Black Belt Grading Information

Shodan - First Dan Black Belt

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 been 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)


Nidan – Second Dan


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)




Grading Day for all

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

Basic stance/posture for protecting yourself (Fence) Talk/Explain

Strikes, 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). Talk/Show

Joint locks/restraints, how to restrain someone Talk/Show

Escapes from grabs/strangles/headlocks ect, showing how to escape a variety of different grabs and position yourself in a position of advantage where you have control. Talk/Show

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 finally ground grappling. Strong standard of striking, all ranges.

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

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




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