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How to Join the USA Kudo Federation

1. You must be registered at an Official Kudo Branch but how often you practice can vary due to geographical location of your closest branch. We just ask that you try your best to attend as often as you can.

2. If you have a blackbelt in a different martial art you do not have to start as a white belt, however, it depends on your grade, level of experience and the relevance of the martial art studied to the art of Kudo.  Kudo is a Japanese mixed martial art and students are expected to learn striking, throwing, and grappling using a kimono or do-gi.  You will likely be asked to take a "placement" exam to determine the rank that is appropriate to your knowledge and skill level.

3. If you wish to open an Official Kudo Branch you must be at least a 1st Kyu (Brown Belt) and been approved by an existing Regional Branch Chief.  New branches must be authorized and registered at KIF Headquarters, Japan. The new branch is assigned the status of 'Pre-approved' and is under the guidance of an assigned regional branch until the leader becomes Shodan (first degree blackbelt) or above. A pre-approved branch cannot conduct Kudo gradings or competitions without the presence of a Regional Branch Chief.

4.  If you wish to purchase Official Kudo equipment, you must be a registered member of an Official Kudo Branch.  Once you have registered you can buy directly from any of the Regional Branch Chiefs. You can only participate in Kudo events with the Official Kudo equipment.

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