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Grading

Each grading covers all elements of Karate — kihon, kata, and kumite. All KJA students begin with a white belt (unranked) and may advance through different levels up to and including Black Belt , a Kyu/dan grading rank list is included below.
Because all students have different potentials, it is important not to compare your progress with that of another. Grading and ranks should only be used as a means by which to measure your own improvement.
During grading, consideration in awarding rank, other than for one’s technical level, is given to age, time practising, previous experience, physical condition, physical potential, personal situations, attitude toward practice, attitude toward others, concern for responsibilities, and number of special training’s.
It is the student’s responsibility to do his or her best during the grading and to accept the rank awarded with dignity and humility.
The most important point is the student’s mental attitude. At all times it is the responsibility of the student to make sure he/she as a current valid License, the student will be refused entry to grade and train if no valid licence is held.

Grading Structure

Grade Belt
Novice White belt (Shiro obi)/Shoshinsha (novice or beginner)
9th Kyu Red Belt (Kukyu)
8th Kyu Yellow belt (Hachikyu)
7th Hyu Orange belt (Shichikyu)
6th Kyu Green belt (Rokkyu)
5th Kyu Purple belt (Gokyu)
4th Kyu Purple belt with 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 Shodan – Black belt (first level)
2nd Dan Nidan – Black belt (Second level)
3rd Dan Sandan – Black belt (Third level)
4th Dan Yondan – Black belt (Fourth level)
5th Dan Godan – Black belt (Fifth level)
6th Dan Rokudan – Black belt (Sixth level)
7th Dan Shichidan – Black belt (Seventh level)
8th Dan Hachidan – Black belt (Eighth level)
9th Dan Kudan – Black belt (Nineth level)
10th Dan Judan – Black belt (Tenth level)
Note:
Dan Gradings
Gradings for Dan rank are conducted twice a year, as near to November 10th as possible to commemorate the anniversary of Master Funakoshi’s birth, and April 26th to commemorate the anniversary of his death.
Titles
Sensei Sensei “Teacher or One who has gone before”: This title is by far the most often used title in karate and generally refers to someone of Yon-Dan level (4th Degree Black Belt.) Most will state that this is the most honorable title that a student can use when referring to the senior as their  teacher. The title Sensei implies a close bond between the student and teacher’s relationship.
Renshi Renshi: “Senior Expert Teacher”: This is the first of the three generally (Most Often) used teacher titles. Although this title is independent of rank, it is seldom given to anyone below the rank of Go-Dan.
Shihan Shihan: “Master or Expert Teacher”:  It is important to understand that the meaning Master as used in the martial  arts is someone who has mastered the basic and advanced understandings {Principles} of a particular style or system, thus the title Shihan means someone who has mastered the basic and advanced techniques as well as the principles, concepts, and theory of their respective style of karate. The title Shihan does not mean that this person has stopped learning because they know all of the answers. On the contrary, they are considered to be the most serious and dedicated students in any style of martial arts. The title Shihan is generally considered to be an organizational title alone and has little meaning. In The KJA we do not Actively use this Title, but other associations we interact with do.
Kyoshi Kyoshi: “Master Teacher, Teacher of Teachers”: This is the second of the three generally (Most Often) used teacher titles. Although this title is independent of the ranking system, it is seldom given to anyone below the rank of Roku-dan and in most cases Shichi-dan).
Hanshi Hanshi: “Senior Master Teacher”: This is the third and highest of the three generally (Most Often) used teacher titles. Although this title is independent of the ranking system, it is seldom given to anyone below the rank of Hachi-Dan (8th Degree Black Belt)

The following Grading Fees apply and are applicable for students attempting Rank/Belt Promotion

9th Kyu to 7th Kyu (Red to Orange belts) £20:00

6th Kyu to 4th Kyu (Green to Purple and White) £25:00

3rd Kyu to 1st Kyu (All Brown Belts) £35:00

1st Dan (Black Belt Level) £100.

2nd Dan and above, Please contact us for details.