GRADING EXAMINATIONS are held
every three months at the Konjaku Shin National School of Karate.
There is a minimum waiting period of three months between each of the
mon grades, and 9th to 3rd kyu.
waiting period for
the grades of 2nd and 1st kyu is six months. Minimum waiting
1st kyu brown
belt to 1st dan black belt is also
six months. These periods vary, depending on each students
the amount of training put in. The minimum waiting period between each dan grades corresponds
to the dan
grade number itself, i.e: 1st dan to 2nd dan minimum
waiting period is two years, then three years from
2nd dan to third dan etc.
Junior Shodan Black Belt age limit: Ten
to Fifteen years.
Adult Shodan Black Belt age limit: Sixteen and
On reaching the age of sixteen, if training has been
continuous, and suitable progress made, the Junior Black Belt will be
invited to attempt the Senior Black Belt examination. This will be a
formal grading, at no extra cost. Junior
Black Belt candidates will need to demonstrate the same technical
skills as adults, so the grade maintains credibility.
The main differences between Junior and Senior Black Belts are the
mental and physical development and understanding of the spirit of
karate that develops as a child matures.
DAN GRADES can be attempted ONLY by personal invitation from the Chief
Instructor. SHODAN - literally meaning first level, signifies the
student is now deemed ready for the next, more serious stage of their
karate training. It is the lowest of the black belt levels, and it is
only the start.
If a student is invited by the Chief Instructor
to attempt a dan grade it means he believes they have shown the
correct attitude, dedication, and improvement in mental understanding and technical ability.
Reaching black belt should not be seen as an end in itself.
grades are never awarded based on training time alone. Waiting periods
are only a "minimum".
* Each student is judged on their own merits,
and everyone is different.
ALL grades of Yondan (4th Dan) and above must be conducted before a
minimum three members of the Konjaku Shin Dan Grade Board of
Examiners; these being: Dave Kershaw 8th Dan, Angie Kershaw 6th Dan,
Charles Hannah 6th Dan, Sue Bloomfield 6th Dan and Linda Clarke 6th Dan.
grades are explained in detail below.
MON grades are junior grades
that children between the ages of eight and eleven are required to
attempting the full KYU grade.
KYU grades are
coloured belts taken by students age twelve and over, or following the
appropriate mon grade.
From age twelve and above the mon grades are