CMAA Black Belt Grading
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers to frequently asked questions relating to black belt gradings.

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 as voted in by CMAA members many years ago.

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.