Kyudokan Grading Criteria, Syllabus and Fees

 

Criteria

KGKA Karateka (the student) will be eligible to grade providing they have fulfilled all technical requirements.

They must train at least once per week at a KGKA dojo, with an approved instructor.

Karateka who transfer to the KGKA from other Karate Associations may retain their current grade, but must re-grade within 12 months of the transfer and be assessed for their KGKA standard. They will be awarded an appropriate grade, which could be the same grade, a lower grade or the next grade up. They will then continue grading with the KGKA within the usual time scales.

Karateka of 3rd Dan and above who wish to transfer to the KGKA will be advised by the Chief or Assistant Chief Instructor regarding their integration into the KGKA grading system.

The examiner/s may ask to see some or all of the Kihon, Kata and Kumite listed in the KGKA Syllabus. Candidates may be required to demonstrate material from previous gradings to ensure overall development - a brown belt for example may be asked to perform a green belt kata

Allowance will be made for candidates who are unable to perform certain techniques due to physical or other restrictions.

It must be emphasized that the KGKA Syllabus is intended as a guideline to prepare students for their gradings and that the most important factor is the examinee's quality of performance.

Kyu gradings may only be taken with permission of the student's senior club instructor.

Novices may grade after two months of training.

It is possible for exceptional students to be graded straight to 8th Kyu, but this is at the discretion of the examiner.

There must be a minimum of three-monthly intervals between each grading from 9th kyu to 3rd kyu.

Students who fail a Kyu grading may re-take their examination after a period of time is taken to attain the required standard

There are no age restrictions for Kyu grades - though the minimum age to begin training is four.

The minimum period between 3rd Kyu and 1st Dan is 18 months.

The minimum periods between Dan gradings are:

1st Dan to 2nd Dan      2 years

2nd Dan to 3rd Dan      3 years

3rd Dan to 4th Dan      4 years

Students who fail 1st or 2nd Dan gradings must wait a minimum of three months before re-taking the examination, unless a different period is specified by the examiner.

Those who are required to re-take the kata or kumite section only of their Dan grading must do so within twelve months. After this period, the full grading must be re-taken.

There are no age restrictions for taking 1st or 2nd Dan. The minimum age for taking 3rd Dan is 21. KGKA approved white hand mitts and shin instep are compulsory for Kumite. Dan gradings may only be taken at specially approved courses

 

Syllabus

The Kyudokan grading syllabus is a summary of what will be covered in the course of your training.

Progress is determined by practicing the requirements for each belt to a level acceptable to the Chief Instructor. Each belt are milestones to the next and must be thoroughly practiced before going onto the next.

To achieve your belt, you must be able to demonstrate all requirement of the grade to a level acceptable to the Chief Instructor. This can be by way of an examination and or assessment of the students training during classes. On areas where improvement is needed, an overall assessment is made to determine if the student would benefit from going to the next grade.

People put too much importance on the colour of the belt. It must be remembered that like educational qualifications, there are different levels when passing a degree. It is unwise to just judge or compare others on the colour of the belt without considering how it was achieved.

Our grading system considers many things, not just awarding grades on physical ability. While some students may find learning something easy, others may take more time to achieve the same thing.

On reaching the coveted black belt, while being a great achievement it is the first grade of understanding, a start again to study more deeply what you have been practicing for the previous years.

The grading syllabus is non exhaustive and is continually reviewed for the benefit of the student.

19th KYU – RED BELT

Grade requirement To be able to count from 1 – 10 in Japanese

Stances Basic Karate Stances. The basic stances or feet positions are very important and continuous practice will improve muscle memory.

Punches Upper, Middle and Lower punches are practiced with speed and power. Ten of each are required at all three levels.

Blocks Upper, Middle, Lower.

Kicks Front and roundhouse kick are practiced with speed and power. Ten of each are required/

To make steady progress, the student must practice at home as often as they can. Just by attending classes is not enough to develop the grading requirements. Practicing each technique will help develop consistency, timing and coordination. Repetition is the secret to success. This is your first milestone/

28th KYU – YELLOW BELT

All requirements of your previous grade, PLUS:

Grade requirement Candidate to be familiar with the dojo rules.

Basic Combination Moving in a forward stance the student will be asked to demonstrate lunge and reverse punch.

37th KYU – ORANGE BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Grade requirement Candidate to be familiar with Japanese terminology.

KickingThe student must demonstrate a basic understanding of front kick, roundhouse kick, side kick, front leg kick.

Combinations Combination techniques involve the student showing fluidity in moving with power and a combination of blocks and punches. Moving in a forward stance the student will be asked to demonstrate hand techniques used in a combination of upper, middle and lower blocks and punches. Moving forward and backwards a number of times showing strength, coordination and spirit is required. The student must practice all blocks and punches and in any order to be confident enough to demonstrate their understanding of basic combination techniques.

Sparring Orange belt is the first grade where sparring is demonstrated. Protective equipment must be worn when sparring and a satisfactory level of control must be adhered to. The student must demonstrate basic combinations used in offensive and defensive positions.

46th KYU – GREEN BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Combinations The student must demonstrate all blocks, punches and kicks in any order and be confident enough to demonstrate their understanding of basic combination techniques.

Sparring The student must demonstrate a good number of combinations used in offensive and defensive positions.

