Belt Grading

GCO/WKUWORLD Kickboxing Grading System



It has already been five years since the WKUWORLD introduced its unique and innovative belt examination program. It contains standardized and detailed regulations from the white belt up to the 5th Dan. Compared to other belt-grading practices, it has a higher level of quality and broader requirements. In the recently published second edition of the program, Nonnemacher, Thorhauer and Rödel once more refined the belt grading system and improved some regulations based on their practices and the experiences of WKUWORLD members. 

One fundamental innovation is the three-pronged program: preschoolers, school children and adults. For those children who start early with kickboxing, the WKUWORLD wants to give them the opportunity of obtaining a black belt before turning 18 – provided that their knowledge and techniques are of a sufficient standard. It is a fact that achieving more belt gradings along the way boosts the children’s motivation.

Belts for preschoolers (Pandas), school kids and adults are visibly distinguishable: fully coloured belts for the adults, belts with a white stripe in the middle for children and for the Pandas a white belt with a coloured stripe in the middle.

Moral values make up an essential part of the grading program since it is the WKUWORLDS’ belief that a black belt holder should not only be an excellent athlete but also a person of noble character.

The routing slip guarantees extensive knowledge and education beyond pure kickboxing techniques. It acts as a to-do list, providing a standardized framework assuring transparent and equal testing conditions for all WKUWORLD members. The examinees must complete the requirements in order to be admitted to a brown belt, a first, second, or third black belt grading. This routing slip lists all testing categories for the grading, such as the qualifying period, teaching, first-aid, referee training and judging in practice, attendance of tournaments and seminars, written drafts, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge. The examinee tests for the latter two segments on examination day. The practical part makes up no more than 1/3 of the whole grading procedure. However, when the requirements are not fulfilled on examination day, the belt will be held until the routing slip is complete. Only then will the graduation be officially listed and the belt may be worn.

From the white belt up to the fifth black belt, the WKUWOLRD grading system provides a schedule for practical examinations – allowing, on the one hand, a standardized as well as comparable grading procedure for the examiners. On the other hand, it guarantees fair, transparent and predictable testing conditions for the examinee. As an additional benefit, the grading system provides the home coaches new and valuable impulses for a well-balanced education and training.