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The Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission recognises the Australian Kendo Renmei as the National Sporting Organisation to develop kendo, iaido and jodo in Australia


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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 and Jodo grades 1st to 5th Dan, on Wednesday 30 January 2019, at The Moonah Sports Centre Indoor Court, 17 Gormanston Rd, Moonah, TAS, 7002, during the events surrounding the 28th Australian Iaido and 19th Australian Jodo Championships, Seminar and Exam. Event details page.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 closing date advised by AKR.  Instructions are in the workbook.

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

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


The AKR will conduct exams for Kendo grade 1 Dan to 5 Dan, on Wednesday 4 April 2018.  At PCYC Auburn, Wyatt Park, Church St, Lidcombe, NSW, during the events surrounding the 43rd Australian Kendo Championships. Event page.

Applications now closed.

Exam questionsPDF.  Grading Exam Explanation of procedure, PDF. (9 March 2018)

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.

Applications now closed.

Exam questions – Iaido and Jodo Dan Exam Questions.