What is a grading?

Gradings are examinations organised by your Instructor where students are given the opportunity to show if they have moved on in they're training in the hope that they are considered ready to wear the next higher belt, this corresponds roughly to the old shoden, chuden, and okuden levels of training. Old being pre Dan-I system that was invented by Jig Kano.

You must satisfy several criteria before you are allowed to grade, and there are some rules that must be followed whilst in a grading.


  • For the grades 10th Kyu to 6th Kyu you must have taken 30 classes between gradings th and for grades 5th Kyu to 3rd Kyu you must have taken 35 classes between gradings.
  • For 3rd and 2nd kyu, the student must have taught in their club at least twice a month under the supervision of the the Instructor.
  • A 1st kyu student must have complete knowledge of how to run a club and teaching on a club scale and attend private sessions
  • Be a member of Ninpo Taijutsu, Wear the appropriate clothing and patch. .
  • You must have the permission of his/her club instructor to grade
  • Download a(Grading Form)here

    Please remember to enter your membership number

Examination Requirements

  • The examination system in Ninjutsu is not structured on competition. You will be graded on the following points.
  • Your understanding of basic technique appropriate to your level.
  • Your spontaneous movement and response appropriate for the attack.
  • Your ability to adapt your movement to the attack.
  • The concentration and awareness you maintain throughout the examination.
  • Continuity of movement is important, not speed.
  • Confidence and courage are important, not ego.
  • Be prepared to Uke for someone else of your same level during the examination period as Ukemi is also counted towards your grading.

The current grading format separates into three basic colours :

  • White (10th kyu)
  • Green (9th kyu - 6st kyu)
  • Red (5th kyu - 3rd kyu)
  • Brown (2nd kyu - 1st kyu)
  • Black (SHODAN)

    Part of the Dan gradings may be held behind closed doors.

    What do I have to do to pass a grading?

    Due to the highly dynamic nature of combat and conflict in general, no individual fixed form will be sufficient to resolve any form of conflict. Therefore, Ninjutsu does not segment the art into a structured learning program (curriculum). It is through constant exposure to variation that a student develops the ability to synthesize his or her own technique as needed. In preliminary stages, this begins with the student learning various skills. They are also exposed to countless variations of these skills, including the integration of many different traditional and contemporary weapons. The grading is based more on the way each individual moves (flow) rather than how many sets of moves they can remember

    Remember "Your life may be on the line so practice well "

    "Practice with "SHIKEN" use your mind and body together, techniques will flow only when you no longer remember them" - John O'Connor -

    This is the most important part of gradings beyond 3rd kyu...

    There is a rough outline to follow for each grading. techniques should be demonstrated with control and competence. Additional knowledge of translations and the reasons behind some of the movements in techniques may also be required.

    The outlines are fairly vague, and there is always the chance that the examiner can call for things not listed on an outline. Therefore there are no hard and fast lists of what each grade should know. However I have drawn up some rough guidelines for what each grade should know which you will receive as part of your training. Remember there are no definitive lists - in your grading, you should expect the unexpected!

    Well done to all those who have passed gradings. You have shown that you have moved on and are ready to wear the next higher belt