Kyodai Karate



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Having colour belts is a good incentive for students and a good way of measuring progress. 

In Kyodai, we have a system of coloured belts from white to black, which are as follows -

Belt Colour Standard Statutory Time Limit between Senior Examinations:
White Beginners  
Red 9th Kyu 3 months
Yellow 8th Kyu 3 months
Orange 7th Kyu 3 months
Green 6th Kyu 3 months
Blue 5th Kyu 3 months
Purple 4th Kyu 3 months
Brown 3rd Kyu 3 months
Brown 2nd Kyu 6 months
Brown 1st Kyu 6 months
Black Shodan 1 year
Black Nidan 2 years
Black Sandan 3 years


1st/2nd & 3rd Kyuís          - Sempai (Senior)
1st to5th Danís               - Sensei (Teacher)
6th and 7th Danís           - Shihan (Master)
Master of the house or senior man in the style - Kancho (Master).

The place in which one train's in karate is called a "dojo"
When training, one normally uses the Japanese terms, which are internationally known and therefore understood by nearly everyone practising karate throughout the world.
Discipline within a well-run dojo is always very strict and the instructor is always addressed by his title; this helps maintain the proper relationship between a teacher and his students, which is always very formal.
Upon entering or leaving a dojo one always bows and gives an OSU.  The bow is a sign of respect for the training hall, which in Japan is regarded as a place with spiritual significance.

A lesson always begins with the students lining up in grade order and facing the instructor.  The instructor gives the following command Line up.

The students are lined up in grade order and face the instructor. The instructor gives the following commands:

Seiza                   (a command to kneel down)
Mokuso              (Close eyes - Period of meditation)   
Mokuso Yame   (Open eyes)
Sosai ni, Rei       (Bow with loud OSU)
Sensei ni, Rei     (Bow with OSU)
Sempai ni, Rei   (Bow with OSU)
Otagai ni, Rei    (Bow with OSU)

Sensei will stand up and bow, at which point all students stand up and bow with OSU, Students should leave the floor quickly and quietly.


Position            - Stance
Balance            - Control of position
Co-ordination   - Control of balance and position in technique
Form                 - Performing above correctly
Speed               - Increase time rate of performance without loss of form 
Power               - Strengthening the technique
Reflex                - The technique becomes a natural movement
It is essential that the progression is not rushed, but developed at each stage.


1.         The practice of using karate for any form of bullying will not be tolerated. Severe action will be taken against any student found behaving in this manner.

2.         All students must bow and give OSU on entering and leaving the dojo, stepping on to or off of the training area and when paying subs. Junior grades should also bow to the senior grades. Instructors should be referred to as Sensei or Senpi and not by their first names.

3.         Nails must be kept clean and short enough to avoid cutting and scratching. No Jewellery or watches should be worn. If it is not possible to remove rings, earrings or bracelets they should be safely covered.

4.         Late arrivals should enter the dojo quietly and kneel at the back of the class with their hand raised. When the signal to join the class is given the student should join at the back and wait for an appropriate moment to join in grade order.

5.         No drinks are permitted within the Dojo and are to be left in the designated area.

6.         Complete white Gl with correct grade belt should be worn at all times, unless other wise stated by Sensei.

(In the summer Club T-Shirts may be worn).

7.         Spectators are welcome with Senseiís permission. If spectators are present they should keep quiet and not disrupt the class in any way. This permission could be withdrawn at any time.

8.         Spectators should sit to the rear of the dojo.

9.         Strict discipline will be adhered to at all times. Shoddy discipline will result in a shoddy club,

10.       Nobody should walk across the training area, especially with footwear on. This includes Parents and other spectators.

11.       Students and spectators should be careful not to walk in front of a class.

12.       When an instructor is teaching a class they should not be interrupted by anyone accept students training in that class.

13.       Each member must possess the following before he or she can grade or Spar/Fight within the club. In date TKA. License - £30.00 1-year cover.

 (This will allow a student to train at any EKF affiliated club, but permission must be given from the dojo instructor. The usual seniority will apply.

          It also incorporates within the individual License an insurance scheme.Details can be supplied on request and is a requirement by law.


Est. 1999


Kyodai Martial Arts © 1999