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All grading's are by invite only (although spectators are welcome to observe) and will take around 3 hours to complete. Students will grade on average every three to six months and will only be invited to grade when they are ready. Students will be participating for the whole duration.
Shodan (black belt) gradings will take additional commitment above and beyond the three hours specified. This will be made clearer at the time of being invited to grade.
If a student is unable to attand a grading. A decision can be made to grade that student over a number of normal classes. This is done only in exceptional circumstances and always at the Chief instructors discretion. The cost for this will be reduced to £20 to cover the costs of the students belt and certificate, as well as the additional 1-2-1 focus required in order to assess the student.
The cost of grading's are kept as low as possible and do not increase as the student progresses (with the exception of your black belt which is £50).
The cost includes a certificate of achievement, relevant coloured belt and where appropriate recognition with our clubs governing body.
In the event a student does not grade successfully, they will be invited to grade again, when appropriate and will not be charged for this re-attempt. There are no refunds provided for a failed grading.
We do not conduct "tab" gradings, and have only 9 gradings between white belt and Black belt.
All gradings will be booked for a 3 hour period. initially, our lower grades will have more "down time" during this period as our Higher grades have more to demonstrate and show.
Each grading will differ from the last, but will all be made up of a list of potential techniques students will have to demonstrate. In addition to these techniques, each grade has core techniques that every student hoping to attain their next belt must be able to demonstrate.
These techniques may include any of the following.
Fitness – A test of fitness. This is more focused on effort than ability.
Kihon (Fundamentals) – A demonstration of any number of our core techniques
Stances – Demonstrated alone, with additional techniques or as a movement
Combinations – A combination of techniques, taken from Kata of other styles. This may include interpretation of these combinations through applied bunkai
Bunkai – Showing bunkai of kata already learned in class or the student’s interpretation.
Pair work – Demonstration of attack and defence with a partner
Pad Drill - Working with pre determined pad drills, or using pads to attack and defend with force.
Kata – Demonstrated in line with others – or alone
Grappling – Grappling with a partner
Throws – A demonstration of any number of throws.
Locks and holds – Successfully completing any number of locks or holds
Self-defence – Applying techniques already learned to realistic scenarios. These become grittier (more realistic) as the student progresses.
Kumite - Sparring
Live drills – Dropping all pretense and sparring with all the issues a genuine fight may include
Kata is the start and end of all Karate. we practise Kata often, and encourage students to practice at home as well. kata teaches and reinforces core techniques such as kicking, punching and blocking as well as improving balance, strength and coordination. Each student should embrace Kata, strive to understand it and improve wherever possible.
9th Kyu - White
Base understanding of Goju Ryu and Club membership
8th Kyu - Yellow
First few moves of Gekasai Dai Ich
7th Kyu - Orange
Basic understanding of Gekasai Dai Ich
6th Kyu - Green
Gekisai Dai Ichi
5th Kyu - Blue
Gekisai Dai Ni
4th Kyu - Purple
3rd Kyu - Brown
2nd Kyu - Brown
1st Kyu - Brown
Sanchin (full form)
1st Dan - Shodan - Black Belt
Sanchin (full strength test)
2nd Dan - Nidan - Black Belt
Other Kata as advised nearer the time
3rd Dan - Sandan - Black Belt
Other Kata as advised nearer the time