Children's Grades (Kodomo Tokyu)

A simplified grading syllabus exists to encourage young children to progress with their karate training. To differentiate it from adult Kyu grades, these are referred to as Kodomo Tokyu (Child Grade), a distinctive belt-system used to signify progress through these grades.

Grading Rules:

  • The system is compulsory for children up to the age of 12 years, but may be extended to 15 years where there is a special need.
  • Waiting time between each Kodomo Tokyu examination is a minimum 2 months, based on a minimum 2 hours training per week.
  • Belts will have a base colour with a single contrasting lengthwise coloured stripe.
  • The 1st Tokyu of each series will be awarded for successful demonstration of Kihon only.
  • The 2nd Tokyu of each series will be awarded for successful demonstration of Kihon + Kata.
  • The 3rd Tokyu of each series will be awarded for successful demonstration of Kata + Kumite.
  • Full Kodomo grade will be awarded for successful demonstration of Kihon + Kata + Kumite.
  • The club instructor will select the level that the student is to be examined at based on their ability.
  • The examiner will determine the grade awarded based on their performance.
  • Junior or Cadet Black Belt grades may be awarded to students under the
    age of 16 years, using the association Cadet Grading Syllabus.
  • These grades may be taken within their own club under a National Grading Examiner.
  • There is no requirement for students taking Cadet Black belts to attend an ESA Black and Brown belt course prior to grading.
  • The waiting time between 1st Kodomo and 1st Cadet Black Belt is 6 months, based on a minimum of 2 hours training per week.
  • The recognised Insignia for all Cadet Black Belt is a Black Belt with a thin red stripe running the length of the belt.
  • Upon reaching 16 years of age, a Cadet Black Belt may apply, through their instructor, to be upgraded to senior 1st Dan, achieved by completing the appropriate form. This request will be considered by the Technical Committee, using established criteria, and the application will then be referred for physical re-assessment.
  • In accordance with ESA rules, upgrades to Shodan will be registered with the ESA and the official Governing Body for Karate in England. The timescale for progress to 2nd Dan and above will commence from the date of registration.
  • The highest level of Cadet Black Belt permitted is 2nd degree.
  • Only persons with a valid licence / record book who have completed the required training period may present for examination.

Children's Grade Insignia:


KODOMO MAIN COLOUR STRIPE REQUIREMENT
1st Tokyu White Orange Kihon
2nd Tokyu White Red Kihon + Kata
3rd Tokyu White Yellow Kata + Kumite
9TH KODOMO ORANGE KIHON + KATA + KUMITE
1st Tokyu Orange White Kihon
2nd Tokyu Orange Black Kihon + Kata
3rd Tokyu Orange Red Kata + Kumite
8TH KODOMO RED KIHON + KATA + KUMITE
1st Tokyu Red White Kihon
2nd Tokyu Red Black Kihon + Kata
3rd Tokyu Red Yellow Kata + Kumite
7TH KODOMO YELLOW KIHON + KATA + KUMITE
1st Tokyu Yellow White Kihon
2nd Tokyu Yellow Black Kihon + Kata
3rd Tokyu Yellow Green Kata + Kumite
6TH KODOMO GREEN KIHON + KATA + KUMITE
1st Tokyu Green White Kihon
2nd Tokyu Green Black Kihon + Kata
3rd Tokyu Green Blue Kata + Kumite
5TH KODOMO BLUE KIHON + KATA + KUMITE
1st Tokyu Blue White Kihon
2nd Tokyu Blue Black Kihon + Kata
3rd Tokyu Blue Purple Kata + Kumite
4TH KODOMO PURPLE KIHON + KATA + KUMITE
1st Tokyu Purple White Kihon
2nd Tokyu Purple Black Kihon + Kata
3rd Tokyu Purple Brown Kata + Kumite
3RD KODOMO BROWN KIHON + KATA + KUMITE
2ND KODOMO BROWN WHITE KIHON + KATA + KUMITE
1ST KODOMO BROWN RED KIHON + KATA + KUMITE