At OJJ we measure a students achievements using a progressive syllabus that facilitates skill acquisition and depth of knowledge for the techniques learnt. Formal grading’s for coloured belts are held on allocated dates approximately every two months.
There is no pressure to grade and the choice of whether you want to grade is yours, but saying that you will be guided to make the right decision by your instructors. However once you have committed to grade you will be expected to put in maximum effort before and on grading day.
If a low junior (LJ) student scores between 35 and 49 marks they will be awarded their belt with black tab, and between 25 and 34 marks they will be awarded their belt with no black tab. If this occurs the student will have to retake the same grading at the next available grading date to attain the black tab.
However if a LJ student scores over 50 marks they are promoted straight to the next colour belt (with the exception of brown belt grading’s), for example, a LJ grading for yellow scores 53 marks will automatically be promoted to Orange belt. If this happens they will need to obtain six orange tabs to qualify to grade for their black tab on their orange belt then they can start to collect green tabs.
Scores of below 25 are classed as a fail, as such the student will have to continue working towards their next belt and will be able to retake the grading at the next available grading date but a black tab will not be awarded at this time. No coloured tabs can be collected without gaining a black one first (with the exception of yellow belt).
There is no definite time spent at each low grade because no two students abilities are equal so some will progress faster than others. This does change when grading for brown and black, difference being that there is a minimum period of six months between each grading with continued commitment until black belt, then from Black belt the criteria is twelve months between 1 - 2 Dan. A year is added on for every further Dan grade taken.
Goshin Ryu Ju-Jitsu uses a commonly used martial art belt colour order regardless of age and goes as follows:
White, (White/yellow),Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black.
The only exception to this is the White & yellow striped belt given to the kid-jitsu students when they move to the junior class. The reason for this is to let other students and instructors know that they have got previous experience. There is no distinction between white and white/yellow as to which is the higher grade.
What follows is a more detailed explanation on the different grading and tab collecting systems.
Grading criteria & belt
classification for Kid-jitsu 3 to 5 years;
Kid-jitsu students do not have to take part in formal grading's like all the other age groups within the club, but they do have to show they can perform all the techniques of the first syllabus to a reasonable standard before receiving the next coloured tab in the range. This exercise is normally done at the end of the session.
At this point we are not looking for perfection but rather that they know the technique sufficiently to do it without hesitation demonstrating an amount of skill acquisition.
The Kid-jitsu syllabus is made up of four components for each colour of tab. All students keep a white belt
throughout their training with the attained grade marked with the coloured tab earned for a specific technique.
For example, if a student has four yellow tabs and they have practiced and demonstrated a technique from the next stage of the syllabus they will have a yellow tab replaced by an orange one and so on until they have completed all the colour range. When they have reached this point it will be considered that they are ready for promotion to the junior belt system. At this time the student will be moved into the next class (age dependant).
Belt/colour sequence for the
6th kyu white belt with four yellow tabs
5th kyu white belt with four orange tabs
4th kyu white belt with four green tabs
3th kyu white belt with four blue tabs
2nd kyu white belt with four purple tabs
1st kyu white belt with four brown tabs
Grading criteria & belt classification for Low Juniors 6 to 12 & High Juniors 12-14 years;
Moving on a bit from the Kid-jitsu syllabus, Low Juniors (LJ) can now take part in formal grading's to start earning their coloured belts, something all students are very excited about.
The LJ syllabus has six sections, High Junior (HJ) has eight, each worth a maximum of 10 marks, anything over a 5 is classed as a pass, under is
classed as a fail. In order to gain a tab for their current section, students will have to demonstrate to the instructors and their peers an ability to perform the technique to a reasonable standard without hesitation demonstrating an amount of skill acquisition.
All junior students need to have one black plus six coloured tabs on
their belt (with the exception of white belt) which correspond to the next
colour belt they are practicing for to qualify for moving up to the next level.
To allow the junior students to collect their coloured tabs they
are encouraged to join in assessments at regular intervals which are held
at the end of a normal class. To gain these tabs the juniors will have to show that
they can perform the required techniques to a suitable standard which would get
them a score of 5 or above at a formal grading.
By using this unique flexible tab and grading system, we believe that it gives the juniors the ability to mark their own progress at an easy to
handle pace, and gain confidence as they develop into a competent Ju-Jitsu
Belt sequence for low/high juniors:
9th kyu yellow belt, 1 black plus 6 orange tabs
8th kyu orange belt, 1 black plus 6 green tabs
7th kyu green belt, 1 black plus 6 blue tabs
6th kyu blue belt, 1 black plus 6 purple tabs
5th kyu purple belt, 1 black plus 6 brown tabs
4th kyu brown belt plus 6 white tabs
3rd kyu brown belt, 1 black tab plus 6 white tabs
2nd kyu brown belt, 2 black tabs plus 6 white tabs
1st kyu brown belt, 3 black tabs plus 6 white tabs
Black belt, Shodan Ho
Black belt 1st Dan
Black belt 2nd Dan
Grading criteria & belt
classification for adults 14 years plus:
The grading criteria and belt classification for
adults are slightly less complicated to those of the juniors.
This is because for adults the focus is on quality of technique as opposed to
learning the fundamentals of Ju-jitsu. Same as for juniors, adults are
expected to learn the fundamentals alongside correct technique. Adult student’s progress through the belts as listed below without having to collect
any tabs until brown belt level; from this point the grading criteria and belt
classification are similar to those of the juniors with some
During a formal grading if an adult student scores over 85
marks they are promoted straight to the next colour belt (with the exception of
brown belt grading's). Adults are expected
to learn the syllabus of the skipped grade as well as their
current belt syllabus. If an adult scores 55 marks they will be awarded
their belt, scores of below 55 are classed as a fail, as such the student will
have to continue working towards their next belt and will be able to retake the
grading at the next available formal grading date.
Belt sequence for adults:
6th kyu green belt
kyu blue belt 4th kyu purple belt
brown belt, 1 black tab
brown belt, 2 black tabs
brown belt, 3 black tabs
Black belt, 1st
Black belt, 2nd
can only grade for coloured belts every four months, then every six months
for the duration of brown belt. From 1st Dan twelve
months, then a year is added on for every
further Dan grade taken.
All brown belt students are required to observe, plan and instruct a number of lessons in the lower classes as well as teach their peers as a pre-requisite for black belt.