Our Belt System

Adult Kyu/Dan Grades are graded on an extensive range Kata, Sport Kumite, Self Defence Kumite, Padwork, Takedowns, Escapes, Submissions and other fundamental aspects of Karate.

Belts should not be looked at as the main purpose of Karate. However, Gradings are a great tool to develop character by challenging an individual. They promote discipline and increase resilience.

The Children’s Grades are broken up into Basics, Kata, Sport Kumite and Padwork. 

As you can see, Children are not graded on as many aspects as the Adult Kyu Grades. Therefore, they wear belts with white stripes through the middle to depict the Children’s Belt. Please refer to the conversion chart below for better understanding.

It is possible for a younger student to transition to the Adult Grades once they are training in the more Senior Classes and can show maturity.

Adult Kyu Grade Belt Progression

9th Kyu
7th Kyu
8th Kyu
6th Kyu
5th Kyu
4th Kyu
3rd Kyu
2nd Kyu
1st Kyu
1st Dan

Minimum age 16yrs
Minimum 1yr of training since last grade

2nd Dan

Minimum age 18yrs
Minimum 2yrs of training since last grade

3rd Dan

Minimum age 21yrs
Minimum 3yrs of training since last grade

Subsequent Dan Grades follow the same pattern, for example 4th Dan the minimum age is 25yrs and 4yrs since last grade.

Children's Belts Progression

Children's Grey Belt
Children's Red Belt
Children's Orange Belt
Children's Green Belt
Children's Blue Belt
Children's Purple Belt

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 9th Kyu Red Belt

Children's Brown Belt 1 of 3

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 8th Kyu Yellow Belt

Children's Brown Belt 2 of 3

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 7th Kyu Orange Belt

Children's Brown Belt 3 of 3

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 6th Kyu Green Belt
Minimum age 10yrs

Children's Black Belt with 5th Kyu

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 5th Kyu Blue Belt
Minimum age 11yrs

Children's Black Belt with 4th Kyu

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 4th Kyu Purple Belt
Minimum age 12yrs

Children's Black Belt with 3rd Kyu

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 3rd Kyu Brown Belt
Minimum age 13yrs

Children's Black Belt with 2nd Kyu

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 2nd Kyu Brown Belt
Minimum age 14yrs

Children's Black Belt with 1st Kyu

This Belt is transferable to an Adult 1st Kyu Brown Belt
Minimum age 15yrs

1st Dan

Minimum age 16yrs

Conversion Chart for Children's Belts

The chart below shows you how the Children’s Belts convert to the Adult Kyu Grades when training in the more Senior Classes.

Every Childs path will be slightly different due to age, ability and training frequency.

This method gives flexibility in the Path to 1st Dan (minimum age 16yrs) and retains a high standard throughout the club for a prestigious Black Belt.

Each column shows every possible example of how a child could progress to 1st Dan.

The chart below is best viewed on a desktop PC.