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The next gradings are taking place in March 2024.

Grading information for all students 2024.  Most students can achieve their next full or half coloured belt on the day if they diligently study in class.

A double grade is also achievable if the full syllabus is completed on the grading day.

Upon request, higher stages or grades are available but are subject to a strict regime and require approval from the chief sensei.

A quicker attainment of a higher grade can be facilitated by a bit more hard work, but only if both the student and chief sensei deem them ready.

Everyone grading should of received a time slot to grade. Please do not be late as have a very tight schedule to fit everyone in. If you are late will will have to turn the student away.

GRADINGS (EXAMS) WILL BE HELD FOR ALL GRADES EXCEPT FOR STUDENTS TRYING FOR 1ST DAN in March 2024.
The gradings are fast approaching, here is a list of items you must have to grade).
1. Please have a clean Gi including Top, trousers, your pre grading belt with club badge on the left side
2. You must wear your club T-shirt under your Gi.
3. You must have your mitts for the Kumite section. You can purchase mitts from the desk.
4. We will ask children to remove their leggings, tracksuits or anything else underneath their Gi as it will be hot inside & outside and they may overheat in class.
5. You must have up to date insurance in the back of your Licence with photos and hand it in to your karate Instructor before the grading day.
6. An email with Instructions about your grading day will be sent prior to the grading day. Please ensure you arrive on time and at the correct venue you have chosen.
only if it is impossible you may choose another grading day but with the Chief Instructor’s permission
ALL STUDENTS WISHING TO GRADE WILL NEED:
  • THE SHOTOKAN OFFICIAL MINIMUM OF LESSONS TO GRADE BETWEEN EACH GRADING normally 20/21

YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW YOUR SYLLABUS WHICH IS TAUGHT AT EACH CLASS

  • Most students can achieve their next full or half coloured belt on the day if they diligently study in class. A double grade is also achievable if the full syllabus is completed on the grading day. Upon request, higher stages or grades are available but are subject to a strict regime and require approval from the chief sensei. A quicker attainment of a higher grade can be facilitated by a bit more hard work, but only if both the student and chief sensei deem them ready.
  • ANY FEES TO BE IN BY THE WEEK BEFORE THE GRADING.
  • Every student who passes their grade will receive a free belt and certificate.
  • On the grading day, we will use the scoring system at three tables for Khion, Kata, and Kumite. The chief instructor’s decision is final and unchangeable on the grading day. You can attempt again at the next grading.
  • At the grading’s end, a presentation ceremony will occur. Each passing student will receive a new color belt and certificate.

The next Dan gradings TBA

All Dan grading exams must be made in writing to Sh Christine.
and must have a minimum of 9 months regular training (60 lessons minimum) and knowledge of Gichin Funakoshi, the Precepts Dojo Etiquette and Dojo Kun and be assessed by Sensei Christine.

ALL 1ST KYU’S AND 1ST DANS WILL TAKE A WRITTEN TEST ON THE PRECEPTS, DOJO KUN AND GICHIN FUNAKOSHI. (IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY OF THIS INFORMATION PLEASE LET SHIHAN CHRIS KNOW ASAP) THEN THIS WILL LEAD INTO THE GRADING (THIS WILL BE RECORDED) THE RESULTS FOR 1ST DAN STUDENTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN ON THE DAY                    

 https://sjkkarate.co.uk/dojo-kun-etiquette/

The following shows the Shotokan official minimum period of time it takes to reach the various different Dan levels including the late Shihan David’s level of 7th Dan:

     3 years to reach Black Belt 1st Dan (After 3 years)

     2 more years to reach 2nd Dan       (After 5 years)

     3 more years to reach 3rd Dan        (After 8 years)

     4 more years to reach 4th Dan        (After 12 years)

     5 more years to reach 5th Dan        (After 17 years)

     6 more years to reach 6th Dan        (After 23 years)

     7 more years to reach 7th Dan        (After 30 years)

At least 30 years of training and teaching are required to reach the grade of 7th  Dan