Coloured belts (obi’s) and the grading process are an integral part of a judoka’s training.
- A grading is not a test to be passed or failed it is a stepping stone along the way to greater knowledge.
- A Black Belt is no greater achievement than any other coloured belt, it simply indicates that a judoka has gained an understanding of basic judo technique and realises that there is so much more of judo to discover and share.
The Blackwater Obi (Your belt) by Sandra Walker (2008)
Lorraine’s Essay on Grading at Blackwater JC 2008 by Lorraine Hewes (2009)