Grading Syllabus

Grading Syllabus

To pass a grading, students are required to demonstrate specified techniques and fighting skills (also called sparring or kumite drills). At higher levels, as the student progresses, they must also demonstrate specified kata. The standard order of belts and there required techniques are described below:

8th kyu – White belt

Junzuki – Forward punch

Gyakuzuki – Reverse punch

Mae geri – Front kick

Mawashi geri – Round kick

Surikomi mae geri – One step, front kick

Soto uke gyakuzuki – Outer block, reverse punch

Uchi uke gyakuzuki – Inner block, reverse punch

Gedan bari gyakuzuki – Low block, reverse punch

Jodan uki gyakuzuki – Head block, reverse punch

7th kyu – Yellow belt

* All previous techniques +

Shuto uke – Knife hand block

Kette junzuki – Snap kick, forward punch

Kette gyakuzuki – Snap kick, reverse punch

Mae geri gyakuzuki – Front kick, reverse punch

Mawashi geri gyakuzuki – Round kick, reverse punch

Soto uke/gedan bari gyakuzuki – Outer block/lower block, reverse punch

Uchi uke/jodan uke gyakuzuki – Inner block/outer block, reverse punch

KATA’s: Pinan Nidan

6th kyu – Orange belt

* All previous techniques +

Jodan uke nihonzuki

Shuto uke, gyakuzuki – Knife hand block, reverse punch

Yoko geri – Side kick

Mae geri mawashi geri gyakuzuki – Front kick, round kick, reverse punch

Surikomi mawashi geri gyakuzuki – One step, round kick, reverse punch

KATA’s: Pinan Nidan and Shodan

kumite – Free sparring

5th kyu – Green belt

* All previous techniques +

Yokogeri gyakuzuki – Side kick, reverse punch

Mae geri tobikomizuki gyakuzuki – Front kick (No guard change), head punch, reverse punch

Tobikomizuki – Snap punch

Nagashizuki – Snap punch avoiding attack

KATA’s: Pinan Nidan, Shodan and Sandan

Ippon techniques – Defences against maegeri, mawashi geri, jodanzuki and chudanzuki

kumite – Free sparring

4th kyu – Purple belt

* All previous techniques +

Surikomi Yoko geri gyakuzuki – Step up, side kick, reverse punch

Ushiro geri – Back kick

Ura Mawashi (Mawashiuchi) geri – Hook kick

Mawashi geri ushiro geri gyakusuki – Round kick, Back kick, reverse punch

Mawashiuchi gyakusuki – Hook kick, reverse punch

KATA’s: Pinan Nidan, Shodan, Sandan and Yondan

Ippon techniques – Defences against maegeri, mawashi geri, jodanzuki and chudanzuki

kumite – Free sparring

3rd kyu – Brown belt

Kihon and renraku

KATA’s: All 5 Pinans and rudimentary knowledge of Kushanku.

Ippon techniques – Defences against maegeri, mawashi geri, jodanzuki and chudanzuki

kumite Free sparring

2nd kyu – Brown belt

Kihon and renraku

KATA’s: All 5 Pinans, Kushanku and rudimentary knowledge of Chinto

Ippon techniques – Defences against maegeri, mawashi geri, jodanzuki and chudanzuki

kumite Free sparring

1st kyu – Brown belt (white stripe)

Kihon and renraku

KATA’s: All 5 Pinans, Kushanku and chinto

Ippon techniques – Defences against maegeri, mawashi geri, jodanzuki and chudanzuki

kumite Free sparring

Shodan and above – (Black Belt)

Promotion to Dan grade level will be determined by the ability of the examinee to demonstrate techniques to the satisfaction of the examining panel.

All aspects of kihon, renraku, kata and kumite maybe covered and the following kata will be compulsory according to level:

Shodan – kushanku and chinto

Nidan – chinto and passai plus one optional

Sandan – passai, ne sei shi or wanshu plus one optional

Yodan – four advanced kata up to and including wanshu

Pinan kata will be at the discretion of the panel.

For Nidan and above the examinee will be expected to have a fair ability as a competition judge/referee and as a karate instructor.

 

Glossary

Commands

Seiza- kneel

Sensei ne rei- bow to instructor

Kiritsu- stand

Yoi- ready

Rei- bow

Mawatte- turn

Hadjime- begin

Yame- stop

Hidare- left

Migi- right

Hanme gamae- fighting stance

Jodan gamen- head

Chudan- body

Gedan- low level

Kekomi- thrusting

Keage- rising

Barai- sweeping

Choku- direct

Renraku- combination

Waza- form/technique

Dojo- place of the way

Dachi – stance

Yoi fudo- ready

Zen kutsu- forward

Gyaku- opposite

Sanchin- hour glass

Ko–kutsu– back leaning

Kiba Straddle

Neko ashi- cat foot

Musubi- open toed

Shiko dachi- sumo

Te – kind of hand

Seiken- fore fist

Uraken- back fist

Tettsui- bottom fist

Shuto- knife hand

Haito- ridge hand (inner)

Haishu- back hand

Nukite- spear hand

Teisho- palm heel

Toho- sword peak hand

Ippon ken- one knuckle fist

Empi- elbow

Ashi – kind of foot

Hiza- knee

Sokuto- foot edge

Chusoku- ball of foot

Haisoku- instep

Kakato- heel

Teisoku- arch

Uke – blocks

Jodan age uke- head block (rising)

Soto uke- outer block

Uchi uke- inner block

Haisho uke- back hand block

Shuto uke- knife hand block

Gedan bari- lower sweeping block

Morote uke- augmented block

Teisho uke- palm heel block

Hiza uke- knee block

Keri – kicks

Mae geri- front kick

Mawashi geri- round kick

Yoko geri- side kick

Ushiro geri- back kick

Mae tobi geri- front jumping kick

Kakto geri- heel kick

Kin geri- groin kick

Mawashi uchi geri- round back kick

Hiza geri- knee kick

Tsuki – thrusts

Chudan oi zuki- middle level punch

Gyakuzuki- reverse punch

Morotezuki-double fist punch

Uchi – strikes

Tettsui- bottom fist strike

Shuto uchi (shoku-mawashi-sakutsu)- knife hand strike

Haitto uchi- ridge hand strike

Teisho uchi- palm heel strike

Mawashi uchi (seiken)- round fist strike

Uraken- back fist strike

Empi uchi- elbow strike

Ago uchi- chin strike (straight fist)

Numbers

1. Ichi

2. Ni

3. San

4. Shi

5. Go

6. Roku

7. Shichi

8. Hachi

9. Ku

10. Ju

 

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