Grading Syllabus

The grading requirements for each grade, and resources to help your training.

Requirements and resources

Esoteric

Kihon - Kata - Kumite

Maxims

10th Kyu White red stripe

Techniques to Learn

  • Shizantai-dachi (natural stance)
  • Zenkutsu-dachi (front stance)
  • Choka tsuki (straight punch)
  • Gyaku tsuki (reverse punch)
  • Oie tsuki (lunge punch)
  • Age uke (head block)
  • Soto uke (outer block)
  • Gedan barai (low block)
  • Mai geri (front kick)

Grading Sequence

  • Choka Tsuki (Chudan-middle and Jodan-head) from Shizantai
  • Gyaku Tsuki (Chudan) from Zenkutsu on spot
  • Oie Tsuki (Jodan and Chudan)
  • Age Uke (Zenkutsu moving front and back)
  • Soto Uke (Zenkutsu front and back)
  • Gedan Barai (Zenkutsu front and back)
  • Mai Geri (Chudan and Jodan moving front)

Kata

Kihon Kata.(half only)

Kumite

  • Sanbon* (Jodan o?= Age uke; Zenkutsu / chudan soto uke Zenkutsu)
  • Attacks start both left and right.

*Sanren and Sanbon both mean three times, or three moves.

9th Kyu Red

Techniques to Learn

  • Shizantai-dachi (natural stance)
  • Zenkutsu-dachi (front stance)
  • Choka tsuki (straight punch)
  • Gyaku tsuki (reverse punch)
  • Oie tsuki (lunge punch)
  • Age uke (head block)
  • Soto uke (outer block)
  • Gedan barai (low block)
  • Mai geri (front kick)
  • Yoko geri kekomi (Side thrust kick)

Grading Sequence

  • Choka Tsuki (Chudan-middle and Jodan-head) from Shizantai
  • Gyaku Tsuki (Chudan) from Zenkutsu on spot
  • Oie Tsuki (Jodan and Chudan)
  • Age Uke (Zenkutsu moving front and back)
  • Soto Uke (Zenkutsu front and back)
  • Gedan Barai (Zenkutsu front and back)
  • Mai Geri (Chudan and Jodan moving front)
  • Yoko Geri Kekomi (Chudan moving side in Kiba dachi)

Kata

Kihon Kata

Kumite

  • Sanbon* (Jodan o?= Age uke; Zenkutsu / chudan soto uke Zenkutsu)
  • Attacks start both left and right.

*Sanren and Sanbon both mean three times, or three moves.

8th Kyu Yellow

Techniques to Learn

  • Uichi dachi (inverted feet natural stance)
  • kokutsu dachi (back stance)
  • chudan uchi uke( middle block)
  • shuto uke( knife hand block)
  • yoko geri keagi( snap side kick)
  • dachi kata 1

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi Kata 1 (done by count)
  • Oie Tsuki (Jodan and Chudan)
  • Gyaku Tsuki (on spot from Hanme)
  • Age Uke (moving front and back in Zenkutsu)
  • Soto Uke (front and back in Zenkutsu)
  • Chudan Uchi Uke (front and back in Zenkutsu)
  • Shuto Uke (front and back in back stance)
  • Mai Geri (Chudan and Jodan)
  • Yoko Geri Keagi (Jodano?= moving side in Kiba Dachi)
  • Yoko Geri Kekomi (Chudan o?= moving side in Kiba Dachi)

Kata

Heian Shodan

Kumite

  • Sanbon(3-step) Jodan - Age Uke; Zenkutsu
  • Sanbon Chudan - Soto Uke, Zenkutsu
  • Sanbon Chudan - Uchi Uke, Zenkutsu

Attacks start both left and right, counter with Gyaku Tsuki only

7th Kyu Orange

Techniques to Learn

  • Fudo dachi
  • gyaku hanme
  • kizami tsuki
  • sanbon tsuki
  • dachi kata 2

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi Kata 2
  • Gyaku Tsuki (on spot from Fudo Dachi)
  • Oie Tsuki (Jodan and Chudan)
  • Sanbon Tsuki (triple punch o?= Zenkutsu)
  • Age Uke + Gyaku tsuki (Zenkutsu front back)
  • Soto Uke + Gyaku tsuki Jodan (Zenkutsu front and back)
  • Chudan Ude Uke + Kizami + Gyaku Tsuki (block in Fudo Dachi o?= change to Zenkutsu on punching)
  • Shuto Uke + Nukite (Kokutsu change to Zenkutsu on strike)
  • Mai Geri (Jodan and Chudan)
  • Yoko Geri Keagi (side snap kick in Kiba Dachi)
  • Yoko Geri Kekomi (side thrust kick in Kiba Dachi)

Kata

Heian Nidan.

