Karate skill and understanding is measured though a well defined kyu/dan grading system, signified by belt colour. Progression from one level to the next is achieved by passing an examination of an individuals karate skills. These examinations are commonly called "Gradings" and are undertaken 4 times a year.
A pre-grading assessment course is held a couple of weeks prior to the grading examination. The aim of the course is to assess whether a student is ready to take their next grading examination and also to determine what each student needs to learn or to improve in order to be ready for their next belt.
Club members are encouraged to compete at all levels. We believe that taking part not only helps members improve their karate skills but also provides them with exposure to the wider karate community.
You can find information on forthcoming competitions and previous competition results here.
Etiquette and Terminology
Karate is a Japanese Martial Art developed in Okinawa at the turn of the 20th century. Japan has a rich cultural history and places emphasis on self-discipline, etiquette and ritual. Some of this culture is as much a part of karate as the actual art. At Kyokutan Karate we expect our students be be well behaved and to observe our dojo etiquette. Furthermore, much of the terminology is in the Japanese language. To help our students with the terminology used in our classes we have compiled a list of commonly used terms and phrases.