Grading times are every 3 months for Anshin Ryu until they reach a certain level then it becomes every six months. In Schools it is based upon the number of Lessons that the student has to train – see the page on Belt System under Training (Belt System). The grading day is held at Darlington 4 times a year. However, the student needs to be of a certain standard before they can grade. With Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan it is based on the times as set down by MKKI Honbu dojo. We believe that standards should always come first before grading, which makes you a good martial artist. It's not about obtaining the next belt! Sensei says that it is always better to have a high standard yellow belt than a poor standard green belt.

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