Black Belt Examinations

The rank of Black Belt has a very special significance in the martial arts, and whilst it is by no means the ‘end’, it is more like the completion of your apprenticeship, it is often likened to gaining an Academic degree.

As it has such significance in the wider world we take the process very seriously.

All black belt candidates should take the time to study the black belt handbook carefully, and if there is anything at all you are unsure of you should ASK rather than make assumptions..

Above all else, you must take ownership of the process and be very pro-active in your approach. One of the highest qualities of the Black Belt rank is your ability to lead by example, and this must be very clear in your preparation for the Black Belt examination.

Important reminder – Black Belt Applications

This is relevant to ALL students approaching black belt grades, including current 1st Kup (Red/Black) students grading to black belt candidate status..


Black Belt Candidates

Please ensure you read the ‘notes for black belt candidates’ document on the website thoroughly as there is an additional requirement of a pre-grading essay which must accompany your grading application.   If you need any help coming up with a topic for this, please speak to Master Olpin or Mrs Williamson ASAP


Black Belt Applications

Please remember that the application process involves several key stages, and that the initial application requires certain aspects, such as personal goals, to be discussed and agreed in advance with an instructor, so you cannot simply leave it to the last moment and put a form in – and applications will not be accepted unless you have discussed and agreed all aspects in advance of the application.

You must include ALL the following with your application form:

  • Completed application form
  • Written outline of all agreed goals (including how you plan to track/measure them)
  • Title and brief outline of your Thesis / Project topic
  • Training plans to cover both the monthly outline and first month’s weekly plans
  • Your training journal should be set up with an initial post detailing all the above *agreed* information.

It is highly recommended that you don’t leave applications until the last moment in case of issues!

Grading Examination 17th December 2022

*Note this is an exception to our usual March/September schedule

Initial Applications*Pre-grading AssessmentFinal Submission Deadline
ADULTSN/AN/AN/A
JUNIORS30/8/22Sept-Nov 202230/11/22

Grading Examination 24th March 2023

Initial Applications*Pre-grading AssessmentFinal Submission Deadline
ADULTS30/8/22Sept 2022-Feb 202328/02/23
JUNIORS30/11/22Nov 2022-Feb 202328/02/23

Grading Examination 24th September 2023

Initial Applications*Pre-grading AssessmentFinal Submission Deadline
ADULTS27/02/23March – August 202331/08/23
JUNIORS30/05/23June – August 202331/08/23