Karate Testing

                                       KARATE BELT TEST REQUIREMENTS

 In order to be eligible to test, everyone must have fulfilled the following general requirements:

  • The recommendation of Sensei and embodying the values of Dojo
  • The student must have minimum training hours at each level belt.
  • The student must participate at least in one karate tournament per year.
  • The student must show proficiency in karate movement for certain level.
  • The student must meet a minimum maturity level and leadership skills requirement for belts
  • Blue Belts and above over 14 years old must have minimum 50 service hours per year assisting classes
  • The students who are not ready yet for solid color belt will get a conditional white stripe

 

STUDENTS BELTS 10-1 KYU

 RANK: 10 KYU-WHITE BELT

(11 &12 KYU FOR UNDER 6 YEARS OLD)

 KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):          

  1. CHOKU ZUKI (ON PLACE)WHITE   BELT 10 KYU
  2. AGE UKE (ON PLACE)
  3. GEDAN BARAI (ON PLACE)
  4. UDE UKE (ON PLACE)
  5. SOTO UKE (ON PLACE)
  6. MAE GERI ON PLACE)
  7. KOKUTSU DACHI (4 STEPS FORWARD)
  8. ZENKUTSU, KOKUTSU (4 STEPS FORWARD)

  

                      

RANK: 9 KYU-WHITE BELT WITH YELLOW STRIPE

Minimum 15 Training Hours

KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):

  1. OI ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  2. GEDAN BARAI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)WHITE   BELT 9 KYU YELLOW STRIPE
  3. AGE  UKE (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  4. UDE UKE (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  5. SOTO UKE (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  6. MAE GERI (FUDO DACHI)
  7. MAWASHI GERI (FUDO DACHI)
  8. SHUTO UKE (KOKUTSU DACHI)

VERBAL TEST: – BASIC DOJO ETIQUETTE & TERMINOLOGY                                    

                                             

RANK: 8 KYU-YELLOW BELT/WHITE STRIPE

Minimum 30 Training Hours

 KATA/FORMS: HEIAN SHODAN

KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):          

1.    OI ZUKI – GYAKUYELLOW WHITE BELT 8 KYU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)

  1.    GEDAN BARAI -GYAKU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  2.    AGE UKE- GYAKU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  3.    UDE UKE-GYAKU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  4.    SOTO UKE-GYAKU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  5.    MAE GERI-GYAKU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  6.    MAWASHI GERI – URAKEN UCHI (FUDO DACHI)
  7.    MAE, YOKO AND USHIRO UKEMI (FALLS, UKEMI WAZA, FROM SQUAT)

 VERBAL TEST: BASIC DOJO ETIQUETTE & TERMINOLOGY

  

                                    

RANK: 7 KYU-YELLOW BELT

 Minimum 30 Training Hours

KATA/FORMS: HEIAN NIDAN

 KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):          

  1. KIZAMI–GYAKU ZUKI (STEP BY STEP, FUDO DACHI)YELLOW BELT 7 KYU
  2. (FUDO DACHI, STEP BACK) SOTO UKE – GYAKU ZUKI
  3. YOKO GERI KEAGE (KIBA DACHI)
  4. (KOKUTSU/ZENKUTSU DACHI, STEP BACK) SHUTO UKE–JOHON NUKITE
  5. MAWASHI GERI JODAN – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  6. SHIHO URAKEN UCHI (ON PLACE, FUDO DACHI)
  7. MAE, YOKO AND USHIRO UKEMI (FALLS,UKEMI WAZA, FROM STANDING)
  8. IKKYO (AIKIDO, IKKYO FROM A WRIST AND REAR GRAB)

VERBAL TEST: BASIC DOJO ETIQUETTE & TERMINOLOGY

KUMITE/SPARRING:  IPPON KUMITE: (ONE STEP)

 -    OI ZUKI JODAN. (DEFENCE: AGE UKE – GYAKU ZUKI.)

–    OI ZUKI CHUDAN (DEF: SOTO UKE – GYAKU ZUKI.)

