Shikata Shotokan Karate


What is a grade

A grade is a measure of the level of attainment of a Karate student. Each grade is signified by a different colored BELT starting with the WHITE belt and progressing to BLACK. Below the black belt, grades are referred to as kyu, which means boy. Black belts are called Dan's, which can translate as man.

Wearing a black belt is a great privilege, and carries a deal of responsibility. Fewer than 1 in 10000 people ever try their hand at a martial art . For every 1000 people who do begin Karate, Fewer than 50 will achieve a Dan grade. most will drop out before they achieve a senior grade


What Is A Grading?

Grading's are where students get the opportunity to show to the Association Chief Instructor and other Dan grades how they have progressed since their previous grading. Equally, grading's are where club Instructors are also assessed, to see how well they have taught their students! so while it is natural for students to feel a little apprehensive, they should take comfort in the knowledge that their instructors are feeling just the same!

Grading's are held once every 3 months normally at the Dialstone centre Offerton Stockport. Grading's are a great opportunity to meet students from different clubs.


Am I Ready to Grade?

All students , not just junior grades below 3rd kyu, should be guided by the advice of sensei. Remember that sensei has already gone through all the grading's ahead of you, so has a wealth of experience in this area! The minimum amount time between moving from one grade to the next up until brown belt 2nd kyu is 3 months from brown belt 2nd kyu to 1st kyu is 6 months

So in summary, students should remember the following

The time between grading's is a minimum--many students take longer to prepare for grading. No students is expected to grade every time--students will not be expected to progress faster than they feel is comfortable.

No student should expect to grade every time--follow the advice of your sensei.

What happens at a grading?

Grading's begin with registration. Please make a point of registering as soon as you arrive Next. All students gather for a quick warm-up, usually taken by one of the senior Dan grade. After the warm-up students are split up into grades and receive a short lesson just to brush up on there grading syllabus. Finally there is a short recess then the grading starts. You are asked to demonstrate skills, in front of your grading examiners in three areas.

Kihon (basics) is just that. Remember all the punching and blocking you've done, up and down the Dojo floor,over and over again? that's all there is to do. You will be asked to perform different techniques (As per your syllabus book Shikata Shotokan Karate)

Kumite ( sparring) is where you show your ability to perform formal attacks and defense against an opponent. Once again, (as pert you syllabus book Shikata Shotokan Karate)

Kata (form) Here you demonstrate the kata you/ve been practicing. for your grade (as per your syllabus book Shikata Shotokan Karate)






  Belt Colour Japanese Name
Novice   White Belt Shiro obi / Shoshinsha
9th kyu Orange Belt Kukyu
8th kyu   Red Belt Hachikyu.
7th kyu Yellow Belt Shichikyu
6th kyu Green Belt Rokkyu
5th kyu Purple Belt Gokyu
4th kyu Purple Belt with one stripe Yonkyu
3rd Kyu Brown Belt Sankyu
2nd kyu Brown Belt with one stripe Nikyu
1st kyu Brown Belt with two stripes Ikkyu
1st Dan
Black Belt
2nd Dan
Black Belt
3rd Dan Black Belt Sandan
4th Dan Black Belt Yondan
5th Dan Black Belt Godan
6th Dan Black Belt Rokudan
7th Dan Black Belt Nanadan
8th Dan Black Belt Hachidan
9th Dan Black Belt Kyudan
10 th Dan Black Belt Juan
Grading Syllabus Belts.
Important point from Sensei to help the students

One: Manners,Etiquette and Appearance are important point to be displayed by the student (grading)

Two: Proper stances must be displayed clearly ie: Zenkutsu Dachi, Kokutsu Dachi must look different and be applied correctly.

Three: Balance of both right and left side of the body must be correct.

Four: The eyes must also be directed in the correct position when making movements.

Five: Kia must be defined and strong

Six: The fast movement of basics and kata must be displayed as fast not slow.

Seven: Kime must be displayed correctly

Eight: In Kihon the heel must not leave the floor by lifting the heel of the floor power distribution will be lost and balance will be affected.

Nine: Correct target must be shown when facing a partner.

Ten: In Sanbon Kumite and Ippon Kumite attacking side must adjust distance and then attack with commitment and speed.

Eleven: In Jiyu Ippon Kumite both sides must adjust distancing correctly

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