Testing Requirements

10th to 9th Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Jodan Age-uke Chudan Soto-uke Mae-geri

(is forward movement is backward movement)
9th to 8th Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Jodan Age-uke Chudan Soto-uke Gedan-Barai Shuto-uke Mae-geri
Kata: Heian Shodan
Kumite: Gohon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan
 *  Examiners look predominantly for correct basic form

(is forward movement is backward movement)
7th Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Jodan Age-uke Chudan Soto-uke Chudan Uchi-uke Shuto-uke Mae-geri Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right
Kata: Heian Nidan
Kumite: Gohon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan

(is forward movement is backward movement)
6th Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan Soto-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan-Uchi-uke Shuto-uke Mae-geri Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right
Kata: Heian Sandan
Kumite: Kihon Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan left/right

(is forward movement is backward movement)
5th Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan Soto-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan-Uchi-uke+Gyaku-zuki Shuto-uke Mae-geri Mawashi-geri Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right
Kata: Heian Yondan
Kumite: Kihon Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri left/right
 *  Examiners look for correct pivoting of the hips during renzoku-waza, and clear grasp of the hand techniques

(is forward movement is backward movement)
4th Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan Soto-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan-Uchi-uke+Gyaku-zuki Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Mae-geri Mawashi-geri Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right
Kata: Heian Godan
Kumite: Kihon Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri left/right
 *  Examiners are looking for appropriate degree of strength and sharpness of execution in each technique (Kihon, Kumite, Kata)

(is forward movement is backward movement)
3rd Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Sambon Renzuki Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan Soto-uke+Yoko Empi (Zenkutsu-dachi to Kiba-dachi) Chudan Uchi-uke+Gyaku-zuki Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Mae-geri Mawashi-geri Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right
Kata: Tekki Shodan
Kumite: Kihon Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri/Yoko Ke-komi left/right

(is forward movement is backward movement)
2nd Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Sambon Renzuki Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan Soto-uke+Yoko Empi (Zenkutsu-dachi to Kiba-dachi) Chudan Uchi-uke+Gyaku-zuki Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Mae-geri Mawashi-geri Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right
Kata: Sentei Kata (Bassaidai, Kankudai, Jion, Empi)—student may choose any of these
Kumite: Jiyu Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri/Mawashi-geri right/one side

(is forward movement is backward movement)
1st Kyu
Kihon: Chudan Jun-zuki Sambon Renzuki Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan Soto-uke+Yoko Empi+Yoko Uraken (Zenkutsu-dachi to Kiba-dachi) Chudan Uchi-uke+Gyaku-zuki Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Mae-geri Mawashi-geri Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right Yoko Ke-komi (Zenkutsu-dachi) left/right
Kata: Sentei Kata (Bassaidai, Kankudai, Jion, Empi)—student may choose any of these
Kumite: Jiyu Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri/Yoko Ke-komi/Mawashi-geri right/one side
 *  Examiners look for ease and naturalness of execution, for speedy and powerful kime, and for smooth, instantaneous, dynamic elasticity of delivery.

(is forward movement is backward movement)
1st Dan
Kihon: Sambon Renzuki Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-zuki Chudan Soto-uke+Yoko Empi+Yoko Urakenuchi+Gyaku-zuki (Zenkutsu-dachi to Kiba-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Chudan-Uchi-uke+Kizami-zuki+Gyaku-zuki Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Mae-geri Rengeri (Chudan/Jodan) Mawashi-geri Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi, alternate feet) Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi, alternate feet)

Kata: Sentei Kata (Bassaidai, Kankudai, Jion, Empi)—student may choose any of these
Kumite: Jiyu Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri/Yoko Ke-komi/Mawashi-geri right/one side
 *  Examiners test for basic understanding and functional ability in the foundational techniques of karate.

(is forward movement is backward movement)
2nd Dan
Kihon: Kizami-zuki+Sambon Renzuki (free kamae)Mae-geri+Jun-zuki (free Kamae) Jodan Age-uke+Chudan Soto-uke+Gyaku-zuki (Block with same arm) Gedan-barai+ Chudan Jun-zuki+Chudan Jun-zuki Shuto-uke+Kizami Mae-geri+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Yoko Ke-age+Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi, alternate feet) Yoko Ke-komi+Gyaku-zuki (free Kamae) Mawashi-geri+Gyaku-zuki (free Kamae)
Kata: Student’s favorite Kata
Kumite: Jiyu Kumite
 *  Examiners test for understanding and proficiency in the foundational techniques of karate.

(is forward movement is backward movement)
3rd Dan
Kihon: Kizami-zuki+Sambon Renzuki (free kamae) Jodan Age-uke+Chudan Soto-uke+Gyaku-zuki (Block with same arm) Chudan Uchi-uke+Kizami-zuki+Gyaku-zuki (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Shuto-uke+Kizami Mae-geri+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Jodan Age-uke+Mawashi-geri+Yoko Uraken-uchi+Chudan Jun-zuki Mae-geri+Yoko Ke-komi+Mawashi-geri+Gyaku-zuki (alternate feet)
Mae-geri+Yoko-Kekomi+Ushiro-geri (Zenkutsu-dachi + same feet left/right)
Kata: Student’s favorite Kata
Kumite: Jiyu Kumite
 *  Examiners test for understanding and proficiency in the standard techniques of karate.

 

4th Dan
Kihon: Kizami-zuki+Sambon Renzuki (free kamae) Chudan Uchi-uke+Kizami-zuki+Gyaku-zuki (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Shuto-uke+Kizami Mae-geri+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) Mae-geri+Yoko Ke-komi+Gyaku-zuki (same feet)
Mae-geri+Yoko-Kekomi+Ushiro-geri (Zenkutsu-dachi + same feet left/right)
Gyaku-zuki (Idomokuhyo : Punch at different points by examiner's direction)
Kata: Student’s favorite Kata; also Shitei Kata (from Heian Shodan to Tekki Shodan) specified by examiner
Kumite: Jiyu Kumite
 *  Examiners test for understanding and mastery of all karate techniques; for an understanding of the philosophy of karate; for an ability to apply these fundamentals and functional aspects in practice; and for an ability to instruct

 

5th Dan
Gyaku-zuki (Idomokuhyo : Punch at different points by examiner's direction)
Kata: Gyaku-zuki; Student’s favorite Kata; also Shitei Kata (from Heian Shodan to Tekki Shodan) specified by examiner; Question and Answer Session
Kumite: Jiyu Kumite
 *  Examiners test for high-level mastery of karate techniques, and the ability to apply technique in one’s own unique way

 

6th Dan
Kata: Student’s favorite Kata; Sentei Kata; Question and Answer Session
Kumite: Jiyu Kumite
 *  Must demonstrate high-level mastery of both the physical and mental aspects of karate training

 

7th Dan
Kata: Student’s favorite Kata; Sentei Kata
General: Question and Answer Session; Research Dissertation (about techniques)
Kumite: Jiyu Kumite
 *  Must demonstrate extensive, matured mastery of both the physical and mental aspects of karate training

 

8th, 9th, 10th Dan
Recommendation of Instructors Committee
 *  Must demonstrate total mastery of the secrets of karate, both physical and mental, and show an extraordinary level of spiritual development

 

 

 

 


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