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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.
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.
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!
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.