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Belt Order White belt to black belt

Friday, December 22, 2017

Belt Order White belt to black belt



All beginners start with a white belt. They advance to next belt after completing a martial arts test or belt test. The tests can be taken every 3 months, this is the minimum time between tests and does depend on attendance.

After passing a belt test you will progress to the next belt level. For children their first promotion is red stripe white belt, they then take yellow stripe white belt. Adults first belt promotion is for red belt.

Lillte Dragon Belt Order - For Younger Children from 4 years to 7 years old.

Red stripe - Yellow Stripe - Orange Stripe - Green Stripe - Blue Stripe - Purple Stripe - Brown Stripe - Black Stripe - Red Belt


Dragons Children’s Belt Order                                       Adults Belt Order

Red stripe white belt                                                           Red belt

Yellow stripe white belt                                                     Yellow belt

Red belt                                                                              Orange belt

Yellow belt                                                                         Green belt                         1 Year

Orange belt                                                                         Blue belt

Green belt                                                                           Purple Belt

Blue belt   

Blue Belt Black Stripe                                                        Brown belt

Purple Belt

Purple Belt Black Stripe                                                     Brown belt white stripe    2 Years

Brown belt                                                                          Brown belt red stripe

Brown belt white stripe                                                      Brown belt gold stripe

Brown belt red stripe                                                          Brown belt black stripe

Brown belt gold stripe                                                        Black belt                        3 1/2  Years

Brown belt black stripe

Black belt                                     4 Years


What happens at a belt test?

The belt test really just formal martial arts lesson. The moves you are required to do will be nothing new to you, since every lesson you will have been practising them.


These are following general areas students are tested on:

Fitness – the first part the test in simply the exercises you do in a regular class.

Punching – Just like a regular classes you will perform your punches or punching


Kicking – As you advance through your belts, you will learn and be test on move kicks and variations of those kicks.

Self Defence – Again this will be very familiar to you since, you will only be tested on the moves that you have already practised in class.

Who does the testing?

Your instructor will run the test class. The class will be filmed, this is then sent to Master Paul Gannon who is a senior NAKMAS examiner. The students will be reviewed, the results will be sent to the club instructor.

When do I know my belt result?

The belt test results will usually be given the following week. The instructor would award the belts at that class, usually a week after he belt test.


What happens if I don’t pass my belt test?

For lower belt grades the percentage of people passing is very high. As students work through the higher belt levels it becomes more challenging, but if students attend regularly, consistently and add some home practice then still the pass right even for brown belts is high. If a students does not pass they can retake three months later, and retakes are free.


Black Belt Testing

For the black belt test, the student would attend a special testing where they are examined by Master Gannon and other senior examiners.

At the black belt test usually around 50% of people pass the first time. The good news is that they get to retest three months later. Most people retesting for black belt usually pass the second time. And if they don’t there is always a third and fourth time. What matters is students demonstrate perseverance.


Would my black belt be recognised nationally?


All our belt grades and most importantly black belt grades are officially and nationally recognised through N.A.K.M.A.S ( National Association of Karate and Martial Arts Schools).


Master Paul Gannon is a N.A.K.M.A.S senior examiner

N.A.K.M.A.S in turn is recognised by the UK Sports council.



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