Students start by going through
the "Kyu" ranks (Pronounced 'kew', as in Kew Gardens).
Progression in karate is a personal journey, but at the early
stages you can expect to grade every 6 months. Kyu ranks and the
color belts that go with them are as follows.
Once black belt has been achieved, students are awarded
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For further details on the EWK Sylabus see our overview
page. For the rules relating to grading please visit our grading
Juniors (6 to 11)
Junior students must take a Mon Grade prior to taking the associated
Kyu grade and receive a stripped belt. Having reached 1st Kyu,
junior students may apply to take a Junior Dan Grade (Black Belt),
but are not then able to take further dan grades until they are
Adults (16 or above).
Cadets (12 to 15)
Cadet apply for Mon Grades prior to taking the associated Kyu
grade, in the same manner as Junior Students, and can also not
progress beyond Junior 1st Dan until they are 16. In exceptional
cases cadets may be awarded a Kyu Grade instead of Mon grade upon
completion of a particularly outstanding grade. It must be stressed
that the award of a Kyu grade rather than a Mon grade reflects
remarkable progress, and is the exception rather than the rule.
The award of an exceptional Kyu grade does in any way affect the
outcome of future grades which are judged on their merit on the
Adults (16 and above)
Adults are not required to apply for Mon grades, and progress
via Kyu gradings.