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Syllabus - 15 Years Plus

There is a timescale for progression through the grading system. Not all students will progress within this time-scale; some may take longer to achieve each grade.  

Other factors that are taken into account when deciding if a student is ready for their next grade are:

  • % attendance

  • Ability to demonstrate techniques to an acceptable standard (this can only be judged by the instructor, unlike time and attendance)

With the increasing grades comes increasing demands upon the karate-ka. The combination of technique complexity, the meaning of kata, stress on strength and requirements of stamina test the knowledge and endurance of the student. This is why as the student approaches black belt and beyond, the time periods between grades become longer. As the student progresses then his/her knowledge of and, more crucially, understanding of karate matures.

8th Kyu: White Belt

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Jodan tobikomizuki (Lead hand jab to head)

Jodan gyakuzuki (Rear hand straight to head)

Junzuki (Stepping lunge punch)

Gyakuzuki (Stepping reverse punch)

Jodanuke (Stepping upper receipt)

Gedan barai (Stepping lower sweeping)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki (Lead hand jab, rear hand straight punch)

Surikomi kingeri, gyakuzuki (Step up – groin kick, rear hand straight punch) 

Pad Work

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki (Lead hand jab, rear hand straight punch)

Surikomi kingeri, gyakuzuki (Step up – groin kick, rear hand straight punch)

Mawashigeri (Round kick to shield)

Kumite (Sparring)

2 minutes lightly feeding straight punches as partner blocks and covers (swap ½ way).

1 minute forearm and neck grip (swap sides ½ way)

1 minute back and triceps grip (swap sides ½ way)

1 minute ‘playing for grips’

 

7th Kyu: Yellow Belt

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Jodanuke (stepping upper receipt)

Sotouke (Stepping outer receipt)

Uchiuke (Stepping inner receipt)

Kagizuki (lead hand hook punch)

Kagi-shotai (lead hand hooking palm heel)

Kicks preformed on spot with rear leg:

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki (Lead hand jab, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch)

Shotai, Shotai, kagi-shotai (lead hand palm heel, rear hand palm heel, lead hand hooking palm heel)

 

Tobikomizuki, surikomi kingeri (Lead hand jab, step up – groin kick)

 

Triple shotai, otoshi tettsui (lead hand palm heel, rear hand palm heel, lead hand hooking  palm heel, dropping hammer fist)

 

Pad Work

Maegeri (Front kick)

Triple shotai, otoshi tettsui (lead hand palm heel, rear hand palm heel, lead hand palm heel, dropping hammer fist)

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki (Lead hand jab, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch)

 

Shotai, shotai, kagi-shotai (lead hand palm heel, rear hand palm heel, lead hand hooking palm heel)

 

Tobikomizuki, Surikomi kingeri (Lead hand jab, step up – groin kick)

 

1 minute jab & cross with movement to focus mitts

 

Kata

Pinan Shodan, 1st half

 

Bunkai

Pinan Shodan bunkai – One example

Kumite (Sparring)

2 minutes lightly feeding straight and hooking punches as partner blocks and covers (swap ½ way)

2 minutes static continuous punching whilst partner blocks and covers (swap ½ way)

 

2 minutes grappling for backs

6th Kyu: Orange Belt

 

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette junzuki (Front kick and lunge punch)

Kette gyakuzuki (Front kick and reverse punch)

Soto-uke gyakuzuki (Outer receipt, reverse punch)

Uchiuke gyakuzuki (Inner receipt, reverse punch)

Kagizuki (Rear hand hook punch)

Kagi-Shotai (Rear hand hooking palm heel)

Hizageri (Rear leg knee kick with neck grip)

Kicks preformed on spot rear leg:

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, gyakuzuki (Lead hand jab, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand straight punch)

Shotai, shotai, kagi-shotai, shotai (as above, with palm heels) 

Tobikomizuki, Surikomi mawashigeri, gyakuzuki, kagizuki (Lead hand jab, step up – round kick, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch)

 

Mawashi empi, mawashi empi, hizageri (Lead round elbow, rear round elbow, neck grab – rear knee kick, push & drop back)

 

