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  1. Gary Brandon
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  2. Matthew Taylor
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    Tel: (0118) 9706-943
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GKI Information

1) Fees

Licence Fees

Under 18£15
New GKI licence book
payable with the first licence application

Note for a newly affiliated dojo during their first three months of membership:

  1. Reduced rates of £10, £7, and £19 respectively, may be charged for licensing members.
  2. All members of a new dojo must have a GKI licence before being graded.

International Affiliation Fees

Single dojo affiliation£75
Association affiliation£150

An affiliation entitles members of the dojo or association to take part in GKI gasshukus, gradings, competitions etc.

An affiliation entitles the dojo or association to:

  1. Use the name, logo and badge of the GKI (but not register those other than in the name of Shihan Rousseau)
  2. Use the name of Shihan Rousseau as international chief instructor
  3. To purchase blank Kyu grade certificates at £1.50 each + postage.
  4. To copy, translate and use the content of official GKI documents.

Grading Rules and Fees

Black belt gradings will be held twice a year by the grading panel at the GKI main Gasshuku.

Black belt gradings should be done at a GKI Gasshuku, but gradings for 1st and 2nd Dan may be done at Mini-gasshukus where previously agreed. The decision whether or not to hold a grading will be based on the length of time before a GKI Gasshuku will be held locally, the ability of students to travel because of age, economic factors and other appropriate reasons. Only members from the dojos the host country may attempt a black belt grade at a Mini Gasshuku.

The GKI will train and encourage senior instructors to carry out gradings by involving them in grading panels and having two panels at gradings where the numbers are large.

Part of the examination fee will be paid the Chief Instructor and the Chairman, as the GKI grading certification is validated by their signatures.

Grade AttemptedExamination Fee
(note 1)
Registration Fee
(note 2)
Examiner(s) Required Time Since Last GradingNotes
9th, 8th, 7th kyu (under 14)£5.50 £2.501st Dan2 months Mon grades
9th, 8th, 7th kyu (over 14) £8.50£2.50Club Instructor2 months for Mon grades
6th, 5th, 4th kyu (under 14)£5.50£2.502nd Dan or above 3 months
6th, 5th, 4th kyu (over 14)£8.50£2.50 Club InstructorFor adults
3rd, 2nd kyu (under 14)£8.50 £2.503rd Dan or above6 months
3rd, 2nd kyu (over 14) £10.50£2.50Two instructors6 months
1st kyu (under 14)£11.50£2.503rd Dan or above6 months More than one dojo testing
1st kyu (over 14)£15.50£2.50 Two instructors6 monthsMore than one dojo testing
1st Dan (junior) £20.00£20.00GKI Panel6 monthsUnder 14
1st Dan (cadet)£25.00£20.00GKI Panel 9 monthsUnder 18
1st Dan£30.00£20.00 GKI Panel1 year
2nd Dan (cadet)£30.00 £20.00GKI Panel2 yearsUnder 18
2nd Dan £35.00£20.00GKI Panel2 years
3rd Dan£40.00£20.00GKI Panel3 years
4th Dan£45.00£20.00GKI Panel 4 years
5th Dan£50.00£20.00 GKI Panel5 years

Click here to get the black belt grading form


  1. This is the fee charged to cover examiner(s) fees and excludes the registration fee.
  2. This is the GKI registration and certification fee and is returned if candidate is not successful.
  3. Normally, no person will be tested without the permission of his/her instructor. In the event of a dispute, the GKI will hold an investigatory meeting and make a decision based on all available facts. Any student, who can show he/she has trained regularly and has completed the time between gradings, is eligible. Character and instructors comments will be taken in to consideration in deciding pass or fail.

Instruction Fees

Gasshuku Instructor, the two senior instructors at a GKI Gasshuku or the senior instructor at a Mini Gasshuku. These instructors must create the timetable of the Gasshukus and will be paid according to the agreed GKI rules.

