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Procedures and forms to be examined overseas

Australian Kendo Renmei, PDF Grading Exam Application form, Modified – 1 May 2015.

All Japan Kendo Federation, PDF Grading Application forms for kyu and 1-5 Dan, or 6-7 Dan.

Procedures and forms to be examined overseas

Members who wish to apply to be examined in Japan by the AJKF; a Japanese prefecture kendo association or by any other kendo/iaido/jodo organisation, must follow the below procedures.

  • Complete all fields in full, on an AKR Grading Exam Application form. Ensure that the dojo sensei has also signed the form. (There are no fees payable to the AKR.)
  • Complete all fields in full on the relevant examining bodies application form.  Or if the correct form is not available, please instead use the relevant AJKF Grading Application form for kyu and 1-5 Dan, or 6-7 Dan.
  • Obtain a photocopy of your current grade certificate.  The only exception is for AJKF exams and ONLY if you already have an AJKF registry number.  If so, please enter that on the application form, then a copy of your dan certificate is not required.
  • Post all the above documents, completed in full and signed by all required, with a stamped self addressed envelope (for return to you).  Your State Secretary can advise you of the address to best use; or to the address below.  Your application should arrive at that address no later than 21 days before the overseas application deadline.

By return post, the AKR will send you –

  • The overseas organisations (or substitute) application form, that has been signed and approved by the AKR.*
  • The copy of your dan certificate, authorised as correct.*
  • A letter of approval to be examined, from the AKR.*

*Note that all the above items are required by overseas examining organisations.

When you have received those documents, you may then proceed to send your application to the examining body.

Address for Grading Applications:

Grading Applications
Australian Kendo Renmei
PO Box 353
Carlton North  VIC  3054


Members should allow at least two weeks for return of all application documents.  Members are to then complete their application personally.

Some AJKF exams have a two or three month application cut off date, please take care to check this carefully in well advance.  Please note that some AJKF exams have over 1000 applicants and for such events, the applications are handled in a strictly controlled AJKF schedule, so late entries are not considered.

Exams in Japan for 5th Dan and lower are conducted by prefecture kendo associations.  Accordingly, the AJKF does not handle applications for those exams.  An applicant from a foreign Kendo federation should therefore submit his/her AKR approved application documents direct to the prefecture kendo association (not to AJKF).

AKR policy to apply to be examined overseas is here.

The AJKF Event Schedule is here.

Advice for AKR Members who reside overseas:

AKR Members (or former members) who have moved overseas or may reside temporarily overseas for approximately a year, or more, are strongly advised to join their local kendo association, where they will abide by local rules and procedures for grading application.