Grading 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 Uraken-uchi+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

 

Katas

Kata Name # of Moves Meaning

Heian Shodan

 

21

Peaceful Mind Kata

Heian Nidan

26

Peaceful Mind Kata

Heian Sandan

20

Peaceful Mind Kata

Heian Yondan

27

Peaceful Mind Kata

Heian Godan

23

Peaceful Mind Kata

Tekki Shodan

29

Iron Horse

Tekki Nidan

24

Iron Horse

Tekki Sandan

26

Iron Horse

Bassai Dai

42

To Storm a Fortress

Kanku Dai

65

To view the sky- Major

Empi

37

Flight of the Swallow

Jion

47

Inner Strength

Jitte

24

10 Hands

Hangetsu

41

Half Moon

Gankaku

42

Crane on a Rock

Bassai Sho

27

To Storm a Fortress (Minor)

Kanku Sho

47

To view the sky (minor)

Chinte

32

Unusual Hands

Unsu

48

Cloud Hands

Sochin

40

Preservation of Peace

Nijushiho

33

24 steps

Gojushiho Dai

62

54 Steps (major)

Gojushiho Sho

65

54 Steps (minor)

Meikyo

33

Bright Mirror

Wankan

21

King's Crown

Jiin

32

Monk's Name