Gradings

A grading tests the students ability, attitude and skill: a successful grading is rewarded with an increased ranking (denoted by the colour of the belt) and is therefore a measure of the students progression towards becoming a dan.

A pre-grading assessment is held 2 weeks prior to the grading course. This pre-grading assessment is aimed at determining the students progression and allows the instructors to make an assessment of the students readiness for grading.

Grading courses take place approximately every 3-4 months. The schedule of gradings can be found here .

A licence / record book is required as an official record of grades taken. This also provides insurance cover for the student and is renewable annually.

Recent Grading Achievements

We would like to congratulate the following student on their success at the grading examination on the 7th of September, 2019:

1st kyu (brown belt): Nathan

2nd kyu (brown belt): Tess

4th kyu (purple belt): Ben

5th kyu (blue belt): Joel

6th kyu (green belt): Amelle, Jakub

7th kyu (yellow belt) Matthew, Leo

8th kyu (orange belt): Ethan

9th kyu (red belt): John

Past Grading Achievements

2019

1st of June, 2019

3rd kyu (brown belt): Elsa, Jude

4th kyu (purple belt): Finlay

5th kyu (blue belt): Ben

7th kyu (yellow belt) Amelle, Jakub

9th kyu (red belt): James, James


23rd of March, 2019

4th kyu (purple belt): Maizie, William

5th kyu (blue belt): Harry, Mia

6th kyu (green belt): Ben

8th kyu (orange belt) Amelle, Blake, Leo

9th kyu (red belt): James, James

2018

1st of December, 2018

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Sensei Alan Wears has been awarded 7th Dan by Shihan Dave Sharkey, Chairman and Chief Instructor of the English Karate Organisation.


1st of December, 2018

5th kyu (blue belt): Finlay, Maizie

6th kyu (green belt): Harry, Mia

7th kyu (yellow belt): Ben

8th kyu (orange belt) Jakub, Matthew

9th kyu (red belt): Amelle, Leo


1st of September, 2018

4th kyu (purple belt): Seth

6th kyu (green belt): Finlay, Maizie

8th kyu (orange belt): Ben

9th kyu (red belt): Noah, Matthew


9th of June, 2018

5th kyu (blue belt): William

9th kyu (red belt): Ben, Blake, Rohit


24th of March, 2018

4th kyu (purple belt): Elsa

6th kyu (green belt): Joel

7th kyu (yellow belt): Finlay, Harry, Maizie, Mia

8th kyu (orange belt) Sagar

9th kyu (red belt): Aran, Ethan, Jakub

2017

2nd of December, 2017

5th kyu (blue belt): Isaac, Thomas, Seth

7th kyu (yellow belt): Joel

8th kyu (orange belt): Harry, Maizie, Mia

9th kyu (red belt): Grace, Sagar


2nd of September, 2017

9th kyu (red belt): Maizie


17th of June, 2017

2nd kyu (brown belt): Nathan

4th kyu (purple belt): Geoff

5th kyu (blue belt): Elsa

8th kyu (orange belt): Finlay, Harry

9th kyu (red belt): Harry, Mia


10th of April, 2017

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Sensei John Smith has been awarded 6th Dan by Shihan Dave Sharkey, Chairman and Chief Instructor of the English Karate Organisation.


