In Shotokan Karate students progress through a belt system with each level having a different colour. Each level before black belt are known as Kyu grades.

Every Kyu grade has its own syllabus that needs to be learnt and during the grading progress this syllabus will be marked on a number of factors. If the student reaches the desired standard they will pass their grading and move on to their new Kyu grade.

For full JKS grading syllabus detailing what is required for each element of a Kyu (kihon, kata and kumite), please click the relevant belt below.