The SAMA syllabuses are broken down into manageable units that are allocated a grade and corresponding coloured belt. A student goes through three general phases of development: beginner, intermediate and advanced. See the martial arts guide pages for a description of what happens in each phase.
For Karate and Tai Chi Chaun Kung Fu the scope and complexity of the syllabus increases substantially through the grades, and for kickboxing the fitness requirement increases.
Typical times between Karate gradings for a student with a positive attitude, reasonable aptitude and consistent application:
|Going For||Grade||Duration||Lessons Per Week
|Red||11th Kyu||2 months||1 (Term Time)|
|Yellow||10th Kyu||2 months||1 (Term Time)|
|Orange||9th Kyu||2 months||1 (Term Time)|
|Orange Stripe||8th Kyu||2 months||1 (Term Time)|
|Green||7th Kyu||2 months||1 (All Year)|
|Green Stripe||6th Kyu||4 months||1 (All Year)|
|Blue||5th Kyu||4 months||1 (All Year)|
|Blue Stripe||4th Kyu||4 months||2 (All Year)|
|Brown||3rd Kyu||4 months||2 (All Year)|
|Brown/Stripe||2nd Kyu||4 months||2 (All Year)|
|Red/White/Blue||1st Kyu||6 months||2 (All Year)|
|Black||1st Dan||6 months||3 (All Year)|
For Karate beginners and intermediate students grading may take place at the district level, alongside Kickboxing to a high level. Beginner gradings last up to 20 minutes.
Advanced/High level gradings going for Karate brown belt and above only take place in Worthing; a Brown Belt grading is around an 1 hour long; a Black Belt grading is up to 2.5 hours.
All gradings are assessed by only three chief instructors in the SAMA organisation: Hanshi Gibson 8th Dan, Shihan Jacobs 7th Dan and Renshi Klus 5th Dan. This ensures a consistent standard and enduring quality of student over time.