Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any age restrictions to training?

The minimum recommended age for training is 5 years old. We will assess potential students under 8 and if their attention span is sufficient, we will invite them to join the dojo.

There is no maximum age.


Can I train with a physical or mental health disability?

You would have to approach your GP for advice in the first instance and seek their opinion. The next step would be to come and join in at a training session to see how you cope.

Many people with mental and or physical disabilities find Karate training beneficial. I happen to be one of them.


What do I wear at training?

You will need to purchase a plain white 'gi' or karate suit. You can train in a track suit and t-shirt until you have bought a gi. You will also need to purchase protective equipment:

Groin guards
Chest protectors for females

Please note that these items are compulsory. We can help purchase the equipment for you as cheaply as possible. Please have a chat with your instructor first on what is needed and then order via them. At Meiyo Karate Club, we pass the discount straight onto the student. Our supplier's website is: https://www.playwell.co.uk.


How often are students allowed to grade?

This will depend on your ability. From 10th Kyu to 1st Kyu (Brown belt with double white stripe) you can grade every 4 months, providing you train regularly for a minimum of 2 lessons every week.


I have had a break in training - do I need to re-grade?

No, we don't take away grades - but ask your instructor to help you return to fitness, ability and standard in a sensible and safe way.


Can I transfer to the JKR-UK from a different affiliation?

Yes! Karateka who transfer to the JKR-UK from other Karate Associations may retain their current grade. You must be able to produce a valid grading record/licence book and certificates where appropriate.


How do I obtain/renew my licence?

Simply obtain the appropriate from from your Sensei.

What are the belt colours for the JKR?

JKR Rank Struckture - Karate Belts

Rank Belt Color Time before next rank testing Rank Belt Color Time before next rank testing
Recruit White 1 Month   Shodan Black 2 Years
10th Kyu Yellow stripe (*) 1 Month   Nidan Black 3 Years
9th Kyu Gold (*) 1 Month   Sandan Black 4 Years
8th Kyu Orange 3 Months   Yondan Black 5 Years
7th Kyu Green 3 Months   Godan Black 6 Years
6th Kyu Blue 3 Months   Rokudan Black 7 Years
5th Kyu Purple 3 Months   Nanadan Black 8 Years
4th Kyu Red 3 Months   Hachidan Black 9 Years
3rd Kyu Brown 6 Months   Kyudan Black 10 Years
2nd Kyu Brown one stripe 6 Months   Judan Black (no higher ranks)
1st Kyu Brown 2 stripes 6 Months  

* NOTE. 10th & 9th Kyu Belts are often skipped.