Grading Requirements

The grading requirements for Anderson Bushi Kai encompass the elements of mind, body and spirit with the goal to unite these three elements. As a result all of these elements are tested at each and every grading.

There are ten steps to Black Belt (Shodan) and ten further steps in the journey to !0th Degree Black Belt (Judan) that will take rest of you life.

For the new student, they are given the rank of Ju-Kyu (10th Kyu) or White belt. The first grading is for Gu-Kyu (9th Kyu) or White Belt, Blue tag. The list of belts are as follows:

  • 10th (Ju) Kyu - White belt
  • 9th (Gu) Kyu - White belt, blue tag
  • 8th (Hachi) Kyu - Blue belt
  • 7th (Nana or Sichi) Kyu - Blue belt, green tag
  • 6th (Roku) Kyu - Green belt
  • 5th (Go) Kyu - Green belt, brown tag
  • 4th (Yon or Shi) Kyu - Green belt, 2 brown tags
  • 3rd (San) Kyu - Brown belt
  • 2nd (Ni) Kyu - Brown belt, black tag
  • 1st (Ichi) Kyu - Brown belt, 2 black tags
  • Shodan Ho - Probationary 1st Degree - Black belt

As a general rule of thumb, the journey to Black Belt takes the average person 3 years. However, this is dependant on the knowledge, skills and abilities and maturity of the student. It is the responsibility of the student and instructor, to make sure that the student is ready physically, metally and spiritually for the grading.

As an example, the current grading for White belt, blue tag takes approximately 30 minutes and the student is required to complete:

  • Warm up routine
  • 10 Push ups
  • 10 Sit ups
  • 10 squats
  • Stretch routine
  • Shadow box a stated combination of hand, elbow, foot and knee techniques using footwork to bridge the gap to your opponent
  • Kata (form or pattern of karate techniques)
  • Yaksuko (application of kata into self defence)
  • Sparring (3 by 1min rounds of light or touch contact with protective equipment)


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© Brett Walker on behalf of Anderson Bushi Kai Sunshine Coast Region 2016