Kids grades start from 10th Kyu and have different belt colours.
After passing the 1st Dan grading, a student will wear a black belt and hakama (pleated pants) on top of the gi (uniform).
There are two gradings held in a year in each of the major dojo (training halls). Brown and black belt gradings are held during the Annual Spring Camp and must be overseen by Maruyama Sensei.
Grading requirements include Ki tests, techniques versus particular attacks, defense against multiple attacks and weapons kata for higher grades.
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