25th of March, 2017

3rd kyu (brown belt): Tess

6th kyu (green belt): Isaac, Thomas

7th kyu (yellow belt): Thomas

8th kyu (orange belt): Eijaz, Lily, Sara

9th kyu (red belt): Finlay, Mason

2016

3rd of December, 2016

4th kyu (purple belt): Jude

5th kyu (blue belt): Geoff

6th kyu (green belt): Amanda, Elsa

7th kyu (yellow belt): James, Thomas

8th kyu (orange belt): Thomas

9th kyu (red belt): Eijaz, Sara


3rd of September, 2016

3rd kyu (brown belt): Rick

5th kyu (blue belt): Jude

6th kyu (green belt): Geoff, Seth

8th kyu (orange belt): James

9th kyu (red belt): Harry, Lily, Madeleine, Oscar


4th of June, 2016

3rd kyu (brown belt): Nathan

4th kyu (purple belt): Aaron

6th kyu (green belt): Jude, William

7th kyu (yellow belt): Amanda, Elsa, Geoff, Isaac

8th kyu (orange belt): Scott, Thomas

9th kyu (red belt): James, Szymon, Thomas


13th of March, 2016

1st kyu (brown belt): Ben

5th kyu (blue belt): Aaron

7th kyu (yellow belt): Edward, Grace, Jude, Nicole

8th kyu (orange belt): Adam, Amanda, Ellie, Elsa, Geoff, Isaac

9th kyu (red belt): Dean

2015

5th of December, 2015

5th kyu (purple belt): Patrick

7th kyu (yellow belt): Seth

8th kyu (orange belt): Grace, Jude, Nicole

9th kyu (red belt): Adam, Amanda, Elsa, Geoff, Isaac, Scott, Sophie, Thomas


22nd of November, 2015

We are very pleased to announce that David Pounds has achieved his 1st Dan.

The grading examination took place in Birmingham and was adjudicated by Shihan Dave Sharkey, Chairman and Chief Instructor of the English Karate Organisation.


12th of September, 2015

4th kyu (purple belt): Rick

8th kyu (orange belt): Edward, Seth

9th kyu (red belt): Elaina, Grace, Nicole, Ryan, Tristan


6th of June, 2015

1st kyu (brown belt): Callum

3rd kyu (brown belt): James

4th kyu (purple belt): Nathan

5th kyu (blue belt): Georgia, Patrick, Paul

9th kyu (red belt): Jude, Mayank


21st of March, 2015

1st kyu (brown belt): David

6th kyu (green belt): Aaron, Patrick, Paul

9th kyu (red belt): Edward, Luke

2014

6th of December, 2014

2nd kyu (brown belt): Ben

7th kyu (yellow belt): Paul

9th kyu (red belt): Callum, Ellie, Naeha, Seth


26th of October, 2014

We are very pleased to announce that Rachel Harpin and Jon Barley have achieved their 1st Dans.

The grading examination took place in Birmingham and was adjudicated by Shihan Dave Sharkey, Chairman and Chief Instructor of the English Karate Organisation.


