The following requirements must be met before Promotion from 1st Kyu to 1st Dan will be authorized.
- All promotion requirements for 1st Kyu must be met.
- A minimum of one year must have passed since 1st Kyu acquisition.
- Candidate must be at least 10 years old at the time of Grading.
- Candidate must perform the following Kata: Pinan Yon Ura, Pinan Go Ura, Gekisai-Dai and Kihono kata Ni.
- Candidate must be able to perform 50 consecutive knuckle push ups.
- Candidate must be able to perform bo-tobi at least 20 times (Jumping forward and backward over one-meter rod held in both hands).
- Candidate must demonstrate excellent skill in Kumite. (10-man Kumite or equivalent must be held at Grading.)
- Candidate must have excellent ability to teach and must possess the personality of an assistant instructor.
- Candidate must be sure to fulfill other requirements specific to their branch, such as participation in seminars, camps and tournaments