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Apply for an AKR Dan Exam

Procedures and forms to be examined overseas are here.

Information on how to apply to be examined for a Kendo, Iaido or Jodo Dan grade at a National Grading Exam conducted by the Australian Kendo Renmei. (Kyu exams are conducted by state affiliates).

Forthcoming AKR National Dan Exams

Iaido and Jodo.

The AKR will conduct exams for Iaido 1st to 5th Dan and Jodo 1st to 5th Dan on 25 January 2018 at Valentines Sports Park Indoor Court, 235-257 Meurants Lane, Glenwood, New South Wales, during the 27th Australian Iaido and 18th Australian Jodo Championships and Seminar. Event details here and here.

To apply to be examined:

  • Members should apply direct to their club or dojo using the AKR Grading Application form PDF, completing all required fields.

Suggested close date – early December 2017.

  • Clubs or dojo decide if applicants are approved and eligible, then compile all their members details into the provided Excel workbook and send that to their state association, according to the arrangements made within each state. Clubs or dojo are to retain the AKR Application form for possible reference to later.

Suggested close date – mid-December 2017.

  • State Associations confirm that applicants details are correct and eligible to be examined, then compile all applicants from their state into one (provided) workbook; calculate the total amount to pay; then pay that amount to the AKR bank account and send the application workbook to the AKR, prior to the application closing date.

Closing date to reach the AKR – 24 December 2017.

Please note: Confirming the eligibility of applications, preparing the examination order and certificates will be managed in one batch.  Therefore, no late applications will be considered.  Your co-operation will be appreciated.

AKR will confirm receipt to the state after the application closing date.

Exam questions – Iaido and Jodo Dan Exam Questions.


1 to 5 Dan, Wednesday 18 April 2018.  Lidcombe, NSW, during the events surrounding the 43rd Australian Kendo Championships. Event page.

Exam questions – check here later.

  • AKR Exam Application forms to be completed by applicants and submitted to clubs.  Completing the Excel workbook may assist your club. Suggested close date – tba.
  • Application workbooks, to be sent from clubs to states. Completing the workbook assists your state. Suggested close date – tba.
  • Application workbooks and payment for all applicants to be submitted from each state to the AKR. Closing date – tba.  Instructions are in the workbook.