6th of September, 2014

2nd kyu (brown belt): Callum

7th kyu (yellow belt): Aaron, Abdullah, William

8th kyu (orange belt): Paul


7th of June, 2014

1st kyu (brown belt): Luke

5th kyu (blue belt): Nathan

6th kyu (green belt): Georgia

8th kyu (orange belt): Aaron

9th kyu (red belt): Paul and Scarlett


8th of March, 2014

3rd kyu (brown belt): Ben and Callum

4th kyu (purple belt): James

6th kyu (green belt): Nathan

7th kyu (yellow belt): Aaron

8th kyu (orange belt): Ben, Jay, Josh and Geoffrey

9th kyu (red belt): Aaron

2013

7th of December, 2013

2nd kyu (brown belt): David, Luke

3rd kyu (brown belt): Grant

5th kyu (blue belt): James

7th kyu (yellow belt): Patrick

8th kyu (orange belt): Aaron, Sebastian, Tibbie and William

9th kyu (red belt): Ben, Christopher, Esme, Henry, and Kevin


7th of September, 2013

4th kyu (purple belt): Adil

6th kyu (green belt): James

9th kyu (red belt): Aaron, Anand, Geoffrey, Joel, Josh, Samuel


8th of June, 2013

4th kyu (purple belt): Ben

5th kyu (blue belt): Adil

7th kyu (yellow belt): Georgia, Nathan

8th kyu (orange belt): Abdullah

9th kyu (red belt): Nila, Obaidullah, Sebastian, Tibbie, Yukthi


9th of March, 2013

1st kyu (brown belt): Jon

4th kyu (purple belt): Grant

6th kyu (green belt): Adil

7th kyu (yellow belt): James

8th kyu (orange belt): Georgia and Sonia

9th kyu (red belt): Alex, Ben and Thomas

2012

9th of March, 2013

1st kyu (brown belt): Jon

4th kyu (purple belt): Grant

6th kyu (green belt): Adil

7th kyu (yellow belt): James

8th kyu (orange belt): Georgia and Sonia

9th kyu (red belt): Alex, Ben and Thomas


8th of December, 2012

3rd kyu (brown belt): Luke

4th kyu (purple belt): Shaun

5th kyu (blue belt): Aditya and Grant

6th kyu (green belt): Lara

7th kyu (yellow belt): Adil and Raj

8th kyu (orange belt): Aiden, Eshaan, Nathan and Patrick

9th kyu (red belt): Georgia, Jay, Kieran, Oliver and Sonia


8th of September, 2012

2nd kyu (brown belt): Jon

6th kyu (green belt): Aditya, Grant and Peter

7th kyu (yellow belt): Ibraheem and Lara

8th kyu (orange belt): Adil, Ben, James and Mia

9th kyu (red belt): Eshaan, Joseph, Mark, Nathan, Patrick and Sruti


16th of June, 2012

3rd kyu (brown belt): David

5th kyu (blue belt): Shaun

7th kyu (yellow belt): Grant and Peter

8th kyu (orange belt): Ibraheem

9th kyu (red belt): Abdullah, Adil, Ben, Fenn, James, Mackenzie, and William


11th of March, 2012

4th kyu (purple belt): Callum and Jonathan

7th kyu (yellow belt): Aditya

8th kyu (orange belt): Grant, Lara, Raj and Peter

9th kyu (red belt): Dean, Ella, Ibraheem and Mia

2011

10th of December, 2011

3rd kyu (brown belt): Jon

4th kyu (purple belt): Luke

5th kyu (blue belt): Jonathan

6th kyu (green belt): Joseph, Oliver and Shaun

8th kyu (orange belt): Aditya, Dhilan, Jack and Lily

9th kyu (red belt): Ben, Grant, Lara and Peter


10th of November, 2011

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Sensei Alan Wears has been awarded 6th Dan by Shihan Dave Sharkey, Chairman and Chief Instructor of the English Karate Organisation.


10th of September, 2011

4th kyu (purple belt): David

6th kyu (green belt): John and Jonathan

7th kyu (yellow belt): Ben and Shaun

9th kyu (red belt): Jamie, Lilly and Nikki


12th of June, 2011

4th kyu (purple belt): Tess

5th kyu (blue belt): Ben, Callum and David

6th kyu (green belt): Teresa

7th kyu (yellow belt): John, Peter and Rebecca

8th kyu (orange belt): Shaun

9th kyu (red belt): Aiden, Kate and Tom


12th of March, 2011

4th kyu (purple belt): Jon

5th kyu (blue belt): Tess

6th kyu (green belt): Ben and Callum

7th kyu (yellow belt): Joseph and Max

8th kyu (orange belt): Ben, Bethan, John and Rebecca

9th kyu (red belt): Alfie, Christopher, Josh, Shaun and William


1st of March, 2011

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Sensei John Smith has been awarded 5th Dan by Shihan Dave Sharkey, Chairman and Chief Instructor of the English Karate Organisation.

2010

4th of December, 2010

1st kyu (brown belt): Michael

5th kyu (blue belt): Jon and Luke

6th kyu (green belt): David and Patrick

7th kyu (yellow belt): Ben, Callum, Casey, Jonathan, Lewis and Oliver

8th kyu (orange belt): Joseph and Zak

9th kyu (red belt): John, Aditya, Ethan and Joseph


23rd of October, 2010

We are very pleased to announce that Sensei Chris Wardell achieved his 3rd Dan.

The grading panel comprised: Alan Wears (5th Dan), Mike Greaves (5th Dan), John Smith (4th Dan), Debbie Wears (3rd Dan) Lee Scott (3rd Dan)

The Kyokutan Karate Club wishes to express its gratitude to Sensei Mike Greaves, Chief Instructor of Sukona Karate, for his valued assistance.


11th of September, 2010

8th kyu (orange belt): Casey and Jonathan

9th kyu (red belt): Bethan and Ben


12th of June, 2010

6th kyu (green belt): Tess, Luke and Jon

7th kyu (yellow belt): Teresa and David

8th kyu (orange belt): Peter, Oliver and Callum

9th kyu (red belt): Zak, Rebecca, Raj, Joseph and Jack


27th of March, 2010

2nd kyu (brown belt): Michael

7th kyu (yellow belt): Tess, Jon

8th kyu (orange belt): Teresa, Lewis, Ezra and Ben

9th kyu (red belt): Wilfred, Oliver, Katy, Harry and Callum

2009

5th of December, 2009

7th kyu (yellow belt): Luke

8th kyu (orange belt): Tess, Jon

9th kyu (red belt): Ben, Dhilan, Jonathan, Peter, Ezra, Lewis and Teresa