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Shotokan Karate Grading

This page shows the coloured belts that students wear depending upon their grade.
Students grade, if they are ready, at the local gradings that are held every three months.
At grading time, each student must successfully complete a series of events relevant to their grade.
Students achieve 10th Kyu (blue belt) at their first grading…

10th Kyu – Blue Belt

10th Kyu  – Blue Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON (to count)

CHOKU-ZUKI (Standing Punch) x10 Shizentai
GYAKU-ZUKI (Reverse Punch) x10 Zenkutsu-Dachi, both sides
OI-ZUKI (Stepping Punch) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
AGE-UKE (Rising Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
GEDAN-BARAI (Downward Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI (Front Snap Kick) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi

KUMITE

GOHON KUMITE (JODAN) 5 attack sparring upper level, to count

KATA

TAIKYOKU SHODAN Up to First Kia

9th Kyu – Red Belt

9th Kyu  – Red Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

CHOKU-ZUKI (Standing Punch) x10 Shizentai
GYAKU-ZUKI (Reverse Punch) x10 Zenkutsu-Dachi, both sides
OI-ZUKI (Stepping Punch) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
AGE-UKE (Rising Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE (Outside Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
GEDAN-BARAI (Downward Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI (Front Snap Kick) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi

KUMITE

GOHON KUMITE, JODAN and CHUDAN 5 attack sparring upper level, NO count

KATA

TAIKYOKU SHODAN

8th Kyu – Orange Belt

8th Kyu – Orange Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

CHOKU-ZUKI (Standing Punch) x10 Shizentai
GYAKU-ZUKI (Reverse Punch) x10 Zenkutsu-Dachi, both sides
OI-ZUKI (Stepping Punch) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
AGE-UKE (Rising Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE (Outside Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
UCHI-UKE (Inside Forearm) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
SHUTO-UKE (Knife Hand Block) x5 Kokutsu-Dachi, forward only
MAE-GERI (Front Snap Kick) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi

KUMITE

KIHON KUMITE SET ONE Plus one previous Kumite

KATA

HEIAN SHODAN

7th Kyu – Yellow Belt

7th Kyu – Yellow Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

CHOKU-ZUKI (Standing Punch) x10 Shizentai
GYAKU-ZUKI (Reverse Punch) x10 Zenkutsu-Dachi, both sides
OI-ZUKI (Stepping Punch) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
AGE-UKE (Rising Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE (Outside Block) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
UCHI-UKE (Inside Forearm) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi
SHUTO-UKE (Knife Hand Block) x5 Kokutsu-Dachi, forward only
MAE-GERI (Front Snap Kick) x5 In Zenkutsu-Dachi, JODAN
YOKO-GERI KEAGE (Side Snap Kick) x3 Kiba-Dachi
YOKO-GERI KEKOMI (Side Thrust kick) x3 Kiba-Dachi

KUMITE

SAN-BON KUMITE Plus two previous Kumite

KATA

HEIAN NIDAN

6th Kyu – Green Belt

6th Kyu – Green Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

GYAKU-ZUKI  x10 Zenkutsu-Dachi
AGE-UKE, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI   x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
UCHI-UKE, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SHUTO-UKE, NUKITE  x5 Kokutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, MAWASHI-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
YOKO-GERI KEAGE x3 Kiba-Dachi

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON SET TWO Plus two previous Kumite

KATA

HEIAN SANDAN

5th Kyu – Purple Belt

5th Kyu – Purple Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

AGE-UKE, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI   x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
UCHI-UKE, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SHUTO-UKE, NUKITE, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Kokutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, MAWASHI-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
USHIRO-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON SET THREE  Plus one previous Kumite

KATA

HEIAN YONDAN

4th Kyu – Purple/Gold Belt

4th Kyu – Purple/Gold [or White] Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

AGE-UKE, MAE-GERI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE, URAKEN, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI   x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
UCHI-UKE, MAE-GERI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SHUTO-UKE, KIZAMI-GERI, NUKITE, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Kokutsu-Dachi

Stepping Forward with
MAE-GERI, MAWASHI-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, USHIRO-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
YOKO-GERI KEAGE x3 Kiba-Dachi

