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About belt testing

The CNGK curriculum is split into coloured belt levels to show progression of skills and knowledge.  We use the testing dates as target for students to work towards an achievable goal.  The first opportunity to be tested is after 3 months of training as a white belt, Grading days are typically scheduled in May and December of each year. Sensei Barb adjudicates all kyu belt gradings at Elora Karate Dojo.


Coloured belt candidates will be asked to perform their rank requirements in a formal setting. If they are unable to perform their rank requirements at the appropriate level, they will be asked to re-test at a later date. 


Stripe ranks are offered to junior students who have good attendance, but are only able to perform partial requirements for Yellow and Orange levels.  Stripe gradings are optional, but they can be a good way to motivate students who take longer to progress than their peers. 


Prepare for your test

  • Practice your kata.  Find some time each day to go through your kata in the week before your test. The more kata requirements  you have, the more you need to practice. 

  • Show up to your grading dressed and ready to go for the assigned time. 

  • You must be in proper uniform.  Please review the dress code in advance. 

  • There are no spectators permitted in the dojo during the test. Family members may attend the belt ceremony which is usually held on a different day following the belt test.


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