9/19/2017 12:53:08 PM

Examination

There are 10 Kyu and 10 Dan in JKA karate. To obtain certification for each rank, you must fulfill the certification requirements and complete the testing procedure. Testing—or grading—is carried out by a panel of instructors authorized as JKA technical examiners.

Typically, Dan grading sessions take place 4 times per year, and Kyu grading takes place twice or trice. In order to be eligible for testing, you must first have gained the appropriate amount of continuous experience at your current rank. Then, depending on the level of Dan you are being graded for, you may have to take the test outside your own country or region (at the higher Dan ranks, only Tokyo JKA HQ is authorized to evaluate, grade and issue certification).

These details are summarized in the following chart.

Kyu and Dan Grading Prerequisites

 

  Rank Min. Experience Testing Location
  10th to  1st Kyu   Branch dojo or group
  1st Dan 1yr Cannot apply same day as attaining 1st Dan Prefectural HQ or Branch dojo or group, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ
  2nd Dan 1 yr at 1st Dan rank National (Prefectural) HQ or Regional HQ, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

  3rd Dan 2 yrs at 2nd Dan rank
  4th Dan 3 yrs at 3rd Dan rank Tokyo JKA HQ or Regional HQ, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

  5th Dan  4 yrs at 4th Dan rank
  6th Dan 6 yrs at 5th Dan rank Tokyo JKA HQ
  7th Dan 7 yrs at 6th Dan rank Spring camp in JKA HQ or
Autumun camp in JKA HQ or
Funakoshi Gichin Cup world championships
  8th Dan 7 yrs at 7th Dan rank Upon recommendation by Instructor Committee
  9th Dan 8 yrs at 8th Dan rank Upon recommendation by Instructor
  10th Dan 9 yrs at 9th Dan rank Committee

 

JKA Kyu Examination

8th Kyu

Kihon: -> Chudan Jun-zuki <- Jodan Age-uke -> Chudan Soto-uke <- Shuto-uke à Mae-geri

Kata: Heian Shodan

Kumite: Gohon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan

* Examiners look predominantly for correct basic form

7th Kyu

Kihon: ->Chudan Jun-zuki <- Jodan Age-uke -> Chudan Soto-uke <- Chudan Uchi-uke -> Shuto-uke -> Mae-geri -> Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right

Kata: Heian Nidan

Kumite: Gohon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan

6th Kyu

Kihon: -> Chudan Jun-zuki <- Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Chudan Soto-uke+Gyaku-tsuki <- Chudan-Uchi-uke -> Shuto-uke -> Mae-geri -> Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right -> Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right

Kata: Heian Sandan

Kumite: Kihon Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan left/right

* Examiners look for correct pivoting of the hips during renzoku-waza, and clear grasp of the hand techniques

 

5th Kyu

Kihon: ->Chudan Jun-zuki <- Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Chudan Soto-uke+Gyaku-tsuki <- Chudan-Uchi-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Shuto-uke -> Mae-geri -> Mawashi-geri -> Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right -> Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right

Kata: Heian Yondan

Kumite: Kihon Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri left/right

 

4th Kyu

Kihon: -> Chudan Jun-zuki <- Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Chudan Soto-uke+Gyaku-tsuki <- Chudan-Uchi-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) -> Mae-geri -> Mawashi-geri ->Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right -> Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right

Kata: Heian Godan

Kumite: Kihon Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri left/right

* Examiners are looking for appropriate degree of strength and sharpness of execution in each technique (Kihon, Kumite, Kata)

 

3rd Kyu

Kihon: ->Chudan Jun-zuki -> Sambon Renzuki <- Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Chudan Soto-uke+Yoko Empi (Zenkutsu-dachi to Kiba-dachi) <- Chudan Uchi-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) -> Mae-geri -> Mawashi-geri -> Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right -> Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right

Kata: Tekki Shodan

Kumite: Kihon Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri/Yoko Ke-komi left/right

2nd Kyu

Kihon: -> Chudan Jun-zuki -> Sambon Renzuki <- Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Chudan Soto-uke+Yoko Empi (Zenkutsu-dachi to Kiba-dachi) <- Chudan Uchi-uke+Gyaku-tsuki ->Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) -> Mae-geri Mawashi-geri ->Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) left/right -> Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi) left/right

Kata: Sentei Kata (Bassaidai, Kankudai, Jion, Empi)—student may choose any of these

Kumite: Jiyu Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri/Yoko Ke-komi left/right

1st Kyu

Kihon: -> Chudan Jun-zuki -> Sambon Renzuki <- Jodan Age-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Chudan Soto-uke+Yoko Empi+Yoko Uraken (Zenkutsu-dachi to Kiba-dachi) <- Chudan Uchi-uke+Gyaku-tsuki -> Shuto-uke+Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi) -> Mae-geri Rengeri (Chudan/Jodan) -> Mawashi-geri -> Yoko Ke-age (Kibadachi) -> left/right Yoko Ke-komi (Zenkutsu-dachi) left/right

Kata: Sentei Kata (Bassaidai, Kankudai, Jion, Empi)—student may choose any of these

Kumite: Jiyu Ippon Kumite—Jodan/Chudan/Maegeri/Yoko Ke-komi/Mawashi-geri one side

* Examiners look for ease and naturalness of execution, for speedy and powerful kime, and for smooth, instantaneous, dynamic elasticity of delivery.

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