CMAA Black Belt Grading Frequently Asked Questions
All CMAA registered Instructors may grade their own students to KYU and Dan (Black Belt) grade level, once
qualified/accepted as an Instructor no further qualifications are required.

I have been told that only a person 2 or 3 grades higher than me can grade me, is this correct?
No, different Martial Arts groups have different rules. However these are ‘internal’ rules only and certainly not ‘law’ of
any kind, as some would have you believe. CMAA grading officer guidelines are that once accepted as an Instructor that
person may then grade up to and including their own current grade.

Is it true that there is a minimum age for a child to hold a Dan grading?
No, the CMAA does not have 'minimum' age requirements relating to child Dan grades, that decision is left at the discretion
of club Instructors.

When I am graded to Black Belt I’ve been told that only a person of 3rd Dan and over can do this, is this correct?
No it’s not, as already mentioned above, different Martial Arts groups have different rules. However these are ‘internal’
rules only and certainly not ‘law’ of any kind, as some would have you believe. CMAA grading officer guidelines are that
once accepted as an Instructor that person may then grade up to and including their own current grade.

When I am graded to Black Belt will I receive a CMAA certificate?
Yes, your Instructor may order this for you or you may do so yourself via the 'Certificates/Listings' page above.

Is my Instructor allowed to issue me with his/her own Dan grade certificate instead of a CMAA one?
Yes, however the CMAA logo and name will not be on it due to Trade Mark law.

Will I be listed on the Black Belt Register?
Yes, all CMAA members are listed free of charge regardless of whether you have been issued with a CMAA certificate or a
club one.