From Jiyu-Dachi kicking forward
USHIRO-GERI x5 Hidari then Migi
MIKAZUKI-GERI x5 Hidari then Migi

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON SET FOUR
KAESHI IPPON
  (Jodan defence, counter stepping forward attacking Chudan)
KIHON IPPON SET ONE Plus, Two and Three Kumite

KATA

HEIAN GODAN Plus all previous Kata

Plus
RECITAL OF 1st, 2nd and 3rd LINES OF THE DOJO JUN (In English)

3rd Kyu – Brown Belt

3rd Kyu – Brown Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

AGE-UKE, MAE-GERI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE, URAKEN, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI   x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
UCHI-UKE, MAE-GERI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SHUTO-UKE, KIZAMI-GERI, NUKITE, GEDAN-BARAI  x5 Kokutsu-Dachi / Zenkutsu-Dachi

Stepping Forward with
MAE-GERI, MAWASHI-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, USHIRO-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
YOKO-GERI KEAGE x3 Kiba-Dachi
MIKAZUKI-GERI, USHIRO-GER x3 Jiyu-Dachi

From Zenkutsu-Dachi (facing table)
USHIRO-GERI x5 Hidari then Migi
MIKAZUKI-GERI x5 Hidari then Migi

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON SET FOUR
KAESHI IPPON
  (Jodan defence, counter stepping forward attacking Chudan)
KIHON IPPON SET ONE Plus, Two and Three Kumite

KATA

HEIAN GODAN Plus all previous Kata

Plus
RECITAL OF 1st, 2nd and 3rd LINES OF THE DOJO JUN (In English)

2nd Kyu – Brown/White Belt

2nd Kyu – Brown/White Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

AGE-UKE, AGE-ZUKI, MAE-GERI, GYAKU-ZUKI  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE, KIZAMI-KEKOMI, GYAKU-ZUKI   x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
UCHI-UKE, KIZAMI-ZUKI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARIA  x5 Kokutsu-Dachi
SHUTO-UKE, KIZAMI-GERI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARIA  x5 Kokutsu-Dachi / Zenkutsu-Dachi

Stepping Forward with
MAE-GERI, MAWASHI-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, USHIRO-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAWASHI-GERI, KEAGE x3 Jiyu-Dachi
MAWASHI-GERI, KEKOMI and USHIRO-GERI x3 Jiyu-Dachi
MIKAZUKI-GERI, USHIRO-GERI x3 Jiyu-Dachi

From Jiyu-Dachi, kicking on the spot
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI (same leg both sides)
MAWASHI-GERI, KEAGE (same leg both sides)
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI and USHIRO-GERI (same leg both sides)

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON SET 1 to 5 (both sides)
KIHON IPPON SET 1 to 3  (with Take Down and Finishing Technique)
KAESHI IPPON (selection of x5)
JIYU IPPON SET 1 and 2
JIYU KUMITE (2x bouts)

KATA

BASSAI DAI
TEKKI-SHODAN
Plus any previous Kata; Plus Association Kata

Plus
RECITAL OF THE DOJO JUN (In English) and 1st and 2nd lines in Japanese

1st Kyu – Brown/Red Belt

1st Kyu – Brown/Red Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

AGE-UKE, AGE-ZUKI, MAE-GERI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARIA  x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
SOTO-UKE, KIZAMI- KEKOMI, EMPI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARIA   x5 Zenkutsu-Dachi
UCHI-UKE, KIZAMI-GERI, KIZAMI-ZUKI, GYAKU-ZUKI, GEDAN-BARIA  x5 Kokutsu-Dachi
SHUTO-UKE, KIZAMI-GERI, TATE-ZUKI  x5 Kokutsu-Dachi / Zenkutsu-Dachi

Stepping Forward with
MAE-GERI, MAWASHI-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAE-GERI, USHIRO-GERI  x3 Zenkutsu-Dachi
MAWASHI-GERI, KEAGE x3 Jiyu-Dachi
MAWASHI-GERI, KEKOMI and USHIRO-GERI x3 Jiyu-Dachi
MIKAZUKI-GERI, USHIRO-GERI x3 Jiyu-Dachi

