Ranking System for Kendo & Iaido
RankRequirements
6 KYU- 2 KYU (Adults)3 months between each KYU rank
10 KYU- 2 KYU (Childern)3 months between each KYU rank
1 KYU3 months after 2 KYU/ 13 years old or older
1 DAN3 months after 1 KYU/ 14 years old or older
2 DAN1 year after 1 DAN/ 15 years old or older
3 DAN2 years after 2 DAN/ 17 years old or older
4 DAN3 years after 3 DAN/ 20 years old or older
5 DAN4 years after 4 DAN/ 24 years old or older
6 DAN5 years after 5 DAN/ 29 years old or older
7 DAN6 years after 6 DAN/ 35 years old or older
8 DAN10 years after 7 DAN/ 46 years old or older
Title Promotions for Kendo & Iaido
TitleRequirements
RenshiMinimum of two years since promotion to 4 DAN. Written essay or publication required.
KyoshiMinimum of two years since promotion to Renshi 6 DAN. Written essay or publication required.
HanshiOutstanding service for development of Martial Arts. Minimum age, 50 years old. Minimum rank Kyoshi 8 DAN. A person of outstanding character and proven leadership credentials. Written essay or publication required.
Institute of Budo Studies Teaching Licenses
LicenseRequirements
Jun-Shidoin (Assistant Instructor)3 DAN or higher/ Granted by head instructor upon completion of all required academic and practical courses.
Shidoin (Instuctor)4 DAN of higher/ Granted by head instructor upon completion of all required academic and practical courses.
Shihan (Senior Instructor)5 DAN or higher/ Granted by head instructor upon completion of all required academic and practical courses.

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