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General Grading Information

Click here for summary information about grading requirements, time in rank and fees. The full grading policy is available here.

Details of upcoming gradings will 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 usually the deadline for both application and written exams is 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.

General Grading Times

In order for members to plan their year, here is a list of the usual grading times in the CKF. Please note that these times do change once in a while, and that not all grade levels are tested at all gradings. Those gradings listed as “major” are the ones which will usually include a central grading of 6dan and above.

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 Staturday) 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 for the exam through the usual way. Seminar fees or tournament fees do not include the exam.

If you are a Canadian resident testing in Canada, see directly below. If you are a CKF member testing in another country, click here for information. If you are a foreign candidate, click here for information.

Grading Application for Residents of Canada

Applicants for grading who are residents of Canada must be CKF members. If you reside in another country or are visiting Canada for a short time, see the instructions for Foreign Candidates below.

Grading applications for CKF members are to be done online through individual member accounts. 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 back dues policy

In general, CKF members must log into their account using the login page. Click the appropriate button (“kendo grading”, “iaido grading” or “jodo grading”) and follow the instructions. For detailed instructions, click here.

After registering, submit the written exam if applicable by the grading deadline. Links to written exams are posted on the front page of the CKF website. 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, please check it to see that you are registered correctly.

People may apply with 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 Secretary.

CKF Members Grading in Foreign Countries

Members in good standing of CKF may grade in other FIK countries, subject to the waiting time requirements of both CKF and the foreign federation. CKF members are required to obtain presidential permission. The cost for obtaining permission is $20, payable through the Generic Payment Page. Please indicate in the description your name and “Fee for foreign grading application”. Then fill out and sign the application form and send it to D’Orangeville-sensei with a CC to Neil Gendzwill. D’Orangeville-sensei 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.

Foreign Grading Candidates

Foreign candidates must follow these steps:

1. Create an account in our system: this is a one-time operation, 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 one. Please do not create a normal CKF member account.

2. Obtain a letter or form of permission signed by your federation president. NOTE: US applicants see this 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.

3. Send your CKF membership number and electronic scans of the permission letter and your last certificate to the CKF secretary. A certificate is not required for ikkyu applicants.

4. 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.

5. Submit the written exam if applicable by the grading deadline. Links to written exams are posted on the front page of the CKF website. 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.

FIK Grading Guidelines

CKF Grading – Rules and Regulations


The full CKF grading policy is available here.


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 Kyu
1 (Sho) DanOver 3 months after granting of 1 Kyu13 Years and over
2 (Ni) DanOver 1 years after granting of 1st Dan
3 (San) DanOver 2 years after granting of 2nd Dan
4 (Yon) DanOver 3 years after granting of 3rd Dan
5 (Go) DanOver 4 years after granting of 4th Dan
6 (Roku) DanOver 5 years after granting of 5th Dan
7 (Nana) DanOver 6 years after granting of 6th Dan
8 (Hachi) DanOver 10 years after granting of 7th Dan46 Years and over

Kendo Kata shall be examined as follows:

Applied for
1 KyuKendo Kihonwaza Keiko Ho 1 – 9 Hon
1 DanKendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 3 Bon
2 DanKendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 5 Hon
3 DanKendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 7 Hon
4th Dan & UpKendo no Kata Tachi 7 Hon & Kodachi 3 Bon

Iaido Kata shall be examined as follows:

Applied for
1 Kyu & 1 Dan5 ZenKenRen* of candidate’s choice
2 Dan & Up1 Koryu of candidate’s choice
4 ZenKenRen* as selected by the examiners.
6 Dan & Up2 Koryu of candidate’s choice
3 ZenKenRen* as selected by the examiners.

Jodo Kata shall be examined as follows:

Applied for
1 KyuFirst 3 Kihon, Seitei Kata* #1, 2, 4 Jo and Tachi side
1 DanKihon+Seitei Kata 2 – 6 both sides
2 DanKihon+Seitei Kata 3 – 7 both sides
3 DanKihon+Seitei Kata 4 – 8 both sides
4 DanSeitei Kata 5 – 9 both sides
5 DanSeitei Kata 6 – 10 both sides
6 DanSeitei Kata 6 – 11 both sides (rotation)
7 DanSeitei 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.

