Do you expect to improve your kendo skills? Of course, you do! You should. And how do you know you have improved? Passing the exams, right?
In case you don’t know there are 8 grades in kendo in the dan level. Let’s not talk about 8-dan or 6 and 7-dan just not yet. Once you get to that level, you really need to get good instructions from 7-dan and 8-dan sensei.
Let’s see the table below.
Someone who has trained in the basics of kendo and has acceptable technique
Someone who has learned the basics of kendo and has proficient technique
Someone who is accomplished in the basics of kendo and has good technique
Someone who is accomplished in the basics and applied skills of kendo, and has excellent technique
Someone who has mastered the basics and applied skills of kendo, and has outstanding technique
Someone who is accomplished in the true meaning of kendo, and has exceptional technique
Someone who has mastered in the true meaning of kendo, and has superior technique
Someone who has reached the inner-secret of kendo, has maturity, and has attained total mastery of kendo technique
The table shows the criteria for each dan published by All Japan Kendo Federation. The English translation for each dan is from p.9 in Kendo World 6.1 2011 [As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases].
We can categorize these dans into 4 big destinations differentiated by their goals.
And if you look at the wordings in criteria of each dan, you can see the key terms.
And technique levels differentiate where you are in each destination.
As you can see, up to 3-dan, you must focus on the basics of kendo. Of course, we are not talking about the big basics anymore. You must show the correct movements in your applied technique, which is small strike. And before you become 3-dan, you must understand and be able to perform shikake waza well. That is the key to acquire debana waza.
"Kendo Guide for The Intermediate" is available at Vimeo. Stream the videos on your smart device/TV or you can download them. The written instructions are also available for you to download.
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