Gradings

We operate a 2 tier age related grading system as follows:

5-11yrs (Primary School age)

Junior grades, denoted by a white belt with relevant coloured stripe (see below), may be attempted when the required level is met after a minimum of 3 months regular training between all (non black belt) grades, and 6 months between Jnr Brown belt and Jnr 1st Dan black belt, 2 years between Jnr 1st Dan (minimum age 10yrs old) and Jnr 2nd Dan black belt. Invitation to grade is dependant on reaching the required level which may take more or less time for some than for others. It is advisable to train at least twice a week, and discounts are available to do so. Where this is not possible, students should train at home as often as they can to demonstrate the required ability to progress

Senior grades 11yrs+ inc Adults

As above but belts are full colour (not stripes) and progression in grades is also based on how often you train. For example, between coloured (non black) belts, you would need to train twice per week for 3 months or grade approximately every 24 lessons (ie every 6 months when training once per week). The same between Black belt Dan grades where standard progression is based on training twice per week minimum for the required period of time. The more you train, the quicker you progress!

Please note, When Junior students move up to Senior classes they will be individually assessed and transferred to the appropriate full grade as deemed by the Instructor

The syllabus gets progressively more challenging as students move up through the ranks but all requirements will consist of age and ability related techniques such as Kihon (basics) Kata (set patterns and combinations of Karate techniques) and Kumite (sparring - relevant to age and experience, safety equipment provided) as well as tests of fitness, understanding of required techniques and applications.

The Belts

White Belt

White belt - Entry level grade at which all new and inexperienced members join.

Orange Belt.

Orange belt.

Red Belt.

Red belt.

Yellow belt.

Yellow belt.

Green belt.

Green belt.

Blue belt.

Blue belt.

Purple belt.

Purple belt.

Brown Belt.

Brown Belt.

Brown/1 White stripe (Seniors Only).

Brown/1 White stripe (Seniors Only).

Brown/2 White stripes (Seniors Only).

Brown/2 White stripes (Seniors Only).

Black belt
1st Dan Black belt/Assistant Instructor.
2nd Dan Black belt/Instructor Level 1.
3rd Dan Black belt/Instructor Level 2.


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