Karate Gradings

The JKS Syllabus

Karate Gradings

Gradings take place every 4 months for white to brown & white belts, usually, February, June, and October. To be eligible to grade students must have completed the minimum training period, have attended the minimum number of lessons, have the correct number of course stamps, and have their card signed by their instructor.

9th Kyu Orange Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
12

Course Stamps:
1*

10th Kyu to 9th Kyu

White Belt to Orange Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Shizentai (Natural Stance)
– Choku Tsuki x10 (Straight Punch on the Spot)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Oi Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Stomach Lunge Punch)
– Jodan Age Uke x4 Backward Steps (Head Block)
– Chudan Soto Uke x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block)
– Gedan Barai x4 Backward Steps (Groin Block)

From Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Gyaku Tsuki x10 (Stomach Reverse Punch)

From Heisoku Dachi (Feet Together Stance)
– Chudan Mae Geri x10 (Stomach Front Kick)

Kata (Form)
– Heian Shodan (Peaceful Mind Level 1)
(Performed to count)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Gohon Kumite (5 Step Sparring)
– (Jodan – performed to count) Attack Head Lunge Punch
– Defence Head Block

8th Kyu Red Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
12

Course Stamps:
1*

9th Kyu to 8th Kyu

Orange Belt to Red Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Oi Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Stomach Lunge Punch)
– Jodan Age Uke x4 Backward Steps (Head Block)
– Chudan Soto Uke x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block)

From Shuto Uke (Knife Hand Block) in Kokutsu Dachi (Back Stance)
– Shuto Uke x 4 Backwards Steps (Knife Hand Block)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Uchi Uke x 4 Forwards Steps (Inside Block)
– Gedan Barai x 4 Backward Steps (Groin Block)

From Jiyu no kamae (Freestyle Guard) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Mae Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Stomach Front Kick)

Mawatte Kiba Dachi (Turn Horse Stance)
– Yoko Geri Keage x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Snap Kick)
– Yoko Geri Kekomi x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Thrust Kick)

Kata (Form)
– Heian Shodan (Peaceful Mind Level 1)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Gohon Kumite (5 Step Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block

7th Kyu Yellow Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
16

Course Stamps:
1*

8th Kyu to 7th Kyu

Red Belt to Yellow Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Oi Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Stomach Lunge Punch)
– Jodan Age Uke x4 Backward Steps (Head Block)
– Chudan Soto Uke x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block)

From Shuto Uke (Knife Hand Block) in Kokutsu Dachi (Back Stance)
– Shuto Uke x 4 Backwards Steps (Knife Hand Block)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Uchi Uke x 4 Forwards Steps (Inside Block)
– Gedan Barai x 4 Backward Steps (Groin Block)

From Jiyu no kamae (Freestyle Guard) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Mae Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Stomach Front Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– From Jiyu no kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Mawashi Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Roundhouse Kick)

Mawatte Kiba Dachi (Turn Horse Stance)
– Yoko Geri Keage x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Snap Kick)
– Yoko Geri Kekomi x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Thrust Kick)

Kata (Form)
– Heian Nidan (Peaceful Mind Level 2)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Gohon Kumite (5 Step Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block

6th Kyu Green Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
16

Course Stamps:
1*

7th Kyu to 6th Kyu

Yellow Belt to Green Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Oi Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Stomach Lunge Punch)
– Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Backward Steps (Head Block, Reverse Punch)
– Chudan Soto Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Uchi Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Inside Block, Reverse Punch)

From Shuto Uke (Knife Hand Block) in Kokutsu Dachi (Back Stance)
– Shuto Uke x 4 Backwards Steps (Knife Hand Block)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Gedan Barai, Chudan Uchi Uke x 4 Forwards Steps (GroinBlock, Inside Block) in Neko ashi Dachi (Cat Stance), Gyaku Tsuki (Reverse Punch) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance) x 4 Forward Steps

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Mawashi Geri, Oi Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Front Kick, Front Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu no kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Mawashi Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Roundhouse Kick)

Mawatte Kiba Dachi (Turn Horse Stance)
– Yoko Geri Keage x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Snap Kick)
– Yoko Geri Kekomi x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Thrust Kick)
– Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Uraken, Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Turning Steps (Back Fist Strick, Reverse Punch)