From Jiyu-Dachi, kicking on the spot
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI (same leg both sides)
MAWASHI-GERI, KEAGE (same leg both sides)
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI and USHIRO-GERI (same leg both sides)
MAE-GERI, KEKOMI, USHIRO-GERI and MAWASHI-GERI (same leg both sides)

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON ANY SETS (on either or both sides)
KIHON IPPON SET 4 to 5  (with Take Down and Finishing Technique)
KAESHI IPPON (selection of x5)
JIYU IPPON SET 1, 2 and 3
JIYU KUMITE (2x bouts)

KATA

TOKUI KATA Selected from JION, JIIN or JITTE
BASSAI DAI
TEKKI-SHODAN
Plus any previous Kata; Plus Association Kata

Plus
RECITAL OF THE DOJO JUN (In English) and 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines in Japanese

Shodan 1st Dan – Black Belt

Shodan 1st Dan – Black Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

KIHON

KIZAMI ZUKI, MAE GERI, SAN BON ZUKI
AGI UKE, AGI ZUKI, MAE-GERI, GYAKU ZUKI, GEDAM BARAI  
SOTO UKE, KIZAMI KEKOMI, YOKO EMPI, URAKEN, GYAKU ZUKI, GEDAM BARAI
UCHI UKE (Kokutsu), MAE KIZAMI GERI, KIZAMI ZUKI, GYAKU ZUKI, GEDAM BARAI
SHUTO UKE, MAWASHI KIZAMI GERI, NUKITE, GEDAM BARAI
MAE GERI, MAWASHI GERI, URAKEN, GYAKU ZUKI, GEDAM BARAI
MAE GERI, KEKOMI, SHUTO UCHI, GYAKU ZUKI, GEDAM BARAI
YOKO GERI KEAGE, KEKOMI, (Same leg) GYAKU ZUKI, GEDAM BARAI
GYAKU ZUKI, MAE GERI, MAWASHI GERI, (turn) SHUTO UCHI, GYAKU ZUKI, GEDAM BARAI
(Step back) AGE UKE, (Step in) MAWASHI GERI, URAKEN, OI ZUKI
KAKI UKE, USHIRO GERI, URAKEN, GYAKU ZUKI, GEDAM BARAI
KIZAMI KEKOMI, (Step in) MAE GERI, JUN ZUKI, GYAKU ZUKI

Facing the Panel
MAE GERI, KEKOMI, USHIRO GERI Same leg from Zenkutsu Dachi both stances
MAE GERI, KEKOMI, MAWASHI GERI Same leg from Zenkutsu Dachi both stances

KUMITE

Sample of Examiners choice selected from:
KIHON IPPON SETS 1 to 5
JIYU IPPON SETS 1 to 5 
Demonstration of KAESHI IPPON KUMITE (selection of x5)
Freestyle against at least x1

KATA

Demonstration of KATA Plus all previous Kata
TOKUI KATA selected from ENPI, HANGETSU or KANKU DAI
TEKKI-SHODAN
WANKAN

TAMESHAWARI

Demonstration of TAMESHAWARI Breaking Techniques
Striking with: by HAND AND by KICK

ORAL EXAMINATION (Basic Terminology)

BASIC TERMINOLOGY
Fore Fist : SEIKEN
Back Fist : URAKEN
Bottom Fist : TETSUI
Knife Hand : SHUTO
Ridge Hand : NUKITE
Spear Hand : HAISHU
Palm Heel : TEISHO
Side of the Foot : SOKUTO
Ball of the Foot : KOSHI
Heel : KAKO
Knee : HIZA

Plus
Name 5 other Martial Arts
The meaning of Shotokan?
What History have you researched into Shotokan?

Nidan 2nd Dan – Black Belt

Nidan 2nd Dan – Black Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

TBC

Sandan 3rd Dan – Black Belt

Sandan 3rd Dan – Black Belt

The successful student must also have trained consistently prior to grading:

TBC

If you have any questions whatsoever about C.E.S.K.A. and the classes available,
please call us on 07801 088188 or email us.

Shihan Peter Calver 6th Dan
Chief Instructor of CESKA
Mob: 07801 088188
info@ceska.co.uk

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