There are nine junior (first) grades,
called "SHO" and 18 junior (gateway) grades, called "MON".
The Sho Awards are grading awards which focus on developing fundamental movement
skills for 5 to 7 year olds.
The Sho awards
are comprise 9 separate awards which are designed to help coaches reward
young players while they develop fundamental physical, technical, social
and psychological skills.
The Mon Grades system is a distinctive
feature of judo with promotion to different coloured belts based on
technical ability, knowledge and understanding as well as supplementary
knowledge of Japanese terminology.
Although there is no contest requirement
in the Mon Grade system there is a progressively structured randori element at the higher grades.
BJA Grading Page | BJA Sho Grade
Info & Syllabus | BJA Mon Grade Info & Syllabus