Pad Work

Yokogeri (Side kick to shield)

 

Mawashi empi & otoshi empi (Round elbow & dropping elbow to shield)

 

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, gyakuzuki (Lead hand jab, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand straight punch)

 

Shotai, shotai, kagi-shotai, shotai (as above, with palm heels)

 

Tobikomizuki, surikomi mawashigeri, gyakuzuki, kagizuki (Lead hand jab, step up – round kick, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch)

 

2 minutes of straight punches and hooks as presented by partner

 

Kata 

Pinan Shodan (Safe from Harm level 1)

 

Bunkai

Pinan Shodan bunkai – Two examples

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

Rear naked strangle/choke

Tate shiho gatame (mount hold)

Kesa gatame (scarf hold)

Kumite (Sparring)

2 minutes rounds of free sparring hands

2 minutes punching from clinch

2 minutes on ground keeping feet towards partner (swap ½ way)

5th Kyu: Green Belt

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette Junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette Gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Maegeri, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, gyakuzuki (Lead leg front kick, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand straight punch)

 

Agezuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, kagizuki (Rear hand uppercut, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand hook punch)

 

Maegeri, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, Agezuki (Rear leg front kick, drop back – rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand uppercut)

 

Tobikomizuki, surikomi kingeri, gyakuzuki, mawashigeri (Lead hand jab, step up – groin kick, rear hand straight punch, rear leg round kick to thigh, drop back) 

 

Pad Work

2 minute free hand strikes (as presented by partner)

 

2 minutes kicks on shield (front, round & side kicks with movement)

 

Kingeri, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, gyakuzuki (Lead leg groin kick, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand straight punch)

 

Agezuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, Kagizuki (Rear hand uppercut, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand hook punch)

 

Maegeri, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, Agezuki (Rear leg front kick, drop back – rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand uppercut)

 

Tobikomizuki, surikomi kingeri, gyakuzuki, mawashigeri (Lead hand jab, step up – groin kick, rear hand straight punch, rear leg round kick to thigh, drop back)

 

Kata 

Pinan Shodan, Pinan Nidan

 

Bunkai

Pinan Shodan and Pinan Nidan bunkai – Two examples from each kata

 

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

Juji-gatame from Tate Shiho Gatame (Arm bar from mount hold)

Yoko Shiho Gatame (Side control hold)

 

Kumite (Sparring)

2 x 2 minute rounds of free sparring hands, feet

2 minutes grappling for back

2 minutes striking from clinch

2 minutes escaping from clinch (swap ½ way)

2 minutes get up hold down (swap ½ way)

4th Kyu: Purple Belt

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette Junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette Gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Ushirogeri (Back kick)

 

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Tobikomizuki, mawashigeri, gyakuzuki, mawashigeri, junzuki (jab, lead round kick, rear hand straight punch, rear leg round kick – dropping forward lunging punch – follow through and regain posture)

 

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, gyakuzuki, hizageri, kingeri, shotai, shotai, otoshi tettsui (Jab, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand straight punch, neck grab and knee kick, step forwards and push, rear leg groin kick, two rear palm heel strikes, dropping hammer fist)

 

Tobikomizuki, kagizuki, Agezuki, gyakuzuki (Jab, lead hand hook punch, rear hand uppercut, rear hand straight punch)

 

Pad Work

2 x 2 minute rounds (hands and feet)

 

2 minutes kicks on shield

 

Tobikomizuki, mawashigeri, gyakuzuki, mawashigeri, junzuki (jab, lead round kick, rear hand straight punch, rear leg round kick – dropping forward lunging punch – follow through and regain posture)

 

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, gyakuzuki, hizageri, kingeri, shotai, shotai, otoshi tettsui (Jab, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand straight punch, neck grab and knee kick, step forwards and push, rear leg groin kick, two rear palm heel strikes, dropping hammer fist)

 

Tobikomizuki, kagizuki, Agezuki, gyakuzuki (Jab, lead hand hook punch, rear hand uppercut, rear hand straight punch)

 

Kata 

Pinan Shodan, Pinan Nidan, Pinan Sandan

 

Bunkai

 

Pinan Sandan bunkai – Two examples

 