Kata (Form)
– Heian Sandan (Peaceful Mind Level 3)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Gohon Kumite (5 Step Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block, Attack Front Kick, Defence Groin Block

5th Kyu Purple Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
16

Course Stamps:
2

6th Kyu to 5th Kyu

Green Belt to Purple Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Oi Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Stomach Lunge Punch)
– Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Backward Steps (Head Block, Reverse Punch)
– Chudan Soto Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Uchi Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Inside Block, Reverse Punch)

From Shuto Uke (Knife Hand Block) in Kokutsu Dachi (Back Stance)
– Shuto Uke x 4 Backwards Steps (Knife Hand Block)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Gedan Barai, Chudan Uchi Uke x 4 Forwards Steps (GroinBlock, Inside Block) in Neko ashi Dachi (Cat Stance), Gyaku Tsuki (Reverse Punch) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance) x 4 Forward Steps

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Mawashi Geri, Oi Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Front Kick, Front Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu no kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Mawashi Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Roundhouse Kick)

Mawatte Kiba Dachi (Turn Horse Stance)
– Yoko Geri Keage x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Snap Kick)
– Yoko Geri Kekomi x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Thrust Kick)
– Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Uraken, Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Turning Steps (Back Fist Strick, Reverse Punch)

Kata (Form)
– Heian Yondan (Peaceful Mind Level 4)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Kihon Ippon Kumite (Basic One Attack Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block, Attack Front Kick, Defence Groin Block

4th Kyu Purple / White Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
32

Course Stamps:
3*

5th Kyu to 4th Kyu

Purple Belt to Purple & White Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Oi Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Stomach Lunge Punch)
– Jodan Age Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Backward Steps (Head Block, Reverse Punch)
– Chudan Soto Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Chudan Uchi Uke, Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Inside Block, Reverse Punch)

From Shuto Uke (Knife Hand Block) in Kokutsu Dachi (Back Stance)
– Shuto Uke x 4 Backwards Steps (Knife Hand Block)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Gedan Barai, Chudan Uchi Uke x 4 Forwards Steps (GroinBlock, Inside Block) in Neko ashi Dachi (Cat Stance), Gyaku Tsuki (Reverse Punch) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance) x 4 Forward Steps

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Mawashi Geri, Oi Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Front Kick, Front Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu no kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Mawashi Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Roundhouse Kick)

Mawatte Kiba Dachi (Turn Horse Stance)
– Yoko Geri Keage x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Snap Kick)
– Yoko Geri Kekomi x 4 Side Steps & Return (Side Thrust Kick)
– Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Uraken, Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Turning Steps (Back Fist Strick, Reverse Punch)

Kata (Form)
– Heian Godan (Peaceful Mind Level 5)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Kihon Ippon Kumite (Basic One Attack Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri, Yoko Geri) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block, Attack Front Kick, Defence Groin Block, Attack Side Kick, Defence Outside Block

3rd Kyu Brown Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
32

Course Stamps:
3*

4th Kyu to 3rd Kyu

Purple & White Belt to Brown Belt

Kihon (Basics)From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Sanbon Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Triple Punch)
– Age Uke, Mar Geri, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Backward Steps (Head Block, Front Kick, Reverse Punch)
– Soto Uke, Yoko Empi, in Kiba Dachi x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block, Side Elbow Strike in Horse Stance)
– Shuto Uke (Kokutsu) – Nukite (Zenkutsu) x 4 Backward Steps (Knife Hand Block in Back Stance, Spear Hand Strike in Front Stance)
– Gedan Barai, Chudan Uchi Uke in Neko ashi Dachi Gyaku Tsuki in Zenkutsu Dachi x 4 Forward Steps (Groin Block, Inside Block in Cat Stance, Reverse Punch in Front Stance)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri (Same Leg) x 4 Forward Steps (Front Kick, Roundhouse Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Ushiro Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Back Kick)

