Hastings Karate Grading

Next grade dates

  • Saturday 22nd June 2024
  • Saturday 23rd November 2024

Grade venue

  • Helenswood Sports Centre, The Ridge, Hastings, TN37 7PS. Please click here for directions.

Grading times

Please book in 15 minutes prior to the times stated below - Due to the grading schedule, late students may not be able to take their grading.


Pre-Grade Class for White & Red Belts 1.00pm - 1.45pm
White Belts Grading - 2.00pm
Red Belts Grading - 2.30pm
Pre-Grade Class for Yellow Belts & Above 3.25pm - 4.10pm
Yellow & Orange Belts Grading - 4.15pm
Orange Stripe, Green, Green Stripe & Blue Belts Grading - 4.45pm


All Blue Stripe Belts and above attend our Eastbourne grading. Please click here for details.

Don’t forget to bring 

SAMA Membership book and up to date insurance attached. If your child is a white belt do not worry as it will be waiting for you to collect at the grading.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a £2.00 admin charge on the day for forgotten membership books. Admin charge for damaged / lost membership books: White to Green belt £5 / Green Stripe & Blue Belt £7

If your membership is out of date

Your renewal date can be found in the front of your child’s SAMA membership book. This needs to be in date for their weekly training and grade test. Please click here to renew or alternatively this can be done directly with your class instructor.

Students must wear

A clean pressed gi (karate suit) and belt with SAMA badge sewn on the left breast. Karate girls are allowed to wear a plain white t-shirt or vest under their karate jacket but boys must be bare chested under their karate jacket. Also no jewellery is allowed be worn during thegrade test including earrings. If you are unable to remove earrings they can be taped over.

Please also note

All karate orange belts and above must bring a set of plain white elasticated sparring equipment as they are required to spar for grade. Students without equipment will automatically drop apass mark, which could result in a fail. Sparring kit can be purchased from your class instructor or via our equipment provider Strike Sport. Click here to visit the direct link for the correct sparring kit needed.

Karate pre-grade classes

Pre-grade classes are for children who have 3 stripes on their belt or children who are very close to grade and need stripes in order to go for grade. The class gives children extra practice on the day of their test. This class has many benefits for the students including;

  • Practice on all aspects of the grade work.
  • Practice on blocks, kicks & punches, stances, breathing, strength, focus etc all very important to achieving a good pass. 
  • An extra confidence boost to shake off any nerves and highly reduce the risk of failure.

There is no need to pre book for this class. The cost of the class is £5 per student payable on the day. We are lucky that due to the layout of the centre a large viewing area for parents is available overlooking the hall. This viewing area is only available for the first pre-grade lesson as the room is in use during the second pre-grade class.

Parents are more than welcome to stay and view the first pre-grade class. If leaving the centre during the pre-grade class please make sure you are back before the end of the class, as parents return to the venue to stay with their children before they grade.

Grade fees - All payable on the day

  • Pre-Grade Class fee £5.00
  • Beginner to blue belt kids grading fee £15.00 (up to 18yrs)
  • Beginner to blue belt adults grading fee £20.00
  • Belts to buy - Plain £5.00/Stripe belts £6.00

Also available on the day

There will also be a large variety of equipment and accessories available to purchase on the day of the grading.

These items can also be purchased via our equipment provider Strike Sport.  Click here to visit their website.

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