Our Black Belt testing process for ranks up to and including Godan (fifth degree black belt) is an eight-month process beginning in August. It consists of the following:

SEPTEMBER PRACTICE TESTING

  • Three available dates
    • September 21st, for Level One Candidates
    • September 27th, for Level Two, Three and Four Candidates
    • September 28th for Adult Candidates
  • Mandatory for all Candidates
    • Level 1 through Godan
    • If candidate cannot make assigned practice testing date, call the Atkinson dojo and make arrangements to go to one of the other practice test dates
  • Goals of practice test
    • Give the candidates a feel for the test
    • Give the candidates feedback from the judges
    • Give the judges an opportunity to find out what needs to be worked on during training
    • Gather needed information needed for the rest of the testing process

TRAINING AT BUTOKUKAI DOJOS

  • October, November, and December
  • Mandatory five visits at Foreign Dojos
    • At least three being at the Atkinson, NH Dojo

PARTICIPATIONS IN THE INTRAMURAL

  • Mandatory Kata participation for all candidates
  • Mandatory Sparring participation for Junior Candidates
    • This is in lieu of the sparring portion of the test
  • This is a fantastic way to help “shake the nerves”

TESTING IN JANUARY

  • Mandatory for all candidates
    • Must have greater than half passing score
    • Located at the Atkinson, NH Dojo
  • January 11th test: for Level One/Two, Shodan and Nidan Candidates
    • Snow-date: January 18th
  • January 24th test: for Level Three, Sandan, Yondan and Godan Candidates
    • Snow-date: January 31st
  • Written Test: Administered at home dojo

MAKE-UP TEST IN FEBRUARY

  • For all candidates who had less than half passing score
  • February 8th at the Atkinson, NH Dojo.

HISTORY & TERMINOLOGY TEST: Administered at the candidates’ home dojo and must be completed before moving on to the graduation process. Click here for the study guide.

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For Requirements Click Here

For Day of Test Instructions Click Here

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