Child Protection Policy

ABWK operates a Child Protection Policy with a dedicated Child protection Officer. Inspection of the Policy by parents or students can be made through any of the Club Instructors.


All students are required to observe the Dojo (Training Hall) etiquette where the following rules apply

  1. Try not to be late for the class allowing sufficient time to change and pay fee. Late arrivals should enter the Dojo quietly and warm up. When ready to join the class, they must kneel at the back and side of the class where they can be seen by the instructor and wait for the approval by the instructor to join the class, when the approval is given the student should walk quickly and quietly to a convenient position.
  2. When entering or leaving the Dojo all students must bow.
  3. When participating in the full etiquette (kneeling bow) students reply with “Onegai shimasu”
    (Please train with me) at the start of the class.  The reply at the end of training is “Arigato Gozaimashita” (Thank you very much for what you have done).
  4. Outdoor footwear must be removed prior to entering the Dojo and left outside or placed in a sports bag prior to entering the class.
  5. Keep finger and toe nails short and clean.
  6. Jewellery and watches should not be worn. Rings should be removed or taped.
  7. Never eat, or drink in the Dojo.
  8. Junior grades should acknowledge respect to all instructor’s and senior students.
  9. Gi (Karate Suits) should be kept clean and in a good state of repair, the appropriate colour belt must be worn at all times.
  10. Visitors to the Dojo should sit quietly in an area as directed by the instructor.


There are nine Kyu grades each grade entails the student to demonstrate that they have a good grasp of the elements required for the particular grade.

The student will be required to learn basic kicking and punching techniques, combinations of these two elements, Kata, set forms of attack and defence for kicking (Sanbon Gumite) and punching (Uke).  As the student progresses set forms are practiced there are two elements Ohyo Gumite (Semi Free Fighting) and Kihon Gumite. Students will also be expected to participate in free fighting, which is carried out under strict control. The student will be required to wear hand mitts while engaged in this activity.

All instruction is carried out under strict supervision the object being to develop the student’s ability under a controlled environment. Each student will be graded when his or her instructor assesses that they are ready to take a grade. Progression through the grades can only be achieved by the amount of dedication the student shows in the class.

The Kyu grades coloured belts are

  • 9th Kyu Red
  • 8th Kyu Yellow
  • 7th Kyu Orange
  • 6th Kyu Green
  • 5th Kyu Blue
  • 4th Kyu Purple
  • 3rd Kyu Brown  – one tag
  • 2nd Kyu Brown – two tags
  • 1st Kyu Brown  – three tags

We hold 3 gradings each year. These are in January, either April or May and in August (during the Summer Course). If you are unable to attend the grading, for whatever reason, unfortunately you will have to wait until next time. The grades will consist of Training/Grade and then a Competition involving all the clubs within the Association.

Grading Syllabus

ABWK Adult Grading

ABWK Childrens Grading


The prime objective of the Association is to teach authentic Wadokai Karate to all students in a structured environment. The club teaches the Budo way, which focuses the student on the principles of self defence. In turn the student will gain confidence and self-discipline. Students from 6 years old with no upper age limit can participate we welcome students of all abilities.