British Judo Grading System

Club gradings are held at the dojo at regular intervals throughout the year. We run 3-4 gradings a year and Judoka will be invited to grade typically between 1-3 times a year.

Judoka will be invited to grade when their coaches decide that they are ready for their next grade promotion. To be considered for grade promotion judoka need to be training regularly, showing improvements in randori and following the recommended competition pathway.

During the grading examination judoka will be asked to demonstrate the techniques required by the BJA syllabus, some personal choice techniques and show a understanding of judo terminology.

Click on the links below for more information on each of the BJA Grading systems and to download grading resources.


Sho Grades – Judoka aged 5 to 7yrs

Mon Grades – Judoka aged 8 to 17yrs

Kyu Grades – Judoka aged +14yrs

Dan Grades – Black Belt Judoka



Japanese Terminology and English Descriptions

For promotion to all grades, candidates are required to know the common English names and meaning of all Japanese terminology used for the grade and, where appropriate, must be able to  discuss with the examiner the reasons for their choice of technique, grip etc. Click on the links below to view.

Terminology   |   Techniques