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.
waiting period for
the grades of 2nd and 1st kyu is six months. Minimum waiting
1st kyu brown
belt to 1st dan black belt is also
six months. These periods vary, depending on each students
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.
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.
grades are explained in detail below.
MON grades are junior grades
that children between the ages of eight and eleven are required to
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