For under 8's there are Sho grades, these prepare the children for the skills they will need to start learning the fundamentals of judo.
Junior grades are called Mons (Mon meaning gate, the gateway to your senior grade) There are eighteen Mons in total. Three sections of each colour belt are awarded to the juniors as they progress. The colours being Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue and Brown.
Senior grades are called Kyu's. There are 6 Kyu grades. The colours being 6th Kyu (Red), 5th Kyu (Yellow), 4th Kyu (Orange), 3rd Kyu (Green), 2nd Kyu (Blue), 1st Kyu (Brown).
Gradings are held 3 Times a year for Sho, Mon and Kyu grades and all grades are held centrally by the British Judo Association.
Following the Kyu grades are the Dan's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Dans wear a black belt, 6th 7th 8th and 9th Dan wear a red and white blocked belt. 10th Dans wear a red belt.