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GRADING EXAMINATIONS are held every three months at the Konjaku Shin National School of Karate.
There is a minimum waiting period of three months between each of the mon grades, and 9th to 3rd kyu.
The minimum waiting period for the grades of 2nd and 1st kyu is six months. Minimum waiting period from
1st kyu brown belt to 1st dan black belt is also six months. These periods vary, depending on each students
progress, and the amount of training put in. The minimum waiting period between each dan grades corresponds
to the dan grade number itself, i.e: 1st dan to 2nd dan minimum waiting period is two years, then three years from
2nd dan to third dan etc. The minimum age for attempting the grade of 1st Dan is twelve years, for 2nd Dan it is fourteen years.

DAN GRADES are attempted ONLY by personal invitation from the Chief Instructor. SHODAN - literally meaning first level, signifies the student is now deemed ready for the next, more serious stage of their karate training. It is the lowest of the black belt levels, and it is only the start.
If a student is invited by the Chief Instructor to attempt a dan grade it means he believes they have shown the correct attitude, dedication, and improvement in mental understanding and technical ability.
Konjaku Shin does not award "junior" black belts. All students attempting black belt have to demonstrate the same skills, regardless of age. They do not therefore have to retake the grade as adults, as they have already fulfilled the requirements. This ensures the grade of black belt retains credibility whatever the age it is attained.

* Reaching black belt should not be seen as an end in itself.
* Dan grades are never awarded based on training time alone. Waiting periods are only a "minimum".
* Each student is judged on their own merits, and everyone is different.
* Black belts can be bought from any sports shop, and diplomas bought online, if a black belt is only required in name. They cannot however be worn at Konjaku Shin.

KODOMO grades are explained in detail below.
MON grades are junior grades that children between the ages of eight and eleven are required to take before
attempting the full KYU grade.
KYU grades are coloured belts taken by students age twelve and over, or following the appropriate mon grade.
From age twelve and above the mon grades are not required.


 KONJAKU SHIN MON, KYU & DAN GRADES

 MON/KYU GRADES


Konjaku Shin Grades
 

 DAN GRADES


1st Dan: SHODAN - minimum wait 6 months from 1st kyu
2nd Dan: NIDAN - minimum wait two years from shodan
3rd Dan: SANDAN - minimum wait three years from nidan
4th Dan: YONDAN - minimum wait four years from sandan
5th Dan: GODAN - minimum wait five years from yondan
6th Dan: ROKUDAN - minimum wait six years from godan
7th Dan: NANADAN - minimum wait seven years from rokudan
8th Dan: HACHIDAN - minimum wait eight years from nanadan
9th Dan: KYUDAN - minimum wait nine years from hachidan
10th Dan: JUDAN - minimum wait ten years from kyudan

THE "KODOMO" GRADING SYSTEM

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The Konjaku Shin National School of Karate operates a unique and separate grading system and syllabus for children between the ages of four to seven.
The "Kodomo" system consists of five diploma levels, each progressively more demanding. It is designed to systematically lead the child into the mainstream grading syllabus, at which time they will be well prepared for the grade of 9th mon. 
Karate is increasingly popular with children of these ages, and Konjaku Shin recognises that they have special requirements. The Kodomo system is unique to Konjaku Shin, and has proved very successful.

 

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