Wado-Ryu Progression Timeline

Many students ask how long it will take to reach black belt. Like many other traditional styles, the journey to earning your 1st Dan is long, and success is not guaranteed.

The timeline below demonstrates the minimum timescales between grades, but it should be understood that not all students would progress at this pace.

10th Kyu

Starting Grade

9th Kyu

12 Weeks

8th Kyu

12 Weeks

7th Kyu

12 Weeks

6th Kyu

12 Weeks

5th Kyu

12 Weeks

4th Kyu

12 Weeks

3rd Kyu

26 Weeks

2nd Kyu

26 Weeks

1st Kyu

26 Weeks

Shodan

26 Weeks

Nidan

2 years

Sandan

3 years

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