At Loughton Karate Club our members progress throughout the year by training, practice and gradings. The details of the karate progression are fully explained on this page and also awards are given to students, 'Loughton Karate Club, Student of the Term'. If you are a returning adult or junior I can also offer one to one personal training to assist you to when returning to karate.

Gradings and Progress

As a beginner you will start with a white belt. As you progress through the gradings you will be awarded different coloured belts. The belts are in this order

Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black.

Pre-grading Master Classes are always held to revise and assist you with your progress.

Regular attendance at the club will ensure you get good results.

What to expect when grading at Loughton Karate Club-

A grading will test a student's progress and provide a goal to aim for.

Gradings are formal occasions and provide a test to see how much a student has learned and how they apply their abilities under pressure. Testing consists of demonstration of techniques before the instructor. Testing may include everything learned at that point, or just new information. The demonstration is an application for new rank (shinsa) and may include kata, self-defense routines, and/or kumite (sparring). Parents, family and friends are welcome to spectate. Tutorials are available for Red, Yellow and Orange gradings for members to also practice online at home.

Master Classes and Gradings

Master Classes are held weekly for those students who are keen to develop their karate skills to a level where they can progress through the grading system. The Master Classes are structured in such a way that students are fully prepared for their belt grading. Gradings take place 4 times a year.

Student of the Term

Each term Sensei will choose a student for the prestigious "Student of the Term" award.

This award can be given to a student for any number of reasons such as impeccable behaviour, courage in kumite or good technical skills.

A certificate is awarded, together with a trophy and a special 'kohai' belt which the student wears for the month. The student will also stand with the Sensei at the beginning and end of each class during formal ceremonies.

One to One Training

If you are joining from another club or an adult returning to martial arts and want to practice our style of karate before joining a larger class, one to one training sessions can be arranged.

These are held outside of the normal training times and will be devised to ensure the student is comfortable with joining our club.

Students from other karate styles are welcome to join our club and keep the belt achieved at their previous club.

They will need to master our syllabus before progressing to another belt.

SENSEI STEPHEN O'BRIEN