Junior 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 3rd Tag 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 it is ultimately the decision of the club Sensei whether a student can be put forward for a grading.

Yellow BeltYellow Belt

  • Mat Etiquette
  • 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 (Through/Around)
  • Three arm locks from a standing position
  • Three wrist locks
  • Wrist throw with lock
  • Breaking ground strangles
  • Breaking hair grabs

Orange Green Tag BeltOrange Tag Belt

  • Body drop
  • Half shoulder
  • Leg throws
  • Back hammer
  • Defence against kicks to the head whilst on the ground (Roll Over/Ankle)
  • Crab claw scissors
  • Upward rising blocks
  • Upward inside forearm blocks
  • Downward inside forearm blocks
  • Rising, upward, downward kata of blocks (both sides)
  • Cross hock
  • Inside hock
  • Drawing ankle throw
  • Methods of escape when held over and under arms (front)
  • Shoulder arm locks
  • Must be able to tie own belt

Green BeltGreen Belt

  • Stamp throw
  • Methods of escape when held over and under arms (rear)
  • Knee wheel
  • Lapel shoulder throw
  • Hold down with double arm locks
  • Rice bale
  • Escape from half nelson
  • Front scissors throw
  • Reclining leg throws
  • Ground stangles
  • Dropping full shoulder
  • Attacking and defending sweeping loin throws

Green Blue Tag BeltGreen Tag Belt

  • Loin or hip wheel
  • Three ways of escape from a head chancery
  • Counter measures against garrotting
  • Dropping version of body drop throws
  • Spring hip throw
  • Rear scoop
  • Roundhouse kick to solar plexus whilst walking
  • Outside forearm block, elbow to ribs
  • Scissors and naked choke holds
  • Escapes from full nelson
  • 5 hip throws to be done with correct steps

Blue BeltBlue Belt

  • Holding and locking (hip throw)
  • Ground strangles (over / between)
  • Defence against knife attacks
  • Leg sweeps (front / back)
  • Head, hip, knee throw
  • Indian death locks
  • Side thrust kicks
  • Front snap kicks
  • 2 hip throws
  • 2 body drop throws
  • 2 half shoulder throws
  • 2 cross hock throws

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
  • Front kick followed by side kick
  • Full shoulder
  • Holding and locking (legs)
  • Counters using various techniques
  • Wedge block
  • Shoulder wheel
  • Holding and locking (arms)

Brown 1st Tag BeltBrown 1st Tag Belt

  • Winding throws, inside and outside
  • Leg sweeps
  • Rolling ankle throw
  • Side kick to knee cap
  • Upward kick to knee cap
  • Cross ankle throw
  • Leg wheel
  • Outer wheel
  • Front scoop
  • Outer hook
  • Holding and locking (drawing ankle)
  • Dropping version of reverse body drop throw
  • Shoulder crash throw

Brown 2nd Tag BeltBrown 2nd Tag Belt

  • Corner throws
  • Rear throws
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Palm heels 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
  • Several ways of throwing an opponent from behind
  • Escape with both hands held from behind
  • Different blocks using the same arm
  • Stomach throws
  • 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
  • Full shoulder throw
  • Dropping version of full shoulder throw
  • Action taken against three attackers

Brown 3rd Tag BeltBrown 3rd Tag Belt

  • 1-15 Throws
    • Body Drop Throw
    • Half Shoulder Throw
    • Leg Throw
    • Inside Hock Throw
    • Drawing Ankle Throw
    • Sweeping Hip Throw
    • Knee Wheel Throw
    • Arm and Shoulder Throw
    • Front Scissors Throw
    • Left Dropping Version Of Body Drop Throw
    • Right Dropping Version Of Body Drop Throw
    • Scissors And Naked Choke Hold
    • Outside Hock Throw
    • Front Scoop Throw
    • Rear Scoop Throw
  • Counter to throws (part A of each only)
    • Counters To A Hip Throw
    • Counters To A Drawing Ankle Throw
    • Counters To Shoulder Wheel Throw
    • Counters To A Full Shoulder Throw
    • Counters To A Body Drop Throw
    • Counter To Reclining Leg / Leg Throw
    • Counter To Outer Hook
    • Counter To Stomach Throw
    • Counter To Half Shoulder Throw
  • Inside leg sweep
  • Combination throws (1-4)
  • First blocking kata
  • Counters to kicks
  • Inside forearm block followed by back fist and throw
  • One handed throat throw
  • Use of upward X block to pull onto knee
  • Three reverse punches to three attackers

Download the Junior Syllabus Booklet

Download the Brown Belt 2nd Tag Syllabus sheet

Download the Brown Belt 3rd Tag Syllabus Sheet

Junior kyu grades Timescale table

White to Yellow belt Next Available Grading (if ready)
Yellow to Orange belt 4 months
Orange to Orange/Green Tag belt 4 months
Orange/Green Tag to Green belt 4 months
Green to Green/Blue Tag belt 4 months
Green/Blue Tag to Blue belt 8 months
Blue to Purple belt 8 months
Purple to Brown 1st Tag belt 8 months
Brown 1st Tag to Brown 2nd Tag belt 4 months
Brown 2nd Tag to Brown 3rd Tag belt 12 months
Brown 3rd Tag belt to Junior Black belt 12 months (must be 12Yrs or older)


Kyu gradings are held approximately every 4 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

After a revision session, 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. All Brown Belts will be expected to do a fitness test after they have graded.

The grading is not meant to be intimidating, but a chance for the student to show their skills to other members of their club, though, there will be a certain amount of nerves and the assessing Sensei's will take this into account.

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)junior black belt

  • Completed 1 years training at Brown 3rd Tag Belt ( minimum of 48 attendances)
  • Must be 12 Years or older

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.