Grading information

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Kyu Grades are held every 3 months Dan Grades every 6 Months.
Kyu (coloured belt) gradings price to include coloured belt and certificate £25. Dan Grades (Black belt) from £100

Next Grading Dates Adults and Children

To Be Announced

Grading Rules

Remember gradings are Karate exams and must be treated accordingly.

To be eligible to grade the student must observe the following;

  1. Their Sensei’s permission to grade.
  2. Hold a current S.W.I.K.O. licence. Click here for application form
  3. Train on a regular basis (at least once a week for the full 3 month period).

NOTE: KIHAKU CLUB MEMBERS Those who wish to grade after returning from a club shut down, must train during the shut down period
at Central Dojo club.

  1. Handed in their licence and training fee to their Sensei on the Thursday before the grading.

Grading Costs

Kyu Grades £25 includes belt and certificate

Dan Grades from £100

Kyu Grades (Coloured Belts)

These will be held every 3 Months at The Spires Acadamy, Torquay.
There will be a compulsory 1hour Pre-Grading session to help settle nerves.

Note: Parents are encouraged to attend children’s Pre-Grading session and give their child support (remember the encouragement the olympic athletes had from their parents and guardians)!

After a childs training session parents will be asked to leave and like all exams the grading will take place behind closed doors.

The candidates will be graded through continuous assesment during the months prior to grading and on the grading day using a point system over 3 Tables. (Table 1 Basics, Table 2 Kumite and Table 3 Kata). 

A successful candidate must achieve a minimum of two pass signatures across the 3 tables. If this is not achieved a Temporary Grade (half Grade) will be awarded.

When the Grading has finished All Parents, Guardians and Friends will be asked to attend the successfull candidates (including Temporary passes) awards held in the dojo (training hall).


Kyu Grade FAQ

What is a Temporary (Half Grade)?

A Temporary grade is a half grade awarded if the candidate does not achieve the standard for a full Kyu grade on the grading day. Those awarded a Half grade will be permitted to wear the belt that they were going for, but their licence will not be stamped and they must work really hard to get a full Kyu grade next time.

Can I apply for a Double Grade?

No. Double grades are awarded by the Chief Instructor to Exceptional candidates.

Click Here For Kyu Grade Syllabus

What is 1st Kyu Plus ?

1st Kyu Plus is

for Junior 1st Kyu Brown and Two White Stripes only

The wait until the Black belt grading for most of the children could be a long time and this allows them to remain prepared.

They will be expected to perform any of the Heian Kata's and the listed Black Belt kata.


Dan Gradings (Black Belts)

These will be held every 6 Months after the Brown and Black Belt Course. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years training and wait a minimum of 6 Months between 1st Kyu and applying for a Dan grade and have trained on at least 4 Brown and Black Belt Courses. These courses will be held on selected Saturdays.


Grading Etiquette

All students must remain together until the grading finishes.

Food must not be eaten during the grading.

Any drinks must be kept with the student. (no leaving the hall or running around).

All students must remain quiet and respect their fellow students during gradings.

When the student is called to grade they must respond with a loud Oss Sensei.

Note: All S.W.I.K.O. Brown and Two White Stripes (1st Kyu) and Black Belts are expected to attend the Pre-Grading sessions!! 


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