–    MAE GERI (DEFENSE: GEDAN BARAI- GYAKU ZUKI)

  

                                     

RANK: 6 KYU-ORANGE BELT

Minimum 30 Training Hours

KATA/FORMS: HEIAN SANDAN 

 KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):

  1. KIZAMI ZUKI(FUDO DACHI) – GYAKU ZUKI—STEP FORWARD- GYAKU ZUKI.
  2. (KOKUTSU DACHI – STEP BACK) SHUTO UKE – KIZAMI MAE GERI- NUKITE   (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  3.  JOKO GERI KEKOMI (KIBA DACHI)ORANGE  BELT 6 KYU
  4. (FUDO DACHI – STEP BACK) GEDAN BARAI – AGE UKE (SAME ARM)– GYAKU ZUKI
  5. MAE GERI – KIZAMI ZUKI – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  6. SHIHO GYAKU ZUKI ( FUDO DACHI)
  7. OSOTO-GARI (OUTER REAP-NAGE WAZA)
  8. IKKYO (AIKIDO SHOMEN UCHI IKKYO URA AND OMOTE, ATACK FRONT)

VERBAL TEST: COMPETITION RULES

KUMITE/SPARRING: IPPON   KUMITE ( ONE STEP/ FREE SELECTION)

  • KIZAMI ZUKI (DEFENSE: TE NAGASHI UKE – GYAKU ZUKI)
  • GYAKU ZUKI (DEFENSE: TE OSAE UKE – GYAKU ZUKI)
  • MAE GERI (DEFENSE: NAGASHI UKE – GYAKU ZUKI)
  • MAWASHI GERI (NAGASHI UKE-GYAKU ZUKI)
  • YOKO GERI (SOTO UKE-GYAKU ZUKI)

 

                                                    

RANK: 5 KYU-RED BELT

Minimum 30 Training Hours

KATA/FORMS: HEIAN JODAN

 KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):

  1. SANBON ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  2. (KOKUTSU DACHI – STEP BACK) SHUTO UKE, (TURN FORWARD 180) SHUTO UKE- (KOKUTSU DACHI – FORWARD) SHUTO UKE
  3. MAE GERI – MAWASHI GERI (SAME LEG-FUDO DACHI) – GYAKU ZUKI
  4. (STEP BACK) SOTO UKE – JOKO ENPI UCHI (KIBA DACHI) – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  5. URA MAWASHI GERI (FUDO DACHI)
  6. USHIRO GERI (FUDO DACHI) RED BELT 5 KYU
  7. SEOI NAGE (SHOULDER THROWS-NAGE WAZA)
  8. IKKYO, SANKYO (AIKIDO FRONT GRAB AND CHOKE)

 VERBAL TEST: KUMITE RULES

 KUMITE/SPARRING: JIYU   KUMITE

–     FREE SPARRING-LEGS AND ARMS TECHNIQUES –TARGET BODY (NO HEAD TARGET)

 

RANK: 4 KYU – GREEN BELT

 Minimum 30 Training Hours

KATA/FORMS: HEIAN GODAN

KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):

  1. UDE UKE-KIZAMI ZUKI -GYAKU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  2. (KOKUTSU DACHI-STEP BACK) SHUTO UKE – KIZAMI MAWASHI GERI-GYAKU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  3. JOKO GERI KEAGE -JOKO GERI KEKOMI –URAKEN UCHI ( KIBA DACHI)
  4. (FUDO DACHI – STEP BACK) SOTO UKE – GYAKU UDE UKE- KIZAMI ZUKI – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)GREEN  BELT 4 KYU
  5. USHIRO MAWASHI GERI (FUDO DACHI)
  6. SHIHO GYAKU ZUKI (ON PLACE, FUDO DACHI)
  7. KUBISHIME SANKYO (AIKIDO REAR GRAB DEFENSE)
  8. KUCHIKI TAOSHI (LEG THROWS-NAGE WAZA)

VERBAL TEST:   KUMITE RULES

KUMITE/SPARRING: KUMITE   (FREE SPARRING 2′)

 

 

RANK: 3 KYU-BLUE BELT

Minimum 40 Training Hours

KATA/FORMS: HEIAN NIDAN WITH BUNKAI, BASSAI DAI

KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):

