Kyu gradings are done by JVI member Dan grades (black belts). The grader takes responsibility for the standard of the student and his /her knowledge of JVI/JFA requirements.
The gradings are carried out in accordance with JFA Grading Policies and registered on-line by the grader. This means that the student receives a JFA certificate, making the grading official.
Dan (black belt) gradings must be done by the JVI Rank Accreditation Board and be approved by the JFA. Two copies of the JFA Dan Grade Application Form, with passport type photographs and fee, must be filled in and submitted to the JVI Rank Accreditation Board in accordance with the JVI applications and procedures, below.
For 4th Dan (yondan) and above you should also complete and attach a Judo Biography. The RAB will assign a grader, set a time and place for the grading and provide details of the grading format. The grading becomes official when you receive your JFA Certificate, which will generally be presented at a JVI tournament.
For any recognition of overseas gradings you should complete the first page of the grading application, provide a Judo Biography (see template below) and all certificates and/or letters from the grading authority. Competition points gained in events outside the State must be supported by written evidence.