Kyusha gradings fall under the auspices of the Maltese Kendo Federation. Yudansha gradings fall under the patronage of the European Kendo Federation and the International Kendo Federation respectively, and the rules and regulations as set by mentioned bodies. 

Kyusha need to have a minimum of 40% attendance to grade in between grades. 

To grade Kyusha members need to be registered with the MKF prior to 5th kyu. 

Grading day also serves as an opportunity for Yudansha to prepare for their grading, in a mock grading set up.

The Maltese Kendo Federation grading syllabus is listed as: 

6th Kyu
1. Kirikaeshi: (Kakarite side only)
2. How to cut set forms of kihon-keiko-ho with shinai (Kakarite side only)
3. Kihon Kata: Kihon Ich and Kihon Ni with osamae kata (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

5th Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: (Kakarite side only)
2. Uchikomi Keiko – 5 strikes (Kakarite side only)
3. Kihon Kata: Kihon Ichi to Kihon San (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

4th Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi with good kiai and correct cutting distance (Kakarite side only)
2. Uchikomi Keiko – 5 strikes (Kakarite side only)
3. Kihon Kata: Kihon Ichi to Kihon Shi (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

3rd Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: left hand remains in centre with smooth, effective movements (Kakarite side only)
2. Uchikomi Keiko – 5 strikes (Kakarite side only)
3. Kakari Keiko – 7 strikes (Kakarite side only)
4. Kihon Kata: Kihon Ichi to Kihon Kyo (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

2nd Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: with a full rich kiai and proper breathing (Kakarite side only)
2. Uchikomi Keiko – 5 strikes (Kakarite side only)
3. Kakari Keiko – 7 strikes (Kakarite side only)
4. Kendo no Kata: Ippon-me to Sanbon-me (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

1st Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: with a full rich kiai, fluid movement and proper breathing (Both Sides)
2. Jigeiko (2 mins)
3. Kendo no Kata: Ippon-me to Gohon-me (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

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