This page will be for those students 3rd Kyu and above. The information contained will help those looking to be promoted to Dan Rank (Black Belts).

General Expectations for 3rd Kyu and Above:

  • Meeting grading requirements described in the curriculum
  • Including a minimum of 4 hours class time per week (for those 13+)
  • As well as specialized training, event participation, and written work as described in the curriculum document above
  • Students 3rd Kyu and above are expected to assist with children’s classes twice per month
    • This benefits the dojo and all its students
    • Reinforces your own training
    • Demonstrates positive attitude and commitment to the juku
    • Note: for high-school students, these classes can be counted towards required volunteer hours
  • Reaching higher ranks is about a life style and commitment to training.
  • But with a balance of: family, school/work, health, juku, and other activities
  • Minimal effort will not be rewarded!

About Gradings for 3rd Kyu and Above:

  • Gradings are a personal matter and aimed at giving you a benchmark of your own progress
  • Gradings are important in the sense that you are placed in a ‘stress’ situation, outside your comfort zone
  • It is aimed at helping you break through personal barriers to ensure your future progress, maturity, and development
  • Karate is about personal development – every individual has their own reason for training, never try to ‘compete’ with your fellow students
  • Do not attempt grading when you have not prepared for one, it is counterproductive for your own esteem and motivation
  • Achievements in tournaments have no bearing on your grading assessment

Realities for 3rd Kyu and Above:

  • Individuals who practice more often, and attend class more frequently will progress faster than those who put in the minimum practice required
  • As you reach higher ranks, you will need to practice with partners outside of class. This also helps develop friendships and community within the dojo.
  • You will need to set goals to prepare for your grading, and be confident when you step on the grading floor.
  • A grading can be failed – you still need to perform on the day of.
  • Having a belt does not equal having skills – you need to practice in order to maintain skills and fitness you develop while training.
  • If you do not train for an extended period of time, or fall behind the skills required by your rank, you may be required to wear a white belt until you reach/demonstrate the required skill level again.
  • You can make excuses or you can make progress!

For black belt requirements and expectations, see the Black Belt requirements page.