Yon Dan

Yon Dan

Yon Dan

(Fourth Degree Black Belt)


  • A financial member in long standing with the Kyushin Ryu School of Jujitsu
  • A person of faultless moral character
  • A level of fitness appropriate to this grade
  • A proven leader of activities within the Jujitsu community
  • A regular instructor of classes for senior yudansha
  • A current NCAP coach
  • The holder of San Dan for a minimum period of 3 years, or 6 years since achieving Sho Dan

The grading panel for Yon Dan and above must consist of a minimum of three examiners. The Principal of the School shall be the Chairperson, and at least one other Panel Member shall hold at least one rank higher than the level to be attained by the candidate. A successful pass shall exist only where the Chairperson and at least one other nominated panel member concur.

The various Parts to a black belt grading may be conducted during one or more sessions at a time, at the discretion of the Panel Chairperson – taking into account the age and physical capabilities of the candidate.

Part A – Theoretical Knowledge


Provide a faultless demonstration of all previous grading requirements, clearly indicating an in-depth appreciation of the character-building aspects of Jujitsu


Provide a paper of not less than 2,500 words on the history and development of Jujitsu within Australia, and a strategic assessment of the positive aspects of its current direction

Part B – Practical Knowledge


Demonstrate an impeccable level of knowledge and practical ability in the art of break-falling techniques, emphasising movement from one fall to another, at the direction of the Panel Chairperson


Provide a faultless demonstration of ability and knowledge of the following:

All techniques are to be performed on right and left sides

All techniques performed from a standing position may be selected at random by the Panel Chairperson to be demonstrated to follow on to an appropriate technique on the ground

  • 9 Hip Throws
  • 11 Leg Throws
  • 4 Shoulder Throws
  • 12 Hand Throws
  • 14 Sacrifice Throws
  • 9 Takedowns
  • 20 Target Areas
  • 9 Punches
  • 9 Kicks
  • 9 Blocks
  • 25 Arm Locks
  • 14 Leg Locks
  • 16 Strangles
  • 9 Head Locks
  • 11 Standing Restraint Holds
  • 14 Ground Restraint Holds


A history of successful participation in skills-based competitions at inter- club level

Part C – Technical Knowledge


The ability to perform all previous kata as tori and uke, with a faultless demonstration of skill


Demonstrate the following kata as tori and uke:

  • Kime no Kata

Part D – Application of knowledge

The ability to perform all previous counters and control of aggressors in various situations, in a faultless manner. Greater emphasis for this grading is the focus on subduing aggressors to finality in an immobilisation or lethal hold.