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

1 escape from yoko shiho gatame (side control)  - Candidate’s choice

 

Kumite (Sparring)

2 x 2 minute rounds of free sparring hands, feet, clinching

 

2 minutes ground fighting with strikes (start back to back), one to get to feet, one preventing

 

2 minutes ground grappling for hold including strike (start back to back)

 

Escape from 2 people (grabbing and striking)

3rd Kyu: Brown Belt

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette Junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette Gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Ushirogeri (Back kick)

 

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

3 of panels choice previous grading

 

Pad Work

Any 3 from previous grading

 

2 x 2 minute rounds (hands and feet)

 

Kata 

Pinan Shodan, Pinan Nidan, Pinan Sandan, and Pinan Yondan

 

Bunkai

Four Pinan bunkai examples

 

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

2 throws (left and right)  - Candidates’ choice

2 escapes from hold panel choice

 

Kumite (Sparring)

2 x 2 minute rounds of free sparring hands, feet, clinching

 

2 minutes ground fighting submissions (start back to back), one to get to feet, one preventing

 

2 minutes compliant throws and takedowns

 

Escape from 2 people (grabbing and striking)

 
2nd Kyu: Brown Belt

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette Junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette Gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Ushirogeri (Back kick )

 

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

2 of panels choice previous grading

 

Pad Work

Any 2 from previous grading

2 x 2 minute rounds (hands and feet)

2 minutes punching shield

 

Kata 

5 Pinan kata

 

Bunkai

Four Pinan bunkai examples

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

 

2 throws (left and right)  - Candidates’ choice

2 strangles/ chokes (standing or on floor) candidates choice

2 standing arm locks candidates choice

2 escapes from hold panel choice

 

Kumite (Sparring)

2 x 2 minute rounds of free sparring (no throws or takedowns)

 

3 minutes ground fighting submissions (no strikes)

 

2 minutes clinch fighting including strikes and throws

 

Escape from 2 people (grabbing and striking)

1st Kyu: Brown Belt

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Ushirogeri (Back kick)

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Tobikomizuki, mawashigeri, gyakuzuki, mawashigeri, junzuki (jab, lead round kick, rear hand straight punch, rear leg round kick – dropping forward lunging punch – follow through and regain posture)

 

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, gyakuzuki, hizageri, kingeri, shotai, shotai, otoshi tettsui (Jab, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand straight punch, neck grab and knee kick, step forwards and push, rear leg groin kick, two rear palm heel strikes, dropping hammer fist)

 

Tobikomizuki, kagizuki, Agezuki, gyakuzuki (Jab, lead hand hook punch, rear hand uppercut, rear hand straight punch)

 

Pad Work

Any 3 from previous grading

2 x 2 minute rounds (hands and feet)

2 minutes punching shield

 

Kata 

4 Pinan kata, Kushanku, and Naihanchi

 

Bunkai

Three Pinan bunkai examples

Naihanchi Flow Drill

 

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

2 throws (left and right)  -  Candidates’ choice

2 strangles/ chokes (standing or on floor) -  Candidate’s choice

2 standing arm locks candidates choice

 

Kumite (Sparring)

2 x 2 minute rounds of free sparring (vertical, stop if goes to ground)

 

3 minutes ground fighting (strikes and submissions)

 

2 minutes ground fighting (strikes and submissions), one getting up, one trying to keep down, switch½ way through

 

Escape from 2 people whilst protecting a 3rd (grabbing and striking)

Shodan

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Ushirogeri (Back kick)

 

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Tobikomizuki, mawashigeri, gyakuzuki, mawashigeri, junzuki (jab, lead round kick, rear hand straight punch, rear leg round kick – dropping forward lunging punch – follow through and regain posture)

 

Tobikomizuki, gyakuzuki, kagizuki, gyakuzuki, hizageri, kingeri, shotai, shotai, otoshi tettsui (Jab, rear hand straight punch, lead hand hook punch, rear hand straight punch, neck grab and knee kick, step forwards and push, rear leg groin kick, two rear palm heel strikes, dropping hammer fist)

 

