CMAA Panel Black Belt Gradings
We can grade you even if you are NOT a CMAA member. The panel must
reach a majority decision regarding all candidates. P (pass) or F (fail) scores
will be given for each technique, kata, form etc. Final scores will be given as A,
B or C as follows:
A= No fail scores
B+ = 1 fail score
B = No more than 4 fail scores
C+ = 5 fail scores
C = No more than 8 fails scores
Fail = More than 8 fail scores
Sitting on the Grading Panel
Any CMAA Instructor may sit on the panel (max 2 from each club with a total
of 10 altogether) but in doing so please note:
1. All must book attendance
prior to the day and will be listed on this page.
2. All must wear a white shirt.
3. All must wear an official CMAA tie.
Ties can be ordered by clicking here.
4. All must wear dark grey or black trousers with appropriate shoes.
5. Only 2 Instructors from each club at any one time.
Any Instructor not adhering to the above will not be able to sit on the panel.
The CMAA does not charge different fees for each level of Black Belt/Dan
Grade taken in front of our panel in Manchester. Fees may vary at other
CMAA Members: £80
Non-CMAA Members: £200
Ratification fees can be seen by clicking on 'Certificates/Listing' to the left of
this page.
All fees are non-refundable.)
Booking a Place
Booking forms & fee must be at the CMAA office at least 8 days prior to the
grading. No applications will be accepted on the day.
BOOKING FORM IMPORTANT!! Please Note When Booking
1. Bookings will not be accepted unless done so using the booking form and
the correct fee is sent prior to the day. No bookings will be accepted on the
2. If your grading involves physical interaction with another person as in pad
work, self defence etc, you must then bring someone to carry out that role with
you on the day as candidates can't work together during these sections.
Grading Format on the day
Parents, Friends & Instructors ARE allowed to spectate, but are asked to
remain quiet.
Kata, Forms & Weapons
Empty Hand Combinations & Start of Kickboxing Sections
Ippon Kumite, Self Defence, Kata Bunkai & Ju-Jitsu Techniques
Pad work, all styles
Breaking, If relevant to Style
Time Served
Please note that when applying for a time served award the applicant
must be able to show the relevant number of years of active
training/teaching since their last grade as per the following.
Our time served requirements between each Dan/Black Belt grade are:
1st to 2nd Dan - 2 Years of active service/training.
2nd Dan to 3rd Dan - 3 years of active service/training.
3rd Dan to 4th Dan - 4 years of active service/training awarded based on "time
5th Dan will be awarded after 5 years of active service/training.
5 years of active service/training also applies to grades of 6th, 7th, 8th etc...
(The required years for time served awards may be reduced on a case by case basis, time served
awards may be applied for from January 1st of the year due
Member Instructors may perform their own Black Belt gradings at their own clubs. If you have any questions relating to
Black Belt gradings please
view our FAQ page by clicking here. Alternatively members can make use of the CMAA panel
who grade twice per year in Manchester, see below. Grades of 4th Dan and over are awarded for time served. Please click
the 'NBBR Main Page' link above for further details.
Junior Black Belt Gradings
Unlike other groups the CMAA does not have 'minimum' age requirements relating to Cadet Dan grades, that decision is left
at the discretion of club Instructors.
Click here to view our Dan Grade Certificates
Date, Venue & Confirmed
Next Grading Will Be:
Saturday 7th October 2017
Start Time: 12 noon prompt
Location: The St John Ambulance Building,
Zetland Street, Dukinfield, Manchester
SK16 4EH.
(Name and grade attempting)
Nicole Gath - Black Kickboxing
Laura Hardman - 2nd Dan FMA
David Millwood - 2nd Dan FMA
Mercedes Cox - 2nd Dan Kickboxing

Andrew Morrell - CMAA President
Peter Turton - 5th Dan
Chris Lowe - 4th Dan
Daniel Powell - 4th Dan
Danny Robertson - 3rd Dan