Grading and Grades


From beginner up to 1st Dan, the grade of a practitioner is shown by the colour of the belt they wear.

Practitioners below 1st Dan are known as "Kyu" or "Student" grades. Those above Kyu grade are "Dan" grades and wear a black belt.

The list of grades shown below are those used by our club.

Other styles vary from this, some have additional grades and others have less.

Unlike many other styles of Karate, assessment for a new grade is a continual process carried out by your club instructor, with a final confirmation by all Dan grades at a weekend course.

Tabs are coloured stripes across the end of the belt to show
that the wearer is above the basic belt grade.

 
Adult Grades
Grade Colour
Beginner
6th Kyu
5th Kyu
4th Kyu
3rd Kyu
2nd Kyu
1st Kyu
All Dan Grades
 
Junior Grades
Grade Colour +1 Tab +2 Tabs
Beginner
6th Kyu
5th Kyu
4th Kyu
3rd Kyu
2nd Kyu
1st Kyu
All Dan Grades