Kumite

  • Kihon Ippon
  • Jodan x 2
  • Chudan x 2
  • Mai geri x 2. Gedan Barai on inside and outside using Fudo Dachi

(Using Gyaku Tsuki only as counter).

6th Kyu Green

Techniques to Learn

  • Enpi uchi (yoko and tate)
  • uraken
  • shuto uchi (outside in)
  • ren geri
  • mawashi geri
  • dachi kata 3

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi kata 3
  • Oie Tsuki (Jodan and Chudan)
  • Gyaku tsuki (Jodan and Chudan front)
  • Sanbon Tsuki (triple punch o?= front)
  • Uraken Uchi (moving in Fudo Dachi)
  • Age Uke + Gyaku Tsuki + Gedan Barai (front and back, Zenkutsu)
  • Soto Uke + Yoko Enpi (Fudo Dachi to Kiba Dachi)
  • Chudan Uchi Uke + Kizami Tsuki + Gyaku Tsuki (Fudo dachi to Zenkutsu)
  • Shuto Uke + Shuto Uchi (front and back)
  • Mai Ren Geri (double kicking opposite legs o?= Chudan to Jodan)
  • Yoko Ren geri (moving side in Kiba Dachi side snap kick then side thrust kick)
  • Mawashi Geri (Chudan and Jodan)

Kata

Heian Sandan

Kumite

  • Kihon Ippon (basic one step)
  • Jodan x 2 / Chudan x 2 / Mai geri x 2 / Yoko Geri x 1 o?= on right and left sides.

Jodan

  • Age uke + Gyaku tsuki (left leg back)
  • Age uke + Tate empi (right leg back)

Chudan

  • Soto Uke +Yoko Enpi Uchi
  • Shuto Uke + Shuto Uchi

Mai Geri

  • Gyaku Barai + Kizami Tsuki (on inside)
  • Gedan Barai + Gyaku Tsuki (on outside)

Yoko Geri

Soto Barai on outside (Kiba Dachi) + Gyaku Tsuki or Yoko empi

(student may use other techniques but must know above)

5th Kyu Purple

Techniques to Learn

  • Enpi uchi (mai, mawashi)
  • shuto uchi (inside out)
  • haito uchi
  • tate uchi
  • dachi kata 4

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi Kata 4
  • Oie Tsuki (Jodan and Chudan)
  • Gyaku Tsuki (Jodan and Chudan, moving front and back)
  • Sanbon Tsuki (front and back)
  • Uraken + Gyaku Tsuki (Fudo dachi to Zenkutsu)
  • Age Uke (Zenkutsu) + Tate Uraken (same arm, Fudo dachi) + Chudan Gyaku Tsuki (front and back)
  • Soto Uke (Fudo dachi) + Yoko Enpi Uchi (Kiba dachi) + Yoko Uraken Uchi (Kiba dachi) + Gyaku Tsuki (Zenkutsu)
  • Chudan Uchi Uke (Fudo dachi) + Tate Enpi with blocking arm (Zenkutsu) + Mai Enpi (Zenkutsu)
  • Shuto Uke (back stance) + Mai Ashi Geri (front leg kick) + Haito (Zenkutsu)
  • Mai Ren Geri (double kick o?= Chudan to Jodan)
  • Yoko Ren Geri (move side snap kick Jodan o?= change leg thrust kick Chudan)
  • Mawashi Geri (Chudan and Jodan)

Kata

Heian Yondan

Kumite

  • Kihon Ippon (basic one step)
  • Jodan x 2 / Chudan x 2 / Mai Geri x 2 / Yoko Geri x 2 / (right and left sides). Develop correct distance for kicking

