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As we take our students through the belt sequence, we introduce a new technique to focus on every month. At the end of the month, the students are tested on their new technique and, if they can demonstrate it to a suitable level, are awarded a badge which is sown onto their karate gi (suit).

When a student achieves their first 6 badges, they are tested on all the techniques they have learnt and, upon passing, are awarded their red stripe belt.

The following techniques are required for the students to gain their belts.

Red Stripe Belt

The Red Stripe belt is an intermediary belt before they get their Red Belt. It shows they have made good progress and are on course to learn the techniques their require for their Red Belt.

We focus on their karate foundations. This literally begins with teaching their correct stances for power and balance. They are also taught how to block and how to perform an effective punch and front kick.

Stances – Junzuki Dachi & Shiko Dachi

Head Block – Jodan uke – Static and moving in stance

Low Block- Gedan Barai – Static and moving in stance

Inner Block – Uchi Uke – Static and moving in stance

Front Kick – Mae Geri – From fighting stance

Front Punch- Junzuki – Static and moving in stance

Red Belt (8th Kyu)

This will be the students’ first full belt and a grading fee will apply. We build on the basic techniques they have already learnt and increase their martial arts tool kit.

They are taught leadership and discipline by leading the class with the correct bowing technique at the beginning and end of the lesson. They are also taught a fourth block, two more striking techniques and the roundhouse kick.

We also introduce the student to the first kata, a set of 21 moves the student must memorise.

Outer Block – Soto uke – Static and moving in stance

Reverse punch – Gyakuzuki – Static and moving in stance

Back Fist – Uraken – from fighting stance

Roundhouse Kick – Mawashi Geri – From fighting stance

Half of first kata – Pinan Nidan – to first kiai point

Kneeling sequence at start of lesson

Seiza – Kneel, Mokuso – Close eyes, Instructor says Yame Mokuso – Open eyes, Sensei Ni Rei – Bow to instructors, Octagai Ni Rei – Bow to class, Kiritsu – Stand

Yellow Stripe Belt

This is the intermediary belt between the Red and Yellow Belts. The student now takes the basics they have learnt, adds to them and puts them into combinations.

They are taught the Knife Hand Block and Lower Side Kick. Kicks and punches are put together into effective combinations. Multiple blocks are also used in quick combinations as an attacker rarely only strikes once!

Sokuto Fumikomi Low side kick – from fighting stance

Shuto Uke – Knife hand block – in back stance

Kette Gyakuzuki – Front kick and reverse punch

Kette Junzuki – Front Kick and front punch

Soto uke / Gedan barai – Outer block/Low block

Uchi uke / Jodan uke – Inner block / Head block

Yellow Belt (7th Kyu)

When the student earns their 24 badges, they will be allowed to take their yellow belt grading. This will be the students’ second full belt and a grading fee will apply. The students are now ready to put the techniques they have learnt into practice. With a partner, they demonstrate how they would block and counter attacks to the head and chest. They will memorise more advanced combinations and be able to demonstrate the full kata they started learning as a Red Belt.

Mae Geri Tobikomizuki Gyakuzuki – Front kick, leaning punch reverse punch

Sanbon kumite – Jodan one – Head block sequence 1

Sanbon kumite – Jodan two – Head block sequence 2

Sanbon kumite – Chudan one – Chest attack block sequence 1

Sanbon kumite – Chudan Two – Chest attack block sequence 2

Pinan Nidan – 1st Kata

. . . and Beyond

Following the students’ attainment of their Yellow Belt, they will have achieved their 24 badges. They will now work towards their Orange Belt (6th Kyu). They will have grown in discipline and self-confidence to the point they will no longer require monthly badges to motivate them and mark their progress.


Why Use Badges?

  1. It motivates the students by encouraging them to practice for a specific merit badge. It’s a very important visual sign of progress.
  2. It makes coming to class more exciting as students love to compete with each other and strive to achieve the brightly colored badges.
  3. As they practice, in order to achieve the desired badge, the student’s standard improves dramatically.
  4. The small, neat, eye catching lightweight woven badges are easy to sew on. They can also be “glued” on using “fabri tac” adhesive for fabrics or a similar product. They become part of the suit and do not interfere with training.
  5. Students, especially young students, need visual signs of progress. This is why we have belts, but sometimes the gap between promotions seems too long for young students and they lose interest. This is where the badges really help. They are a regular visual sign of progress, encouraging and motivating the student on a monthly.