Belt System & Gradings
Belt System & Gradings
Taking a formal grading and being awarded your next belt is one of the most rewarding parts of practising a martial art. At Kazoku we believe that each grade should be a challenge, and gradings are neither too frequent nor a given. Students are entered for grading when they are individually ready. The early grades cover simpler techniques, but will still be a challenge for those new to martial arts.
Grades lead on naturally, following a smooth learning curve that leads the student from one step to the next, from beginner to black belt, and beyond.
Junior students train for a number of “intermediate” belts in between the full-colour belts so that the syllabus is split into manageable chunks. Adults progress through the coloured belts below.
In your first few weeks or months you will wear a red belt, before taking your first grading.
White Belt (7th kyu)
Introduction – At white belt you learn the basics of stance and coordination. Juniors also train for yellow-stripe belt.
Yellow Belt (6th kyu)
Basics – At yellow belt you learn a range of simple blocks, locks, and throws. Juniors then take the orange-stripe belt.
Orange Belt (5th kyu)
Follow-on – Orange belt starts to introduce slightly more technical moves. Juniors then take the green-stripe belt.
Green Belt (4th kyu)
Application – Consistency of good technique, with effective blocks, throws and finishes. Juniors take orange belt and green-stripe belt before progressing to full green belt.
Blue Belt (3rd kyu)
Understanding – Techniques are well executed, with a deeper understanding of why they work, and you are able to adjust techniques accordingly if necessary. Juniors train for blue-stripe belt before taking blue belt.
Purple Belt (2nd kyu)
Accuracy – Crisp, clean and accurate demonstration of blocks, kicks, and some more advanced throws. Juniors also take purple-stripe belt before purple belt.
Brown Belt (1st kyu)
Effectiveness – You understand all techniques and can perform them accurately, demonstrating the ability to effectively use the techniques in a street self-defence situation. Juniors also take brown-stripe belt.
Black Belt (1st dan)
Dedication – The achievement of Black Belt requires you to take a mental step forward -to believe in yourself, to trust your instructor, to continue training when it seems impossible. You must have both drive and humility, with a commitment to diligent training and the pursuit of excellence. Black belt is not the end – just the end of the beginning.
Juniors take black stripe belt and then their junior black belt.