Jodan

  • Age uke + Mai Ashi to Mai geri + Tate or Mawashi Enpi (block left leg front)
  • Age uke (Kokutsu) + Mai Ashi Geri + Gyaku Tsuki Jodan (block right leg front and take arm down on kick)

Chudan

  • Uchi Uke (outside at angle Fudo Dachi) + Kiri Geri + Gyaku Tsuki
  • Shuto Uke (on inside) + Mai Ashi Mai Geri + Haito

Mai Geri

  • Soto Barai (on outside Fudo dachi) + Kiri Geri + Yoko Enpi
  • Gedan Shuto Uke on inside + Shuto Uchi (outside in)

Yoko Geri

  • Gedan Barai (outside) Heisoku Dachi + Yoko Geri (Keagi or Kekomi) + Yoko Shuto Uchi or Yoko Enpi
  • Soto Barai + Gyaku Tsuki or Yoko Empi

(Other techniques may be used but student must be able to perform above in training)

4th Kyu Purple white stripe

Techniques to Learn

  • Kamae
  • fudochi blocking
  • mai ashi
  • ushiro ashi
  • ushiro geri
  • kamae ippon kumite
  • dachi kata 5

Grading Sequence

Dachi Kata 5

Oie Tsuki

Oie Tsuki Chudan + Oie Tsuki Jodan (single technique from and returning to Kamae)

Gyaku Tsuki

Gyaku Tsuki Jodan + step front Gyaku Tsuki Chudan + Kamae

Sanbon Tsuki

Kizami + Gyaku Tsuki Chudan + step front Gyaku Tsuki Chudan + Kamae

Ren Waza

Gyaku Tsuki Chudan + Mai Ashi to Gyaku Tsuki Chudan + Ushiro Ashi to Uraken in Fudo Dachi + step front Kamae

Age Uke

Yori Ashi back Age Uke Fudo Dachi + Gyaku Tsuki + step front Kamae

Soto Uke

Ushiro Ashi Soto Uke Fudo Dachi + Yoko Enpi Fudo Dachi using supporting hand to push + pull back Kamae

Uchi Uke

Mai Ashi Chudan Uchi Uke Fudo Dachi + Chudan Gyaku Tsuki moving back let out + Kamae

Shuto Uke

Ushiro Ashi move to side 45o Shuto Uke + Kiri Geri + Shuto Uchi (inside out) Fudo Dachi + move back leg to front facing Kamae

Gedan barai

  • Yoko Ushiro Ashi + Gyaku Barai + Kizami + Chudan Gyaku Tsuki + move back leg to front facing Kamae
  • Mai Ren Geri

Yoko San Geri

  • Kiba dachi move side Yoko Keagi + step down to Yoko Kekomi +step down turn to Ushiro Geri
  • Mawashi Ren Geri
  • Ushiro Geri (turning) and land in Kamae

Kata

Heian Godan

Kumite

Kamae Ippon

Jodan / Chudan / Mai Geri / Yoko Geri

Techniques done from Shizantai are the students own choice but have to include Keri Waza in counter. These defenses and counters must be solid fundamental Ippon techniques and demonstrate power in the counters. Techniques from Kamae use the fundamental blocking sequences for this grade with the emphasis on speed and returning to a dominant Kamae

3rd Kyu Brown

Techniques to Learn

  • Jiyu ippon kumite
  • uke ten no kata
  • keri kata changing direction
  • tai sabaki
  • dachi kata 6

Grading Sequence

Dachi kata 6

Tsuki

  • Kizami + Gyaku Tsuki + Mai Ashi Gyaku Tsuki + Ushiro Ashi Uraken + step front Oie Tsuki Chudan
  • Age Uke Ren Waza Ten No Kata
  • Soto Uke Ren Waza Ten No Kata
  • Ude Uke Ren Waza Ten No Kata
  • Shuto Uke Ren Waza Ten No Kata
  • Gedan Uke Ren Waza Ten No Kata
  • Keri Kata changing direction 1

Kata

Tekki Shodan + Heian examiners choice.

