Dan Grade Syllabus (prior to Oct 2019)

This is a summary of the BAA Dan Grade Syllabus. The Dan grade syllabus was revised by the BAA in October 2019.

GradeTime ScaleTechniqueApplication
1st Dan1 year consistent practice as 1st KyuRandori-no-kata

  • complete (17)

Koryu dai San

  • sections: A + B (16)

Koryu dai Yon

  • complete (25)
Minimum of 3 bouts of hikitategeiko.
2nd Dan2 years consistent practice as 1st DanKoryu dai San

  • sections: A + B + C + D (29)

Goshin ho

  • Tegetana no kuzushi (8).
Minimum of 3 bouts of hikitategeiko.
3rd Dan3 years consistent practice as 2nd DanKoryu dai San

  • complete A + B + C + D + E + F (50)

Koryu dai Ichi

  • complete (24)

Goshin ho

  • Tekubi dori – 1  (5)
Minimum of 3 bouts of hikitategeiko.
4th Dan4 years consistent practice as 3rd DanKoryu dai Ni

  • complete (16)

Goshin ho

  • Datotsushu no waza – against strikes, punches and kicks (6)
  • Tekubi dori 2 – against grips (18).
Minimum of 3 bouts of hikitategeiko.
5th Dan5 years consistent practice as 4th DanKoryu dai Go

  • complete (23)

Goshin ho

  • Dogi dori (10)
Minimum of 3 bouts of hikitategeiko.
6th Dan6 years consistent practice as 5th DanKoryu dai Roku

  • A + B + C (22)

Goshin ho

  • Three methods of breaking balance’ using datsuryoku, tegatana & kaiten (10)
Minimum of 3 bouts of hikitategeiko.
7th Dan7 years consistent practice as 6th DanKoryu dai Roku

  • complete A + B + C +D + E + F + G (39)

Goshin ho

  • complete (57)
Minimum of 3 bouts of hikitategeiko.

Under the technique section, previous syllabus (including Kyu grade techniques) will be required at the discretion of examining panel.

For the 3 bouts of hikitategeiko.

  • One bout must demonstrate knowledge and application of kaeshi waza (5 atemi waza from the Randori-no-kata as counter techniques by tanto against toshu) in tanto hikitategeiko.
  • One bout must demonstrate the use of combination techniques by toshu against tanto.
  • The third bout must demonstrate a knowledge and application of the 17 Randori-no-kata in combination and as counter technique in the performance of toshu hikitategeiko.

BAA Dan gradings are held at the 6 approved National courses. Only Dan gradings achieved under the BAA syllabus at these venues will now be automatically approved by the BAA.

The BAA National Courses and Dan Gradings locations and venues are as follows:

  1. BAA Spring School North – March – Sheffield
  2. BAA Spring School Ireland – April – Belfast/Dublin
  3. BAA Spring School West – May – Winchester
  4. BAA Summer School North – July – Leeds
  5. BAA Autumn School – South of the River – September – Folkestone
  6. BAA Winter School South – November – Herne Bay