The cadet syllabus is focused at students in the age range of 5 years up to 11 years; therefore is designed to stimulate the students with a variety of activities which help to build skills and techniques required later on in their training; when they move on to the senior classes.

The senior class syllabus is aimed at developing the student's technical skills still further; with emphasis on the three K's, 1) Kihon, 2) Kata and 3) Kumite. The syllabus allows for less traditional training methods to be included within lessons for our teenage students to maintain interest during their transition through the teenage years.

As a student gets into the upper teen age range they will be required to develop mentally  and focus more and more on traditional Karate methods of practice. This will prepare the student as they move on and cover the Kamishin Ryu and Goju Ryu syllabus where training gets more demanding.

Student's in these classes are of an age where the body's skeletal structure has completed its growing capacity, therefore students can undertake conditioning drills to help prepare the body for potential confrontation.

As an adult a student will have gained a great deal more life experience, this allows a them to appreciate the tactical aspects of confrontation. It is at this point a students Karate training becomes more alive and generally more effective.

Above all else, Karate training can be applied to all areas of life, since a student is taught key core values; self respect, self discipline, patients and compassion all of which are necessary qualities in daily life.


Mudansha Syllabus

Each of the kyu grades up to Sho Dan (1st black belt) lists techniques a student is required to understand to meet the minimum requirements that grade. The full syllabus contains a great deal more supportive material to further a students understanding of their Karate and is not given here. Kata are listed under the three syllabus they stem from.

Sho Dan should be viewed by a student as the completion of their basic training where they have learnt the fundamental techniques of Karate.

Shodan is the beginning of the journey to the deeper understanding of Karate; as students progress through the Yudansha (black belt grades) their training will become more personalised to better fit their physical, mental and spiritual attributes.

From Godan (5th Dan) onwards a students development will be more like personal discoveries as they continue training and exploring Karate, this will lead their Karate to becoming their own style, based on the principles taught to them.

The time required to reach Sho Dan will vary from student to student, but as a general rule of thumb a student would be expected to train twice a week for approximately 6 years. The more time and effort a student affords for their study the quicker their development. Progress through the Dan grades (Yudanshan syllabus) is purely a result of a students ability to understand and apply their Karate.

Time Between Gradings

Beginner- 8th Kyu Minimum 3 months 30 hours
8 Kyu - 7 Kyu Minimum 3 months 30 hours
7 Kyu - 6 Kyu Minimum 3 months 40 hours
6 Kyu - 5 Kyu Minimum 3-6 months 50 hours
5 Kyu - 4 Kyu Minimum 6 months 60 hours
4 Kyu - 3Kyu Minimum 6-9 months 70 hours
3 Kyu - 2 Kyu Minimum 6-9 months 70 hours
2 Kyu - 1 Kyu Minimum 9-12 months 80 hours
1 Kyu - 1 Dan Minimum 12 months 100 hours
1 Dan - 2 Dan Minimum 24 months 250 hours
2 Dan - 3 Dan Minimum 36 months 400 hours
3 Dan - 4Dan Minimum 48 months 520 hours
4 Dan - 5 Dan Minimum 60 months 650 hours

 Please Remember

  1. Time and effort are the keys to making progress.
  2. Karate is not about belts! It is about self discovery, self discipline and humility.