Cambridge ESKA

Traditional Shotokan Karate around Cambridge

Belts (Obi)

In ESKA beginners wear a white belt, after the student has learnt the initial basics of Karate they are then graded to 10th Kyu (grade) and this is shown by the blue belt. Each grade is represented either by a different colour belt or by the addition of coloured stripes. The junior students have additional grades/belts in order to ensure that their progression towards black is tightly controlled.

Below, shown in order, is the sequence of belt colours and grades for both the adult students and the junior students:

 The Adult Belt SequenceThe Junior Belt Sequence
10th Kyu
9th Kyu
8th Kyu
7th Kyo ShoNot applicable to Adult students
7th Kyu
6th Kyu ShoNot applicable to Adult students
6th Kyu
5th Kyu ShoNot applicable to Adult students
5th Kyu
4th Kyu ShoNot applicable to Adult students
4th Kyu
3rd Kyu ShoNot applicable to Adult students
3rd Kyu
2nd Kyu Sho
2nd Kyu
1st Kyu Sho
1st Kyu
Intermediate Dan Grade
Black Belt Dan Grade