Gradings generally take place at the end of each term.

Please note you must hold a current licence in order to grade; the licence ensures your grades will be nationally and internationally recognised. You will also be covered by the insurance should an accident occur during practice. You can apply for karate licence via our website

A student will be eligible to grade when they have attended the required number of lessons. Your Sensei will advise for or against a grading if the individual is not ready. A grading must not be rushed, it must be taken to show progress and to give students a sense of achievement.

For black belt gradings permission must be sought from the Chief Instructor (Sensei Frank Perry) and students are required to attend courses prior to the grading. Students will be asked to demonstrate elements of sparring (Kumite), basic techniques (Kihon) and strength tests.
Provisional grades

A student may receive a ‘Provisional’ grade, which means that they have not quite achieved the required standard. They can, however, wear the next grade belt and train at this level. Students will then need to re-take their grading at the next opportunity

For more information, please see the grading and course details below:

Things to remember before attending the grading:

  1. To grade you must have completed the minimum number of sessions and be confident that you know the technical requirements in the syllabus. If you are in any doubt about your ability to grade, please speak to your Sensei.
  2. Students MUST hold a valid UKSKO licence which you will need to take along to your grading. You will not be allowed to grade without this. To apply or renew your licence please click here. Once you register for your licence a small blue grading book will be issued and this must be kept safe and brought along to every grading.

  3. Please turn up for the grading at least 30 minutes before to give you enough time to warm up.

  4. All students should wear an Association Gi (suit) with the Association calligraphy on the chest area. To purchase a Gi please ask your Sensei.

  5. Your Gi should be clean and neatly pressed.

  6. Female students should wear a white T-shirt under their Gi. Male students should be bare chested.

  7. All jewellery should be removed or taped over.

  8. If you are attempting a grade from orange to green/white stripe or above, you will need your fighting equipment.

  9. All students will be notified of their grading result by their Sensei. This is usually within 1-2 weeks at their club.

Grading Costs:
White Belts – Yellow Belts = £47 includes belt

Orange Belts – Brown Belt = £45 plus belt

Brown Belt – 1st Black Belt Junior = £135 plus cost of the course

Brown Belt – 1st Black Belt Senior = £155 plus cost of the course

1st Dan Black Belt – 2nd Dan Black Belt £200 plus cost of the course

2nd Dan Black Belt – 3rd Dan Black Belt £300 plus cost of the course.