What to prepare for Karate grading?
Consider grading day to be just another training.
The first part of the class will be dedicated to warming-up and going through grading techniques and etiquette. It is important to arrive at least 10 minutes early, as you may not be admitted to grade by the examiner if you arrive late.
You will also need to submit a completed copy of the JKA Shotokan Ireland Membership Form to the examiners before grading, or fill in the digital form below. This will allow you to receive the JKA membership booklet which will open the door to train in any JKA dojos and seminars in the world, including the headquarters in Japan.
And lastly, get plenty of rest before the grading and bring your best self on the day.
Registration form for JKA membership (required for grading)
To register for your next grading, please fill in the short sign-up form below to indicate your participation. If you are grading for the first time (white belt/10th kyu) or recently made a switch to JKA from a different association, you will also need to fill up the Membership Form and bring the physical form to the grading.
What are the Karate ranks?
Like many traditional martial arts, Karate recognises the skills progression of the student through the ranking system called Kyu, meaning “Class” in Japanese. A new student joining the Dojo will be recognised as a white belt, or a 10th Kyu. In order to progress through the ranks, students have to go through the Grading system and get assessed by examination panel.
After 1st Kyu, you will obtain the black belt and the ranks change to Dan, meaning “Step“. Once you attain your first black belt, it is widely considered that is when your real training begins, hence it is called Shodan, or “the first step”.
UCD Karate Grading Schedule
The first grading of the academic year is usually held around Nov/Dec as students would get a sufficient 3-4 months of training for the first belt.
Usually held in April for members who have regularly attended trainings for the period of January – April, coinciding with Semester 2 in UCD.
For members who regularly attend summer training, we hold a special summer grading in July/August, depending on the amount of graders.