Gradings are tests that students can take in order to earn belts. 

It costs £12.50 to take part in a grading. 

These Gradings are OPTIONAL and should students not wish to grade, they can continue to attend classes as normal and progress through the syllabus with everyone else.

The belt system is at the heart of kickboxing and provides a useful way for children to focus on moving 'up the ranks', bringing with it a sense of satisfaction and self fulfilment, building a child's confidence and self esteem along the way.

Little Samurai (ages 4 to 6) earn Tags

Young Samurai (ages 7 to 11) earn Stripes

Samurai Kickboxing (ages 12 to 16) earn Colours

Adult Kickboxing (ages 17+) earn Belts

The belt order is the same for all; 

  • RED
  • BLUE

Gradings are taken at the belt in which the student currently resides e.g.If a student is taking their first Grading, it is a WHITE belt Grading (to earn a RED belt).

Please ensure that you arrive in good time for a Grading as it starts promptly. Due to the number of people grading on the day, latecomers cannot be admitted after the grading has started.

Please note:

Little Samurai 

  • PURPLE TAGS require gloves and a mouth guard to grade 
  • BLUE TAGS require gloves shins and feet
  • BROWN TAGS + require the full sparring equipment.
Young Samurai 
  • YELLOW STRIPE + need gloves and a mouth guard to grade
  • ORANGE STRIPE + need the full sparring equipment
Students currently at RED or above in any age group need the suit appropriate to their class to be graded. If your child has just moved class we will make an exception so that a new Young Samurai can wear their Little Samurai suit for their first grading. If you are in any doubt about this please either email or speak to one of the Instructors.

Annual License

All students need a valid kickboxing licence to be graded which affiliates your child to our Governing Body NAKMAS (link below).

A license costs £30 per student for the year. A sibling discount is provided at £20 for the 1st sibling and £15 for the 2nd sibling. With each purchase of a sibling’s license The Samurai Fitness Group provide a suit free of charge (worth £37.50).

Licenses will automatically be added to your Grading booking via our system if it needs to be renewed or if this is your child's first Grading. All your child's license details are on their profile on the system.

Please complete a license form for your child's first license (a photo is not necessary). A license renewal does not require a license form to be completed.

Green belt in Kickboxing

The next public Grading is;

on Friday February 16th in half-term camp

If your child is ready to grade, we will email inviting you to bring them along.

The next one is Sunday March 18th

We run Gradings during school classes at various times throughout the term. You will be notified of these.

To book in to a public or school Grading, please tick the box below;


t: 07828 534817

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