Children’s Grade Examinations

A simplified grading syllabus exists to encourage young children to progress with their training in karate. To differentiate it from adult Kyu grades these are referred to as Kodomo Tokyu (Child Grade) and distinctive belt system is use to signify progress through these grades. Grading rules are:-

· The systems is compulsory for children up to the age of 12 years but may be extended to 15 years where there is a special need.

· Waiting time between each Kodomo Tokyu is a minimum 2 month based on a minimum 2 hours training per week

· Belts will have a base colour with a single contrasting lengthwise coloured stripe

· The 1st Tokyu of each series will be awarded for successful demonstration of Kihon Only

· The 2nd Tokyu of each series will be awarded for successful demonstration of Kihon + Kata

· The 3rd Tokyu of each series will be awarded for successful demonstration of Kata + Kumite

· Full Kodomo grade will be awarded for successful demonstration of Kihon + Kata + Kumite

· The club instructor will select the level that the student is to be examined at based on their ability

· The examiner will determine the grade awarded based on their performance

· There is no requirement for students taking Cadet Black belts to attend ESA Black and Brown belt course prior to grading

· Cadet Black belts may be taken within the Club by a National Examiner (see examiners list)

· The waiting time from 1st Kodomo to 1st Cadet Black Belt will be 6 months