CKF 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.

applied for
(Certificate) Fees
1st Kyu Junior$ 25.00$ 25.00N/A
1st Kyu$ 35.00$ 35.00N/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 of foreign certificate$ 50
Replacement certificate$ 50$ 80
Rank confirmation letter$ 20

*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.

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  Kyu
1er (Sho) DanPlus de 3 mois depuis l’obtention du 1er Kyu13 ans et
2e (Ni) DanPlus de 1 ans depuis l’obtention du 1er Dan
3e (San) DanPlus de 2 ans depuis l’obtention du 2e Dan
4e (Yon) DanPlus de 3 ans depuis l’obtention du 3e Dan
5e (Go) DanPlus de 4 ans depuis l’obtention du 4e Dan
6e (Roku) DanPlus de 5 ans depuis l’obtention du 5e Dan
7e (Nana) DanDan Plus de 6 ans depuis l’obtention du 6e Dan
8e (Hachi) DanDan Plus de 10 ans depuis l’obtention du 7e Dan46 ans et

L’examen sur les Katas de Kendo est déterminé comme suit:

1er KyuKendo Kihonwaza Keiko Ho 1 – 9 Hon
1er DanKendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 3 Bon
2e DanKendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 5 Hon
3e DanKendo no Kata Tachi 1 – 7 Hon
4e Dan et plusKendo no Kata Tachi 7 Hon & Kodachi 3 Bon

L’examen portant sur les katas en Iaido est déterminé comme suit:

1er Kyu et 1er Dan5 ZenKenRen* au choix du postulant
2e Dan et plus1 Koryu au choix du postulant
4 ZenKenRen* déterminés par les examinateurs
6e Dan et plus2 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 Kyu3 premières Kihon, Seitei Kata* #1, 2, 4 Jo et Tachi
1er DanKihon+Seitei Kata 2 – 6 Jo et Tachi
2e DanKihon+Seitei Kata 3 – 7 Jo et Tachi
3e DanKihon+Seitei Kata 4 – 8 Jo et Tachi
4e DanSeitei Kata 5 – 9 Jo et Tachi
5e DanSeitei Kata 6 – 10 Jo et Tachi
6e DanSeitei Kata 6 – 11 Jo et Tachi (tournant)
7e DanSeitei Kata 7 – 12 Jo et Tachi (tournant)

Kihon (Tandouku) déterminés par les examinateurs.

Tarification en vigueur

du certificat
1er Kyu Junior$ 25.00$ 25.00N/A
1er Kyu$ 35.00$ 35.00N/A
1er Dan Junior$ 30.00$ 50.00+ $ 80.00
1er Dan$ 50.00$ 60.00+ $ 80.00
2e Dan$ 60.00$ 90.00+ $ 80.00
3e Dan$ 70.00$ 150.00+ $ 80.00
4e Dan$ 75.00$ 325.00$ 0
5e Dan$ 75.00$ 425.00$ 0
6e Dan$ 75.00$ 550.00$ 0
7e Dan$ 75.00$ 700.00$ 0
Renshi$ 100.00$ 500.00$ 0
Kyoshi$ 0$ 600.00$ 0
Hanshi$ 0$ 0$ 0
Enregistrement d’un certificat étranger$ 50
Remplacer un certificat$ 50$ 70
Lettre de confirmation$ 20

*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 Grade Registration Fee Policy

Once a challenger has passed a grading, that new rank must be registered by the CKF. The fees for this registration have been called the “certficate 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.

Re-Issuing Certificates

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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President: Christian D'Orangeville
Vice President East: Hyun-June Choi
Vice President West: Makiko Ara
Secretary: Neil Gendzwill
Treasurer: John Maisonneuve
Director: Pamela Morgan
Director: David Mori
Director: Patrick Suen