The Shuri Karate Dojo provides a clear pathway for students to learn and improve. Grading examinations are held at regular intervals throughout the year.
During the weeks before a grading test your sensei will begin to assess your ability and desire to grade. A promotion is NOT an automatic right. If during these initial assessment periods he deems you unready to grade you will not be permitted to test and will be informed prior to the grading date. Knowing your syllabus is not enough. Your performance, effort, attendance, dedication and the motivation you show are ALL considered.
Just being able to remember a technique, stance, drill or kata is simply not enough. You must show good performance, focus and power with a good understanding and depth of knowledge relevant to your grade and age.
Students must submit their application form and grading fee prior to the grading date to be eligible.
Younger students require a little more time to develop their skills so they spend two grades on the same level. They receive a black stripe to add to their belt indicating an interim grade.
Students aged 16 years and over will receive a full colored belt each time they successfully grade. For black-belts, there are no "dan" bars on the belts.
Below are the belt colors and corresponding grades we use in our dojo. Not all karate styles and dojo use all the same colors and some use them in a different order. Qualified instructors are eligible for the "red belt" or "gold bars" on their belts to indicate teaching level.