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Club Gradings

What is a Grading?

The system of progressing through the various Jujitsu belts is the basis of the grading process.

These belts provide milestones that students can use to quantify their progress as they work towards mastering the art. Students that spend more time training and honing their skills will be rewarded with a faster progression through the Jujitsu belts.

Although the Jujitsu belt ranking system is a Western invention, there are rumours that this tradition originated in the East. According to ancient myth, a novice to a martial art would have a clean, white belt, which would become dirty and coloured over time, representing their progress.

Jujitsu Syllabus

Most Jujitsu training academies will have a solid structure in place for evaluating a student’s progression.

For each stage of the learning process – or belt – academies have defined a list of techniques that students must be able to perform.

his syllabus gives students a clear idea of what is required for each stage, allowing them to see themselves progressing as they move closer towards the next milestone.

The videos below show the techniques that beginners learn in order to get their first belt as well as a video showing more advanced techniques.

Advanced Techniques

Junior Black Belt Grading

The Grading

The Jujitsu student and instructor will both decide, based on the progress, whether the student is ready to test their ability and be promoted to the next Jujitsu belt.

If the student is deemed to be ready, they will perform an assessment involving a demonstration of their ability to perform the techniques required.

If the student completes each element of the grading process to an adequate level, they will be awarded a new belt and will progress through to the next stage towards mastering the art of Jujitsu.

How often are gradings?

The speed of your progression depends on the amount of time you put in.

An adult starting out in Jujitsu should expect to achieve their next belt grade every 5 or 6 months.

Typically training twice a week, students take around 5 to 7 years to achieve black belt

Belt colour progression is White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black

Intermediate Belts

Younger students are also awarded  ‘intermediate’ striped belts, as well as ‘full’ belts,  in an attempt to keep them interested.

Younger students can get bored relatively quickly, and these tags allow them to constantly see themselves progressing.

Tags can be given to reward a student for mastering as few as three techniques, giving them a clear indication of their progression.

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Grading News

More Junior Black Belts

More Junior Black Belts

Stunning Black Belt Grading – Well Done! Jujitsu at it’s very best! Congratulations to our 6 new junior black belts and all those that took in this grading after missing last months. The standard was excellent with all techniques performed to an astonishingly good level. Well done team – you made your parents and your instructors very proud!

Sensei Mick Rothon

Sensei Mick Rothon

Congrats to Sensei Mick Rothon 8th Dan Award Well done to Sensei Mick Rothon who has just been awarded his 8th Dan by our chief instructors for a lifetime of amazing contributions and selfless dedication to jujitsu.

Black Belt Gradings

Black Belt Gradings

Congratulations to those black belts who passed their gradings after years of hard work.

Junior Black Belts

Junior Black Belts

Fantastic Black Belt Grading Stunning Jujitsu Techniques! Congratulations to our two new amazing Junior Black Belts James & Mikey who did fantastically well and passed their Junior Black Belt Grading It takes hard work, discipline, maturity, fitness and a training ethic second to none to achieve the level of excellence that they demonstrated throughout their grading techniques. Very well deserved…

Stotfold Belt Grading

Stotfold Belt Grading

March 2020 Congratulations to our 6 new yellow belts and Andy, now a Green belt. Excellent Grading at the Stotfold club (Hitchin).

Adult Black Belt Grading

Adult Black Belt Grading

Excellent End of Year Grading Awesome Demonstration of Dedication & Techniques Congratulations to another 2 new black belts this year, 9 new black belts in total for Total Self Defence Ltd. Paul Ridley and Kieron Hanlon did excellently. It’s been a 10-year journey for Paul – a fantastic achievement. Kieron did it in five years – another amazing achievement –…


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