Training and Grading


Training is structured into 3 main sections – Kihon (fundamental techniques), Kata (formal exercises) and Kumite (sparring).  Each section has a range of complexity to suit different levels or grades of students. Kumite for example will be introduced as basic blocking and counter attacking, but will progress to freestyle sparring which develops the timing, reflexes and co-ordination necessary for self-defence and competition.

Glossary of Karate Terminology


Students are eligible to take grading examinations after set periods of training.  The gradings are conducted by senior KUGB examiners, and there is a grading syllabus for all levels (see link below).  Coloured belts are used to denote grades.  Students can achieve 1st Dan (black belt) standard in 3 to 4 years with regular training and instruction.

KUGB Grading Rules & Syllabus