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Sequence of Karate Grades

The "coloured" belts represent "Kyu" grades, starting with the beginner 10th Kyu white belt. For children there are also intermediate levels between the Kyus, called "Mon" grades.

The "Mon" recognises progress made and encourages children forwards. They help maintain motivation in the gap between Kyus. Adults should be able to pass straight from one Kyu to the next.

The black belt levels are called "Dan", starting with 1st Dan (Shodan), 2nd Dan (Nidan), up to 10th Dan.

Gradings are done twice a year for adults and depending upon progress, can be done up to four times a year for children. The latter then enables progress through the "mon" grades. All grading's are dependant on regular attendance and/or at the sensei's discretion.

BeltColourGradeKata to learn
white belt10th KyuBeginner
yellow belt9th KyuGeki Sai Dai Ichi
orange belt8th KyuGeki Sai Dai Ichi + bunkai
green belt7th KyuGeki Sai Di Ni
blue belt6th KyuGeki Sai Dai Ni + bunkai
purple belt5th KyuSaifa
purple belt + 1 white stripe4th KyuSaifa + bunkai
Brown belt3th KyuSeiyunchin
Brown belt - 1 black stripe2nd KyuSeiyunchin+ bunkai
Brown belt - 2 black stripes1st KyuShisochin
Black belt1st Dan Shodan 初段Shisochin + bunkai
Black belt2nd Dan Nidan 二段/弐段Sanseru + bunkai
Black belt3rd Dan Sandan 三段/参段Sepei+ bunkai
Black belt4th Dan Yondan 四段Kururunfa + bunkai
Black belt5th Dan Godan 五段Seisan + bunkai
Black belt6th Dan Rokudan 六段Suparinpei + bunkai
Black belt7th Dan Nanadan 七段
Black belt8th Dan Hachidan 八段
Black belt9th Dan Kudan 九段
Black belt10th Dan Judan 十段