How our gradings work

Have you seen the white outfits and the various coloured belts? If you are new to Karate, here is a description of how it all works. White to green belts will grade, on average, three times a year. Blue to third brown belts will grade twice a year. Younger students get a red stripe if they pass a grading and when they have three red stripes, they move up to the next belt.

Karate Belt Gradings

There is a compulsory minimum waiting period of one year between third brown and black belt.

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White belt

9th Ky

Junior yellow belt in Karate

Junior Yellow belt

8th Ky

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Yellow belt

8th Kyu

Junior orange belt in Karate

Junior Orange belt

7th Kyu

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Orange belt

7th Ky

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Green belt

6th Kyu

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Blue belt

5th Kyu

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Purple belt

4th Ky

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First brown belt

3rd Kyu

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Second brown belt

2nd Kyu

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Third brown belt

1st Kyu

Junior black belt in Karate

Junior Black belt

First Dan

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Black belt

First Dan

Students will be invited by their Sensei if they are ready to grade, keeping the following in mind:
  • Attitude
  • Standard
  • Time
  • Attendance
  • Age (for juniors).

All gradings include:

  • basics
  • stepping basics
  • stances
  • kata’s
  • kumite (sparring)
  • bunkai (practical application of kata)
  • supplementary training
  • fitness test of increasing difficulty.