Shotokan Karate Grading Syllabus

Shotokan Karate Grading Syllabus

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Updated: Cape Town – February 2011

Contents 

Conduct and attitude during a competition


Important points to remember when grading


Requirements for kyu grading


Requirements for Dan grading


Japanese terms


Grading syllabus th


9 to 8 kyu th th 8 to 7 kyu th th 7 to 6 kyu th th 6 to 5 kyu th th 5 to 4 kyu th rd 4 to 3 kyu rd nd 3 to 2 kyu nd st 2 to 1 kyu st

9 10 11 12 13 18 19 19

1 to Shodan Shodan to Nidan Nidan to Sandan Sandan to Yondan Yondan to Godan Godan to Rokudan Rokudan to Nanadan Juniors grading

20 21 22 23 24 24 24

Purple I to Purple II Purple II to Red I Red I to Red II Red II to Red III Red III to Brown I Brown I to Brown II Brown II to Brown III Brown III to Junior Black Belt

14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17

Turning technique


Striped grading system


Any queries regarding the interpretation of the grading syllabus should be directed to your senior instructor – or the Shihankai for clarification. All rights reserved – no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the permission of the copyright owners – Shotokan Karate Authorised by the Shotokan Karate Shihankai – February 2011


Conduct and Attitude during at Competition 1.


Kata 

On the announcement of your name.

Respond with a loud “oss” and walk smartly to the edge of the ring, directly in line with your starting position.

Bow neatly and proceed proudly to your starting position.

At the starting position bow once again and take on the “yoi” position.

Announce your kata with as much emphasis as possible.

Having completed your kata, wait in the “yoi” position for your scores to be announced or a show of flags to indicate the winner.

Bow and walk off backwards without looking behind you, bow once again at the edge of the competition area and walk away smartly.

Kumite 

On the announcement of your name.

Respond with a loud “oss” and walk smartly to the edge of the fighting area, in line with your starting position.

At the command of the referee, bow at the edge of the competition area and walk proudly to your starting position.

On “hajime” shift forward, ending in kamae with a loud “kiai”.

Never bow on “hajime”.

On “yame” stop immediately and move back to your starting position, never turn your back towards your opponent.

Never retreat unless it is tactically imperative, stepping out of the ring more than three times, especially to escape your opponent is not the Shotokan Karate way.

Refrain from showing your opponent any discomfort you might be experiencing due to pain from any injury sustained during or before the bout.

If your opponent has been injured, do not kneel down, with your back to your opponent; retain the “yoi” position facing your opponent.

Upon scoring a point, neither turn your back – nor show any jubilation in triumph over your opponent, continue fighting until “yame” is heard showing respect for your opponent is the Shotokan Karate way.

Never query a judge’s decision – leave all the q