Karate Grading Tests
We usually hold grading’s four times per year for students up to senior grades. It should take around 5 years to earn your black belt. Many styles will advance students much faster than this, but it requires around 10,000 hours of training to truly learn the basics well. When you wear black belt, you should know you are worthy of the belt and are ready for the journey into advanced training of the higher Dan Grades.
Fees for grading are dependent on the grade, the costs are available from your Sensei and are listed on the grading application form.
Karate belts are used to indicate when a student has been promoted to the next level. Improved Karate technique and deeper knowledge of the 3 elements of Kihon (basics), Kata (form) and Kumite (sparring) need to be shown before the next level can be awarded.To advance to a new Karate level, the belt holder must go through a grading examination. Karate grading examinations for higher ranks include practical, oral and/or written requirements. These vary depending on the Karate level being tested. The contents of tests vary among Karate styles but each school has set criteria around.
Minimum Time Elapsed from your last Karate grading
Proficient Karate Technique
Demonstrated Progress in all areas
Approval or Recommendation of your Instructor(s)
The requirements of Karate grading tests are generally subject to certain rules set down by the regulatory body of the style. Test content and the order of Karate belt colours may vary slightly from country to country.
Karate Grading–High Grades
It takes great skill for a student to be invited to grade for promotion to an advanced Karate level.
A physical test displays physical ability while the written or spoken component tests the underlying knowledge of the advanced Karate black belt.
Examiners also look for qualities such as emotional confidence, discipline and leadership attributes.
All Shodan tests are overseen by Sensei Kenji Tomiyama to ensure the standard of black belt is maintained Internationally.