Shinsa (Promotional Exam) Resources

Here are resources on promotional grading in kendo referred to as shinsa (審査) and organized as follows:

Some notes.  As usual, this set of resources will likely grow as I discover new resources.  For those familiar with Japanese, there are some articles in Japanese listed in the section: “審査 (Shinsa)” in “External – Japanese Articles and Sites on Kendo.”

Best wishes on your journey and your shinsa!

Shinsa Requirements / Criteria




  • Shigematsu Kimiaki, The Kendo Mind:  A Guide to Grading Successfully, Bunkasha, 2016.

Preparation and Planning

Personal Experiences

Videos (Online, Shinsa‘s, DVDs)

Quotes on Shinsa

Keywords:  Grading, Examination, Test

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