Prior to taking part in a grading, all students must be proficient in the following beginners' programme and have a full paid up membership to the JFA UK, the national governning body that the club is registerd with. Without a valid membership you will not be able to grade. Once you are registerd you are then also coverd by insurance.
- Have an understanding of basic traditional right handed or left handed lapel and sleeve grip, Kuzushi, Tsukuri, Kake and Nage.
- Warming up, Warming down, all Ukemi, Yoko, Ushiru-Mae and Jenpo Kaiten Ukemi.
- Katame Waza, submission and an understanding of all basic judo traditions and formalities.
It is the instructor’s responsibility to ensure that all of the above are clearly met and understood by the student before allowing him/her to take part in any grading. The student must have at least three months practical experience before participating in the examination. In addition, they must hold a full BJC membership.
- All candidates up to 3rd Kyu will be assessed on technical ability without contest being a priority.
- From 3rd Kyu and above, the candidate will be assessed on technical ability but contest will be taken into considaration.
All throwing techniques are to be demonstrated whilst stationary and then while moving.
All groundwork techniques will be assessed on technical correctness and effectiveness. The candidate must be able to hold their opponent down securely for a minimum of 10 seconds and be able to obtain full submission.
At all times, Uke will be assessed on how he/she is able to receive Toris throws and hold-downs. Uke must be able to perform realistic escape techniques from hold-downs.