should have a standard system of testing as soon as possible. It is also
the responsibility for those of us in karate to educate the public as
to the significance of the karate black belt.
Nishiyama 9th Dan
provide a constantly updated register of Karate Dan grades for the 21st
have created an internet version of the Karate
Do Directory to register black belt holders and make their
information available electronically, and from time to time, as a printed
directory which will be provided to centers of learning, libraries, and
If your information changes, please re-submit
your new details noting in the "confidential" section of the
application form that you are updating an existing record.
Candidates for registration must have undergone
a formal course of training with a qualified teacher that included theory,
philosophy, history, and technique.
be appropriate for age of candidate.
Applicants for grades above 5th Dan must provide the Karate Do Directory
with grade certificates issued by a governing
body or equivalent and a detailed record of training.
provide all the information requested. If you do not wish certain parts
of your data published please type it into the "confidential" area
and it will be withheld.
not use the titles "Renshi", Kyoshi", or "Hanshi" unless
you can provide documentation issued by a governing body recognised by
the JKF or Japanese
of Education, Okinawa Rengokai, etc. Under normal
circumstances these titles are not applied to instructors in Okinawan
schools. (More about "Titles").
grades of foundational styles will be receive a provisional registration
quickly and without difficulty, and appear in the Karate Do Directory.
However, the highest level of registration "Confirmed" can
take a considerable time to achieve as it is necessary to prove a direct
with the founder of a style.
Morio Higaonna 9th Dan, (Hanshi Okinawan Rengokai)
is a student of An'ichi Miyagi. Both have testified to this and ample
exists to prove their statements. An'ichi Miyagi was a student of Chogun
Miyagi from 1948-1953 a fact confirmed by Ken Miyagi (son of Chogun Miyagi)
and Shuichi Aragaki, a student of Chogun sensei during the same period.
Chojun Miyagi was a student of Kanryo Higaonna and ample historical,
and photographic evidence exists to prove this. Thus Morio Higaonna is
directly linked to Chojun Miyagi the founder of Goju Ryu and his teacher
Kanryo Higaonna and receives a"confirmed" rating.
is simple, quick, free, and available to Dan grades of
all major Japanese and Okinawa styles of karate. Click here to
here to register
here to search the directory