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).
On the build up to the grading date the instructors will be looking closely at each student. Your instructor will indicate to you if they feel you are ready to grade or making the correct progress towards your grading. They will advise you if you may need to train extra classes or if you are not quite ready yet to grade. Weekly classes rotate between Kihon (basics), Kata (form) and Kumite (sparring) but all three are practised the week 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 directly from our online shop HERE and will be delivered to your training venue. If you would like any advice on ordering please feel free to speak to your instructor.
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
Can I Grade?
You will receive an email if you are eligible to grade and you must have met the required number of sessions
What happens next?
If you have received a grading email 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 check our calendar or contact us at any time. You need to make sure you have an ESKA Karate suit or Tiny Tiger outfit in order to grade. You must book your grading prior to the date via the ESKA website HERE. You are now ready to grade for your next belt or T-shirt.
During the Grading
Your moment to shine!
Immediately before each grading, there is a small 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. You will also receive a certificate, which is presented to you at your training venue a few weeks later.
We are happy for 1 family member or friend 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 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).
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).