The senior grades are split into Kyu and Dan grades. Those who hold kyu grades are collectively called the Mudansha (literally person without dan) and those who hold dan grades are collectively called the Yudansha (literally person who has dan.)
The 6 kyu grades apply to seniors from age 16 (and possibly juniors from age 14.)
Note that the pictorial guide is based on a superseded syllabus which contained leg-grabs which are no longer legal under IJF contest rules. Please refer to the standard syllabus document for the techniques used for grading examination purposes.
There are 10 dan grades, with 1st through 5th dan being gained through either competitive or technical promotion and are awarded by the British Judo Association.
The ‘High Grades’, 6th dan and above, are awarded by the British Judo Association (6th), the European Judo Union (7th) and the International Judo Federation (8th, 9th and 10th.)
|Grade||Belt Colour||Japanese Name|
|6th dan||Red and white blocks||Rokudan|
|7th dan||Red and white blocks||Shichidan|
|8th dan||Red and white blocks||Hachidan|