Adult Syllabus

The syllabus used in all our clubs is designed to give students the knowledge of simple, effective, proven techniques to defend themselves against a variety of attacks. Students will work with a partner to practice a demonstrated technique and as their skills and the number of techniques they have learnt grow, they will find what works best for them suiting their physical attributes.
Juniors are usually taught separately from the adults and the syllabus they use has been adjusted from that of the adults as some of the techniques are considered too dangerous due to the lack of maturity.

Kyu Grades- The Belts

The coloured belts are the student grades referred to as Kyu Grades. The student will start at the novice white belt and progress through to the Brown belt where they will then be able to be accessed for the Dan grades (Black Belts.) Each belt has a minimum timescale before a student will be eligible to take a grading (Other factors are considered also, see gradings). Of course a student can take as long as they want before they grade, although a nudge from the Sensei to encourage you to take the next grading is always a challenge and helps to focus the mind!

Yellow BeltYellow Belt

  • Breakfalls (The basic fundamentals of surviving when being thrown to the ground.)
  • Front strangles
  • Back strangles
  • Straight arm lock
  • Hip throw
  • Shoulder Arm lock
  • Recumbent ankle throw
  • Basic Kata

Orange BeltOrange Belt

  • Hip throw with shoulder arm lock
  • Hip throw with crossover arm lock
  • Defence against kicks to the head whilst on the ground
  • Three arm locks from a standing position
  • Shoulder arm lock
  • Three wrist locks
  • Wrist throw with lock
  • Reclining leg throw with strikes
  • Breaking ground strangles
  • Breaking hair grabs

Green BeltGreen Belt

  • Body drop
  • Half shoulder throw
  • Leg throw with lock
  • Dropping version of full shoulder
  • Back hammer lock
  • Crab claw scissors throw
  • Attacking and defending sweeping loin throws
  • Cross hock throw
  • Drawing ankle throw
  • Inside hock throw
  • Stamp throw
  • Methods of escape when held over and under arms, front and back
  • Knee wheel throw
  • Bar choke
  • Variations on shoulder throws
  • Variations on strangle holds
  • Hold down with double arm lock
  • Rice bale throw
  • Escape from full and half nelson
  • Front scissors throw

Blue BeltBlue Belt

  • Loin or hip wheel
  • Three ways of escape from a head chancery
  • Counter measures against garrotting
  • Variations on holding down
  • Breaking strangles and chokes on the ground
  • Dropping version of body drop
  • Scissors and naked choke hold
  • Spring hip throw
  • Scooping throw back and front
  • Indian death lock
  • Downward inside forearm block
  • Roundhouse kick to solar plexus whilst walking
  • Sleeper hold from head chancery
  • Outside forearm block, elbow to ribs
  • Knife attacks
  • Counters using various techniques

Purple BeltPurple Belt

  • Valley drop throw
  • Counters to straight arm lock
  • Counters to back arm and collar hold
  • Counters to bar choke
  • Roundhouse kick to kidneys
  • Upward and rising block
  • Upward inside forearm block
  • Downward inside forearm block
  • Front kick followed by side kick
  • Full shoulder
  • Head, hip and knee moves
  • Side thrust kick
  • Front snap kick
  • Wedge block
  • Shoulder wheel
  • Pressure points
  • Holding and locking

Brown BeltBrown Belt

  • Winding throws, inside and outside
  • Leg sweeps
  • Rolling ankle throw
  • Corner throw
  • Rear throw
  • Cross ankle throw
  • Leg wheel
  • Outer wheel
  • Action taken against three attackers
  • Outer hook
  • Variations of stomach throws
  • Several ways of throwing an opponent from behind
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Dropping version of reverse body drop throw
  • Shoulder crash throw
  • Palm heel knockout blow to chin
  • Upward block with knife hand to neck
  • Knife hand to neck with kick to solar plexus
  • Knife hand to neck with kick to solar plexus, delivered to two opponents
  • Escape when held by both arms from behind
  • Side kick to knee cap using side of foot
  • Upward kick to knee cap using heel
  • Different blocks using same arm
  • Attacking back of legs
  • Arm and shoulder throw
  • Roundhouse kicks from the ground
  • Side snap kick followed by roundhouse kicks
  • side thrust kick to knee cap followed by roundhouse kick to ribs
  • All one handed throws

Download the Adult Syllabus Booklet

Adult kyu grades Timescale table

White to Yellow belt 3 months
Yellow to Orange belt 3 months
Orange to Green belt 6 months
Green to Blue belt 3 months
Blue to Purple belt 3 months
Purple to Brown belt 6 months
Brown belt to 1st Dan Black belt 12 months  


Kyu gradings are held approximately every 3 months where all students invited to grade will meet. The student has to meet certain criteria before they can grade, these are:-

  • The required minimum timescale has elapsed
  • Has attended the required number of sessions
  • Has trained regularly
  • Has been invited by the Sensei to grade
  • Is fit enough to take the grading
  • Has up to date insurance and membership

All students of the same grade will perform the techniques from the syllabus. Senior instructors will assess the group to ensure they have understood and practised the move, and that they can demonstrate the techniques to the best of there ability. This way it ensures that the teaching is consistent and is to the high standards required.

The student after performing the syllabus techniques will be asked to perform defences from a selection of called random attacks. The number and difficulty will depend on the grade of the student. These should be practiced in class as part of the syllabus to give the student confidence at the grading. The random attack sheets are available from the downloads section.

The grading is not meant to be intimidating, but a chance for the student to show their skills to other members of their club, although, ask most students who grade and there will be a certain amount of nerves involved also...

Black Belts- Dan Grades

The Dan grades are considered expert grades, although this is not to say that they "know it all". It means they have learnt the basics (kyu grades), given that the basics are a very powerful self defence on there own it just means that there is a vast amount to learn in ju jitsu and now they can really start to learn. To earn the Black belt takes a lot of commitment, practice and sweat, the syllabus is tough but once earned makes the Black Belt all that much more special.

In order to qualify for the black belt the student must:-

  1st Dan (Shodan)

  • Completed 1 years training at Brown Belt ( minimum of 48 attendances)
  • Passed a level 5 weapons kata assessment (see weapons and Ko Budo section)
  • Passed a pre grading test of the yellow to Brown syllabus
  • Passed an anatomy examination, this is a written exam with an expected 90% pass mark

In addition to being fit to grade, up to date insurance and membership the students instructor will also write a Curriculum vitae detailing the support and assistance the student has given to the club and association.

  2nd Dan and beyond

For all subsequent grades a similar pattern is in place with the student passing further grades of weapons assessments and anatomy tests including contributing something back to the club since the last grading.

1st / 2nd Dan are also expected to attend two gradings per year and be expected to take the place of an injured / missing partner. This is to ensure that syllabus standards are being maintained. Missing this requirement could result in a delay to Dan grade in the future.

Dan grade timescales table

1st-2nd Dan 2 years
2nd-3rd Dan 3 years
3rd-4th Dan4 years
4th-5th Dan & Above Minimum of 1 year per grade and by invitation only

The Belts

    The Dan grade belts are;

Shodan1st Dan Shodan          Nidan2nd Dan Nidan

Sandan3rd Dan Sandan          Yondan4th Dan Yondan

Godan5th Dan Godan          Rokudan6th Dan Rokudan

Sichidan7th Dan Sichidan          Hachidan8th Dan Hachidan

Kudan9th Dan Kudan          Judan10th Dan Judan

Dan gradings

The gradings are held twice a year seperately from the Kyu grades for all those invited to attend and having met the criteria.