Kumite

Jiyu Ippon

  • Jodan Chudan 1st attack from Kamae, receive from Shizantai o?= pull
  • Mai Geri back Kamae o?=second attack same area and same leg Jiyu Ippon (method1)
  • Yoko Geri

2nd Kyu Brown 1 white tag

Techniques to Learn

  • Renoju dachi
  • neko dachi
  • fudochi ippon
  • ten no kata
  • sanchin kata
  • ura mawashi geri
  • ushiro mawashi geri
  • fudochi kamae
  • kumi kata

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi kata 7
  • Tsuki Kata 1
  • Uchi Kata 1
  • Keri Kata changing direction 1
  • Keri Kata 1
  • Jodan Ren Waza Ten No Kata 1
  • Chudan Ren Waza Ten No Kata 1
  • Gedan Ren Waza Ten No Kata 1

Kata

Basia Dai + Heian examiners choice

Kumite

Kumi Kata 1

Jodan / Chudan / Gedan

Fudochi Ippon

Jodan / Chudan / Mai Geri / Yoko Geri / Ushiro Geri

1st Kyu Brown 2 white tag

Techniques to Learn

Ten-no-kata

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi kata 7
  • Tsuki Kata 2
  • Uchi 1
  • Keri Kata changing direction 2
  • Keri Kata 2
  • Jodan Ren Waza Ten No Kata 2
  • Chudan Ren Waza Ten No Kata 2
  • Gedan Ren Waza Ten No Kata 2

Kata

Jion + Tekki Shodan

Kumite

Kumi Kata 2

Jodan / Chudan / Gedan

Fudochi Ippon

Jodan /Chudan / Mai Geri / Yoko Geri / Mawashi Geri / Ushiro Geri

Jiyu Kumite (free style)

Shodan Black

Black Belt 1st Dan

Techniques to Learn

Ten-no-kata / fudochi jiyu ippon

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi kata 8
  • Tsuki Kata 2
  • Uchi Kata 2
  • Keri Kata changing direction 2
  • Keri Kata 2
  • Jodan Uke Kata
  • Chudan Uke Kata
  • Gedan Uke Kata
  • Ren-waza-kata (2 of students own making, using components from Ten-no-kata)

Kata

Kanku dai / Tekki Neidan / Heian

Kumite

Kumi Kata 3

Jodan / Chudan / Gedan

Fudochi Jiyu Ippon

Jodan / Chudan / Mai Geri / Yoko Geri / Mawashi Geri / Ushiro Geri

Jiyu Kumite (free style)

Nidan Black

Black Belt 2nd Dan

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi kata 9
  • Tsuki Kata 3
  • Uchi Kata 2
  • Keri Kata changing direction 2
  • Keri Kata 3
  • Jodan Ren Waza Kata*
  • Chudan Ren Waza Kata*
  • Gedan Ren Waza Kata*

*composed of basic Ten-no-kata; must contain 3 blocks 2 kicks, strikes, tsuki, taisabaki

Kata

  • Choose from: Sochin / Enpi / Gankaku / Kanku sho / Nijushiho
  • + kata of examiners choice Heian / Tekki

Kumite

Kumi Kata 3

  • Jodan / Chudan / Gedan
  • + part 3 Kyshippon

Fudochi Ippon

Jodan / Chudan / Mai Geri / Yoko Geri / Mawashi Geri / Ushiro Geri

Jiyu Kumite (free style)

Sandan Black

Black Belt 3rd Dan

Grading Sequence

  • Dachi kata 9
  • Tsuki Kata 3
  • Uchi Kata 2
  • Keri Kata changing direction 2
  • Keri Kata 3
  • Jodan Ren Waza Kata*
  • Chudan Ren Waza Kata*
  • Gedan Ren Waza Kata*

*composed of basic Ten-no-kata; must contain 3 blocks 2 kicks, strikes, tsuki, taisabaki

Kata

  • Gojushiho sho
  • + kata of examiners choice Heian / Tekki

Kumite

Kumi Kata 3

  • Jodan / Chudan / Gedan
  • + part 3 Kyshippon

Fudochi Ippon

Jodan / Chudan / Mai Geri / Yoko Geri / Mawashi Geri / Ushiro Geri

Jiyu Kumite (free style)

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