The gradings are held twice each year (Spring and Fall) and your annual membership fee covers the cost. Understand, this event is not a contest or an award ceremony, but a tool to enhance the study of Karate-Do. Students should prepare well and use grading and ranking to help motivate their daily training. Grading provides feedback on areas of strengths as well as weaknesses. We feel that all members will benefit by participating and should make every effort to attend.
1st Dan (minimum age: 16)
Master Gichin Funakoshi's ranking system is still used by Shotokan Karate of America.