Kyu/Dan Requirements

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Kyu & Dan Requirements
Edmond Otis – 8th dan

Yellow 8th Kyu

8 KYU: YELLOW BELT

KATA: Heian Shodan

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

1) From front stance, step in punch, face level.

2) Stepping back, rising block

3) Stepping forward, outside forearm block

4) Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block.
*Change to front stance.

5) Moving forward, front snap kick, face level.
*Turn into side stance.

6) Stepping across, side snap kick-change direction, repeat.

KUMITE (BASIC THREE-STEP SPARRING): Examiners Count

Offense (start from front stance).
*Step in punch, face level, three times.

Defense (start from open natural stance).
*Step back, rising block, counter (reverse punch) after third attack.

Offense (start from front stance).
*Step in punch, stomach level, three times.

Defense (start from open natural stance).
*Step back, outside block, counter (reverse punch) after third attack.

Switch roles of offense and defense.

Orange 7th Kyu

7 KYU: ORANGE BELT

KATA: Heian Nidan

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

1) From front stance, step in punch, face level.

2) Stepping back, rising block.

3) Stepping forward, outside forearm block, reverse punch face level.

4) Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block.
*Change to front stance.

5) Moving forward, front snap kick, face level.
*Turn into side stance.

6) Stepping across, side snap kick-change direction, repeat

7) Stepping across, side thrust kick-change direction, repeat.

KUMITE (BASIC THREE-STEP SPARRING): No Count

Offense (start from front stance).
*Step in punch, face level, three times.

Defense (start from open natural stance).
*Step back, rising block, counter after third attack.

Offense (start from front stance).
*Step in punch, stomach level, three times.

Defense (start from open natural stance).
*Step back, outside forearm block, counter after third attack.

Switch roles of offense and defense.

Green 6th Kyu

6 KYU: GREEN BELT

KATA: Heian Sandan plus Examiner’s choice of Heian 1 or 2

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

1) From front stance, step in punch, once face twice stomach.

2) Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch.

3) Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow strike.

4) Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block.
*Change to front stance.

5) Moving forward, lead leg front snap kick stomach level, back leg front kick face level.
*Turn to front stance.

6) Moving forward, lead leg round kick stomach level, back leg round kick face level.

7) Stepping across, side snap kick-change direction, repeat.

8) Stepping across, side thrust kick-change direction, repeat.

9) Combination: From front stance, back leg round-house kick, reverse punch.

10) Combination: From front stance, (back leg) front snap kick stomach level step in punch, face
level.

KUMITE (BASIC ONE-STEP SPARRING):

Examiners Count:
Offense (start from front stance).
*Step in punch, face level.
*Step in punch, stomach level.
*Front snap kick, stomach level.

Defense side (start from open natural stance):
*Rising block, counter.
*Outside forearm block, counter
*Down block, counter.

Switch roles of offense and defense.

Blue 5th Kyu

5 KYU: BLUE BELT

KATA: Heian Yondan plus Examiner’s choice of Heian 1, 2 or 3

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

1) From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.

2) Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch.

3) Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow attack.

4) Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick.
*Change to front stance.

5) Moving forward, lead leg front snap kick stomach level, back leg front kick face level.
*Turn to front stance.

6) Moving forward, lead leg round kick stomach level, back leg round kick face level.
*Turn into side stance.

7) Stepping across, side snap kick-change direction, repeat.

8) Stepping across, side thrust kick-change direction, repeat.

9) Stepping across, hook kick-change direction, repeat.

10) Combination: From front stance, (back leg) front snap kick, (back leg) round-house kick,
reverse punch.

KUMITE (BASIC SPARRING):

Examiners Count:
Offense (start from front stance).
*Step in punch, face level.
*Step in punch, stomach level.
*Front snap kick, stomach level.
*Side thrust kick, stomach level.

Defense side (start from open natural stance):
*Rising block, reverse punch.
*Outside forearm block, reverse punch.
*Down block, reverse punch.
*Outside Down block, reverse punch.
Switch roles of offense and defense.

Purple 4th Kyu

4 KYU: PURPLE BELT

KATA: Heian Godan plus Examiner’s choice of 2 kata from Heian 1, 2 , 3 or 4

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

1) From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.

2) Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch.

3) Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow attack, backfist strike.

4) Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, spearhand to solar plexus.
(back stance to front stance)
*Change to front stance.

5) Moving forward, lead leg front kick stomach level, back leg front kick face level.
*Turn into front stance.

6) Moving forward, lead leg round-house kick stomach level, back leg round-house kickface
level.
*Turn into side stance.

7) Stepping across, side snap kick-change direction, repeat.

8) Change direction, stepping across, side thrust kick-change direction, repeat.

9) Change direction, stepping across, reverse round-house kick-change direction, repeat.

10) Combination: From front stance, (back leg) front snap kick, (back leg) side thrust kick,
reverse punch.

11) 2-Way kicking, front kick-side snap kick.

KUMITE (BASIC SPARRING):

No Count:
Offense (start from front stance).
*Step in punch, face level.
*Step in punch, stomach level.
*Front snap kick, stomach level.

Defense side (start from open natural stance):
Any block, any counter.
Switch roles of offense and defense.

Brown 3rd Kyu

3 KYU: BROWN BELT

KATA: Tekki Shodan
Plus all Heian Kata

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

1) From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.

2) Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch.

3) Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow strike, back-fist strike.

4) Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, spear-hand to solar plexus
while landing in front stance.

5) Moving forward, double front snap kick (start with front leg), stomach level, face level.
*Turn into front stance.

6) Moving forward, lead leg round kick stomach level, back leg round kick face level.
*Turn into side stance.

7) Stepping across, side snap kick-change direction-repeat.

8) Change direction, stepping across, side thrust kick-change direction-repeat.

9) Change direction, stepping across, reverse-round kick-change direction-repeat.

10) Combination: From front stance, (back leg) round-house kick, (back leg) side thrust kick,
reverse punch.

11) Combination: From front stance, back leg round-house kick, cross-over step, same leg side
thrust kick, step in reverse punch.

12) Combination: From front stance, lead leg front kick, back leg reverse round-house kick, step
in reverse punch.

13) From stationary front stance, back leg front kick, same leg side snap kick, step back into a
front stance, back kick.

14) From front stance, reverse punch (using maximum speed and power) as closely as possible
towards a stationary object without making contact.

Kumite:

Ippon Kumite as Attacker and Defender, any block any counter
Jodan Oi-zuki, Chudan Oi-Zuki, Mae Geri, Kekomi, Mawashi Geri and Ushiro Geri
Jiu Kumite (Free Sparring) against a lower rank, same rank and a higher rank

Brown 2nd Kyu

2 KYU: BROWN BELT-BLACK STRIPE

KATA: Bassai Dai plus Examiner’s choice of Tekki Shodan and any Heian

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

1) From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.

2) Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch.

3) Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow strike, back-fist strike.

4) Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, spear-hand to solar plexus
while landing in front stance.

5) Moving forward, double front snap kick (start with front leg), stomach level, face level.
*Turn into front stance.

6) Moving forward, lead leg round kick stomach level, back leg round kick face level.
*Turn into side stance.

7) Stepping across, side snap kick-change direction-repeat.

8) Change direction, stepping across, side thrust kick-change direction-repeat.

9) Change direction, stepping across, reverse-round kick-change direction-repeat.

10) Combination: From front stance, (back leg) round-house kick, (back leg) side thrust kick,
reverse punch.

11) Combination: From front stance, back leg round-house kick, cross-over step, same leg side
thrust kick, step in reverse punch.

12) Combination: From front stance, lead leg front kick, back leg reverse round-house kick, step
in reverse punch.

13) From stationary front stance, back leg front kick, same leg side snap kick, step back into a
front stance, back kick.

14) From front stance, reverse punch (using maximum speed and power) as closely as possible
towards a stationary object without making contact.

Kumite:

Ippon Kumite as Attacker and Defender, any block any counter
Jodan Oi-zuki, Chudan Oi-Zuki, Mae Geri, Kekomi, Mawashi Geri and Ushiro Geri
Jiu Kumite (Free Sparring) against a lower rank, same rank and a higher rank

Brown 1st Kyu

1 KYU: BROWN BELT-2 STRIPES

KATA: Bassai Dai plus Examiner’s choice of Tekki Shodan and any Heian

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

1) From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.

2) Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch.

3) Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow strike, back-fist strike.

4) Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, spear-hand to solar plexus
while landing in front stance.

5) Moving forward, double front snap kick (start with front leg), stomach level, face level.
*Turn into front stance.

6) Moving forward, lead leg round kick stomach level, back leg round kick face level.
*Turn into side stance.

7) Stepping across, side snap kick-change direction-repeat.

8) Change direction, stepping across, side thrust kick-change direction-repeat.

9) Change direction, stepping across, reverse-round kick-change direction-repeat.

10) Combination: From front stance, (lead leg) round-house kick, (back leg) side thrust kick,
reverse punch.

11) Combination: From front stance, back leg round-house kick, cross-over step, same leg side
thrust kick, step in reverse punch.

12) Combination: From front stance, lead leg front kick, back leg reverse round-house kick, step
in reverse punch.

13) From stationary front stance, back leg front kick, same leg side snap kick, step back into a
front stance, back kick.

14) From front stance, reverse punch (using maximum speed and power) as closely as possible
towards a stationary object without making contact.

Kumite:

Ippon Kumite as Attacker and Defender, any block any counter
Jodan Oi-zuki, Chudan Oi-Zuki, Mae Geri, Kekomi, Mawashi Geri and Ushiro Geri
Jiu Kumite (Free Sparring) against a lower rank, same rank and a higher rank

Sho Dan

BLACK BELT(Sho Dan / Sho Dan Ho)

KATA: Primary- Bassai Dai plus Tekki Shodan and Heian Shodan

Secondary- all remaining Heian kata.

KIHON (Basics):

1) San bon zuki

2) Rising block, lead leg front kick, reverse punch

3) Outside block, change horse stance, elbow strike, backfist strike, open up to front stance
reverse punch

4) Back stance, knifehand block, lead leg front kick, spearhand strike (back stance to front
stance)

5) Lead leg front kick stomach, back leg front kick head

6) Lead leg round kick stomach, back leg round kick head

7) Side stance, stepping across side snap kick

8) Side stance, stepping across side thrust kick

9) Side stance, stepping across hook kick

10) Combination: lead leg round kick, back leg side thrust kick, reverse punch

11) Combination: back leg round kick, cross over step same leg side thrust kick, step in reverse
punch

12) Combination: Lead leg front kick, back leg hook kick, step in reverse punch

13) Three consecutive c-step front punches

14) Stepping back 3 times, inside block, lead leg front kick, kizami zuki – gyaku zuki

15) From stationary front stance: back leg front kick, same leg side snap kick, step back into
front stance, back kick

16) Pen Drill

Kumite:

Ippon Kumite as Attacker and Defender, any block any counter
Jodan Oi-zuki, Chudan Oi-Zuki, Mae Geri, Kekomi, Mawashi Geri and Ushiro Geri
Jiu Kumite (Free Sparring) against a lower rank, same rank and a higher rank

Ni Dan

BLACK BELT(Ni Dan / Ni Dan Ho)
Recommended: Minimum 3-years after Shodan

KATA: Examinee choice of kata from group A, B or C plus Examer’s choice of 2 kata from
Group A or B, Tekki Shodan or Nidan or any Heian

KIHON (Basics): (From Free Stance)

1. Kizami Zuki – Oi Zuki – Oi Zuki

2. Shift Kizami Zuki – Chudan Mae Geri – Oi Zuki Jodan

3. From Side Stance: Step Yoko Geri Keage Jodan – Back Leg Yoko Geri Kekomi Chudan

4. From Front Stance: Step Back Age Uke – Immediately Come forward with Mawashi Geri
Jodan – Same Side Uraken then Step Oi Zuki Jodan

5. Stationary 3 Way Kicking: Mae Geri – Yoko Geri Keage – Ushiro geri then back to
Zenkutsodachi

Kumite:

Ippon Kumite as Attacker and Defender, any block any counter

Jodan Oi-zuki, Chudan Oi-Zuki, Mae Geri, Kekomi, Mawashi Geri and Ushiro Geri

Jiu Kumite (Free Sparring) against a lower rank, same rank and a higher rank