Every month  our students are assessed in one of three areas of karate.
After 3 (sometimes 4 assessments) an official g
rading is held.

 Students have to demonstrate Kihon, Kata, and Kumite
to a high level to achieve their grade. Grades/belt colours are split into
 ten Kyu grades. If a student fails to achieve the required standard a "half grade" may be quoted, or if the opposite is displayed an extra half may be awarded.

Belt Structure

  Belt  Grade
Novice White white
10th Kyu Red red

Half Grade

Red/White
9th Kyu             Orange Orange

Half Grade

Orange/White
8th Kyu Yellow Yellow

Half Grade

Yellow/White
7th Kyu Yellow/Orange Stripe Yellow/Orange

Half Grade

Yellow/Green
6th Kyu Green Green

Half Grade

Green/White
5th Kyu Green/Purple Stripe Green/Purple

Half Grade

Green/Blue
4th Kyu Purple Purple

Half Grade

Purple/White
3rd Kyu Blue Blue

Half Grade

Blue/Red
2nd Kyu Brown Brown

Half Grade

Brown/White
1st Kyu Brown/Black Stripe Brown/Black
1st Dan and Upwards Black Black

Once a student achieves 6th Kyu we recommend a minimum of two classes per week are attended
to ensure sufficient progress is made to achieve their next grades.

 

When a student achieves 1st Kyu the rules of grading
change and they must must have the agreement of a club
instructor before they may sit their next grading.

Higher Dan grades are more complex, the training time extends over a longer period. 

 

The Dragon Ninjas follow a slightly different structure, half grades are not
normally awarded. Students in this class must move to the older class by
their 8th Birthday. However if they demonstrate sufficient knowledge they will be
promoted to 10.5 Kyu and graduated early.

 

Belt Structure

  Belt  Grade
Novice White White
13th Kyu White/Yellow Stripe White/Yellow

Half Grade

White/Yellow/Tag
12th Kyu White/Green Stripe White/Green

Half Grade

White/Green/Tag
11th Kyu White/Blue Stripe White/Blue

Half Grade

White/Blue/Tag
11th Kyu Plus White/Brown Stripe White/Brown

Half Grade

White/Brown/Tag
10.5 Kyu White/Red Stripe White/Red