IKD Grading Requirements

The IKD released the official Kyu and Dan Examination Syllabus in 2012. This booklet outlines what is required of all students for each level of rank advancement. The IKD requires that students testing for a Black Belt perform Bunkai for specified katas. Also anyone testing 4th Dan and higher must be familiar with all 26 Shotokan katas.

IKD Kyu and Dan Diplomas

The karate belt system shows the progress of a karateka throughout their study of the art. With each new rank a certificate is issued. Here you can view the credentials that are issued by the IKD with each rank.

The Kyu certificates are issued for student moving through the ranks from white to brown belt. The Dan certificates are for students who achieve first black belt and above. The students who achieve 5th Dan and above will receive a diploma with a gold IKD logo.

In 2016, the IKD announced plans to issue certificates to qualified Instructors, Examiners and Judges. These will be similar to the IKD Dan Diplomas.

Kyu Certificate: English
Issued to karateka upon achieving color belt ranks.
Kyu Certificate: French
Issued to karateka upon achieving color belt ranks.
1st - 4th Dan Diploma
Issued to karateka upon achieving 1st -4th Degree Black Belt Ranks
5th - 10th Dan Diploma
Issued to karateka upon achieving 5th -10th Degree Black Belt Ranks