+ The JKA (Japan Kendama Association) will be sending a couple of its members to the NAKO and they will offer kendama tests (Kyu & Dan level tests) and an introductory kendama teacher's course (Fukyūin – 普及員コース) for those interested in being certified to offer Pre-Kyu through Junshodan (pre-Dan) tests to their students, clubs, etc. The class will be free and will run 60-90 minutes. Those interested in attending please read through the "History" and "Learn" sections of the new JKA Website. Knowing the material beforehand will streamline the class and allow for more time to cover new topics and questions. The JKA members attending will be Vice-Chairman Hiroyuki Yano 9th Dan from Osaka and (cough) me (goenKendama). It will be a good chance to hopefully get a bit more insight into the JKA and ask questions too. UPDATE: Teacher training - Delta Hotels, Duluth Room, 12:30pm-2pm OCT 3 (Thursday) Level testing (Dan/Kyu) - Delta Hotels, Duluth Room, 3:30pm-5:30pm OCT 4 (Friday) Level testing (Dan/Kyu) - Delta Hotels, Duluth Room, 11am-1pm OCT 5 (Saturday) Here is some additional information from a previous post: I received word from a JKA official about costs related to the tests. The test itself is free. It is the certificate, registration and annual membership components that require payment and those are optional. These are two examples he provides. Here are the costs if choosing to become a JKA member. (Dan fees are discounted) JKA membership fee 5,000 JPY 1st dan 4,000 JPY 2nd dan 6,000 JPY 3rd dan 8,000 JPY 4th dan 10,000 JPY 5th dan 20,000 JPY So if you passed 4th dan, and wanted to register, you would pay: 5,000+4,000+6,000+8,000+10,000=33,000 JPY Here are the costs if choosing not to become a JKA member. (Dan fees are not discounted) JKA membership fee 0 JPY 1st dan 6,000 JPY 2nd dan 9,000 JPY 3rd dan 12,000 JPY 4th dan 15,000 JPY 5th dan 30,000 JPY So if you passed 4th dan, and wanted to register, you would pay: 0+6,000+9,000+12,000+15,000=42,000 JPY Normally the JKA requires each Dan level to be completed before the next higher is attempted, the tests need 3 examiners to administer for Dan 1-5, and at least one month should have elapsed between attempts. In an effort to help foreign players achieve Dan ranks they have made some allowances and adjustments to their standard system in certain circumstances. *** If you only wish to take the Dan test(s) without registering your rank or joining the JKA membership then upon passing a given rank you will receive an A4 size form that states the level you passed. Hang on to that form. If you choose in the future to become registered and receive the corresponding Japanese certificate (pictured below) the associated fees would need to be paid. Dan Level Trick Table For reference Dan certs: Here are the schedules for NAKO.