Gradings

There are usually 3 gradings a year, May, August and December.  The exact timing of grading
dates will depend on the timing of other events and other dojo grading dates.

Grading System

Juniors

The junior grading system with its greater range of coloured belts is designed to reward students for
continued commitment and encourage development and improvement.

The following table is based on a student training  twice a week on a regular basis initially and then
more frequently especially from Blue Belt. before being eligible to sit the next grading.  Advancement
also depends on how well a student is progressing as  standards are required to be achieved.  

For Blue Belt and above gradings students must be invited by the Branch Chief Instructor to attend a
grading.  If a student is young, eg. 7 years of age or less, the Branch Chief Instructor may increase the
minimum period between grades in the best interests of the student given the minimum age for junior
Sho Dan Black Belt is 10 years.

For Black Belt grading a student is nominated by the Branch Chief Instructor for consideration by
Kyoshi Dennis May as having reached the required standard to sit the Black Belt Grading.

Brown Belts are expected to attend Black and Brown Belt training sessions and Gassuku if they wish to
be considered for Black Belt grading.

















Note the minimum periods between gradings is based on a student training at least twice a week and if
a brown belt attending black and brown belt training sessions, Gassuku and the occasional senior
class.

The Provisional Black Belt grade is given to students who do not quite meet the standard of Sho Dan
but are expected to continue to improve and attain the required standard.


Seniors

The Senior Grading system is less colourful but follows the same format as the Juniors.
White
    Ungraded
Yellow
    min 3 months
Orange
    min 3 months
Green
    min 3 months
Blue
    min 3 months
Purple
    min 3 months
Brown
    min 3 months
Brown + 1 tab
    min 6 months
Brown + 2 tab
    min 6 months
Provisional Black
    min 6 months
Sho Dan Black
    min 24 months
White
    Ungraded
Yellow
    min 4 months
Yellow + 1 tab
    min 4 months
Green
    min 4 months
Green + 1 tab
    min 4 months
Brown
    min 4 months
Brown + 1 tab
    min 6 months
Brown + 2 tab
    min 6 months
Provisional Black
    min 6 months
 
    min 24 months
Ni Dan Black
    min 36 months
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