The Training Syllabus


As a beginner you will wear a white belt - the colour of innocence and purity.

After a suitable time, when you have a grasp of a set of prescribed techniques, you will be ready to be examined for the next step up the karate ladder.

You will be examined for your first true "grade" - the 9th Kyu, Orange belt. If successful, you will learn a new set of techniques to prepare you for your red belt (8th Kyu) grading examination.

Every time you learn one set of techniques and are promoted to a higher grade you have a new set of techniques to learn.

Each belt has it's own set of techniques and skills to learn but theses can be divided into three broad categories.

KIHON
  • Kihon is a Japanese term meaning "basics" or "fundamentals." The term is used to refer to the basic techniques that are taught and practised as the foundation of most Japanese martial arts. The practice and mastery of kihon is essential to all advanced training. At the simple level this would include stances, punches, kicks, blocks, and thrusts but also includes basic representative kata. Kihon techniques tend to be practiced often, and in many cases during each practice session. They are considered fundamental to the mastery and improvement of all movements of greater complexity.

KATA
  • Kata is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organised into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents. It consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes, blocks, and throws. Body movement in various kata includes stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground, and jumping. In Shotokan, kata is not a performance or a demonstration, but is for individual karateka to practice full techniques with every technique potentially a killing blow (ikken hisatsu) while paying particular attention to form and timing (rhythm).

KUMITE
  • Kumite, or sparring, is the practical application of kata to real opponents. For beginners, it is introduced as basic blocking and counter-attacking, but will gradually progress to free-sparring (Jiyu Kumite) which develops the timing, reflexes and co-ordination necessary for self defence and competition.
 

Click on the relevant bar below to see the required techniques for each belt.


Initial Belt Requirements


9th Kyu

Orange Belt
Kihon


Choku Zuki (Straight punch) (10 times)
Chudan Oi Zuki (step forwards and backwards 3 times)

Gyaku Zuki (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke ( step forwards and backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke (step forwards and back 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Chudan (3 times)

(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Jodan (3 times)
Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)


Kumite


Gohon Kumite (Five Step Sparring)
to Jodan and Chudan levels

Kata


Kihon Kata
8th Kyu

Red Belt
Kihon


Choku Zuki (Straight punch) (10 times)
Chudan Oi Zuki (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
Gyaku Zuki (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi (step forwards and backwards 3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Chudan (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Jodan (3 times)
Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi (both sides, 3 times)

Kumite


Gohon Kumite (Five Step Sparring)
to Jodan and Chudan levels

Kata


Heian Shodan
7th Kyu

Yellow Belt
Kihon


Chudan Oi Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Chudan Gyaku Zuki (turn step forwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki (step back 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Gyaku Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Gyaku Zuki (step back 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi (step forwards 3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Chudan (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Jodan (3 times)
Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)
Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)

Kumite


Sambon Kumite (Three Step Sparring)
Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri

Kata


Heian Nidan
6th Kyu

Green Belt
Kihon


Sanbon Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Yoko Empi (step forwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki, Gyaku Zuki (step backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi, Nukite (step forwards 3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Ren Geri (Jodan, Chudan) (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mawashi Geri (3 times)
Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)
Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)

Kumite


Sambon Kumite (three step sparring)
Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri

Kata


Heian Sandan
Any previous Kata of the examiner's choice


Intermediate Belt Requirements


5th Kyu

Purple Belt
Kihon


Sanbon Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Yoko Empi, Uraken (step forwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki, Gyaku Zuki (step backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi, Kizami Mae Geri, Nukite (step forwards 3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Ren Geri (Chudan, Jodan) (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mawashi Geri, Gyaku Zuki (Turn, step forwards 3 times)
Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)
Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)

Kumite


Kihon Ippon Kumite (One Step Sparring)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri Chudan

Kata


Heian Yondan
Any previous Kata of the examiner's choice
4th Kyu

Purple Belt - 1 White Stripe
Kihon


Sanbon Zuki (step forward 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Yoko Empi, Uranken, Gyaku Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki, Gyaku Zuki (step backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi, Kizami Mae Geri, Nukite (step forwards 3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae ren Geri, (Chudan, Jodan) (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Chudan, Oi Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Gyaku Zuki, Mawashi geri, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
Yoko Geri Keage, step over Yoko Geri Kekomi in Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)
Yoko Geri Kekomi, step over Yoko Geri Keage in Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)

Kumite


Kihon Ippon Kumite (One Step Sparring)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri Chudan, 1 x Yoko Geri Kekomi, 1 x Mawashi Geri (both sides, left and right)

