Our GoSoku Ryu syllabus is based on a Shotokan karate foundation. Students progressively earn higher ranked coloured belts (Kyu grades) before earning their black belt (Dan grades). The time it takes to earn a black belt depends on a student, but generally takes 5-7 years for a student training at least twice a week.
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|Ungraded||None||6 classes||-||-||Giving it a try!|
|10th kyu||White||+2-3 months||Taigyoku Shodan||-||Basic Kihon, courtesy|
|9th kyu||Yellow||+ 4 months||Heian Shodan||-||Strong Kiai, use of terminology|
|8th kyu||Orange||+ 4 months||Heian Nidan||-||Consistent focus, strong heart|
|7th kyu||Blue||+ 4 months||Heian Sandan||Kime Ni No Kata||Does not complain or give up|
|6th kyu||Purple||+ 4 months||Heian Yondan||Uke No Kata||Emerging Kumite & mentoring skills|
|5th kyu||Green||+ 4 months||Heian Godan||Ryu No Kata||Knowledgeable in 'why'; positive mindset|
|4th kyu||Green + 1 Tip||+ 4 months||Bassai Dai, Tekki Shodan||Kime No Kata||Showing agility, flow and developing speed|
|3rd kyu||Brown||+ 6 months||Hangetsu, Kanku Dai||-||No technical errors; emerging as a leader|
|2nd kyu||Brown + 1 Tip||+ 6 months||Sochin||GoSoku||Building integration, good Kumite skills|
|1st kyu||Brown + 2 Tip||+ 6 months||Kanku Sho||Nino Kata, GoSoku Yodan||A Black Belt apprentice; belt colour no longer matters|
|Shodan||Black||+ 1 year||Jion, Jitte||Rikyu||A humble leader, deserving of respect from others|
|Nidan||Black||+ 2-4 years||Empi||Denko Getsu, Go No Kata
|Sandan||Black||+ 3-6 years||Goju Shi O Sho, Unsu||Ju Hachi No Tachi Kata, Gosoku Godan||Dedicated karate-ka|