WHAT IS A GRADING?
A grading is like a test or exam where you are assessed on your skill level against the club syllabus. A grading can be passed or failed, a pass will mean you progress onto the next coloured belt, starting with White.
WHAT GRADES ARE THERE?
Grades start from White belt (Beginner) to Black Belt (Advanced) There are eight grades in total. Once the highest rank (Black Belt) is achieved, you can move on to Second Dan Black Belt, Third Dan Belt and so on.
White Belt (1st Grade)
Yellow Belt (2nd Grade)
Orange Belt (3rd Grade)
Green Belt (4th Grade)
Blue Belt (5th Grade)
Purple Belt (6th Grade - 1st Senior Grade)
Brown Belt (7th Grade)
Black Belt First Dan (8th Grade)
We have a seperate syllabus which applies to our Mini Kickers class only (Ages 4-7). Mini Kickers that reach Brown/White level of mini belts, are able to start the main grading structure from Orange (3rd Belt) The Mini Belt grades are as follows:
1. Yellow / White (1st mini belt)
2. Orange / White (Second mini belt)
3. Green / White (Third mini belt)
4. Blue / White (Fourth mini belt)
5. Purple / White (Fifth mini belt)
6. Brown / White (Sixth mini belt)
HOW OFTEN CAN I TAKE A GRADING?
Junior gradings and mini gradings are held every 3 months, whereas senior gradings take place only every six months. There is a minimum time period of 6 months before grading for Brown belt, and 12 months before grading for Black. Black belt gradings are held just once a year - in the summer.
Black Belt Dan Grades can be taken from two years after attaining First Dan Black Belt (2nd Dan - 2 years, 3rd Dan - 3 years, 4th Dan - 4 years.. and so on).
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Grading is entirely optional, you do not have to take part if you do not want to. The benefits of grading are keeping track of your progress, and the real sense of achievement when progressing through the ranks. Once you reach Orange belt level, you will be able to take part in sparring.
HOW DO I JOIN?
View our class timetable here or book online.