A grading is a formal examination for which the applicant must be fully prepared. This preparation takes time which can vary greatly between individuals, and generally takes longer for junior Karateka (karate student).
Students must have receive an invitation form to sit the grading.
All grading candidates must have a current paid membership, which must be presented to the examiner along with their attendance sheet on the day of grading.
Students must have a minimum of 24 attendance stamps and have allowed a period of 12 weeks since their last grading. There is no short-cut to developing karate, and constant and regular training is needed to progress at all levels. Generally it is the case that students of higher grades will need more time between gradings.
Attendance stamps may not be carried forward from grading to grading: these stamps represent time and effort spent on training for the grade in hand, any new training shall be spent on a new syllabus and a new preparation for a new belt.
The requirement to have 24 stamps may be waived in the case of beginners, at the discretion of the examiner. Ask your instructor for advise about this.
Students failing a grading must wait a minimum of one month before re-taking the grade, and may be required to prepare for a longer period at the discretion of the examiner. Advise and guidance from your instructor is very important when re-applying to grade.
Junior Karateka (aged 5 to 17)
Junior students must take a Mon Grade prior to taking the associated Kyu grade, e.g. 8th Mon, 8th Kyu, 7th Mon, 7th Kyu. Having reached 1st Kyu, junior students may apply to take a Junior Dan Grade (Black Belt), but are not then able to take further dan grades until they are Adults (17 or above). However, junior karateka may apply for a full Kyu grade on approval from their sensei.
Adult Karateka (aged 17 and above)
Adults are not required to apply for Mon grades, and progress via Kyu gradings.