Examinations will be conducted periodically to progress ranks. The belt exams occur generally every 3 months, but it only occurs when there are members who show the qualification in physical and mental ability to progress to the next level. Exams are conducted according to the JKA syllabus and standard, which includes all 3 categories of physical training: Kihon, Kata, Kumite (outlined in the "Training" tab above). In addition, attitude, manner, and consistency input by the instructors are considered for the eligibility to take the exam. So anything from proper greeting to cleaning the dojo are methods of training each one of us at all times. The examination usually occurs at the Hu Shin Kai location, but they are also conducted at the national seminars and tournaments. Members must consult the Hu Shin Kai instructor prior to taking exams in other locations than Hu Shin Kai. The certifications will be provided to the members who pass the exam. The JKA American Federation certificate will be issued for the non-black belts, and the JKA official certification will be issued by the JKA Headquarter, Tokyo (There are no JKA black belt certifications that are issued outside of Japan).
The ranks progression path is as following:
White (9 Kyu / 10 Kyu)
Yellow (8 Kyu)
Orange (7 Kyu)
Green (6 Kyu)
Purple (5 Kyu)
Purple (4 Kyu)
Brown (3 Kyu)
Brown (2 Kyu)
Brown (1 Kyu) *minimum 1 year in 1 Kyu before qualifying for the Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) exam.
Black (Sho Dan+)
**minimum # of years before qualifying for the next exam = # rank. For example, minimum of 3 years is required for San Dan (3rd degree black belt) to be able to take the next exam.
In addition to the ranking examinations, there are certification examinations for 2 Dan (2nd degree black belts) and higher. Such examinations consist of Instructor, Judge, and Examiner. These certifications are conducted by the presence of many high-rank Masters in the US, along with such examiners from JKA Headquarters in Japan. As a result, these examinations occur at the national and international events. Such examinations and certifications are not related to the rank of the belt. They are optional and separate measures to ensure the quality of instructors, judges, and examiners.