Grading & Kata

Grading Committee

  • Joe Meli (Grading Board Chair)
  • Garry Yamashita
  • Allan Sattin
  • Gord Okamura
  • Brian Fujimoto
  • Lorraine Mehot

Judo uses a progression system to promote participants who have attained specific skill and knowledge proficiencies. This progression is tracked using different colours of belts. The progression system is divided in two:
•Kyu Grades (White to Brown)
•Dan Ranks (Black)

The Kyu grades are White, White-Yellow, Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Orange, Orange-Green, Green, Green-Blue, Blue, Blue-Brown & Brown. These levels are designed to progressively learn the judo techniques and culture. The Kyu grades are defined in the Kyu Grading Syllabus and are managed by the clubs throughout Canada.

The Dan ranks include the 10 degrees of the Black belt: Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan, Rokudan, Shichidan, Hachidan, Kudan & Judan. These levels are designed to perfect judo techniques and to help develop the culture. The Dan ranks are defined in the Dan Grading Syllabus and are managed by the Provincial/Territorial Grading Boards as well as Judo Canada’s Grading Board.

Please see Grading Process for an explanation of the steps involved in the grading process.


Canadian judoka graded to a Dan Grade by Judo Canada, may request recognition and a diploma from foreign organizations. For $100 fee Judo Canada offers assistance in obtaining the following certificates:

•Kodokan Certificate – to obtain this certificate please complete the following Excel form – Kodokan Grading Form (see Judo Canada Grading Forms) and return it to Judo Canada office at :

*Be aware that the Kodokan standards for Dan Grades are different that Judo Canada’s and not all grades granted by Judo Canada will be recognized by the Kodokan Institute. Your application for Kodokan recognition will be reviewed by the Kodokan designated representative in Canada and only once these are approved, they will be processed by Judo Canada office. Kodokan certification fees must be paid to Judo Canada at the time of application. Kodokan fees will be refunded to the candidates whose application are refused by the Kodokan. Judo Canada fees are non-refundable.
•IJF/PJC certificate – to obtain this certificate please download the IJF Dan Grade Syllabus, fill in the request form (last two pages) and return to Judo Canada:


Judging Kata

If you are interested in judging Kata events, know that Judo Canada uses the same Kata Evaluation rules as the International Judo Federation. Judo Canada also offers training and evaluation clinics for potential Kata judges. To register for a national level Kata evaluators training and certification you have to register with Judo Canada via form available here:


Grading Resources

*** With regards to item #4 in the “Judo Alberta Expectation Notice”, In addition to Nationally recognized training camps, points will be awarded for Provincially Sanctioned training camps (2 or more days) however this does not include training sessions following tournaments.

Upcoming Gradings

Yudansha Grading




June 3, 2017 Saturday

Starting Time:

1:00 pm


Tokugawa Judo Club Dojo (9647 62 Avenue, Edmonton)

Go to the Judo Alberta website and download the Judo Canada Dan Grading Forms 2017 excel file for complete instructions and forms. The new 2017 Dan Grading Syllabus can also be downloaded. Please note that a Judo Canada Passport is required and candidates must apply directly to Judo Canada. The passport and Tournament Points Certification forms (effective Jan 1, 2017) must be mailed with the Grading forms to the address below.

Please send all properly completed forms and passport to Gord Okamura (Grading Secretary) to: 11247 – 59 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6H 1G2

However, please email your draft excel file to beforehand for initial feedback.

All forms postmarked AFTER May 19, 2017 WILL NOT be accepted for this Grading. Candidates who do not submit proper forms or the Judo Canada passport will not be considered for grading on June 3rd. (No handwritten submissions)

Thank you,

Joe Meli – Grading Chair
cc: Gord Okamura

Upcoming Kata Clinics

On June 10-11, 2017 there will be a Kata Clinic held at the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club (801 Hochelaga St. E, Moose Jaw, SK.) featuring Judo Alberta instructors Kelly Palmer and Gordon Okamura.

This event is presented by Senshudokan Judo Club, Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club, and the Judo Sask Grading Board, and sanctioned by Judo Sask for NCCP professional development points.

The registration fee is $30.00 per participant ($75 family rate).

For more information please click here.

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