Waiting Times for Dan Grade Examinations.

  Minimum training time Minimum Age
(International Rules)
Shodan - 16 years
Shodan to Nidan 2 years 18 years
Nidan to Sandan 3 years 21 years
Sandan to Yondan 4 years 25 years
Yondan to Godan 5 years 30 years

Only grades awarded by approved examiners of the ESA will be recognised.