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Concept Martial Arts Academy Belfast
Grading System

For our private adult class

The Adult grading structure at CMAAB follows the same principles and concepts of JKD, and is therefore subject to change from time to time in order to adapt and evolve.

The grading requirements for adults are laid out in 5 Levels in the CMAAB / JKD Syllabus.

There is no exact time limit between each level. The decision of when a student will be awarded a level will be decided only by the chief instructor when the students are deemed “ready to progress”

The student will not need to undergo a test for the first 4 levels.  On successfully “Passing” the requirements for the level, they will receive a signed certification certificate. (There is no belt or sash required)


Each level in progression will have more advanced and harder technical difficulties.  Although the main focus is to keep the structure “Simple”.

The students progressing through each Level are also encouraged to research and try other arts if they choose in order to enhance their own personal arsenal of fitness and skills.

As with most martial arts clubs, and it will be the same case at CMMAB. Graded students will be required from time to time, to help teach the techniques of whatever level they have attained to lower graded students or beginners.

Students when reaching the requirements of the last level (Level 5) will be required to undergo specific requirments as set out by the cheif instructor. Successful students who successfully attain the Level 5 requirements will be awarded a black sash and certification of instructorship and will then be eligible to apply to be added to the  national register of official Black Belts at NAKMAS NGB. Successfully being accepted students will then receive a valid A3 certificate and a plastic wallet size card, containing name and officially registered Black Belt identity number.


For our childerens classes

We have a coloured sash grading system in place for children.  Its main focus will be on JKD, but will also have basic elements of various other martial arts that we have adapted into the grading system. This allows the children to firstly train mainlly in JKD, but also to give them an insight and some experience in a variety of other arts

The gradings are held as and when students are ready to grade. There is no specific dates set out, so students can learn at their own pace

The order of the gradings are as follows......

  • Junior Yellow

  • Junior Orange

  • Junior Green

  • Junior Blue

  • Junior Brown

  • Junior Red

  • Junior Black

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