The aim of the syllabus is to provide the framework for instructors and students. This syllabus allows each student to develop at their own pace and ability towards these goals. Gradings are an important opportunity to help students gauge their own progress.
The structure of the syllabus helps students to work progressively towards their black belt, through mental and physical development. It is worth noting that although many people see black belt as the ultimate goal, for martial artists, it is the beginning of their learning.
The word Dan means first step. Our Syllabus is used for students 5 years and above.
Suggested time between grades:
12th Kyu – 11th Kyu
12 Hours Minimum each grade
10th Kyu – 4th Kyu
20 Hours Minimum each grade
3rd Kyu – 1st Kyu
40 Hours Minimum each grade
1st Kyu – Shodan
1 Year minimum
Students will also need to attend certain courses to be eligible to grade.
Time between dan grades:
Shodan to Nidan
2 years minimum
Nidan to Sandan
3 years minimum
It is also at the instructors discretion to invite students to grade before the minimum time required.
Order of Kyu belts
We offer students that attend their karate classes as a Breakfast or after school club to also have the chance to progress and take part in grading’s.
As School clubs only run during term times and class times are usually less than classes that run outside of school, we have an extended Grading system 16th-13th Kyu.
This system has been put into practice so that students also have the chance of continuous development of progression and achievement.
16th Kyu – White Belt/Red Stripe
15th Kyu – White Belt/Yellow Stripe
14th Kyu – White Belt/Green Stripe
13th Kyu – White Belt/Purple Stripe
After passing 13th Kyu, Students will join our Syllabus system which starts from 12th Kyu.
Students that attend out of school classes, start from 12th Kyu
12th Kyu – White Belt/Blue Stripe
11th Kyu – White Belt/Brown Stripe
10th Kyu – Red Belt
9th Kyu – Blue Belt
8th Kyu – Purple Belt/White Stripe
7th Kyu – Purple Belt
6th Kyu – Yellow Belt
5th Kyu – Orange Belt
4th Kyu – Green Belt
3rd Kyu – Brown Belt/White Stripe
2nd Kyu – Brown Belt
1st Kyu – Brown Belt/Black Stripe