Grades

A key element to Judo is the progression. This progression is performed through gradings with different belt and tab colours denoting your grade. The British Judo Council have a Syllabus to follow for grading students. This is available to download from their website, or for purchase direct from Head Office.

We have produed a series of web pages to help give you an idea of what to expect from a BJC grading. Any videos are demonstrations only and not how to perform a technique or sequence. Your sensei will teach you what you need to know.

Tabs are attached to belts to denote some grades. The following table outlines the grading levels. All Judoka start wearing a plain white belt. To find out what's required to reach each grade, you can click the name of the desired grade.

Tabs should be attached to the end of the belt that does not have the manufacturer label. The first tab should be sewn on approximately 1.5 inches from the end of the belt, then subsequent strips with an 0.5 inch gap. There should only ever be one colour of tab attached at a time.

Primaries (British Judo Council)

Grade Belt
White Belt, Red Tabs Primary Judo Belt, white with 1 red tabPrimary Judo Belt, white with 2 red tabsPrimary Judo Belt, white with 3 red tabs
White Belt, Orange Tabs Primary Judo Belt, white with 1 orange tabPrimary Judo Belt, white with 2 orange tabsPrimary Judo Belt, white with 3 orange tabs
White Belt, Green Tabs Primary Judo Belt, white with 1 green tabPrimary Judo Belt, white with 2 green tabsPrimary Judo Belt, white with 3 green tabs
White Belt, Blue Tabs Primary Judo Belt, white with 1 blue tabPrimary Judo Belt, white with 2 blue tabsPrimary Judo Belt, white with 3 blue tabs
White Belt, Brown Tabs Primary Judo Belt, white with 1 brown tabPrimary Judo Belt, white with 2 brown tabsPrimary Judo Belt, white with 3 brown tabs

Junior

Grade Junior Belt Youth Belt
6th Kyu Junior Judo Belt, 6th Kyu, whiteJunior Judo Belt, 6th Kyu, white with 1 yellow tabJunior Judo Belt, 6th Kyu, white with 2 yellow tabsJunior Judo Belt, 6th Kyu, white with 3 yellow tabs  
5th Kyu Junior Judo Belt, 5th Kyu, yellowJunior Judo Belt, 5th Kyu, yellow with 1 orange tabJunior Judo Belt, 5th Kyu, yellow with 2 orange tabsJunior Judo Belt, 5th Kyu, yellow with 3 orange tabs  
4th Kyu Junior Judo Belt, 4th Kyu, orangeJunior Judo Belt, 4th Kyu, orange with 1 green tabJunior Judo Belt, 4th Kyu, orange with 2 green tabsJunior Judo Belt, 4th Kyu, orange with 3 green tabs  
3rd Kyu
Blue Tabs
Junior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, greenJunior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 1 blue tabJunior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 2 blue tabsJunior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 3 blue tabs  
3rd Kyu
Brown Tabs
Junior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 1 brown tabJunior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 1 brown tabJunior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 3 brown tabs Youth Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, blue with 1 brown tabYouth Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, blue with 1 brown tabYouth Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, blue with 3 brown tabs
3rd Kyu
Black Tabs
Junior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 1 black tabJunior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 2 black tabsJunior Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green with 3 black tabs Youth Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, brown with 1 black tabYouth Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, brown with 2 black tabsYouth Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, brown with 3 black tabs

Senior

Grade Belt
6th Kyu
Displaying tabs is optional
Judo Belt, 6th Kyu, whiteJudo Belt, 6th Kyu, white with 1 red tabJudo Belt, 6th Kyu, white with 2 red tabsJudo Belt, 6th Kyu, white with 3 red tabs
5th Kyu
Displaying tabs is optional
Judo Belt, 5th Kyu, yellowJudo Belt, 5th Kyu, yellow with 1 red tabJudo Belt, 5th Kyu, yellow with 2 red tabsJudo Belt, 5th Kyu, yellow with 3 red tabs
4th Kyu
Displaying tabs is optional
Judo Belt, 4th Kyu, orangeJudo Belt, 4th Kyu, orange with 1 red tabJudo Belt, 4th Kyu, orange with 2 red tabsJudo Belt, 4th Kyu, orange with 3 red tabs
3rd Kyu Judo Belt, 3rd Kyu, green
2nd Kyu Judo Belt, 2nd Kyu, blue
1st Kyu Judo Belt, 1st Kyu, brown
1st -5th Dan Judo Belt, 1st to 5th Dan, black
6th - 10th Dan Judo Belt, 6th to 10th Dan, Red and White blocks