Tobikomizuki, kagizuki, Agezuki, gyakuzuki (Jab, lead hand hook punch, rear hand uppercut, rear hand straight punch)

Pad Work​​

The above renraku waza to pads, plus 2 of panel’s choice

2 x 2 minute rounds (hands)

2 x 2 minute rounds (feet)

2 x 2 minute rounds (hands and feet)

3 minutes punching shield

Kata

3 Pinan kata, Kushanku, Naihanchi, and Chinto

 

Bunkai

Five Pinan bunkai examples

Naihanchi Flow Drill

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

2 throws (left and right)  -  Candidates’ choice

2 strangles/ chokes (standing or on floor)

2 standing arm locks

Kumite (Sparring)

2 minutes full all-in sparring

2 minutes vertical all in sparring

2 minutes ground all-in sparring for submission

2 minutes ground all-in sparring (get back on feet switch 1/2 way)

2 minute escape from clinch (switch 1/2 way)

Any other sparring of the panel’s choice

 
Nidan

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Ushirogeri (Back kick)

 

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Any 3 combinations of the panel’s choice from previous gradings – Can be syllabus combinations or others

 

Pad Work

Any 3 combinations of the panel’s choice from previous gradings – Can be syllabus combinations or others

 

3 x 2 minute rounds on focus mitts (1st hands, 2nd feet, 3rd hands & feet)

 

3 minutes on the strike shield – Hands & feet

 

Kata

Any Pinan kata of the panel’s choice, Kushanku, Naihanchi, Chinto, and Passai

 

Bunkai

Naihanchi & Kushanku examples

 

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

3 throws/takedowns

Escape from holds of the panel’s choice

3 wrist locks

 

Kumite (Sparring)

2 minutes of full all-in sparring

2 minutes of vertical all-in sparring

2 minutes of ground all-in sparring (for submission)

2 minutes of ground all-in sparring (get back to feet – Switch ½ way)

2 minutes of escape from clinch – Switch ½ way

Sandan

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Ushirogeri (Back kick)

 

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Any 3 combinations of the panel’s choice from previous gradings – Can be syllabus combinations or others

 

Pad Work

Any 3 combinations of the panel’s choice from previous gradings – Can be syllabus combinations or others

 

3 x 2 minute rounds on focus mitts (1st hands, 2nd feet, 3rd hands & feet)

 

3 minutes on the strike shield – Hands & feet

 

Kata

Naihanchi, Kushanku, Chinto & Passai

 

Bunkai

Naihanchi, Chinto & Passai examples

 

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

3 throws/takedowns

3 counters to holds of the panel’s choice

3 chokes/strangles

 

Kumite (Sparring)

2 minutes of full all-in sparring

2 minutes of vertical all-in sparring

2 minutes of ground all-in sparring (for submission)

2 minutes of ground all-in sparring (get back to feet – Switch ½ way)

2 minutes of escape from clinch – Switch ½ way)

Yondan

Kihon Waza (Fundamental Techniques)

Kette junzuki (Kick and lunge punch)

Kette gyakuzuki (Kick and reverse punch)

Kingeri (Groin kick)

Maegeri (Front kick)

Mawashigeri (Round kick)

Yokogeri (Side kick)

Ushirogeri (Back kick )

 

Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques)

Any 3 combinations of the panel’s choice from previous gradings – Can be syllabus combinations or others

 

Pad Work

Any three combinations of the panel’s choice from previous gradings – Can be syllabus combinations or others

 

3 x 2 minute rounds on focus mitts (1st hands, 2nd feet, 3rd hands & feet)

3 minutes on the strike shield – Hands & feet

 

Kata

Naihanchi, Kushanku, Chinto, Passai & Wanshu

 

Bunkai

Naihanchi, Kushanku, Chinto, Passai & Wanshu examples

 

Tuite and Tegumi (Grappling)

Candidate to demonstrate any number and type of grappling manoeuvre as selected by panel

 

Kumite (Sparring)

2 minutes of full all-in sparring

2 minutes of vertical all-in sparring

2 minutes of ground all-in sparring (for submission)

2 minutes of ground all-in sparring (get back to feet – Switch ½ way)

2 minutes of escape from clinch – Switch ½ way)