Ranking exams are given every three months until Shodan (1st degree black belt).
Videos of the katas are available here.
|Current Rank||Belt Color||Practicing Kata|
|8th kyu||White||Heian nidan|
|7th kyu||White||Heian sandan|
|6th kyu||Green||Heian yondan|
|5th kyu||Green||Heian godan|
|4th kyu||Green||Tekki shodan|
|Shodan (1st degree)||Black||Favorite kata|
|Nidan (2nd degree)||Black||Favorite (minimum: 2 years Shodan)|
|Sandan (3rd degree)||Black||Favorite (minimum: 3 years Nidan)|
|Yondan (4th degree)||Black||Favorite (minimum: 5 years Sandan)|
|Godan + (5th degree +)||Black||Favorite (by invitation)|
* Starting at brown belt and above, the JKA requires an official membership (lower belts can also get one if they’d like). A one year membership card costs $10 and a 5 year membership passport is $30. Cards and passports are valid worldwide and can be stamped to show participation in events such as tournaments.