Gradings and Karate Belt System
All members are entitled to take grading examinations after set periods of training. Gradings are conducted by senior WSKF examiners. It is recommended that students train twice a week in order to be able to grade on a three-monthly basis.
The instructor will assess all students individually to ascertain whether they have reached the required standard to grade. On average it takes 3-5 years to achieve black belt 1st Dan.
There are 9 colour grades (Kyu) and 9 levels of black belt (Dan) listed as follows:
white 10th Kyu novice
orange 9th Kyu min. 3 + months training
red 8th Kyu min. 3 + months training
yellow 7th Kyu min. 3 + months training
green 6th Kyu min. 3 + months training
purple 5th Kyu min. 3 + months training
purple/white 4th Kyu min. 3 + months training
brown 3rd Kyu min. 6 + months training
brown/two-white 2nd Kyu min. 6 + months training
brown/white 1st Kyu min. 6 + months training
black belt 1st Dan min. 1 + years training
black belt 2nd Dan min. 2 + years training
black belt 3rd Dan min. 3 + years training
black belt 4th Dan min. 4 + years training
black belt 5th Dan min. 5 + years training
black belt 6th Dan min. 6 + years training
black belt 7th Dan min. 7+ years training
black belt 8th Dan min. 8 + years training
black belt 9th Dan min. 9 + years training
All members of Axios SKC need to join WSKF England in order to receive their grading licence and indemnity insurance. Without this they will not be allowed to train or grade.