AJJF Blackbelt Examinations

AJJF Blackbelt examinations for the ranks of Shodan through Yodan are administered on a regional basis according to a standard set of guidelines.  Other examinations are conducted at the National Convention or by arrangement with Board of Professors and the Examinations Committee Chair.  The complete examination procedure and rank requirements may be found in the AJJF Schoolheads Handbook in the section titled Examination for Blackbelt. Please contact the Chair of the Exams Committee, Dominic Beltrami, at (707) 738-0621 with questions or for additional information.

A set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is also now available online.

Reservations for an exam slot can be made by contacting the individual specified for the desired examination.  The deadline for registration is generally 2 weeks prior to the scheduled exam date. An insufficient number of registered candidates may result in cancellation of an exam date.

AJJF Senseis please note: If you have students interested in examining and do not see a local date scheduled, please contact your regional Examination Committee Member for information on scheduling or hosting an exam date.

National Convention Examinations

    A limited number of examinations slots are available for candidates for the rank of Yodan and candidates for other ranks that have considerations that may preclude examination at a regional exam date.  Contact Dominic Beltrami to request examination at the National Convention.

Upcoming Regional Examinations

National Convention Exams

National Exams @ Convention
San Ramon Marriott
Friday, March 13, 2015

Applications due January 27, 2015

Contact Dominic Beltrami
Chair, AJJF Examinations Committee

Northwest Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Southwest Region

SouthWest Region Spring Seminar
Santa Clarita, CA
Friday, April 24, 2015
Contact : Exams Coordinator, Ralph Rosas

Hawaii Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Rockies Region

Rockies Regional Black Belt Exams
Conducted in conjuction with the Estes Ohana 2015
February 6-8, 2015
Please mail complete exam packets no later than January 27, 2015

Date: 6 February 2015
Time: 1300
Location: Shin Budo Kai
931 675 S
Lehi, UT 84043

Exam Contact: Johnny Matijevich, Exam Coordianator

Packet mailing address:
Red Dragon Martial Arts
5873 S Prince St. #317
Littleton, CO 80120

Central Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Northeast Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Southeast Region

No exams scheduled at this time

The AJJF Examinations Committee

This page provides contact information for the AJJF Examinations Committee. The Examinations Committee members are responsible for the administration, in person or by proxy, of regional examinations for the rank of Shodan through Sandan. The complete set of responsiblities of the committee may be found in the AJJF School Handbook. Use the e-mail address <> to send a message to the Examinations Committee chair.

AJJF Examinations Committee Members



E-mail Address

Phone Number
Committee Chair Dominic Beltrami <> (707) 738-0621
NorthWest Region Dominic Beltrami <> (707) 738-0621
SouthWest Region Ralph Rosas <> (310) 382-6713
Rockies Region Johnny Matijevich <> (720) 985-9685
Hawaii Region Faye Garan <> (808) 528-1383
Central US Ward Melenich <> (218) 525-9472
NorthEast Region Steve Huegel <> (610) 570-9377
SouthEast Region David Shaw <> (803) 730-4222
Outside the United States Contact Committee Chair
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