Gradings


Introduction

Bukindai Karate-Do has a structured syllabus & set time periods between belts to achieve a high standard of karate. Our syllabus is based on traditional Wado – Ryu including Tsuki & Keri Kihon, Renrakuwaza, Ippon & Kihon Kumite, Kata, & Ji Yu Kumite. All gradings are conducted by Chief Instructor Shihan Chris Rudge. They will be started with a pre grading lesson followed by the grading itself. If you are considering grading please speak with your instructor. Bukindai Karate-Do generally have four gradings a year being held every three months generally in March, June, September & December. The high grade grading will be held in june & be conducted by Shihan Chris Rudge & the Black belt grading panel.

9th – 4th Kyu Gradings (Red – Purple Belt)

9th Kyu – Red Belt – 3 months between grades

8th Kyu – Yellow Belt – 3 months between grades

7th Kyu – Orange Belt – 3 months between grades

6th Kyu – Green Belt – 4-6 months between grades

5th Kyu – Blue Belt – 4-6 months between grades

4th Kyu – Purple Belt – 4-6 months minimum between grades

3rd – 1st Kyu Gradings (Brown Belt)

3rd Kyu – Brown Belt – 6-12 months minimum between grades

2nd Kyu – Brown Belt – 6-12 months minimum between grades

1st Kyu – Brown Belt – 9-12 months minimum between grades

Dan Gradings (Black Belt)

Dan gradings are held around June. The Grading is taken by Chief Instructor Shihan Chris Rudge & the black belt grading panel.

1st Dan (Shodan) – 1 year minimum between grades – min age: 14

2nd Dan (Nidan) – 2 year minimum between grades – min age: 20

3rd Dan (Sandan) – 3 year minimum between grades – min age: 25

Words to all students

It is very important that all Bukindai Karate-Do students understand that the minimum time periods between gradings are only a small part of the criteria required for you to take your grading. You must also show the correct character, maturity, 100% commitment & focus in your training. Good technique, application, understanding of what you are doing, & discipline in the dojo. It is the decision of your club instructor & chief instructor if you ready to grade. Both have years of experience in Karate Do and understand that not everyone progresses at the same speed. If you wish to grade please ask what improvements are needed to bring you to the level required to grade.

Remember you are better off being a good low grade than a poor high grade. The belt is only as good as the student wearing it, not what colour it is.

Gloucester Bukindai Karate Club – Tradional Wado – Ryu Karate