Ranks

The proper line of promotion is as follows:

Rank / Title

Age (yrs)

Notes

Junior Shodan min. 14 Eligible for adult Shodan at 16 years of age.
Shodan min. 16 Min. of 2 years additional training before applying for Nidan.
Nidan min. 19

Min. of 3 years additional training before applying for Sandan.
Must have 1 year of additional training before applying for Jun-Shidoin.

Jun shidoin min. 20 Teaching license – level of Assistant Instructor.
Sandan min. 22

Min. of 3 years additional training before applying for Yondan.
Must have 2 years of additional training before applying for Shihan.

Shidoin min. 23 Teaching license – level of Instructor.
Yondan min. 28

Min. of 3 years additional training before applying for Godan.
Must have 2 years of additional training before applying for Shihan.

Shihan min. 30 Title: Master Teacher.
Godan min. 35

Min. of 4 years additional training before applying for Rokudan.
Must have 2 years of additional training before applying for Renshi.

Renshi min. 40 Title
Rokudan min. 44 Min. of 5 years training before applying for Hichidan
Hichidan min. 50  
Kyoshi min. 60  
Hachidan min. 65  
Kyudan min. 70  
Hanshi min. 70 Title: Head of the style.