Mawatte Kiba Dachi (Turn Horse Stance)
– Yoko Geri Keage, Yoko Geri Kekomi (Changing Legs) x 2 Side Steps (Side Snap Kick, Side Thrust Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Jodan Shuto Uchi, Turning & Stepping Forward, Yoko Empi Returning & Stepping Back, Uchi Jodan Shuto Uchi x 4 Turning Steps (Head Knife Hand Strike, Side Elbow Strike, Inside Head Knife Hand Strike)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Yori Ashi Gyaku Tsuki, Step Forward Gedan Barai, Yori Ashi Gyaku Tsuki, Gedan gamae x 4 Forward Steps (Sliding Reverse Punch, Groin Block, Sliding Reverse Punch)

Kata (Form)
– Tekki Shodan (Iron Horse Level 1)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Kihon Ippon Kumite (Basic One Attack Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri, Yoko Geri, Mawashi Geri) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block, Attack Front Kick, Defence Groin Block, Attack Side Kick, Defence Outside Block, Attack Roundhouse Kick, Defence Inside Block

2nd Kyu Brown / White Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
32

Course Stamps:
3

3rd Kyu to 2nd Kyu

Brown Belt to Brown & White Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Sanbon Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Triple Punch)
– Age Uke, Mar Geri, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Backward Steps (Head Block, Front Kick, Reverse Punch)
– Soto Uke, Yoko Empi, in Kiba Dachi x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block, Side Elbow Strike in Horse Stance)
– Shuto Uke (Kokutsu) – Nukite (Zenkutsu) x 4 Backward Steps (Knife Hand Block in Back Stance, Spear Hand Strike in Front Stance)
– Gedan Barai, Chudan Uchi Uke in Neko ashi Dachi, Gyaku Tsuki in Zenkutsu Dachi x 4 Forward Steps (Groin Block, Inside Block in Cat Stance, Reverse Punch in Front Stance)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri (Same Leg) x 4 Forward Steps (Front Kick, Roundhouse Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Ushiro Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Back Kick)

Mawatte Kiba Dachi (Turn Horse Stance)
– Yoko Geri Keage, Yoko Geri Kekomi (Changing Legs) x 2 Side Steps (Side Snap Kick, Side Thrust Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Jodan Shuto Uchi, Turning & Stepping Forward Yoko Empi, Returning & Stepping Back Uchi Jodan Shuto Uchi x 4 Turning Steps (Head Knife Hand Strike, Side Elbow Strike, Inside Head Knife Hand Strike)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Yori Ashi Gyaku Tsuki, Step Forward Gedan Barai, Yori Ashi Gyaku Tsuki, Gedan gamae x 4 Forward Steps (Sliding Reverse Punch, Groin Block, Sliding Reverse Punch)

Kata (Form)
– Bassai Dai (Storm a Fortress)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Semi Free One Attack Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri, Yoko Geri, Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Geri) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block, Attack Front Kick, Defence Groin Block, Attack Side Kick, Defence Outside Block, Attack Roundhouse Kick, Defence Inside Block, Attack Back Kick, Defence Groin Block

1st Kyu Brown / Double White Belt

Minimum Training Period:
4 months
No. of Lessons:
32

Course Stamps:
3

2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu

Brown & White Belt to Brown & Double White Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Sanbon Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Triple Punch)
– Age Uke, Mar Geri, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Backward Steps (Head Block, Front Kick, Reverse Punch)
– Soto Uke, Yoko Empi, in Kiba Dachi x4 Forward Steps (Outside Block, Side Elbow Strike in Horse Stance)
– Shuto Uke (Kokutsu) – Nukite (Zenkutsu) x 4 Backward Steps (Knife Hand Block in Back Stance, Spear Hand Strike in Front Stance)
– Gedan Barai, Chudan Uchi Uke in Neko ashi Dachi, Gyaku Tsuki in Zenkutsu Dachi x 4 Forward Steps (Groin Block, Inside Block in Cat Stance, Reverse Punch in Front Stance)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri (Same Leg) x 4 Forward Steps (Front Kick, Roundhouse Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Ushiro Geri x 4 Forward Steps (Back Kick)

