Kenshinkan are one of the few Jujiitsu schools that have a formalised grading for
every grade step as you move toward your black belt. We have a massive near 100%
success rate, because its easy? - No, because we prepare for success! Check below
for the upcoming grading dates and rules
Juniors and Seniors 25th September 2010
Juniors & Seniors including Black Belts, Soke Steve Barnett 10th Dan - senior grading
officer in attendance
Measuring your Progress – The taking of gradings is the normal way of assessing your
progress. Most students usually grade at the end of 3 months training (or 20 attendances),
but we are all different and this may vary. Note; these are minimum requirements
only, meaning that you have to have had at least 20 lessons before presenting yourself
for a grading.
Remember that you are constantly being tested. When you are ready you will receive
your reward and be advanced forward only by your individual efforts and merit. No
one takes greater pleasure in presenting you with your deserved promotion to a higher
grade than that of your Sensei.
Gradings are formal occasions and the level of discipline expected is much greater
and more regimented than that expected during normal training. Students should take
great care to abide by the dojo rules and any lack of discipline will be reflected
in the mark given.
It is not compulsory to grade, but in order to achieve the black belt there has to
be some bench mark of technical expertise and gradings are the traditional way. Grading
can be stressful, but overcoming this is also part of a student’s progression and
shows how the student can operate when under pressure.
The syllabus is designed to show the progression from white belt to black belt grade
and is designed to be a record of the student’s achievement showing their performance
in each section of the grading syllabus.
Students should ensure that they know each section of the grading in the order that
it is listed. For grades of white to purple belt students are shown the techniques
prior to having to demonstrate them, for senior grades no demonstration is provided.
During a grading the student is graded either by a single, or in the case of senior
grades, by a panel of senior instructors. All sections are marked out of 10, for
seniors there are ten sections per grading, juniors only six. In some cases there
are 2 or 3 elements that make up a particular section – for these the average mark
Passing gradings is a milestone of progress which should be celebrated as a passage
toward the achievement of black belt. If anyone should fail a grading then the grading
officer will provide a verbal assessment of what is required for improvement before
the grading is re-taken at the next scheduled grading – Victory comes not to the
quick, but to those who endure to the end (remember the hare & the tortoise?).
All students must be fully paid up members with an up to date licence with Goshin
Ryu International. After the grading students will have their licences signed and
will be awarded a certificate to prove achievement of the grade taken.
Word of warning:All locks should be put on gently and progressively to allow uke
(training partner) to react and tap out. If any injuries are incurred due to lack
of care during grading marks will be deducted from the person/s responsible. Any
serious breach of the rules could lead to disqualification from the grading and no
mark given. If you are unsure about anything – feel free to ask.
Kyu Senior 16 & over - then Youth 12 – 15 yrs & Cadet up to 11 yrs
9th White Belt
8th Yellow Belt - Yellow Belt Tab
7th Orange Belt - Orange Belt Tab
6th Green Belt - Green Belt Tab
5th Blue Belt - Blue Belt Tab
4th Purple Belt - Purple Belt Tab
3rd Brown Belt 1st Tab - Brown Belt 1st Tab
2nd Brown Belt 2nd Tab -Brown Belt 2nd Tab
1st Brown Belt 3rd Tab - Brown Belt 3rd Tab
All Junior Black Belts are able to take their 1st Dan, Shodan on their 16th Birthday