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Rank Examinations

Regular examinations are an integral part of any karate training program. Each year we have ranking examinations for the next student technical level 'Kyu'. There are ten (10) Kyu (colored belts) levels and ten (10) DAN (Black Belt) levels.

Examinations are given in June and December for full belt testing, and approximately every eight (8) weeks for stripe testing for students under 8. The exams are held at the Warwick Shotokan Club by a testing Board of 3-5 Black Belts from the Shotokan Karate Association. DAN testing will be held only during the summer (in June-July). Retests will be held in December.

All Kyu tests for Orange Stripe (9th Kyu) – Green (5th Kyu) are on a voluntary basis. If you think you are ready you can sign up and test. All Kyu rank tests for Purple (6th Kyu) – DAN rank (Black Belt) are by invitation only.

A student is allowed try to take an examination for the next rank as many times as needed. We encourage all members to test. Certain Kyu ranks must complete a written examination and submit written essay answers prior to the actual test. Any large amount of absences will be cause for a student not to be invited to test for green belt and above.

The examination fees are $25.00 for Kyu testing and $75.00 for DAN tests. There is no charge for testing until the student passes the test.

 

Belt Advancement Requirements
Click on the Belt level to view requirements in PDF format.

10th Kyu (white belt) to 1st - 3rd Stripe - Practical Exam
10th Kyu (white belt) to 9th Kyu (Orange Stripe) - Practical Exam
8th Kyu Orange belt - Practical Exam
7th Kyu Yellow belt - Practical Exam
6th Kyu Blue belt - Practical Exam
5th Kyu Green belt - Practical ExamWritten Exam
4th Kyu Purple belt - Practical ExamWritten Exam
3rd Kyu Brown (1st) belt - Practical ExamWritten ExamEssay Questions
2nd Kyu Brown (2nd) belt - Practical ExamWritten ExamEssay Questions
1st Kyu Brown (3rd) belt - Practical ExamWritten Exam
Sho Dan Black Belt