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The Zen Judo Syllabus - Green to Black


Green to Blue Belt: While this syllabus builds on the throws from previous sections, it also has one major addition. Sutemi or “Sacrifice” throws are designed so that the student sacrifice’s his/her own balance in order to throw their partner. They are often fast and can look very impressive to an outside observer. In order for a student to learn them, they must be able to demonstrate that they are confident with forward rolls over a distance.

Green to Blue

Blue to Brown Belt: This syllabus is the first section to introduce some of the more powerful throws. A student at this level must be able to show control before attempting any of the techniques. There are further sacrifice moves, and a student at this level should be able to demonstrate all of the ground holds. In terms of grading, a student is expected to be able to demonstrate all lower belt techniques to a very high standard.

Blue to Brown

Brown to Black: The techniques listed here are regarded as the basic fighting techniques used in competition judo, however we keep them in a “Zen” fashion. A good judoka should still be able to perform these techniques without relying on strength. A major part of the syllabus for this grade, that many overlook, is the ability to teach lower grades. A brown belt could be asked to teach any group of students, run a club night, or even run their own club!

Brown to Black

If you click on each belt, you will see the list of throws for that grade, however we don't provide a detailed description, as we believe that you cannot learn judo from a web site or a book. If there is something you don’t understand, then we encourage you to come along to a club night and one of the instructors will explain it to you.