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The Jukuren Dojo uses a Japanese grading system, referred to as the Dan-I Grading System. Originally developed from the game “Go” by Kano Jigoro (founder of Judo), this grading method has become relatively standard in modern arts, in particular Japanese ones.

The ranking is broken down into two major groupings… kyu (student ranks) and Dan (senior ranks). In the Jukuren Dojo there are 10 Kyu grades, counted from 10 to 1, leading up to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) with Dan grades from 1st Dan to 5th Dan, indicated by slight changes in uniform, and by belt colour.