Grading system

Grading system

Junior Grading Days – Yellow belt, Blue belt, Orange belt and Green belt
Friday 31st March, Friday 23rd June, Friday 15th September, Friday 1st December

Junior Grading Days – Purple Belts to Black Belts
Friday 5th May, Friday 15th September, Friday 1st December

Senior and Intermediate Grading Days
Thursday 4th May, Tuesday 12th September, Thursday 30th November

An important aspect of our training is to assess the proficiency of our students.  Our Dojo instructors consider many things when we progress a student to the next rank.  Among these are:

  • Proficiency - Assessment of how well the student has learned the techniques.  As part of the grading process, students are required to demonstrate the various techniques learned in the class.
  • Attitude - As with all Martial Arts, much of learning Karate is about self discipline, respect of others and a willingness to learn.  Dojo instructors monitor the attitudes of students through the regular training sessions.  Above all we like to see our student enjoying the process of learning Karate.
  • Attendance - We believe that it is important that students regularly train with other students under the direction of our Dojo instructors.
  • Presentation - To promote self esteem  we require that students wear the prescribed uniform.  It is expected that their uniform is clean and well presented at all times.
  • Safety - As part of our training, often students are sparing or in close contact.  For this reason we must ensure that items such as jewellery and watches are removed and toe/finger nails are cut.  It is an expectation of grading that students comply with these requirements.  The safety of our students is amongst our highest priorities.

It is important to note that students will only be considered for grading when Dojo instructors believe they are ready.  The students must in every case pass the grading assessment in order to progress to the next rank.

There are 4 grading sessions a year for ranks between 10th Kyu and 6th Kyu. These are held towards the end of each term.   From 6th Kyu onwards there 3 grading sessions a year.

A student's rank will either be a kyu, numbered from 10 to 1, or a black belt with 1 to 10 red tips (dans). A student referred to as acoloured orcolour belt has a kyu ranking, and each kyu number has an associated colour belt. The kyu system is intended to be the same between martial arts clubs so that students may be paired up in inter-club events, such as tournaments, by their rankings. The colours for the kyu belts do vary between clubs; our colouring scheme is in the table below:

10th Kyu - White Belt
9th Kyu - Yellow Belt
8th Kyu - Blue Belt
7th Kyu - Orange Belt
6th Kyu - Green Belt
5th Kyu - Purple Belt
4th Kyu - Red Belt with a white stripe
3rd Kyu - Red Belt
2nd Kyu - Brown Belt with a white stripe
1st Kyu - Brown Belt
Shodan Ho (probationary Black Belt) - Black Belt with a white stripe
Shodan (1st Dan) - Black Belt with one red bar
Nidan (2nd Dan) - Black Belt with two red bars