Welcome to MWKF Promotion

**  AUSKF promotion requirement update taking effect January 1, 2019, please see message below **

AUSKF had board meeting in November, and we voted to approve new regulations for the promotion tests.  This was in response to the new guideline from International Kendo Federation (FIK) revised in September this year. Following is the summary of the changes that will take effect as of January 2019.   This will apply to all Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo.


1 Dan eligibility: Minimum age 13 years and older.  (Current: 14)

Consideration for senior members older than 65 years old, who wish to test for high rank promotion test is approved.  Continuous regular practice is required before testing for the new rank over the following number of years.  (Currently, no consideration has been given for senior members)

5 Dan: 2 years or more after 4 dan
6 Dan: 2 years or more after 5 dan

7 Dan: 3 years or more after 6 dan

Please apply those new regulations in your federation as of January 1, 2019. Wish you all happy holidays and new year!

Michio Kajitani



 MWKF Promotion Exam Information

The next available promotion opportunity will take place at the 21st Annual Detroit Open Taikai to be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Please follow the instructions below carefully to participate in this promotion test.

Registration Closed 01/18/2019

Note: Check MUST be delivered on or by 01/18/2019.  (WILL NOT go by Postmark date)

In order for the payment to be delivered on time, the check needs to be MAILED OUT at least by 01/12/2019.

Registration Details

The application process for testing will consist of three (3) steps –

① Online application

  • You must have your sensei’s approval before filling out the online application (your sensei’s name and email need to be filled out)
  • The MWKF online system will email your sensei to obtain approval (action required by sensei)
  • The MWKF online system will then email you an application receipt confirmation (this is not approval for taking the test, merely a confirmation that the information from you and your sensei have been received)

② Make sure to upload your current menjo to the  AUSKF database

③ If you are testing for 1Kyu and above, email your essay to Essay information can be found below under Related Forms.

④ Mail out two (2) checks for payment

(Attn: Bobby Lee, 244 Red Top Dr.  Libertyville, IL 60048-3749)


⑤  MWKF Promotion will notify upon the completion of your entire application process via email.

If you have any questions, please email


Time Line

When:  Saturday February 16, 2019
Where: Seaholm High School
2436 West Lincoln, Birmingham, Michigan 48009
This location is the same as the tournament

Please note schedule is subject to change and updates will be sent out via email and facebook!

Building Doors Open 12:00 PM
Registration: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Warm up: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Please join seminar and keiko, hosted by the Detroit Kendo Dojo, as warm up.

Court Set Up: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Exam Training: 3:40 PM to 3:50 PM
(all examinees/those taking test must attend)

Examiner Meeting: 3:40 PM to 3:55 PM
(all examiners/those judging tests must attend)

Line Up: 3:50 PM to 4:00 PM
Start Exam: 4:00 PM
End Exam: 6:00 PM
Out of Building: 6:30 PM


Related Forms

– Standards of Eligibility for Examination
Essay Form
Essay Question
AUSKF Request (Non MWKF Member)

Video Guides

Guide for 2-6 Kyu
Guide for 1 Kyu

The entire registration process is a part of the promotion examination. Completeness of your application will be evaluated and included in the examiner’s evaluation form. Please read all instructions on the website carefully.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

We wish for you all to have a great exam with excellent results. Do your best and good luck.

Burm Kim
MWKF VP of Promotion

Regional member federation of the All United States Kendo Federation