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Shotokan Testing

The requirements listed below are only meant to be a guide and an indication of a typical Kyu test. At the Sensei's discretion you may be asked to perform any excercise or technique you have been shown.

Belt Test
8th Kyu (Yellow Belt)

Kata: Heian Shodan Diagram 1
Diagram 2
Diagram 3
Video 1
Video 2
Video 3
 Application 1 - Application 2 - Application 3
       
Kihon: Yellow Belt Basics Video
  Forward Chudan Oi-zuki Stepping in Middle level stepping punch
  Backward Jodan Age-uke Step Back Rising block
  Forward Chudan Ude-uke ( or Soto-uke ) Step In Middle level forearm block
  Backward Shoto-uke in Kokutsu-dachi Step Back Knife-hand block in back stance
  Forward Mae-geri Step In Front snap kick
  Sideward Yoko-geri kekomi Side thrust kick

Kumite: Sanbon kumite. Three step sparring. 2 trips up and back attacking face; 1st time, defender counter attacks with a hand technique only; 2nd time, counter attacks with a kick and a hand technique combination. Finally, 1 trip attacking to stomach with any counter technique allowed.

Three Step Sparring Video



7th Kyu (Orange Belt)

Kata: Heian Nidan Diagram - Video 1 - Video 2 - Video 3 - Bunkai  
       
Kihon: Orange Belt Basics Video
  Forward Jodan Oi-zuki Higher level stepping punch
  Backward Jodan Age-uke, Gyaku-zuki Rising block, reverse punch
  Forward Chudan Ude-uke, Gyaku-zuki Middle level forearm block, reverse punch
  Backward Shoto-uke in Kokutsu-dachi Knife-hand block in back stance
  Forward Mae-geri, Oi-zuki Front snap kick, stepping punch
  Forward Mawashi-geri, Gyaku-zuki Roundhouse kick, reverse punch
  Sideward Yoko-geri kekomi Side thrust kick

Kumite: Sanbon kumite. Three step sparring. 2 trips up and back attacking face; 1st time, defender counter attacks with a hand technique only; 2nd time, counter attacks with a kick and a hand technique combination. Finally, 1 trip attacking to stomach with any counter technique allowed.

Three Step Sparring Video



6th Kyu (Green Belt)


Kata: Heian Sandan Diagram - Video 1 - Video 2  
       
Kihon: Forward Sanbon-zuki Stepping tripple punch, 1 to face 2 to stomach
  Backward Jodan Age-uke , Gyaku-zuki Rising block, reverse punch
  Forward Chudan Ude-uke, Gyaku-zuki Middle level forearm block, reverse punch
  Backward Shoto-uke, Younhon-nukite Knife-hand block. spear hand thrust
  Forward Mae rengeri Double front snap kick, back foot each time
  Forward Mawashi rengeri Double roundhouse kick, back foot each time
  Sideward Yoko-geri kekomi Side thrust kick

Kumite: Sanbon kumite. Three step sparring. 2 trips up and back attacking face; 1st time, defender counter attacks with a hand technique only; 2nd time, counter attacks with a kick and a hand technique combination. Finally, 1 trip attacking to stomach with any counter technique allowed.



5th Kyu (Purple Belt)


Kata: Heian Yondan Diagram - Video 1 - Video 2  
       
Kihon: Forward Sanbon-zuki Stepping tripple punch, 1 to face 2 to stomach
  Backward Jodan Age-uke ,Mae-geri, Gyaku-zuki Rising block, front kick (front foot),reverse punch
  Forward Chudan Ude-uke, Gyaku-zuki Middle level forearm block, reverse punch
  Backward Shoto-uke, Younhon-nukite Knife-hand block. spear hand thrust
  Forward Mae rengeri Double front snap kick, back foot each time
  Forward Mawashi rengeri Double roundhouse kick, back foot each time
  Forward Yoko-geri kekomi, Mawashi-geri Side thrust kick, roundhouse kick, back leg each time
OR
Sideward Yoko-geri kekomi Side thrust kick

Kumite: Kihon ippon kumite. Basic one step sparring. 1 stepping punch attacking face. 1 stepping punch attacking stomach. 1 front snap kick attacking stomach. 1 side thrust kick attacking stomach. Counter attacks with any counter technigue allowed demonstrating good control.



