Members who apply to be examined in Japan by the AJKF, a Japanese prefectural kendo association or for any other grading examination conducted overseas, must follow the below procedures.
- Complete all fields in full on an AKR Grading Exam Application form. Ensure that the dojo sensei has signed the form.
- Complete all fields in full on the relevant examining bodies application form. Or if not available, please instead use the relevant AJKF Grading Application form for kyu and 1-5 Dan, or 6-8 Dan.
- Obtain a photocopy of your current grade certificate
- Post all the above documents, signed by all required, with a stamped self addressed envelope (for return to you) to the address below. Your application should arrive no later than 21 days before the overseas application deadline.
Address for 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.
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).
Please note that some overseas exams have over 1000 applicants and for such events, the applications are handled in a strictly controlled schedule.
Read the procedures to apply to be examined overseas.
Advice for overseas Members:
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.