Welland Wado-Kai Karate Clubs Grading Regulations

6. Gradings and Evaluations

6.1 Kyu (Coloured) Belts

6.1.1 General

Kyu belt gradings are held in September, December, March and June of each year. Students are sent to these gradings by their instructor once he or she is satisfied that the student is proficient at his or her rank. Senior students (13 yrs +) spend an average of four to eight months at each rank. Due to the minimum age requirements at each belt, Junior students usually take longer. As an extra incentive, these young students are usually awarded up stripes on each belt. The maximum number of stripes that a junior student may be awarded is three.

Students will learn each technique by both its Japanese and its English name. Click here for Karate terminology used.

The belt levels, listed in order from novice to advanced, are as follows:

  • White Belt
  • Yellow Belt
  • Orange Belt
  • Green Belt
  • Blue Belt
  • Purple Belt (Awarded to students who are between 14~16 years of age)
  • Brown Belt
  • Red Belt (Awarded to students who are between 14 and 16 years of age)
  • Black Belt – 1st Dan (Shodan)

6.1.2 Minimum Age Requirements

  • Yellow Belt – 8 Years old
  • Orange Belt – 9 Years old
  • Green Belt – 10 Years old
  • Blue Belt -11 Years old
  • Brown Belt -12 Years old

6.1.3 Kata Requirements

At each rank, in addition to basic techniques and “kumite” or sparring, a student must know specified “katas” or forms. A complete Kata list is provided below.

6.1.4 Grading Fee

There is a $20.00 grading fee, which is merely to cover the cost of the belt and the certificate. This fee is payable at the grading.

6.2 Black Belts

6.2.1 General

Gradings for Black Belts are held in Welland twice a year. Once an instructor decides that a student is ready for grading, the student must attend and pass a bi-annual evaluation which is held in Welland, usually six to eight weeks prior to the grading. ALL BROWN, RED, AND BLACK BELTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THESE EVALUATIONS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE DUE FOR GRADING.

6.2.2 Age Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the minimum standard at each rank, a student who is being graded to red belt or black belt must be at least 14 years of age or 16 years of age respectively.

6.2.3 Kata Requirements

At each rank, in addition to basic techniques and “kumite” or sparring, a student must know specified “katas” or forms. A complete Kata list is provided below.

6.2.4 Grading Fees

6.2.4.1 Red Belts

There is a $20.00 grading fee, which is merely to cover the cost of the belt and the certificate. This fee is payable AT THE GRADING.

6.2.4.2 Black Belts

There is a $35.00 grading fee, which is merely to cover the cost of the belt and the certificate. This fee is payable AT THE GRADING.

From
To
Mandatory
As Directed by National Grading Board
Required as per Welland
Grading Board
White
Yellow
Peinan Shodan
Power Kata
(Also known as Chikata)
Yellow
Orange
Peinan Nidan
(Perfection of Above)
Chonan
Orange
Green
Peinan Sandan
(Perfection of Above)
Chonan Shodan
Green
Blue
Peinan Yodan
(Perfection of Above)
Teiki Shodan
Shopai
Blue
Brown
Peinan Godan
(Perfection of Above)
Seisho
Sankio
Brown
Red
Kushanku
Brown
Black (Shodan)
Kushanku
(Perfection of Above)
Teisho
Chocodo
Shodan
Nidan
Seishan
Nahanchin
(Perfection of Above)
Taisei
Gensho Shodan
Nidan
Sandan
Chinto
(Perfection of Above)
Kempei
Seipi
Teisho Die
Sandan
Yodan
Wanshu
(Perfection of Above)
Sei Shun Tei
Kumsho
Yodan
Godan
(Perfection of Above)
Gahanshu
Gensho

Bo Kata: Sushi No Konshu (Recommended for Blue & up)
Shindo Kata: Cho Bo Tei (Recommended for Shodan & up)

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