When are Gradings
Gradings are held every 3 months for White Belts to Brown & White Belts.
Dates for these are available to view on our Calendar along with information of times and venues (please note, dates are subject to change).
Approximately three weeks before each grading, instructors will be looking closely at each student and lesson content will be based on the whole grading syllabus. Weekly classes rotate between Kihon (basics), Kata (form) and Kumite (sparring) but all three are practised before the gradings at every session.
To grade all participants must wear the ESKA uniform (Gi with ESKA Badge for Junior and Adults) and Tiny Tiger uniform (Tiny Tiger T-shirt and white trousers).
Unfortunately you will not be able to grade if you are not wearing the correct uniform. All uniforms can be ordered and purchased from any administrator, please ask if you are unsure of what is required.
Before the Grading
Here is a table giving details of each minimum training period, number of lessons and minimum amount of national association (TSKUK) course stamps which need to be met in order to grade at each level.
These must be adhered to. ESKA cannot make exceptions to the stated times and session requirements.
* Advisory amount of stamps
Please click HERE for the TSKUK Grading Stamps available in 2019.
Getting your card signed
The Instructor will sign the front of your training record card at the end of your class if they feel you are at a suitable standard and have met the required number of sessions. They will also explain why they haven’t signed your card if this is the case. Please note that it is compulsory to get your card signed in order to grade.
I’ve had my card signed, What happens next?
If your card has been signed this means you are now ready to grade. Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your grading. If you are unsure please ask an administrator, check our events or contact us at any time. You need to make sure you have an ESKA Karate suit or Tiny Tiger outfit and a signed training record card, in order to grade. You are now ready to grade for your next belt or T-shirt.
The Grading Checklist
When attending your grading, arrive in good time to register and change if necessary.
Please bring the following with you:
1. Training record card with instructor’s signatures
2. Two passport-sized photographs one for your licence book and one for ESKA grading record (only needed for your first grading)
3. Payment, either in cash or cheque (made payable to ESKA)
The costs are for the exam and registration of your grade, your next colour belt and your grading certificate (awarded at the ESKA biannual presentation afternoon/ evenings).
During the Grading
Your moment to shine!
Immediately before each grading, there is a training course which is compulsory for all students wishing to grade. It is an opportunity to warm up thoroughly and revise your grading syllabus. After the training course, you will be allowed a short break before the grading starts. All those grading will then be lined up and the grading will begin. The grading panel, which consists of a number of instructors you will recognise, will call you up by grade, in groups and ask you to complete the three elements of your syllabus.
How well did you do?
Each element is graded and an overall mark given (eg if you gain credits and 1 merit, then your overall mark will be a credit). If you are grading for 9th Kyu (red belt), or 8th Kyu (orange belt)and gain distinctions in all three elements, then you will be given the opportunity to perform the kata appropriate to the next grade. If you do this to the grading panel’s satisfaction, then you may double grade.
Well done, you’ve finished!
Once you have finished, you should sit down and maintain a respectful silence until every student has been graded. Grading students will then be lined up again and the results announced. If successful, you will be given your new belt, your blue licence book which should be brought to all future gradings and your new training record card. You will also receive a certificate, which is presented to you at an ESKA presentation afternoon/evening, held every six months.
We are happy for family and friends to come along to support you although we would ask that they also maintain a respectful silence during the grading.
Sometimes, you may not be successful. If this is the case, you will be given a replacement training record card and your licence will be returned to you. If you have been unsuccessful in just one element, then you will only have to repeat this one element at the next grading. If you have been unsuccessful on two or more elements, you will need to retake the whole grading again (Full Requirements Below).
Refer on one element only
(beginner to 1st Kyu)
If you have not passed one element of your grading (Kihon, Kata or Kumite) then you will be required to retake the one element again as long as you meet the following requirements;
- Three months have elapsed since your current referral.
- To attend the minimum amount of lessons required for that belt, not including lessons attended before the referred grading. In the case of a 3rd Kyu or above, where there is a minimum wait of six months between grading, you will be required to complete 50% of the minimum lesson requirement (e.g. 2nd Kyu referral retake requirements would be a three month wait and 24 lessons).
- Your training record card is signed by an instructor.
Refer on two or more elements
(beginner to 1st Kyu)
If you have not passed two or more elements of your grading (Kihon, Kata or Kumite) then you will be required to retake the whole grading (all three elements) again as long as you meet the following requirements;
1. Three months have elapsed since your current referral.
2. To attend the minimum amount of lessons required for that belt, not including lessons attended before the referred grading. In the case of a 3rd Kyu or above, where there is a minimum wait of six months between grading, you will be required to complete 50% of the minimum lesson requirement (e.g. 2nd Kyu referral retake requirements would be a three month wait and 24 lessons).
3. Your training record card is signed by an instructor.