Mawatte Kiba Dachi (Turn Horse Stance)
– Yoko Geri Keage, Yoko Geri Kekomi (Changing Legs) x 2 Side Steps (Side Snap Kick, Side Thrust Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Jodan Shuto Uchi, Turning & Stepping Forward Yoko Empi, Returning & Stepping Back Uchi Jodan Shuto Uchi x 4 Turning Steps (Head Knife Hand Strike, Side Elbow Strike, Head Inside Elbow Strike)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Yori Ashi Gyaku Tsuki, Step Forward Gedan Barai, Yori Ashi Gyaku Tsuki, Gedan gamae x 4 Forward Steps (Sliding Reverse Punch, Groin Block, Sliding Reverse Punch)

Kata (Form)
– Bassai Dai (Storm a Fortress)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Semi Free One Attack Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri, Yoko Geri, Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Geri) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block, Attack Front Kick, Defence Groin Block, Attack Side Kick, Defence Outside Block, Attack Roundhouse Kick, Defence Inside Block, Attack Back, Defence Groin Block

1st Dan Black Belt**

Minimum Training Period:
6 months
No. of Lessons:
48

Course Stamps:
5

1st Kyu to 1st Dan

Brown & Double White Belt to 1st Dan Black Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Gedan Barai (Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Tobi Konde Sanbon Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Slide and Step Triple Punch)
– Age Uke, Mar Geri, Gyaku Tsuki x4 Backward Steps (Head Block, Front Kick, Reverse Punch)
– Soto Uke, Yoko Empi, in Uraken(Zenkutsu), Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Outside Block, Side Elbow Strike in Horse Stance, Back Fist Strike / Reverse Punch in Front Stance)
– Shuto Uke, Mae Geri (Front), Nukite x 4 Backward Steps (Knife Hand Block in Back Stance, Front Leg Front Kick, Spear Hand Strike in Front Stance)
– Gedan Barai, Chudan Uchi Uke in Neko ashi Dachi, Jodan Ura Tsuki in Zenkutsu Dachi, Yori Ashi Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Groin Block, Inside Block in Cat Stance, Head Close Punch in Front Stance, Sliding Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri (Same Leg), Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Front Kick, Roundhouse Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Ushiro Geri, Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Back Kick, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Uraken, Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Turning Steps (Back Fist Strike, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard)
– Yoko Geri Keage, Yoko Geri Kekomi (Same Leg) x 4 Forward Steps (Side Snap Kick, Side Thrust Kick)

Mawatte Gedan Barai (Turn Groin Block) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)
– Jodan Soto Uke, Sideway inward Yori Ashi Gedan Barai, Mae Geri (Front), Gyaku Tsuki x 4 Forward Steps (Head Outside Block, Sliding Groin Block, Front Leg Front Kick, Reverse Punch)

Kata (Form)
– Tokui Kata: Candidates choice of Bassai Dai (Storm a Fortress), Kanku Dai ( View The Sky), Enpi (Flight Of The Swallow) or Jion (Temple)
– Shitei Kata: Junro Shodan (The Route 1st Level) plus examiners choice of Heian 1-5 (Peaceful Mind Level 1-5) or Tekki Shodan (Iron Horse Level 1)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Jiyu Kumite (Free Sparring)
– (Jodan, Chudan, Mae Geri, Yoko Geri, Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Geri) Attack Head Lunge Punch, Defence Head Block, Attack Stomach Lunge Punch, Defense Outside Block, Attack Front Kick, Defence Groin Block, Attack Side Kick, Defence Outside Block, Attack Roundhouse Kick, Defence Inside Block, Attack Back, Defence Groin Block

2nd Dan Black Belt***

Minimum Training Period:
24 months
No. of Lessons:
192

Course Stamps:
3

1st Dan to 2nd Dan

1st Dan Black Belt to 2nd Dan Black Belt

Kihon (Basics)

From Jiyu-no-kamae (Freestyle Guard):
Tobi Konde Kizami Tsuki, Sanbon Tsuki x 3 Forward Steps (Step and Slide Snap Reverse Punch, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Jiyu-no-kamae (Turn Freestyle Guard):
– Tobi Konde Kizami Tsuki, Gyaku Tsuki x 3 Forward Steps (Step and Slide Snap Punch, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Jiyu-no-kamae (Turn Freestyle Guard):
– Age Uke (Step Backwards, Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Geri, Uraken, Gyaku Tsuki x 3 Forward Steps (Head Block, Roundhouse Kick, Back Kick, Back Fist Strike, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Jiyu-no-kamae (Turn Freestyle Guard) Mawashi Geri, Ashi Barai, Gyaku Tsuki x 3 Forward Steps (Roundhouse Kick, Foot Sweep, Reverse Punch)

