Grading are held approximately every four months.
The suggested time intervals for each belt level are given below. It is
important to remember that the following are minimum recommendations and every
effort should be made to exceed them. Being
an excellent lower belt is far more important than being a mediocre higher
Children are graded in the stripe system which are awarded between belt grading, and is determined by the progress of the student between belt levels.
The Karate‑ka learns Karate in stages, moving
from the simple to the complex only after performing proficiently in each
stage. Grading are not mandatory and exaggerated emphasis on success or
failure of grading is discouraged for it is recognized that everyone
progresses at his or her own pace towards their own personal goals.
The levels of proficiency in Karate are divided
into two categories: kyu which
means "class of beginner" and dan which means "step”.
There are six classes of beginner and ten steps or
Color Suggested Time at
5 kyu yellow 8 months
4 kyu orange 8 months
3 kyu green 8 months
2 kyu blue 12 months
1 kyu brown 12 months
1 dan to 10 black many years
“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory
or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.” Gichin