Grading Dates & Times

 Karate & Kickboxing Assessments and Belt Exams (not Little Dragons)

We are at that time of year again when we will be assessing the students ready for their belt exams.
The assessments start Monday Nov 13th and finish Dec 1st Norwich / Friday 1st Dec Newmarket
If the instructors deem you ready to attend the exam for your next belt, you will be given an invitation to attend.

Norwich Grading Dates
Sunday 22nd April, 29th July, 9th Dec.
Karate Times: 9am -11am Red, Yellow & Orange Belts, 11am-1pm Green, 2nd Green & Blue Belts
1pm-3pm 2nd Blue, Purple & Brown Belts
Kickboxing Times: 3pm White-Green Junior & Senior, 5pm 2nd Green – 2nd Brown Junior & Senior,

2nd Brown belts do not get an invite to the exam, but may attend the 1pm-3pm karate 3pm Kickboxers for their Black Belt mock exam.
Remember that 2nd Browns need to have attended 2 mock gradings before considering Black Belt.

Karate & Kickboxing Assessments & Grade Exam
Students may attend unlimited classes during the Assessment Weeks.

Norwich Tuesday 3rd April
Newmarket  Wednesday 14th

Exam assessments start 2 weeks before grading date and students may attend unlimited classes during the Assessment Weeks.

What are the Assessments and why do I need to attend?
The assessments are like a mock grade exam but with tips to help you on the real grading. We also use the assessments to make sure that you are ready for the grading as failing a grading can knock confidence and have a large negative effect on a student.
Remember building confidence is one of the reasons you may have started Karate/Kickboxing with us, so we do not want to undo all yours & our hard work by allowing you to take the belt exam if you are not ready.
That is why only those that the instructors feel are ready for their next belt are given an invite to the grading exam.
The invite will have a reminder of the date and your time written down, so that you attend at the correct coloured belt section.

Exam fee is £25, please remember to bring your grading book, licence, sparring pads and wear full suit

You will need to arrive 15-20 minutes before your exam time to register with reception. After which you can stretch and get yourself focused ready for your exam.
Master Wayne will call all the students to line up and bow in. He will then introduce you to the Examiners in case any student doesn’t know any of the instructors/examiners.

The exam panel will not be dressed in martial arts uniforms but in formal wear. This can sometimes make the student nervous and be off putting, but as the exam is of great importance, it and the students deserves that level of respect and dress.
Master Wayne will call out the students to demonstrate the techniques required for their new belt. The students will not be asked to perform anything that they do not know. The students would have performed everything needed during their assessment period and would be of the standard required hence the invite to the grading.
After the exam/grading, those that have been successful will be asked to stand, come to the exam panel and receive their new belt and certificate. After all have been awarded their belts, photos may be taken by parents and splashed all over social media saying how proud they are. (please only take photos of your child, or if taing a group photo, please do not share on social media).

Norwich White Belts: We appreciate that it can be quite a long time for White belt students to wait before they can take their first grading to Red belt. We will be running a White belt grading every month.
You will need to wait a minimum of 4 weeks before you can attempt the grading for Red belt. The grading will be quite informal and relaxed with the emphasis on helping you through the grade. We will only award you your Red belt if you meet our required standard but will help and demonstrate where improvements can be made if you are not quite ready.
Next White belt grading Saturday 2nd December 10:30am

2nd Brown Belts
2nd Brown belts must complete 2 mock gradings before they can be considered for their black belt Exam.
2nd Browns will not be invited to the mock grading, but please let your instructor know if you are wishing to attend the any of the grading exams.


Black Belt Exam Dates

Senior Karate Black Belt Grading Sunday 15th April BBA Bull Close

Norwich SESMA students wishing to be considered for the Senior Black Belt on the 17th, please see Master Wayne for a Black Belt permission to grade slip.
Newmarket SESMA Students please speak to Sensei Jo.