Progress of the individual is monitored by a system of gradings. Test for kyu grades (white belt – 5 levels) are conducted in Japanese by the Grading Panel, and involve assessment of performance over a range of techniques.

Kyu gradings are held at date when students have met the requirements

Dan gradings (black belt) are conducted twice annually by the Technical and Teaching Committee at a National School

Dan certificates are issued from Hombu, Japan.