Northern Junior Brown and Black Belt Grading weekend course.

The grading weekend is open to any student below the age of 18 years looking to grade for their 3rd Kyu brown belt up to Junior Nidan.

Pre-grading session date:

Saturday, 3rd June 2017

Time: All grades

Pre-grading session: 12:00 - 14:30

Pre-grading session fee:

Cost - £15.00

If you are invited to grade after the pre-grading Saturday course then the grading information follows:

Grading date:

Sunday, 4th June 2017

Time: All grades

Practice session: 10:00 - 11:00
Grading: 11:00 - 13:00

Grading session fee:

Cost - Included in grading fees below.

This grading weekend is for junior 3rd Kyu and above on the invitation of your Sensei for grading.

Please remember 1st Kyu students must wait at least a year before attempting their Shodan grade. The gap between shodan and nidan is a minimum of two years. All students must have attended at least two regional or national events in the year of attempting any of these gradings.

The purpose of the training session is to prepare the candidates for the grading that follows and hopefully relax them so they can enjoy the whole experience that much more. Although the pre-grading training is not part of the official grading process, candidates should be encouraged to remain focused and always do their best. The grading panel will use the time to identify any students they feel should consider withdrawing from the grading this time around because they are not as fully prepared as they could be. It avoids candidates, especially our younger members, putting themselves through the grading ordeal only to be disappointed at the end. It also saves the parents a lost grading fee.

Please make sure your EGKA membership is up to date for the grading. You can renew your membership online (click here).

Course and Grading Venue:

Birkenhead Dojo
Nr Water Tower
1 Boundary Road
CH43 7PB

Grading fees:

Brown belt fees - £40.00
Junior Shodan exam fee - £100.00
Junior Nidan exam fee - £120.00

Please pay on the day, bringing either the exact amount in cash, or a cheque made payable to the "EGKA". For administration reasons, please pay the training and grading fees separately.

There is a 50% grading fee reduction for candidates retaking their black belt gradings within 12 months.

Application forms:

Dan Grade Registration Form (requires photo)

Kyu Grade Registration Form (requires photo)

Please make sure they are completed and handed into the registration desk on the day.

Avoid common mistakes

Please DO NOT post your application forms. Ask your dojo sensei to confirm you have completed the form correctly and then bring it with you to hand in on the day of the grading.

Make sure you have firmly attached a colour photograph. Make sure your Sensei has signed the form. Make sure you have completed the Katakana section (Dan forms only).

The most common mistake is that we discover a candidate’s EGKA membership has lapsed. Candidates will not be allowed to grade, or will even have their success reversed if they are not in membership on the grading day.

So please make sure your EGKA membership is up to date.

Remember you will also need to bring your white EGKA membership booklet for inspection on the day.