Mawatte Jiyu-no-kamae (Turn Freestyle Guard):
– Tobi Konde Kizami Tsuki, Mae Geri, oi Tsuki x 2 Forward Steps

Yame (Return to Yoi)
From Jiyu-no-kamae (Turn Freestyle Guard) in Zenkutsu Dachi (Horse Stance):
– Mae Geri, Yoko Geri Keage, Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Geri (Same Foot) x 3 Times Both Legs (Front Kick, Side Snap Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Back Kick)

Kata (Form)
– Tokui Kata: Kata of Choice
– Shitei Kata: Junro Nidan (The Route 2nd Level) and Junro Sandan (The Route 3rd Level) plus examiners choice of Bassai Dai (Storm a Fortress), Kanku Dai (View The Sky), Enpi (Flight Of The Swallow) or Jion (The Temple)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Jiyu Kumite (Free Sparring)

3rd Dan Black Belt****

Minimum Training Period:
36 months
No. of Lessons:
N/A

Course Stamps:
5

2nd Dan to 3rd Dan

2nd Dan Black Belt to 3rd Dan Black Belt

Kata (Form)
– Tokui Kata: Kata of Choice
– Shitei Kata: Junro Yondan (The Route 4th Level) and Junro Godan (The Route 5th Level) plus examiners choice of Bassai Dai (Storm a Fortress), Kanku Dai (View The Sky), Enpi (Flight Of The Swallow) or Jion (The Temple), Jitte (Ten Hands), Gankaku (Crane On a Rock) or Hangetsu (Half Moon)

Kumite (Sparring)
– Jiyu Kumite (Free Sparring)

3rd Dan to 4th Dan

3rd Dan Black Belt to 4th Dan Black Belt

Kata (Form)
– Tokui Kata: Kata of Choice
– Shitei Kata: Examiners choice from all Shotokan Kata and Junro Kata

Kumite (Sparring)
– Jiyu Kumite (Free Sparring)
– If unable to do Jiyu Kumite, a karate report must be presented instead, but Jiyu Kumite is preferred.

*Advisory only
**Minimum age 10 years, JKS black belt gradings take place in Nottingham
***Minimum age 13 years, 5 course stamps required (stamps obtained before 1st Dan invalid)
****Minimum age 21, 5 course stamps required (stamps obtained before 2nd Dan invalid)

TKF cannot make exceptions to the stated times and session requirements. Stamps are accumulated over the course of your karate training.

When your card has been signed you are eligible to grade. Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your grading. You will need to wear your TKF Karate Gi to your grading. When you arrive for your grading make sure you bring your JKS licence with you, you will need to hand it in, along with your current training card when you register for the grading, you will also need to pay your grading fee, please note we do not take cheques.

Before the grading starts there is a warm up and training session. The grading panel consists of a number of TKF instructors, students are called up in small groups and asked to complete the three elements of their syllabus, Kihon, Kata and Kumite. There is an opportunity to repeat elements if you have not completed them correctly, you can be asked to repeat each element up to three times.

Each element is graded and a mark given, either a pass or distinction. If you are grading for 9th Kyu orange belt and gain distinctions in all three elements, then you will be given the opportunity to perform the kata again on your own and without a count. If you do this well then you may double grade, and receive your 8th Kyu red belt, only a very few students achieve this!

Once you have finished, you will need to wait until all the students have finished grading, then you will be lined up again and the results announced. If successful, you will be given your new belt. Certificates are given out a few weeks later during normal training sessions.

Family and friends are welcome to come along to support you during the grading.

Sometimes, you may not be successful. If this is the case, you will be given a replacement training record card and your licence will be returned to you. If you have been unsuccessful in just one element, then you will only have to repeat this one element at the next grading. If you have been unsuccessful on two or more elements, you will need to retake the whole grading again, an instructor will explain to you why you have been unsuccessful and what you need to do next.

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