The syllabus used in all our clubs is designed to give students the knowledge of simple, effective, proven techniques to defend themselves against a variety of attacks. Students will work with a partner to practice a demonstrated technique and as their skills and the number of techniques they have learnt grow, they will find what works best for them suiting their physical attributes.
Juniors are usually taught separately from the adults and the syllabus they use has been adjusted from that of the adults as some of the techniques are considered too dangerous due to the lack of maturity.
Kyu Grades- The Belts
The coloured belts are the student grades referred to as Kyu Grades.
The student will start at the novice white belt and progress through to the Brown 3rd Tag belt where they will then be able to be accessed for the Dan grades (Black Belts.) Each belt has a minimum timescale before a student will be eligible to take a grading (Other factors are considered also, see gradings). Of course a student can take as long as they want before they grade, although it is ultimately the decision of the club Sensei whether a student can be put forward for a grading.
The junior syllabus booklet can be downloaded from the download section.
Junior kyu grades Timescales
This is the shortest time that a student who has done regular training that the club Sensei will consider them to grade. The club Sensei must ensure the student can demonstrate they know the syllabus well and may make them miss that grading so they are better prepared for the grading after.
- White to Yellow belt - Next Available Grading (if ready)
- Yellow to Orange belt - 4 months
- Orange to Orange/Green Tag belt - 4 months
- Orange/Green Tag to Green belt - 4 months
- Green to Green/Blue Tag belt - 4 months
- Green/Blue Tag to Blue belt - 8 months
- Blue to Purple belt - 8 months
- Purple to Brown 1st Tag belt - 8 months
- Brown 1st Tag to Brown 2nd Tag belt - 4 months
- Brown 2nd Tag to Brown 3rd Tag belt - 12 months
- Brown 3rd Tag belt to Junior Black belt - 12 months (must be 12Yrs or older)
Junior Kyu gradings are held approximately every 4 months where all students invited to grade will meet. The student has to meet certain criteria before they can grade, these are:-
- The required minimum timescale has elapsed
- Has attended the required number of sessions
- Has trained regularly
- Has been invited by the Sensei to grade
- Is fit enough to take the grading
- Has up to date insurance and membership
After a revision session, all students of the same grade will perform the techniques from the syllabus. Senior instructors will assess the group to ensure they have understood and practised the move, and that they can demonstrate the techniques to the best of there ability. This way it ensures that the teaching is consistent and is to the high standards required. All Brown Belts will be expected to do a fitness test after they have graded.
The grading is not meant to be intimidating, but a chance for the student to show their skills to other members of their club, though, there will be a certain amount of nerves and the assessing Sensei's will take this into account.
Black Belt - Dan Grades
The Dan grades are considered expert grades, although this is not to say that they "know it all". It means they have learnt the basics (kyu grades), given that the basics are a very powerful self defence on there own it just means that there is a vast amount to learn in ju jitsu and now they can really start to learn. To earn the Black belt takes a lot of commitment, practice and sweat, the syllabus is tough but once earned makes the Black Belt all that much more special.
In order to qualify for the black belt the student must:-
- 1st Dan (Shodan)junior black belt
- Completed 1 years training at Brown 3rd Tag Belt ( minimum of 48 attendances)
- Must be 12 Years or older
The Dan gradings are held once a year seperately from the Kyu grades normally November/December. They are for those invited to attend having met the criteria. The gradings are done at a closed event, only examiners and those grading allowed to enter, although family and friends are able to attend the ceremony at the end of the grading.