Believe it or not, Sensei is always watching you, seeing how much effort you put in, how well you’ve learned your kata, and overall how hard you’ve been training in the dojo. After a few months, when Sensei feels you are ready, he may give you a grading form that allows you to test for the next kyu (belt) level.

It’s important to know that the goal of karate is not to attain the highest belt level, but to seek perfection of character and improve yourself. However, some students use belts to measure their progress, and the belt system allows students of similar skill level and experience to be grouped to together for training and competition purposes. Every person is unique and therefore learns at a different pace. Don’t compare yourself to others, but focus on your own development.

See the new grading requirements for each belt level in the SYLLABUS

Below are the belt rankings:

JKA Belts

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