Grading

Belt colors and ranks reflect each student's experience and skill level. Ranks up to black belt are called "Kyu" or junior ranks, and start with 12 Kyu and end with 1 Kyu. Black belt ranks start with 1st Dan and advance to 10th Dan. Each Kyu or Dan up to 3rd Dan includes a letter grade of A, B, or C based on the student's proficiency.

 

The First Test

The grade to be achieved on a student's first test depends in part on the student's age.




School Year/age1st Test (after 6 months)2nd Test (after 1 year of training)
Nursery School12 Kyu B11 Kyu C
Kindergarten12 Kyu B11 Kyu B
1st Grade11 Kyu B10 Kyu B
2nd Grade10 Kyu C9 Kyu C
3rd Grade10 Kyu B9 Kyu B
4th Grade10 Kyu A9 Kyu A
5th Grade9 Kyu C8 Kyu C
6th Grade9 Kyu B8 Kyu B
7th Grade9 Kyu B8 Kyu A
8th Grade8 Kyu C7 Kyu C
9th Grade8 Kyu C7 Kyu B
High School8 Kyu B7 Kyu A
Adult (age 16+)7 Kyu B6 Kyu B

Testing up to 1st Dan (black belt) may take place every six months.

Black Belt (Dan) Grading Standard

A black belt (Dan) grade requires a minimum number of years of training in Seigokan Goju-Ryu, depending on the student's age. A student with a middle school 2nd Dan may advance to Adult 1st Dan at age 16.
 
GradeYears required and minimum rankSchool year or age/years of experience in Seigokan
Child 1st DanChild 1st Kyu holderElementary school/More than 5 years in Seigokan
Child 2nd DanChild 1st Dan holderMiddle school/More than 2 years in Seigokan
Adult 1st DanAdult 1st Kyu holder or Child 2nd Dan holderAge 16 or over/More than 3 years in Seigokan
2 Dan2 years after 1st Dan issuedOver age 18/more than 5 years in Seigokan
3 Dan Special terms4 years after 2nd Dan issued*3 years after 2nd Dan issuedOver age 22 and 10+ years in Seigokan; Over age 30 and 7+ years in Seigokan; over age 23 and 15+ years in Seigokan
4 Dan
Special terms
4 years after 3rd Dan issued*3 years after 3rd Dan issuedOver age 26/more than 12 years in Seigokan*Over age 35/more than 12 years in Seigokan or over age 27/more than 19 years in Seigokan
5 Dan5 years after 4th Dan issuedOver age 31 and 15+ years in Seigokan
6 Dan7 years after 5th Dan issuedOver age 38 and 22+ years in Seigokan
7 Dan8 years after 6th Dan issuedOver age 46 and 30+ years in Seigokan
8 Dan10 years after 7th Dan issuedOver age 56 and 40+ years in Seigokan (w/recommendation by the directors)
9 Dan(recommendation by the directors)
10 Dan(recommendation by the directors)

 

Seigokan Grading Minimum Requirements

Examiners are looking for proper form, concentration, speed, power, and balance.
 
GradeKata# of KatasYakusoku Kumite Jiyu Kumite
White/ YellowChildKihon Tsuki-No Kata or Gekisai 1 or 212N
AdultKihon Tsuki-No Kata or Gekisai 1 or 212Y
GreenChildKihon Tsuki-No Kata or Gekisai12N
AdultKihon Tsuki-No Kata or Gekisai12Y
Brown (currently 4th Kyu)ChildAny kata14N
AdultSanchin and another kata24Y
Brown (3rd Kyu-2nd Kyu)ChildAny kata24N
AdultSanchin and another kata24Y
Black (currently 1st Kyu)ChildUke-no-kata and another kata25N
AdultUke-no-kata and another kata25Y
Black (currently 1st Dan)ChildUke-no-kata and another kata25N
AdultUke-no-kata and any other kata2more than 5Y
Black (currently 2nd Dan)ChildUke-no-kata and any other kata25Y
AdultUke-no-kata and any other kata2more than 5Y
3rd DanAdultUke-no-kata and any other kata2more than 5Y
4th - 5th DanAdultUke-no-kata and any Goju-ryu kata (except Kihon Tsuki-no, Gekisai 1 and 2, Sanchin, and Tensho)*(and analysis of two kata applications)2more than 5Y
6th - 7th Dan Uke-no-kata and two other katas (except Kihon Tsuki-no, Gekisai 1 and 2, Sanchin, and Tensho)*(analysis of three kata applications)3Not requiredN

 

Seigokan USA Goju-Ryu Belt Colors

White, no stripes - All students begin here

White, 1 stripe - 12th or 11th Kyu [nursery school or kindergarten students]
White, 2 stripes - 10th Kyu

Yellow, no stripes - 9th Kyu

Yellow, 1 stripe - 8th Kyu

Yellow, 2 stripes - 7th Kyu

Green, no stripes - 6th Kyu

Green, 1 stripe - 5th Kyu

Green, 2 stripes - 4th Kyu

Brown, no stripes - 3rd Kyu

Brown, 1 stripe - 2nd Kyu

Brown, 2 stripes - 1st Kyu

Black, no stripes - 1st Dan - 10th Dan