Senior GradesSenior grades are divided into two groups Kyu grades (white belt to brown belt) progressing to Dan grades (black belt and above).
Players become seniors at the age of 16 years though players can choose to convert from junior grades to senior grades at the age of 14.
There are 6 Kyu grades with 6th Kyu being the lowest. Grades are denoted by belt colour.
The BJA Kyu grade syllabus can be downloaded by clicking here.
There are 10 Dan grades with 1st Dan being the lowest. The first 5 Dan grades wear a black belt with gold tabs.
5th Dan is the highest competitive grade that can be achieved, 6th Dan and above are awarded by the National Governing body in recognition of services to Judo.
The BJA Dan grade syllabus can be downloaded by clicking here.
|Kyu Grades||Dan Grades|
|6th Kyu||White Belt||1st Dan||Black Belt 1 tab|
|5th Kyu||Yellow Belt||2nd Dan||Black Belt 2 tabs|
|4th Kyu||Orange Belt||3rd Dan||Black Belt 3 tabs|
|3rd Kyu||Green Belt||4th Dan||Black Belt 4 tabs|
|2nd Kyu||Blue Belt||5th Dan||Black Belt 5 tabs|
|1st Kyu||Brown Belt||6th Dan||Red & White Belt|
|7th Dan||Red & White Belt|
|8th Dan||Red & White Belt|
|9th Dan||Red Belt|
|10th Dan||Red Belt|