Our Gradings

Grading Dates for 2021

Taekwondo

  • 15th April 2021  – start time 2PM
  • 12th August 2021  – start time Tigers 4PM, Open 6PM
  • 12th December 2021 – start time 10AM

Haidong Gumdo

  • 14th April 2021 – start time 6PM
  • 11th August 2021 – start time 6PM
  • 8th December 2021 – start time 6PM

Hapkido

  • 11th April 2021 – start time 1PM
  • 15th August, 2021 – start time 1PM
  • 11th December 2021 – start time 1PM

There are certain things that must be achieved before grading – of which each student is well aware. It is the student’s path (Do); not the parents or teachers. If the student chooses to disrespect their martial art journey through their own ignorance, then they certainly are not ready to grade to the next level.
Attendance at a grading is something that is earnt. Each student is invited to Grading Day by the Instructor, but not every student. Attendance is not a right. It is gained by showing growth in Spirit, Mind & Body, in each and every training session.

  • Spirit – your morals 
    • Loyalty (to a group, nation etc),
    • Filial piety (respect for parents, teachers etc),
    • Propriety (keeping to the rules of the local society),
    • Justice (doing what is right)
  • Mind – your actions towards yourself and others
    • Courage (never receding),
    • Judgment (knowing oneself),
    • Respect (for yourself and others),
    • Temperance (suppressing greed)
  • Body – your physical nature
    • Power (correct posture),
    • Speed (agile movements),
    • Balance (stable stances),
    • Energy (continuous effort)

Students are invited to attend Grading day
No invitation, no grading
It is not a matter of time spent at the training hall
It is not about “doing it well on grading day”
Your instructor is always watching you.


No student can grade if they have any fees outstanding


Costs – Grading Fees 

Note: grading fees vary due to martial art undertaken

Taekwondo

  • Grading to a Junior Colour Belt – $40,
  • Grading to a Senior Colour Belt – $60
  • Grading to a Junior Black Belt (Cho Dan Bo) – $160
  • Grading to Kukkiwon 1st Dan – $260 (optional plus uniform and belt – $420)
    • Extra costs
      • If board breaking is required – $2 per board
      • OPtional: A student becoming a Black Belt should purchase (for presentation at the grading):
        •  a new uniform (from $110)
        • an embroidered Black belt ($60)

Haidong Gumdo

  • Grading Grade 7 to Grade 2 – $80
  • Grading to a Cho Dan Bo – $160
  • Grading to 1st Dan – $650 – included is the cost of an embroidered belt and new uniform

Hapkido

  • Grading to a Colour Belt – $50

Guidelines (Budo South) for Grading though the Dan levels

Grading to 2nd Dan –

  • 1 year after grading to 1st Dan AND
  • Turning 14 years old (or greater) that year and having attended 75% or more of regular classes AND
  • Having attended 90% of all regular classes OR
  • Having competed for the club in 10 tournaments at a Black Belt level OR
  • Taking an active Instructor role within the club OR
  • Attaining a National or International Title or representing New Zealand either as an athlete or official

Grading to 3rd Dan –

  • 2 years after grading to 2nd Dan AND
  • Turning 17 years old (or greater) that year and having attended 75% or more of regular classes AND
  • Having attended 90% of all regular classes (over the previous 2 years) and taking an active Instructor role within the club OR 
  • Attaining a National Championship OR
  • Attaining a International Title OR
  • Attained National Referees qualifications and attended 6 tournaments as a Referee/Judge OR
  • Representing New Zealand either as an athlete or official

Grading to 4th Dan –

  • 3 years after grading to 3rd Dan AND
  • Turning 21 years old (or greater) that year and having attended 75% or more of regular classes AND
  • Having attended 90% of all regular classes (over the previous 3 years) and taking an active Instructor role within the club OR
  • Attaining a National Championship or International Title or representing New Zealand either as an athlete or official OR
  • Holding a Grade 1 TNZ Referees certificate or OTU Grade 1 Poomsae Referee/Judges certificate and wishing to apply to attend a WTF International Referees/Judges course