendation letters, to the W.K.K.F. Applicants who pass all requirements are required to pay the Dan Recognition Fee within one month of Dan approval.



Minimum ages and years of practicing for each dan is

Grade Title Minimum age Minimum time since last grading
First dan Yushi 15  
Second dan Gyoshi 16 2 years after 1st dan
Third dan Shushi 17 3 years after 2nd dan
Forth dan Kenshi 18 4 years after 3rd dan
Fifth dan Kengo 21 5 years after 4th dan
Sixth dan Renshi 28 6 years after 5th dan
Seventh dan Kyoshi 35 7 years after 6th dan
Eighth dan Hanshi 45 8 years after 7th dan


Examinations for 1 st Dan to 5 th Dan rank



basic techniques

basic movements


basic kata

tanren kata


1 bou

2 bokuto

Kumite basic kumite

1 sotai uchikomi, hangeki

2 Gokyo no kumite

tanren kumite   

1 Yakusoku kumite

2 Kumite Kata Gokyo

jiyu kumite   

1 hand only, foot only, both hand and foot

2 offence only, defense only, both offence and defense

Bunkai kumite

1 basic technique

2 tanren Kata

Records of tournaments

1 international: shiai, enbu, experiences, results

2 local: shiai, enbu, experiences, results

3 examination: shiai, enbu, experiences, results


Applicants will be required to submit a thesis. The contents of the thesis will vary depending on the Dan ranking sought.


International Official Instructor License



In order to support the further development and growth of Koshiki Karatedo, it is important to ensure that Koshiki Karatedo instructors have the right understanding of the art, knowledge and techniques. On this basis, it is important that instructors in each country, dojo, school and club are appropriately licensed as International Official Instructors of Koshiki Karatedo To provide this license, International Official Instructor seminars will be held in each country and area, and after discussion, Official Instructor Licenses and diplomas will be given as appropriate.


Ranks of International Official Instructors:

•  Junior Instructor
•  Senior Instructor
•  Master Professor
•  Grand Master Professor
•  Great Grand Master Professor





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