Bushido Judo Club are members of the British Judo Association and therfore follow the BJA's grading structure.


The BJA are Judo's National Governing Body in the UK.


Joining the BJA


The first thing you need to do is join the British Judo Association.


Follow these step by step directions;


1) go to

2) click on membership at the top of the page

3) Click the first link, Apply/Renew Online then click join or renew online today

4) enter membership (step 1)details 

5) enter Application details (step 2).

BJA Area: Southern Fighting County: Kent Club: Bushido Tunbridge Wells CSF Ltd Judo Club

6) Choose the membership type you want. I would recommend Junior new (for those under 8 it's Judo Kids). That will last 1 year. 

7) Follow the rest of the steps on the page.


Once you have registered with the BJA, you are ready to go.


Over 8 years of age receive a record book, membership card and also a red belt.

Those under 5 - 7 years of age will receive a record book. No red belt is provided. 


A red belt is not a grade.


It just replaces your white belt and shows you have joined the Britsh Judo Association.


When do we grade?


We grade up to three times a year.


You will be notified when a grading is coming up and will be given a slip to tell you when it will be.


All you have to do is remember to take your record book, membership card and payment to your next session. 


You can find below all you need to know for your next grading.


It is wise to revise,  what is required for your next grade.


You would have been taught all you need to know but not necessarily in the correct syllabus order.


Grading Syllabus

See below links containing all the information needed for gradings.

Sho Grades (5 - 7 years)

Mon Grades (8-15 years)

Kyu Grades (16 years +)

Dan (blackbelt) Grades (16 years +)




Judo has several Kata, mostly created in the late 19th century by Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo.


The Judo Kata's involve two participants.


Kata's preserve a number of techniques that are not permitted in competition or in randori, some include punches, kicks and the use of the Katana (Japanese sword) and other weapons.


The study of Kata usually begins at around the green belt level.


The most commonly studied Judo Kata's are Nage-no-kata, which consists of fifteen throwing techniques and Katame-no-kata, which is composed of hold downs, strangles and joint locks.


Goshin Justsu is a Kata that consists of self defence techniques.


See below Youtube tutorials of the Kata's that may be of interest:






Goshin Jutsu



If you have any questions or queries about anyting to do with gradings, please ask your coach or email us via the contact page.

Bushido Judo Club is a member of the British Judo Association. Club No 2096.

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