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1st dan+

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There are three dan grades in Jitsu, usually signified by a black belt. These are further subdivided, with the divisions marking an extra teaching qualification over and above that of club instructor. Promotion within the individual dan grades also requires further involvement in the administrative running of the association, at either a regional or national level. The “base” dan grades are awarded according to technical skills, whereas promotion within a dan grade is decided by assessment.

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