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO The student must demonstrate they have a satisfactory understanding of the kata with no mistakes in feet or hand movement

For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

55th KYU – BLUE BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO and GEKIFA The student must demonstrate they have a good understanding of the both kata. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

64th KYU – PURPLE BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA and SAIFA The student must demonstrate they have a good understanding of all the kata. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

73rd KYU – BROWN BELT (One White Stripe)

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA and SAIFA The student must demonstrate they have a good understanding of all the kata. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

Applications Applications will be demonstrated by the instructor detailing how they are applied. The student must show they understand and be able to demonstrate.

82nd KYU – BROWN BELT (Two White Stripe)

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA, SAIFA and SANSEIRU The student must demonstrate they have a good understanding of all the kata. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

Applications Applications will be demonstrated by the instructor detailing how they are applied. The student must show they understand and be able to demonstrate.

Sparring The student must demonstrate a good number of combinations used in offensive and defensive positions. The student must be able to demonstrate the use of applications they are familiar with from their study of applications.

91st KYU – BROWN BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA, SAIFA, SANSEIRU and UNSHU The student must demonstrate they have a good understanding of all the kata. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

Applications Applications will be demonstrated by the instructor detailing how they are applied. The student must show they understand and be able to demonstrate.

Sparring The student must demonstrate a good number of combinations used in offensive and defensive positions. The student must be able to demonstrate the use of applications they are familiar with from their study of applications.

Study The student must now begin to study literature. The Book of Five Rings, translated by Thomas Cleary, is considered to epitomise the essence of Goju Ryu karate.

101st Dan - BLACK BELT

While the black belt grade is a sense of personal achievement it must be remembered that it is just another milestone moving forward. It generally excepted that it is the number of years a student has been studying. It is better to consider the hours of study. It is similar to being a student. If you study ( homework ) an extra hour each day, progression and understanding will be attainable. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA, SAIFA, SANSEIRU, UNSHU and TENSHO The student must demonstrate they have a good understanding of the all kata and must be able to demonstrate all kata with power, fluidity and spirt. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

Applications Applications will be demonstrated by the instructor detailing how they are applied. The student must show they understand and be able to demonstrate.

Fighting At this level, the student must demonstrate the strategy of fighting more than exchanging techniques as in sparring.

Study The student must continue to study literature. The Book of Five Rings, translated by Thomas Cleary, is considered to epitomise the essence of Goju Ryu karate.

112nd Dan - BLACK BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Combinations as directed by instructor.

Applications Demonstrate a good understanding of bunkai.

Fighting As directed by instructor.

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA, SAIFA, SANSEIRU, UNSHU, TENSHO and SEIUNCHIN. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

Fitness As directed by the instructor.

123rd Dan - BLACK BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Combinations as directed by instructor.

Applications Demonstrate a good understanding of bunkai.

Fighting As directed by instructor.

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA, SAIFA, SANSEIRU, UNSHU, TENSHO, SEIUNCHIN and NISEISHI. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

Fitness As directed by the instructor.

134th Dan - BLACK BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Combinations as directed by instructor.

Applications Demonstrate a good understanding of bunkai.

Fighting As directed by instructor.

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA, SAIFA, SANSEIRU, UNSHU, TENSHO, SEIUNCHIN, NISEISHI and SEIPEI. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

Fitness As directed by the instructor.

145th Dan - BLACK BELT

All requirements of your previous grades, PLUS:

Combinations as directed by instructor.

Applications Demonstrate a good understanding of bunkai.

Fighting As directed by instructor.

Kata SANCHIN SAN PO, GEKIFA, SAIFA, SANSEIRU, UNSHU, TENSHO, SEIUNCHIN, NISEISHI, SEIPEI and KURURUNFA. For kata training videos CLICK HERE.

Fitness As directed by the instructor.

 

Grading Fees and general information

The grading fees for 2020 are as follows:

9th Kyu - 4th Kyu (Red - Purple Belt): £20
3rd Kyu (Brown Belt with One Stripe): £30
2nd Kyu (Brown Belt with Two Stripes): £35
1st Kyu (Brown Belt): £40
1st Dan (Black Belt): £120 or £180 with personalised silk belt
2nd Dan £50

3rd Dan and above (Black Belt): Free

 

In 2019 we changed the way gradings were taken. They no longer take place during the student’s class, as this can be very distracting for those attempting their grade.

Instead, students, when ready, will be invited along to our set grading days at one of the Kyudokan centres. Grading days will be held monthly, giving the students more opportunities to take their grade.

To be eligible to take your grade:

• The student will need to be invited to a grading session by their instructor.
• Have regularly attended class.
• Clean gi’s, red for children and white for adults must be worn.
• All grading fees must be paid prior to the grade.
• All students must have up to date membership including insurance.

Once you have completed your grade, you will be informed if you are successful and in recognition of your achievement we will hold a presentation ceremony which parents, family members and friends are welcome along to celebrate the student’s success. The student will receive their certificate and belt during the presentation.

Successful applicants will then be shared, with your permission, on our Facebook page and Kyudokan website.

Please note: If you are unsuccessful you will not be required to pay again when you retake. Re-grading will consist of re-visiting the elements of the grade the student found difficult.

Grading is an extra cost to membership, and includes the examination fee, certificate and belt. If unsuccessful the grading can be repeated after a period of time with no extra costs (maximum 10 per session).