Black: 5th Dan

Grading Standards

KNOWLEDGE

(understand technique: Strike/Block/Kick/Other)

ABILITY

(maintain condition: Slow/Med/Fast)

TIME, ATTITUDE, CHARACTER/SPIRIT
These grades come by a 3-stage process: (1) AKDS Technical Group recommends candidates to the AKDS Presidency who then (2) request high g rade advancements to Harada Sensei and the KDS Technical Executive who then (3) award the grades at national courses.
  • Atleast 8-10 yrs, runs courses, demonstrates high work ethic and quality character.

NOTE: No grades above 5th Dan were ever approved by Gichin Funakoshi, nor are they recognized by Mitsusuke Harada Sensei today