Kata


Heian Godan
Any previous Kata of the examiner's choice.
3rd Kyu

Brown Belt
Kihon


Sanbon Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Gyaku Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi, Kizami Mae Geri, Nukite (step forwards 3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae ren Geri (Chudan, Jodan) (3 times)
(Turn) Gyaku Zuki step forwards, Mawashi Geri, Uranken, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Ushiro Geri (3 times)
Yoko Geri Keage, step over same leg Yoko Geri Kekomi in kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)
Same leg on the spot: Mae Geri to the front, Yoko Geri Kekomi to the side, Ushiro Geri to the rear (step back 3 times)

Kumite


Kihon Ippon Kumite (One Step Sparring)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri, 1 x Yoko Geri Kekomi, 1 x Mawashi Geri, 1 x Ushiro Geri, (both sides, left and right)

Kata


Tekki Shodan
Any previous Kata of the examiner's choice.
2nd Kyu

Brown Belt - 1 White Stripe
Kihon


Sanbon Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Yoko Empi, Uraken, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step forwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki, back leg Mae Geri, step back to Zenkutsu Dachi, Gyaku Zuki (step backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi, Kizami Mae Geri, Nukite (step backwards 3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri, Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki (3 times)
(Turn) Gyaku Zuki, step forwards Mawashi Geri, Uranken, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Ushiro Geri, Uranken, Gyaku Zuki i (3 times)
Step over Yoko Geri Kekomi same leg Yoko Geri Keage in Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)
Same leg on the spot: Mae Geri to the front, Yoko Geri Kekomi to the side, Ushiro Geri to the rear, Mawashi Geri to the front (3 times)

Kumite


Kihon Ippon Kumite (One Step Sparring)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri, 1 x Yoko Geri Kekomi, 1 x Mawashi Geri, 1 x Ushiro Geri (both sides, left and right)
Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Semi Free Style)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri, 1 x Mawashi Geri

Kata


Bassai Dai
Any previous Kata of the examiner's choice.
1st Kyu

Brown Belt - 2 White Stripes
Kihon


Sanbon Zuki (step forwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Yoko Empi, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step forwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki, back leg Mar Geri, step back to Zenkutsi Dachi, Gyaku Zuki (step backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi, Kizami Mawashi Geri, Nukite (step forwards 3 times)
(Turn) Kizami Mae Geri, Gyaku Zuki, step forwards Mae Geri, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae geri Chhudan, Yoko Geri Kekomi Jodan (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Chudan, Mawashi Geri Jodan (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Ushiro Geri, Gyaku Zuki (3 times)
Yoko Geri Keage, Yoko Geri Kekomi (same leg) from Kiba Dachi (both sides, 3 times)
Same leg on the spot: Mae Geri to the front, Yoko Geri Kekomi to the side, Ushiro Geri to the rear, Mawashi Geri to the front (3 times)

Kumite


Kihon Ippon Kumite (One Step Sparring)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri, 1 x Yoko Geri Kekomi, 1 x Mawashi Geri, 1 x Ushiro Geri (both sides, left and right)
Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Semi Free Style)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri, 1 x Mawashi Geri, 1 x Ushiro Geri

Kata


Bassai Dai
Any previous Kata of the examiner's choice.


Black Belt Requirements


1st Dan

Kihon


Sanbon Zuki (Jodan, Chudan, Chudan) (step forwards 3 times)
Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step backwards 3 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Yoko Empi, Uraken, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step forwards 3 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki, back leg Mae Geri, step back to Zenkutsu Dachi, Gyaku Zuki (step backwards 3 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi, Kizami Mawashi Geri, Nukite (step forwards 3 times)
(Turn) Kizami Mae Geri, Gyaku Zuki, step forwards Mae Geri, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
(Turn) Gyaku zuki, step forwards Mawashi Geri, Uranken, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Chudan, same leg Yoko Geri Kekomi Jodan, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Chudan, same leg Mawashi Geri Jodan, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai, (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Ushiro Geri, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (3 times)
(Turn) Yoko Geri Keage, Yoko Geri Kekomi (same leg) from Kiba Dachi (both sides 3 times)
Zenkutsu Dachi Shomen (kicking with the same leg)
Mae Geri to the front, Yoko Geri Kekomi to the side, Ushiro Geri to the rear, Mawashi Geri to the front (3 times each side)

Kumite


Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Semi Free Style Sparring) (both sides)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri, 1 x Yoko Geri Kekomi, 1 x Mawashi Geri, 1 x Ushiro Geri

Jiyu Kumite
Free style sparring against two consecutive Dan grades

Kata


Candidates choice from
Bassai Dai - Kanku Dai - Jion - Empi - Jitte
Plus examiner's choice from Heian / Tekki
2nd Dan

