Black belt gradings should be booked well in advance. Your Sensei will inform you that you’re ready.
Approximate timescales for dan gradings are as follows
- Brown belt to Shodan – 1 year
- Shodan to Nidan – 2 years
- Nidan to Sandan – 3 years
- Sandan to Yondan – 4 years
- Yondan to Godan – 5 years
These time scales are written inline with the instructor training a minimum of once per week. This is active learning not just attendance.