Grading Syllabus

The following shows the Kata you will be asked to perform for each grading.
It also provides a guide to the Basic Techniques and Kumite you may be asked to perform for each grade.

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GRADING FROM: WHITE TO 1ST RED STRIPE or FROM 1ST RED STRIPE TO 2ND RED STRIPE
Little Warriors (Juniors) only

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

All Zenkutsu-dachi unless stated
1. Oi-zuki jodan
2. Oi-zuki chudan
3. Age-uke
4. Soto-uke
5. Uchi-uke
6. Mae-Geri chudan
7. Mae-Geri jodan

Orange

GRADING FROM: WHITE (or 2nd Stripe)  to 9th Kyu (ORANGE)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

All Zenkutsu-dachi unless stated
1. Oi-zuki jodan
2. Oi-zuki chudan
3. Age-uke
4. Soto-uke
5. Uchi-uke
6. Mae-Geri chudan
7. Mae-Geri jodan

KATA
KIHON

KUMITE
Sanbon or Gohon Kumite (Basic 3 or 5 step sparring)

Attack and Defense
Jodan – Age-uke
Chudan – Soto-uke
Mae-Geri – Gedan-Barai

8 Red

GRADING FROM: 9th Kyu (ORANGE) to 8th Kyu (RED)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

All Zenkutsu-dachi unless stated
as previous grading plus:
1. Shuto-uke in Kokutsu-Dachi
2. Mae-Geri jodan
3. Yoko geri keage from Kiba-Dachi
4. Yoko geri kikome from Kiba-Dachi

KUMITE
Sanbon or Gohon Kumite (Basic 3 or 5 step sparring)

Attack and Defense
Jodan – Age-uke
Chudan – Soto-uke
Mae-Geri – Gedan-Barai

7 Yellow

GRADING FROM: 8th Kyu (RED) to 7th Kyu (YELLOW)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

All Zenkutsu-dachi unless stated
as previous grading plus:
1. Sanbon zuki
2. Age uke, gyaku zuki
3. Soto uke, gyaku zuki
4. Uche uki, gyaku zuki

KUMITE
Sanbon or Gohon Kumite (Basic 3 or 5 step sparring)

Attack and Defense
Jodan – Age-uke
Chudan – Soto-uke
Mae-Geri – Gedan-Barai

6 Green

GRADING FROM: 7th Kyu (YELLOW) to 6th Kyu (GREEN)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

All Zenkutsu-dachi unless stated
as previous gradings plus:
1. Age uke, gyaku zuki, gedan barai
2. Soto uke, empi uchi
3. Shuto uke, nukite
4. Mae ren geri (changing legs)

KUMITE
KIHON IPPON KUMITE

Attacks
Jodan oi zuki – from both sides
Chudan oi zuki – from both sides

5 Purple

GRADING FROM: 6th Kyu (GREEN) to 5th Kyu (PURPLE)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

All Zenkutsu-dachi unless stated
as previous gradings plus:
1. Soto uke, empi uke,uraken
2. Uchi uke, kizame zuki, gyaku zuki
3. Shuto ute, front leg mae geri, nukite
4. Mawashi geri

KUMITE
KIHON IPPON KUMITE

Attacks
(from both sides)
Jodan oi zuki
Chudan oi zuki
mae geri
yoko geri kikomi

4 Purple & White

GRADING FROM: 5th Kyu (PURPLE) to 4th Kyu (PURPLE/WHITE)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

as previous gradings plus:
1. Soto uke, empi, uraken, gyaku zuki

KUMITE
KIHON IPPON KUMITE

Attacks
(from both sides)
Jodan oi zuki
Chudan oi zuki
mae geri
yoko geri kikomi

3 Brown

GRADING FROM: 4th Kyu (PURPLE/WHITE) to 3rd Kyu (BROWN)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

1. Soto uke, empi, uraken, gyaku zuki, gedan barai
2. Uchi uke, Kizame zuki, gyaku zuki, gedan barai
3. Ushiro geri

KUMITE
KIHON IPPON KUMITE

Attacks
(from both sides)
Jodan oi zuki
Chudan oi zuki
mae geri
yoko geri kikomi
mawashi geri

2 Brown 1 stripe

GRADING FROM: 3rd Kyu (BROWN) to 2nd Kyu (BROWN/WHITE)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

as previous gradings plus:
1. Kizame zuki, oi zuki gyaku zuki
2. Mae geri, oi zuki, gyaku zuki
3. Yoko geri kekomi, uraken, gyaku zuki
4. Mawashi geri, uraken, gyaku zuki
5. Ushiro geri, uraken, gyaku zuki

KATA
BASSAI DAI

KUMITE
JU IPPON KUMITE

Attacks
Jodan oi zuki
Chudan oi zuki
mae geri
yoko geri kikomi
mawashi geri
ushiro geri

1 Brown & 2 White

GRADING FROM: 2nd Kyu (BROWN/WHITE) to 1st Kyu (BROWN/2 WHITE)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
Unless stated otherwise, all moves are:
3 steps forward turn and 3 steps forward

as previous grading plus:-
1. Mae geri, yoko geri kekomi, mawashi geri, ushiro geri
2. Uraken, gyaku zuki

KATA
BASSAI DAI

KUMITE
JU IPPON KUMITE

Attacks
Jodan oi zuki
Chudan oi zuki
mae geri
yoko geri kikomi
mawashi geri
ushiro geri

0 1st Dan Black

GRADING FROM: 1st Kyu BROWN/2 WHITE to 1st Dan (BLACK)

KIHON (BASIC TECHNIQUES) 
All begin from free-style stance
1. Kizame zuki, oi zuki, gyaku zuki
2. Mae geri, oi zuki, gyaku zuki
3. Yoko geri keage, uraken, gyaku zuki
4. Mawashi geri, uraken, gyaku zuki
5. Ushiro geri, uraken, gyaku zuki
6. Mae geri, yoko geri kekomi, mawashi geri, ushiro geri, uraken, gyaku zuki
7. Mae geri, oi zuki, gyaku zuki
step back gedan barai, gyaku zuki
mawashi geri, uraken, oi zuki
8. Same leg, mae geri, yoko geri, ushiro geri – all whilst maintaining balance

KATA
Candidate chooses one from:
BASSAI DAIKANKU DAIEMPIJION orHANGETSU

Examiner chooses one from:
Any Heian Kata

KUMITE
JU IPPON KUMITE

Attacks
Jodan oi zuki
Chudan oi zuki
mae geri
yoko geri kikomi
mawashi geri
ushiro geri

Glossary

JAPANESE

NAME

ENGLISH

MEANING

JAPANESE

NAME

ENGLISH

MEANING

Stances
Zenkututsu-Dachi front stance
Kokutsu-Dachi back stance
Kiba-Dachi horse-riding stance
Attacking areas Blocks
Gedan to the knee Gedan barai downward block
Chudan to the chest Age uki upward block
Jodan to the head Soto (udi) uke outside block
Uchi uke inside block
Shuto uke knife hand block
Punches Kicks
Oi tsuki stepping punch Mae geri front kick
Gyaku suki reverse punch (yoko geri) keage side snap kick
Kizame tsuki thrust punch (yoko geri) kekomi side thrust kick
Nukite spear hand attack Ushiro geri back kick
Empi elbow strike Mawashi geri roundhouse kick
Uraken back fist punch