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Grading

Goju Ryu Karate Kuyu-Kai grading is conducted as follows:

* Dojo Grading/ Provincial Grading:
   (White belt to 1st Kyu Brown belt)

The grading must be conducted by the panel of three instructors under the supervision of the panel head of the grade/ rank of  Sandan (3rd Dan Black belt)

* National Grading:

All Dan black belts grading will be conducted by the panel of 3rd Dan/ higher instructors under the panel head of the National Chief Instructor

* International Grading:

San-Dan (3rd Dan) and higher grades are conducted by Saiko-Shihan Hirano or delegated senior instructor appointed by the honbu dojo in Japan.

GRADING PERIOD:

* All kyu’s grading must be conducted on quarterly basis.

* Black belt training terms for grading:

  • 1st Kyu brown Belt to Shodan = at least 1 year after 1st Kyu test
  • Shodan to Nidan       = 2 years after Shodan test
  • Nidan to Sandan        = 3 years after the Nidan test
  • Sandan to Yondan     = 4 years after Sandan test and must be over 27 years of age
  • Yondan to Godan      = 5 years after Yondan test
  • Godan to Rokudan     = 6 years after Godan and must be 35 years of age and older
  • Rokudan to Shichidan = 7 years after Rokudan test and must be 41 years and older
  • Shichidan to Hachidan = 8 years after Shichidan test and must be 48 years and older

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Shihan Humphrey Skosana's Kuyu kai Karate South Africa teaches the traditional Goju-ryu karate of Osamu Hirano (Saiko Shihan) of Japan.