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The following is a revised list of JNS grading board members (Updated: Feb. 15, 2019):


Chairperson: Bill Anderson 5th. Degree Godan)

Brian Degaust----5th. Degree----Godan

Dave Anderson---5th. Degree---Godan

Scott Tanner----4th.Degree---Yondan

Jason Scott------3rd.Degree----Sandan

Charlene Oliver(Tanner)-3rd. Degree Sandan

Doug MacAuley ---2nd. Degree Nidan

Kendall Shields---2nd. Degree Nidan

Spares: Mike Lavoie & Brad Frankland


Judo uses a progression system to promote participants who have attained specific skill and knowledge proficiencies.  This progression is tracked using different colours of belts. The progression system is divided in two :

  • Kyu Grades (White to Brown)
  • Dan Ranks (Black)

The Kyu grades are White, White-Yellow, Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Orange, Orange-Green, Green, Green-Blue, Blue, Blue-Brown & Brown.  These levels are designed to progressively learn the judo techniques and culture.  The Kyu grades are defined in the Kyu Grading Syllabus and are managed by the clubs throughout Canada.

The Dan ranks include the 10 degrees of the Black belt: Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan, Rokudan, Shichidan, Hachidan, Kudan & Judan.  These levels are designed to perfect judo techniques and to help develop the culture.  The Dan ranks are defined in the Dan Grading Syllabus and are managed by the Provincial/Territorial Grading Boards as well as Judo Canada's Grading Board.

Please see Grading Process for an explanation of the steps involved in the grading process.