4th Kyu (Purple Belt)

Kata: Heian Godan Diagram - Video 1 - Video 2  
       
Kihon: Forward Sanbon-zuki Stepping tripple punch, 1 to face 2 to stomach
  Backward Jodan Age-uke ,Mae-geri, Gyaku-zuki Rising block, front kick (front foot),reverse punch
  Forward Chudan Ude-uke, Gyaku-zuki Middle level forearm block, reverse punch
  Backward Shoto-uke, Younhon-nukite Knife-hand block. spear hand thrust
  Forward Mae rengeri Double front snap kick, back foot each time
  Forward Mawashi rengeri Double roundhouse kick, back foot each time
  Forward Yoko-geri kekomi, Mawashi-geri Side thrust kick, roundhouse kick, back leg each time

Kumite: Kihon ippon kumite. Basic one step sparring. 1 stepping punch attacking face. 1 stepping punch attacking stomach. 1 front snap kick attacking stomach. 1 side thrust kick attacking stomach. Counter attacks with any counter technigue allowed demonstrating good control.



3rd Kyu (Brown Belt)


Kata: Tekki Shodan Diagram
Video 1
Video 2
Application 1
Application 2
Application 3
Application 4
Application 5
 
       
Kihon: Forward Sanbon-zuki Stepping tripple punch, 1 to face 2 to stomach
  Backward Jodan Age-uke ,Mae-geri, Gyaku-zuki Rising block, front kick (front foot),reverse punch
  Forward Chudan Ude-uke, Yori-ashi Uraken Forearm block(front stance), back fist strike(side stance)
  Backward Shoto-uke, Younhon-nukite Knife-hand block, spear hand thrust
  Forward Mae rengeri Double front snap kick, starting with front foot
  Forward Mawashi rengeri Double roundhouse kick, starting with front foot
  Forward Yoko-geri kekomi, Mawashi-geri Side thrust kick, roundhouse kick, back leg each time

Kumite: Kihon ippon kumite. Basic one step sparring. 1 stepping punch attacking face. 1 stepping punch attacking stomach. 1 front snap kick attacking stomach. 1 side thrust kick attacking stomach. Counter attacks with any counter technigue allowed demonstrating good control.



2nd Kyu (Brown Belt)


Kata: Bassai Dai Diagram - Video 1 - Video 2 - Video 3  
OR
Kanku Dai Diagram - Video 1 - Video 2 - Video 3  
Kihon: Forward Sanbon-zuki Stepping tripple punch, 1 to face 2 to stomach
  Backward Jodan Age-uke ,Mae-geri, Gyaku-zuki Rising block, front kick (front foot),reverse punch
  Forward Chudan Ude-uke, Enpi-uchi, Uraken Forearm block, elbow strike, back fist strike(side stance)
OR
Forward Chudan Ude-uke, Enpi-uchi, Gyaku-zuki Forearm block, elbow strike, reverse punch
  Backward Shoto-uke, Mae-geri, Younhon-nukite Knife-hand block, front foot front kick, spear hand thrust
  Forward Mae rengeri Double front snap kick, starting with front foot
  Forward Mawashi rengeri Double roundhouse kick, starting with front foot
  Forward Yoko-geri kekomi, Mawashi-geri Side thrust kick, roundhouse kick, back leg each time

Kumite: Jyu ippon kumite. Semi free sparring. Both attacker and defender assume free-style stance; attacks are the same as in those in one step sparring. Attacker may ( and should) move around to help create attacking opportunities.



1st Kyu (Brown Belt)


Same as 2nd Kyu test.

Upcoming Events


Belt Test
February 2,3, 2013
Atlanta, GA

Steve Ubl Seminar
March 1,2,3, 2013
Pensacola, FL

All South Tournament
April 6, 2013
New Orleans, LA



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