How Long Does it Take to Get to Black Belt?

At TSDA, it is our aim to progress students up through the belts to increase their skill level and also repertoire of techniques.  We do however, understand everyone learns at different rates, and therefore assess students leading up to grading to determine whether they are ready to grade.  Ultimately, in every class, we aim to teach 1-2 new techniques – as long as the student can effectively demonstrate techniques already learnt in the previous weeks.  Which is why practicing at home is essential!

There are 4 Gradings per year (around March, June, September and December).  It is possible, with focus, commitment at home and in class and determination, to grade 4 times a year.  In the event a student grades, at every grading, they can be a Black Belt in 2 years and 3 months!  Remember, the colour of the belt worn is an indication of the commitment and longevity of training, so while it is good to have a goal in mind to wear a Black Belt, it is also essential to ensure you are not rushed!

Take your time, and most importantly practice.  It is only with continual practice that the techniques we teach you can become second nature!


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