Members who are current in
their S.K.A. membership dues may train, with the senior instructorís
permission, at any S.K.A. affiliate dojo or club. S.K.A. members
are also entitled to attend special trainings, seminars, and kyu
tests (grading exams, which are recognized nationally).
Members also receive a student
guide and a bimonthly newsletter at no additional cost. Please note
that the seniorís permission may be required to participate in some
In the Shotokan
school, there are five ranks, kyu, of white belt and
three ranks for brown belt. There are five degrees, or dans
for black belt, beginning with first degree black belt, or Shodan
and culminating at fifth degree black belt, or Godan,
In martial arts terms, white
belts are considered beginners, brown belts are intermediate students,
whereas black belts are viewed as advanced practitioners.
degree black, Godan
4th degree black, Yodan
3rd degree black, Sandan
2nd degree black, Nidan
1st degree black, Shodan
kyu, 2nd kyu, 1st kyu
|8th kyu, 7th
kyu, 6th kyu, 5th kyu, 4th kyu
of a rank is not the true reason to begin the study of karate or
any martial art. The process of achieving different ranks is, nonetheless,
an established method of helping the student progress.
Each rank has itís own properties
and unique qualities.
Beginning students will learn
shortly that mental and technical improvement go hand in hand. In
time, all those who train in karate will come to appreciate the
merits of the ranking system.
In order to commemorate
the birth and death of Master Gichin Funakoshi, adult kyu
tests are conducted twice a year Ė in April and November, respectively.
The kids kyu tests
are held only once a year in November.
Generally speaking, most adults
who train on a regular basis advance one kyu per six-month
The younger members
of the dojo usually advance one kyu for each year
of dedicated karate practice. Both the adult and junior members
receive a DVD copy of their exam. In addition, the kids receive
a written certificate of rank. The videotapes not only help our
members chart their progress through the years, but also help build
a martial arts library.
Brown belts are
required to attend five special trainings in order to qualify to
take the black belt exam.
are held twice a year and sponsored by our parent organization,
Shotokan Karate of America.
must be at least 16 years of age to receive a black belt.