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Grading & Belt Colors


The Shuri Karate Dojo provides a clear pathway for students to learn and improve. Grading examinations are held at regular intervals throughout the year.

During the weeks before a grading test your sensei will begin to assess your ability and desire to grade. A promotion is NOT an automatic right. If during these initial assessment periods he deems you unready to grade you will not be permitted to test and will be informed prior to the grading date. Knowing your syllabus is not enough. Your performance, effort, attendance, dedication and the motivation you show are ALL considered.

Just being able to remember a technique, stance, drill or kata is simply not enough. You must show good performance, focus and power with a good understanding and depth of knowledge relevant to your grade and age.

Students must submit their application form and grading fee prior to the grading date to be eligible.

Qualification to grade is based on:

Small patch logo image   Time at current grade level.

Small patch logo image  Good, regular, consistent attendance.

Small patch logo image  Completion of a written test with 90% score.

Takahashi logo image  Authorisation from Sensei's.

Small patch logo image  Competence in all aspects of the syllabus for the level required.

Small patch logo image  Note: For children there are advanced grades within a belt color range.

Below are the belt colors and corresponding grades we use in our dojo. Not all karate styles and dojo use all the same colors and some use them in a different order.

Beginner - ungraded

Junior Students (aged 6 - 15)
Younger students require a little more time to develop their skills so they spend 2 grades on the same level. In between colors they receive a black stripe to add to their belt indicating an interim grade.

Senior Students
Students aged 16 years and over will receive a full colored belt each time they successfully grade indicating a senior grade. For black belts, there are no "dan" bars on the belts.

Qualified instructors are eligible for the "red belt" or "gold bars" on their belts to indicate teaching level.

Kyokyu - 9th kyu
Hachikyu - 8th kyu
Nanakyu - 7th kyu
Rokukyu - 6th kyu
Gokyu - 5th kyu
Yonkyu - 4th kyu
Sankyu - 3rd kyu
Nikyu - 2nd kyu
Ikkyu - 1st kyu
Shodan - 1st dan & above
Renshi - 5th dan & 6th dan
Kyoshi - 7th dan & 8th dan
Hanshi - 8th dan & above



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