Question~ How long does it take to get black belt in karate?
This is probably the question i get asked the most when people first start karate!
The answer I give to begin with, is very short and that is ~
It’s all down to you!
Reaching the coveted Black Belt can be accomplished quite quickly.
But is entirely down to the individual and also the results can sometimes be very confusing and not make sense at all, let me explain…..
If someone is practicing once per week and someone else is practicing three times per week.
You would expect the person practicing three times per week to way more advanced after six months.
But that depends completely on the attitude of the karateka whilst training.
If there is someone who is totally focused and applying the concept of Ikken Hissatsu with all their fast moves and train once per week.
They will be way stronger and progress much faster than someone training three times per week, if..
The person training three times per week is simply going through the movements with no intent, so it’s all down to the attitude of the karateka.
We have devised for our members, a very detailed syllabus that starts from the essential basic fundamentals and works up to the extremely advanced karate.
We help and guide our members all the way, where they practice and video test from home.
Sometimes in a regular Dojo, bad habits can quickly develop and if they are not corrected.
Developed bad habits become a big problem when preparing for black belt.
What we have noticed with our online Dojo, is that people training at home tend to watch the video tutorials over and over, until they have the techniques correct.
How Long Does It Take To Get Black Belt In Karate?
Most offline karate Dojo have examinations every three months, then at 1st Kyu, the karateka will sometimes wait six months to a year before testing for black belt.
With our karate video tutorials, we have people progressing much faster than every three months, especially through the first few tests.
The kata is the probably the trickiest to learn and get good at.
But if the karateka has a good understanding of the basic fundamentals, the Shotokan Karate Kata can be picked up quickly from our tutorials.
The main issue with training at home is the Kumite (sparring), this really is the hardest challenge.
As i have mentioned earlier in this article, one of the most important concepts of karate is Ikken Hissatsu or to finish with one blow.
We try and instill this concept in our members.
We explain that when blocking and attacking techniques are practiced at speed, they should be executed as if your life depends on it.
When you hit the focus pads or makiwara (striking board) a full speed, you should not just try to hit them, but break them,destroy them!
(obviously after you have executed hundreds of techniques lightly first).
We hope this as helped answer one of the most common questions we get, How long does it take to get black belt in karate?
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We are looking at a get together maybe once per year, where we all travel to one location and we can practice and talk karate together and have a bit of a vacation also :).
We even have an instructor training program and live zoom classes, plus! we continue to add more content every week. Oss!
Here is our FAQ video including questions and answers underneath, where I go into more detail regarding the question, How long does it take to get black belt in karate.
I hope this helps and i look forward to seeing you inside the Dojo soon 🙂 Oss!
Questions And Answers
There is no stipulated time frame between gradings as many of our members have trained before, some members seem to fast track through the first 3 or 4 gradings. Our offline Dojo has examinations every three months, but really its all down to the individual, as people progress at different speeds.
The monthly fee you start paying will always stay as it is when you first become a member, but this may increase in the future for new members joining.
There is no grading/testing fee from 10th Kyu to 1st Kyu for our monthly members. Karateka taking a Black belt test will incur an extra fee as it is very time consuming.
We do ask our members to get their own karate uniform (gi) and belts, we are also looking at the cost of printed certificates, (please see question 4 regarding certificates).
We have four live zoom classes each week at the moment. They are all included in the Inner Circle package, but are also available to our monthly members at $10 per class.
The times below show UK time ~
Class Times Below Are In UK Time Zone
Wednesday ~ 1300 hrs - 1400 hrs
Thursday ~ 1700 hrs - 1800 hrs
Saturday ~ 1700 hrs - 1800 hrs
Sunday ~ 1700 hrs - 1800 hrs
The APP when ready (May 2022) will be included for Monthly and Inner Circle Members.
Testing is included up to and including 1st Kyu for Monthly and Inner Circle Members. Lifetime members can access the testing for an additional fee.
Each belt/ranks examination is explained inside the respective belt/rank course.
Test videos are uploaded to Youtube and marked as unlisted, there is a full explanation of how to do this inside each belt/rank course.
Black Belt examinations have fees as they are much more involved and very time consuming.
At the moment successful karateka recieve a downloadable certificate, but our beutiful gold foil printed certificates are nearly ready and our members can pay to have one of these EIKA certificates delivered to them. These will be purely optional.
We would prefer our karateka to wear Gi for testing, but this is optional and up to each member.
We are having patches designed and once our members have been with us for three months they will get one posted to the address of their choice.
All fitness levels are suitable because you train at home and only do what you feel you can handle, you are in total control, the fitter you get, the more you can put into your karate practice.
You do not need much space at all, even with the kata, we have a technique where you can practice the whole kata in a five foot square space
We have members that have injuries and they work around those injuries, we have some members that do not kick and thats fine, they focus more on upper body work.
We do like our members to video their exams in a karate uniform (gi), but this is not compulsory. We have a Dojo patch (see question 7) Other equipment is purely optional, as in a punch bag, makiwara (striking board), recommended books, etc.
This is a very good question and one of the hardest things about training at home. One of the most important concepts of karate is Ikken Hissatsu or to finish with one blow. We try and instill this concept in our members by explaining that when blocking and attacking techniques are practiced at speed, they should be executed as if your life depends on it, when you hit the makiwara a full speed, you should not just try to hit it, but break it,destroy it! (obviously after you have executed hundreds of techniques lightly.
We are planning training camps so karateka who are unable to practice partner work and Karateka who want to test for the kumite sections can do so. These EIKA training camps will be enjoyable and fun.
It can accomplished quite quickly, but is entirely down to the individual and also the results can sometimes be very confusing and not make sense at all, let me explain.....If someone is practicing once per week and someone else is practicing three times per week, you would expect the person practicing three times per week to way more advanced after six months, but it depends completely on the attitude of the karateka whilst training, if someone is totally focused and applying the concept of Ikken Hissatsu with all their fast moves and train once per week, they will be way stronger and progress much faster than someone training three times per week, but simply going through the movements with no intent, so it's all down to the attitude of the karateka.
We use the Shodan-Ho system for our black belt testing. This means that successful karateka can test fully online, but a full black belt rank will only be issued once the karateka has demonstarted kumite also, which is where the training camps come in.
Here at EIKA we do not believe fighting is the be all and end all of karate, but kumite is an essential part of karatedo, because of this we use the Shodan-Ho system, where the successful karateka then over time have to demostrate their kumite to the examiners.