Gasshuku Assistant Instructors are other instructors at any Gasshuku, who are appointed by the Gasshuku Instructor. They will be paid according to the agreed GKI rules.

The hourly fees to be charged by visiting instructors for teaching (not charged for time spent on gradings) are:

Instructor GradePrice
4th Dan£30.00
5th Dan£40.00
6th Dan £50.00
7th Dan and above
(plus all expenses)

These fees may be varied in certain circumstances provided these are agreed in advance.

Minimum fees for the course instructors will be paid, based on teaching for 50% of the class times on the days attended, unless otherwise agreed.

Part of the registration fee will be paid the Chief Instructor and the Chairman, as the GKI grading certification is validated by their signatures.


All events should be budgeted and planned to break even. As a rule of thumb, the budget should assume 95% of the revenue of the previous year's event, taking in to account any obvious major differences related to venue, demographics and so on. The responsibility this rests with the organising country/group. A budget must be produced to ensure that the normal fees structure can be met. Instructors attending should be informed of the time table and it should be confirmed that all fees will be met in accordance with the GKI guide lines plus expenses.

All government taxes are the responsibility of the individual instructor.

GKI England Gasshukus and special events (like sending members overseas), could have a GKI grant and this should be pre-agreed at an AGM. GKI England should meet any shortfall in revenue at a GKI England Gasshuku, where the shortfall is due to circumstances that could not be reasonably anticipated. A Gasshuku held in another country should have any shortfall made up from the host countries own funds.

All events should be budgeted and planned to break even. As a rule of thumb, the budget should assume 95% of the revenue of the previous year's event, taking in to account any obvious major differences related to venue, demographics and so on.

There will be two main GKI Gasshukus held each year with a third every other year in accordance of the time table produced by the GKI committee. Other courses will be run throughout the year.

The summer GKI Gasshuku will be four days duration whilst the Autumn/ Winter GKI Gasshuku will be held over a long weekend.

Course Fees

These will be1 session1 day (2 classes)Weekend (3 classes) Winter GasshukuSummer Gasshuku
Adults£10.00 £20.00£35.00£50.00£60.00
Under 18s£7.00£12.00£30.00£20.00 £30.00
Under 14s£5.00£8.00£25.00 £15.00£20.00

GKI Organisation

Main Function
Chief Instructor

Senior Instructors

Participate in debate and decision making (5th Dan up)

Run meetings, have sasting vote
Vice Chairman

Deputise for Chairmain, represent England on International Committee
General Secretary

Organise and minute meetings, ensure good communications inside GKI

Keep financial records, pay bills
International Secretary

Liase with member organisations
Chief Referee

Train referees, run tournaments
Coaching Officer

Facilitating coaching qualifications
Licence Officer

Issuing licences, certificates and keeping records
Child Protection Officer

Ensuring GKI understands and complies with relevant legislation
Web Administrator

Keeping web site up to date
Event Organisers

Ad-hoc members - participation for specific events
Governing Body Liason

Represent GKI on English governing body

2) The following age and time interval requirements apply to Dan Grades within the WKF:

Grade (English)Grade (Okinawan)Minimum Requirements
1st DanShodanMinimum 15 years of age Minimum 3 years of training
2nd DanNidan Minimum 17 years of age Minimum 2 years since 1st Dan
3rd DanSandanMinimum 20 years of age Minimum 3 years since 2nd Dan
4th DanYondanMinimum 24 years of age Minimum 4 years since 3rd Dan
5th DanGodanMinimum 29 years of age Minimum 5 years since 4th Dan
6th DanRokudan Minimum 35 years of age Minimum 6 years since 5th Dan
7th DanNanadanMinimum 42 years of age Minimum 7 years since 6th Dan
8th DanHachidanMinimum 50 years of age Minimum 8 years since 7th Dan
9th DanKyudanAwarded for exceptional lifetime achievement for karate
10th Dan JudanAwarded for exceptional lifetime achievement for karate