GRADE EXAMINATIONS

The ENF bases its technical criteria for passing Dan grades on the criteria of the INF, which itself bases its criteria for passing grades on those of the AJNF. 

What does this mean?

Well, you can find the technical details of learning the Atarashii Naginata necessary to obtain a grade in the red and green books of the naginata (that each federation received)

Most of the elements that are in these books are also included in Alex Bennett’s book (Naginata, History and Practice). 

However they are regularly updated and above all they are based on the knowledge for each grade passage up to the fourth Dan.

If you want to pass a grade, you must have the agreement of your sensei, be affiliated to a federation and know the technical elements included in these books.

Each year during the ENF seminar there is a grading for which the theoretical knowledge is based on these documents.

In the written exam the total points one can get for answering all answers correctly is 1000. If there are 4 questions each question can give you 250 points. 

Each answer should contain a number of elements corresponding to the answer in the red or green book. The points per question are divided over these key elements.

For instance, if the question is to list 10 parts of the Naginata. Each correct part is worth 25 points. Then, all 10 parts mentioned together are 250 points earned for this question.

To pass one should get 700 points out of 1000 points.

However, if a person gets between 650 and 700 points on the written exam and then does an exceptionally well practical exam after, this can compensate for the missing points.

The contents of the KYU exams are specific to the host country of the ENF seminar. Some member federations require a theoretical examination for the KYU grades and others do not.