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Black Belt Grading Information

Grading Day - What to expect 


Kickboxing stance/posture - Explain/Demonstrate.

Kickboxing combinations, striking, using different parts of the body to strike, explaining which strikes to use in different ranges and targets they should be aimed at. (eg punches, open hand strikes, elbows, knees, kicks/stamps) - Explain/Demonstrate.

Thorough understanding of body mechanics relate to the martial arts. Angles, leverage, vital points and distance.

The ranges of combat, free moving, striking, standing clinch, trip and takedowns and ground grappling. Strong standard of striking, all ranges.

Equipment:  Heavy bag, focus mitts, thai pads, Large Kick Shield


Shodan | - Beginning Level - Black belt


Once you have passed the mock test, keep a training diary with a brief summary of each session. This must be presented the week before the grading along with your blackbelt essay. 

What it means to be a Black Belt: Past, Present and Future Training. 

All black belt (Shodan) candidates need to write an essay of the above title, there is no set word count on the essay but it should give examiners a deeper understanding into what a black belt means to you. Candidates can write about personal training experiences and about what preparation they have taken leading up to the exam. (Essays need to be emailed to 1 week before your grading)


Basic evolution combinations 1 to 7 compulsory, also pad holding for all of these.


Escapes from grabs/strangles/headlocks etc, showing how to escape a variety of different grabs and position yourself in a position of advantage where you have control. - Explain/Demonstrate

Self- protection tactics against a hand held weapon, stick or edged weapons eg knife, using movement, restraints and strikes.


Same-side wrist grab, 2 escapes, 1 ending in a restraint.

Cross hand wrist grab, 2 escape, 1 ending in a restraint.

Two-handed front grab or choke, 2 escapes 1 one ending in a restraint.

Escape from a rear choke. 

Escape from bear hug, arms in and out

Headlock, 2 escapes

Knife attack

Stick attack

Multiple attackers

Knowledge of Pre-fight psychology. E.g  the fence, conversation, line ups etc. - Explain/Demonstrate.

Basic principles of striking from the fence, straight punch and open hand strike.

Defence from a seated position, including striking and escaping. 

ABCs of self defence.


Nidan || – Second Dan (2 years minimum form Shodan)


Essay - What separates me from Shodan? Tell us about your growth in training and as a person in the Martial Arts since your Shodan test.

(Essays need to be emailed to 1 week before your grading)


A syllabus will be given to you tailored around your strengths and weaknesses

Sandan ||| - Third Dan (3 years minimum from Nidan)


Yondan ||| - Fourth Dan (4 years minimum from Sandan)


Good Luck.


Adapt, change and control - Everything above is subject to change without notice


No growth in comfort!!


“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .” 

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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