Kihon


Kizami Zuki step forwards Mae Geri, Oi Zuki (3 times)
(Turn) step back Jodan Age Uke, step forwards Mawashi Geri, Uraken, step forwards Oi Zuki (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki, back leg Mae Geri, step back to Zencutsu Dachi, Gyaku Zuki (3 times)
(Turn) Step forwards Oi Zuki Jodan, Gyaku Zuki, Step back Shuto Uke Kokutsu Dachi, Ushiro Geri, Gyaku Zuki (3 times)
(Turn) step forwards Mae Geri Chudan, (same leg) Mawashei Geri Jodan, Gyaku Zuki (3 times)
(Turn) Step forwards Mawashi Geri Jodan, (same leg) Yoko Geri kekomi Chudan, Gyaku Zuki (3 times)
(Turn) Ushiro Mawashei Geri (3 times)
(Turn) Kizami Yoko Gei Kekomi, step Mae Geri, Oi Zuki (3 times)
Zenkutsu Dachi Shomen (kicking with the same leg)
Mae Geri to the front Yoko Geri Kekomi to the side, Ushiro Geri to the rear, Mawashi Geri to the front: 3 times each side

Kumite


Jiyu Ippon Kumite (semi free style sparring)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri, 1 x Kekomi, 1 x Mawashi Geri, 1 x Ushiro-Geri (both sides)

Jiyu Kumite
Free-style sparring against three consecutive Dan grades

Kata


Candidates 1st choice from
Bassai Sho - Kanku Sho - Tekki Nidan – Gankaku - Hangetsu

Candidates 2nd choice from
Bassai Dai - Kanku Dai - Jion - Enpi - Jitte
3rd Dan

Kihon


Fudō Dachi Gedan Barai
Chūdan Oi Zuki in Fudo Dachi stance
Stepping punch (stomach height)
Sanbon Zuki in Fudo Dachi stance
Stepping triple punch changing to front stance on reverse punch
Jiyū Na Gamae Shōmen
Kizami Zuki – Tai Sabaki 90° Tate Shutō - Gyaku Zuki - Jiyū Na Gamae
Front hand punch - Knife edge block (to the side) - reverse punch - return to starting position
Kizami Zuki - Gyaku Zuki - Mawashi Geri - Uraken - Gyaku Zuki - Jiyū Na Gamae
Front hand punch (pivoting on front foot to turn 45º) - reverse punch - roundhouse kick - back fist - reverse punch - return to starting position
Kime Waza
Kizami Zuki / Gyaku Zuki
Front hand punch / reverse punch
Zenkutsu Dachi Shomen (kicking with the same leg)
Mae Geri to the front, Yoko Geri Kekomi to the side, Ushiro Geri to the rear, Mawashi Geri to the front. 3 times each side

Kumite


Jiyu Kumite (free style sparring) against three consecutive Dan grades

Kata


Candidates choice from
Soachin – Nijushiho – Tekki Sandan – Chinte – Jiin

Any previous Kata of the examiner's choice.
4th Dan

Kihon


From Yoi
Step forward Chūdan Oi Zuki (Zenkutsu Dachi)
Step back Shutō Uke (Kōkutsu Dachi)
In place, Nukite (Zenkutsu Dachi)
In place, Gedan Barai (Fudō Dachi)
Step forward Chūdan Oi Zuki (Fudō Dachi)
Step back Chūdan Oi Zuki (Fudō Dachi)
Turning backwards to face the rear execute Yoko Enpi bringing the attacking arm from under the other arm (Kiba Dachi)
Turning backward to face the front execute Gedan Barai bringing the attacking arm from over the shoulder of the other arm (Neko Ashi Dachi)
In place Gyaku Zuki (Neko Ashi Dachi)
Change to face the front Maswashi Uke (Hangetsu Dachi)
Step forward Maswashi Uke (Hangetsu Dachi)

Kumite


Jiyu Ippon Kumite (semi free style sparring)
1x Jodan, 1x Chudan, 1x Mae Geri, 1x Kekomi, 1x Mawashi Geri, 1x Ushiro Geri (both sides)

Jiyu Kumite (free style sparring) against four consecutive Dan grades

Kata


Candidates choice from
Meikyo – Unsu - Wankan – Gojushiho Sho – Gojushiho Dai

Any previous Kata of the examiner's choice.

Apart from being able to perform correctly the prescribed techniques there are other minimum temporal requirements for taking a grading examination.

Grade

Requirements

Below 1st Kyu

3 months training twice a week (>20 sessions)

1st Kyu to 1st Dan

6 months training twice a week (>40 sessions)

1st Dan to 2nd Dan

2 years and over 16 years old (>160 sessions)

2nd Dan to 3rd Dan

3 years training and 21 years old (>240 sessions)

3rd Dan to 4th Dan

4 years training and 25 years old (>320 sessions)

4th Dan to 5th Dan

5 years training and 30 years old (>400 sessions)

6th Dan and above

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