  1. KIZAMI ZUKI, (TURN FORWARD 180) URAKEN UCHI – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  2. (KOKUTSU DACHI – STEP BACK) SHUTO UKE, (TURN FORWARD 180) SHUTO UKE- (KOKUTSU D.– FORWARD) SHUTO UKE
  3. ASHI BARAI–MAWASHI GERI-GYAKU ZUKI (EXTENDED STEP-FUDO DACHI)BLUE   BELT 3 KYU
  4. GYAKU ZUKI (STEP BACK) – KIZAMI URAMAWASHI GERI – GYAKU ZUKI
  5. USHIRO GERI – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  6. SHIHO URAKEN UCHI -GYAKU ZUKI (ON PLACE, FUDO DACHI)
  7. SEOI NAGE (SHOULDER THROWS-NAGE WAZA)
  8. IKKYO, SANKYO (AIKIDO FRONT GRAB AND CHOKE)

VERBAL TEST: KUMITE RULES

KUMITE/SPARRING: KUMITE (FREE SPARRING 3′)

KOBUDO / WEAPON: - NUNCHAKU (KATA) – NUNCHAKU (ATTACK AND DEFFENSE)

 

 

RANK: 2 KYU-PURPLE BELT

Minimum 50 Training Hours

KATA/FORMS: KANKU DAI

KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):

  1. (STEP BY STEP- FUDO DACHI) GYAKU ZUKI–URAKEN UCHI (HALF STEP BACK) – OI ZUKI (FORWARD)
  2. (STEP BACK-FUDO DACHI) AGE UKE-GYAKU ZUKI – MAE EMPI UCHIPURPLE  BELT 2 KYU
  3. MAWASHI GERI-USHIRO MAWASHI GERI – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  4. (STEP SIDE BACK- FUDO DACHI) GEDAN BARAI- GYAKU ZUKI , KIZAMI MAWASHI GERI
  5. JOKO GERI KEKOMI – JOKO EMPI UCHI (KIBA DACHI) – GYAKU ZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)
  6. MAE GERI -JOKO GERI- USHIRO GERI -MAWASHI GERI (ON PLACE)
  7. UKI GOSHI AND SEOI NAGE (THROW, NAGE WAZA)
  8. KATEGAESHI (AIKIDO FOREARM RETURN)

VERBAL TEST: BUDO CODEX

KUMITE/SPARRING: KUMITE (FREE SPARRING 3′)

KOBUDO / WEAPON: - KATANA (I KATA) – KATANA (ATTACK AND DEFFENSE)

 

 

RANK: 1 KYU-BROWN BELT

Minimum 60 Training Hours

KATA/FORMS: GODJUSHIHO SHO & EMPI

KIHON/BASIC TECHNIQUES (4 STEPS):

  1. KIZAMI MAE GERI-GYAKU ZUKI, (STEP FORWARD) GYAKU ZUKI – KIZAMI MAWASHI GERI (FUDO DACHI)
  2. USHIRO GERI – URAKEN UCHI – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  3. KIZAMI MAWASHI (STEP BY STEP FORWARD AND BACK)-URAMAWASHI GERI (FUDO DACHI)
  4. JOKO GERI KEAGE – (TURN 180°)-JOKO GERI KEKOMI( KIBA DACHI)BROWN  BELT 1 KYU
  5. SHIHO TATE SHUTO UKE – GYAKU ZUKI (FUDO DACHI)
  6. MAE GERI -JOKO GERI- USHIRO G. -MAWASHI G. (SAME LEG–ON PLACE)
  7. KATA GURUMA (SHOULDER WHEEL)
  8. TANTODORI (DEFENSE AGAINST KNIFE)

VERBAL TEST: BUDO CODEX

KOBUDO / WEAPON: NUNCHAKU OR KATANA (FREE SELECTION, KATA AND DEFENSE)

 

MASTERS BELTS – BLACK BELTS 1-10 DANblack_belt

RANK: BLACK BELT 1st DAN – SHODAN 

(MINIMUM AGE IS 14 YEARS OLD FOR JUNIOR BLACK BELT WITH WHITE STRIPE. BLACK BELT 1 DAN-SHODAN MINIMUM AGE IS 18 YEARS OLD)

MASTER PLAN DESIGNED BY KARATE FEDERATION AND MASTER BAJRAMI.

KATA: JION , AND UNSU .

KIHON, KUMITE, KOBUDO AND THEORY-CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT ACCORDING TO MASTER PLAN.

