Hastings Karate Grading

Next grades

  • Due to Covid-19 all gradings have been put on hold.

Grade venue

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

Grading times

Please make sure you book in 15 minutes prior to your alloted grade time

Pre-Grade Class for all Belts 1.00pm - 2.00pm
2.20pm White Belts Grading
2.40pm Red & Yellow Belts Grading
3.10pm Orange, Orange Stripe & Green Belts Grading
3.50pm Green Stripe & Blue Belts Grading

All Blue Stripe Belts and above attend our Bexhill 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 for forgotten membership books. There will be a £5.00 admin charge for damaged or lost membership books. Due to bank charges there will be a £1.00 charge if paying by cheque.

If your membership is out of date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 training and grade test. Our office sends notifications prior to when this is due. Please click here to renew or alternatively this can be done over the phone by calling our office on 01273 580577 or via your class instructor. Please make sure this is done before coming to grading.

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 by our instructors on the day of the grade test.

Please also note

All karate orange belts and above must bring a set of plain white elasticated sparring equipmentas 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 view their site and rember use discount code 'SAMA15' at checkout for 15% discount for SAMA members only.

Karate pre-grade class

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 morning of their test & benefits include: 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. Parents are more than welcome to stay and view the pre-grade class. If leaving the centre during the pre-grade class please make sure you are back before the end of the class which lasts an hour, 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/White 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. Items include strike shields, nunchaku, target/focus pads, key rings, string bags, holdalls, water bottles, hoodies, t-shirts, activity books, posters, sparring and protective kit, karate suits, belts and loads more! 

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

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