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Belt Colours
White 10th Kyu Minimum usually 3 months and 24 lessons to 9th Kyu
Yellow 9th Kyu Minimum usually 3 months and 24 lessons to 8th Kyu
Orange 8th Kyu Minimum usually 3 months and 24 lessons to 7th Kyu
Red 7th Kyu Minimum usually 3 months and 24 lessons to 6th Kyu
Green 6th Kyu Minimum usually 6 months and 48 lessons to 5th Kyu
Blue 5th Kyu Minimum usually 6 months and 48 lessons to 4th Kyu
Purple 4th Kyu Minimum usually 6 months and 48 lessons to 3rd Kyu
Brown & white stripe 3rd Kyu Minimum usually 9 months and 72 lessons to 2nd Kyu
Brown 2nd Kyu Minimum usually 9 months and 72 lessons to 1st Kyu
Brown & black stripe 1st Kyu Minimum usually 9 months and 72 lessons to 1st Dan

 

BELTS.

YUKYUSHA means KYU GRADES

 

 

YUDANSHA means DAN GRADES

AKA OBI = RED BELT

SHIRO OBI = WHITE BELT

KIIRI OBI = YELLOW BELT

OREJI OBI = ORANGE BELT

MIDORI IRO OBI = GREEN BELT

AO OBI = BLUE BELT

MURASAKI OBI = PURPLE BELT

KOI CHAIRO OBI = DARK BROWN BELT

USU CHAIRO OBI = LIGHT BROWN BELT

KURO OBI = BLACK BELT

Two years after testing to 1st Dan you are eligible to test for 2nd Dan. After this test you then have a minimum requirement of years that equates to the grade you are about to test for, i.e. three years more to 3rd Dan, then 4 more years to 4th Dan etc. 1st Dan is 5000 yen, 2nd Dan 6000 yen and 3rd Dan 7000 yen. To test for a JKF Goju-Kai Dan grade you will need to have JKF membership. This is 5000 yen for 1st and 2nd Dan and for 3rd Dan.

Examinations are not based purely on attendance and neither are they based just on ability. Under normal circumstances, the test requirements require both. Some students will overtake others, but it is still three years minimum for those with extra ability. Shihan Paul has been teaching since 1975 and is one of the JKF Goju-Kai examiners for Europe, of which there are only three people. He is the second highest grade and examiner in Europe. Complaints from parents about their children not testing while others are will be asked not to interfere as their knowledge of Karate is of no consequence.

All Dan tests are held with an examining panel.

Fri 25, Feb 2005 20:41:00 by Fraser | Comments(0)

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