Gradings are designed to asses a students ability and progression and are held every three months. The grading date will be notified to all students in advance, but is not an indication that the student is ready to grade. Compulsory lessons and targets will need to be acquired before a student can be considered for grading.
In order to pass a grading the student must not only demonstrate knowledge of the techniques to a standard required for their grade, but have an excellent attendance and disciplinary record. The criteria for belt promotion is not only how a student performs the required karate techniques, but also their attitude, focus and mental approach on the day of the examination and in their training in the months prior.
The first few gradings are not too difficult, however as a student progresses, grading demands increase and they will need to devote more time to their karate journey, therefore a minimum number of karate lessons will be required. Once you attend a grading, the lesson count will return to zero and you will start again. If you do not grade, then your lesson count will continue until you do so. Any kata or competition classes do not count towards this number.
A record will be kept for all student attendance, as well as how they have performed in each lesson.
Below is the club syllabus. This advises the techniques for each belt and also the minimum amount of lessons required.