Grading

In Ashihara Karate in Australia, there are eleven levels to the Black Belt, each level is called a Kyu and are divided into five colour belts.

 

12th Kyu

White belt

 

11th Kyu

White belt with red tip

 

10th Kyu

Red belt

 

9th Kyu

Red belt with blue tip

 

8th Kyu

Blue belt

 

7th Kyu

Blue belt plus Yellow tip

 

6th Kyu

Yellow belt

 

5th Kyu

Yellow belt plus Green tip

 

4th Kyu

Green belt

 

3rd Kyu

Green belt plus Brown tip

 

2nd Kyu

Brown belt

 

1st Kyu

Brown belt plus Black tip

 

Shodan

Black belt 1st dan


Test for the various belts are held regularly and takes the form of a formal examination.

The belt system is used to allow you to gauge your progress in Karate and give incentive to try harder. The decision to try for grading test is entirely yours and no pressure will be placed upon you to enter one. On the other hand if your instructor thinks that you are not ready for grading, then you will not be allow to participate. Every successful candidate will be awarded with a certificate from International Headquarters.

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