Grading

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What does your Judo Belt mean?

Now that you have started judo, you will be aware that a big part of the sport are the grades. But what does it all mean?

The colour of your belt shows others what grade you are and how much you know about judo. If you are under eight you will start with Kai Grades, then once you turn 8 you will progress on to Mon grades. When you become a senior member you will be able to start on the Kyu grades and work towards your Black belt.

Kai Grades

If you have not yet had your 8th birthday you will start off with Kai Grades.

You will have to learn different judo techniques, Japanese words and know various judo rules to achieve each of your belts but you don’t have to fight or win any judo contests.

  • 1st Kai
    Belt Colour: White with red stripe Kai Grade: 1st Kai
  • 2nd Kai
    Belt Colour: White with yellow stripe Kai Grade: 2nd Kai
  • 3rd Kai
    Belt Colour: White with orange stripe Kai Grade: 3rd Kai
  • 4th Kai
    Belt Colour: White with green stripe Kai Grade: 4th Kai
  • 5th Kai
    Belt Colour: White with blue stripe Kai Grade: 5th Kai
  • 6th Kai
    Belt Colour: White with purple stripe Kai Grade: 6th Kai
  • 7th Kai
    Belt Colour: White with brown stripe Kai Grade: 7th Kai
  • 8th Kai
    Belt Colour: White with black stripe Kai Grade: 8th Kai
  • 9th Kai
    Belt Colour: White with red/white block stripe Kai Grade: 9th Kai

Mon Grades

Once you turn 8 you will move onto the Mon grades. There are 18 Mon grades, with six coloured belts, each grade is distinguished by coloured tabs on your belt.

Like the Kai grades you will have to know different judo techniques, words and rule. Once you have reached10th Mon, you will have to put what you have learnt into practise against an opponent.

  • Red One White Tab
    Belt Colour: Red One White Tab Tab: 1st Mon
  • Red Two White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Red Two White Tabs Tab: 2nd Mon
  • Red Three White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Red Three White Tabs Tab: 3rd Mon
  • Yellow One White Tab
    Belt Colour: Yellow One White Tab Tab: 4th Mon
  • Yellow Two White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Yellow Two White Tabs Tab: 5th Mon
  • Yellow Three White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Yellow Three White Tabs Tab: 6th Mon
  • Orange One White Tab
    Belt Colour: Orange One White Tab Tab: 7th Mon
  • Orange Two White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Orange Two White Tabs Tab: 8th Mon
  • Orange Three White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Orange Three White Tabs Tab: 9th Mon
  • Green One White Tab
    Belt Colour: Green One White Tab Tab: 10th Mon
  • Green Two White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Green Two White Tabs Tab: 11th Mon
  • Green Three White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Green Three White Tabs Tab: 12th Mon
  • Blue One White Tab
    Belt Colour: Blue One White Tab Tab: 13th Mon
  • Blue Two White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Blue Two White Tabs Tab: 14th Mon
  • Blue Three White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Blue Three White Tabs Tab: 15th Mon
  • Brown One White Tab
    Belt Colour: Brown One White Tab Tab: 16th Mon
  • Brown Two White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Brown Two White Tabs Tab: 17th Mon
  • Brown Three White Tabs
    Belt Colour: Brown Three White Tabs Tab: 18th Mon

The Next Step

Once you have completed the Mon Grade syllabus/ turn sixteen you can progress to the Kyu Grades and continue your pathway to towards the prestigious Dan grades.

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