Black Gi Grading 2012

Black Gi GradingBrisbane Goju Karate will be hosting a Black Gi Grading this Saturday, 28th of July 2012 at the Camp Hill Dojo, 628 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill. The hall is located behind the Uniting Church, parking is available onsite or off street and the doors will be open from 9am with the grading scheduled to commence at 9:30 am and finish around 12:30 pm. A donation at the door to help cover the costs of hosting the event is welcomed.

Please come along and support the three students brave enough to attempt this torrid event. All spectators are welcome, whether you are friend, family or a student of karate from any local Brisbane karate dojos (Goju Ryu or Goju Kai etc).

The Black Gi Grading is a very special occasion as those of you who have been privileged enough to have witnessed a student attempt a Black Gi Grading already know. If you have not witnessed a Black Gi Grading then please do your best to ensure you are there on Saturday morning to support these students. It is an absolutely monumental journey to complete the Black Gi Grading and the moral support provided by friends and family is akin to a glass of cool water on a blistering hot day.

Black Gi Grading

Just to give you some background, the Black Gi Grading is nothing like a Black Belt Grading for Shodan. It is far more strenuous, enduring and and requires a more complete demonstration of a students knowledge of Karate. You really need to be there to fully experience what the student goes through but as anyone that has completed a Black Gi Grading will tell you, it is fulfilling and gratifying despite the torment. It allows the karateka to demonstrate their entire set of skills as well as gives them the platform to harness the power of will that has been developed within them through the years of training beforehand. As a spectator of a Black Gi Grading, you are seeing the karateka being elevated to a place that they have never experienced and a place that they will never forget. This is why, when you stand before a karateka wearing a Black Gi in kumite, you can be confident that they will be a formidable opponent.


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About Jay Killeen

I began training in 2004 under the guidance of James Duggan Shihan. I have since achieved my Nidan in Goju Ryu Karate do Seiwakai. My favourite kata is Sanchin and I enjoy the challenge of kumite against great opponents.


  1. Well done from all that attempted and faced their opponents.

  2. Thank you Glenn Stephenson Shihan. The video footage was very good as well. Should have a highlights reel up at some point.

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