 

RANK: BLACK BELT 2nd – NIDAN

MASTER PLAN DESIGNED BY KARATE FEDERATION AND MASTER BAJRAMI (KATA GANKAKU AND ONE FREE SELECTION) , KIHON, KUMITE, KOBUDO AND THEORY-CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT & TRAINING DESIGN). MINIMUM AGE IS 19 YEARS OLD AND AT LEAST 2 YEARS AT SHODAN RANK.

 

RANK: BLACK BELT 3rd – SANDAN

MASTER PLAN DESIGNED BY KARATE FEDERATION AND MASTER BAJRAMI (KATA, KIHON, KUMITE, KOBUDO AND THEORY- KATA COMPETITORS TRAINING & PERIODIZATION). MINIMUM AGE IS 22 YEARS OLD AND AT LEAST 3 YEARS AT NIDAN RANK.

 

RANK: BLACK BELT 4th – YONDAN

MASTER PLAN DESIGNED BY KARATE FEDERATION AND MASTER BAJRAMI (KATA, PERSONAL DESIGNED KIHON, KUMITE, KOBUDO AND THEORY- KUMITE COMPETITORS TRAINING & PERIODIZATION). MINIMUM AGE IS 26 YEARS OLD AND AT LEAST 4 YEARS AT SANDAN RANK.

 

RANK: BLACK BELT 5th – GODAN

MASTER PLAN DESIGNED BY KARATE FEDERATION AND MASTER BAJRAMI (KATA, PERSONAL DESIGNED KIHON, KUMITE, KOBUDO AND THEORY- KARATE CLUB MANAGEMENT).  MINIMUM AGE IS 31 YEARS OLD AND AT LEAST 5 YEARS AT YONDAN RANK.

Sensei. Murat Bajrami 8 th DAN

 

BELT RANKS

             The various colored belts worn in karate signify a practitioner’s rank. A beginner starts as a white belt, and works towards earning a black belt. In Karate, there are ten levels of colored belts before black, which are called kyu ranks.  Kyu ranks count backwards from 10-1, so you begin as a white belt at tenth kyu, and each new promotion brings you closer to first kyu. At 1st kyu, you may then test for black belt. 12 and 11 Kyu are given for children under 6 years old. Every colored belt has a conditional white stripe for those who are not ready yet for solid color belt. If student practice karate at least twice a week and fulfill the general test requirements, a minimum maturity level and demonstrate leadership skills should be able to get a black belt within 5-8 years, if over 14 years old. Students under 14 years old cannot be promoted to black belt. Students ages 14-18 may be promoted to Junior black belt /white stripe-Shodan and they are required to re-test their black belt at age 18. After that, you become a black belt holder first dan, second dan, and so on. In most karate organizations, ranks beyond 5th dan are political posts, and promotion to those ranks is based on your contribution to the karate organization and management of your own school and region, as well as advanced karate research. There are also ten grades of black belt in Shotokan. These count upwards, and are called dan ranks. So, after reaching 1st kyu and being promoted to black belt, you start as a first degree black belt – a first dan, also called shodan.

             Perhaps the most useful aspect of rank is its potential to serve as a goal setting system, depending on how you manage your progress. Learning new techniques and new body dynamics is best done in the small increments served up by a reasonable ranking system. With a standardized syllabus, you can more easily set yourself a goal of improving just what you will need to achieve the next rank. The “discrete” skill levels defined by rank can also serve as guidelines for instructors. Rather than correcting you on every mistake you make, or correcting you inconsistently, your instructor can consistently critique you in a focused fashion according to what he/she needs to see during a test.

Earning a new color belt means passing a kyu examination. At a rank exam you typically stand with other students testing for the same rank before a Chief Instructor or a board of examiners, and perform various techniques required for the new rank. After the test, the panel of instructors issues you a pass/fail grade. As you progress in rank, the requisite techniques become more numerous and complex, and you must also demonstrate a deeper understanding of the dynamics involved. A kyu test is broken down into the four areas of training; kihon, kata, kumite and Budo Philosophy, each of which you are tested on (more information on www.KarateUS.com). The  Karate US  administers its own kyu exam at the end of every semester, which is optional and open to any club members.