GRADING

9th kyu

8th kyu- 4 months

7th kyu - 8 months

6th kyu - 12 months

5th kyu - 15 months
4th kyu - 20 months


3rd kyu - 24 months
2nd kyu - 38 months
1st Kyu - 32 months


SHODAN - 3-3.5 years

NIDAN - 2 years after

SANDAN - 3 years after

YONDAN - 4 years after

The Grading System 

One of the first things you will probably notice when looking in on karate class is that there are several different colored belts adorning the white uniforms. The color of each belt corresponds to the level of experience and ability of the individual wearing it. Everyone begins wearing a white belt. From white they progress through the respective levels of yellow, orange, green, purple, brown and black. We use the Japanese term kyu to refer to the colored belts and dan to refer to black belts. 

Examinations are held three times per year here in our dojo. They are always scheduled to fall on a weekend. The chief examiner is Sensei Jones is present at each grading. 

We have the opportunity to train with Sensei Jones in special seminars held just prior to the grading. Everyone is encouraged to participate in these extra classes. A karate-ka may present him or herself for a grading provided that he or she has met all the requirements of this guide. 

In order to grade the karate-ka must be a member of good standing for the present year of the ISKF. The karate-ka must also submit the grading fee prior to the grading. The karate-ka shall wear a clean, white, unmarked karate gi, and the belt representing his/her present rank at the time of grading. 

Children & Junior Karate-ka: The grading requirement and waiting period between each grading is the same as for adults & with the expressed approval of his or her instructor. 

A karate-ka must be at least 16 years of age subsequent to presenting him or herself for a grading to Nidan (black belt). 


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