Time and Testing Requirements for Kyu / Dan Promotion

ROKYU – 6 KYU (30 hours/3 months)

Tenkan

Shomenuchi ikkyo and iriminage

Munetsuki kotegaeshi

Katate dori shihonage

Yokomenuchi shihonage

Kokyu tanden ho

 

GOKYU – 5 KYU (60 hours/4 months)

All previous techniques plus:

Shomenuchi nikyo

Kata dori ikkyo and nikyo

Munetsuki kaitennage

 

YONKYU – 4 KYU (60 hours/4 months)

All previous techniques plus:

Shomenuchi sankyo and yonkyo

Yokomenuchi ikkyo, kotegaeshi and iriminage

Ryote dori tenchinage and shihonage

Katate dori ryote mochi kokyu tanden ho

 

SANKYU – 3 KYU (70 hours/4 months)

All previous techniques plus:

Ushiro ryokata dori ikkyo

Ushiro ryote dori shihonage

Ushiro kubi shime kotegaeshi

Ushiro waza kokyunage

 

NIKYU – 2 KYU (80 hours/6 months)

All previous techniques plus:

Yokomenuchi nikyo, sankyo and yonkyo

Koshinage from shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, katate dori and munetsuki

Hanmi handachi:

Katate dori shihonage

Ryote dori shihonage

Suwariwaza:

Shomenuchi ikkyo

Kata dori ikkyo

Yokomenuchi ikkyo

 

IKKYU – 1 KYU (90 hours/6 months)

All previous techniques plus:

Jiyu waza:

Standing

Hanmi handachi

Suwariwaza

Tanto dori:

Munetsuki

Shomenuchi

Yokomenuchi

SHODAN – 1 DAN

(120 hours and 12 months after receiving ikkyu)

A candidate must have attended at least two seminars with Saotome Shihan and/or Ikeda Shihan since attaining ikkyu grade. During the seminar it is the responsibility of the regional instructor to inform the Shihan so that he may observe the candidate more closely.

All basic techniques and previous requirements plus:

Kumi tachi: First five basic kata.

Tanto dori: A different technique from each – shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, tsuki, two different techniques from ushiro.

Tachi dori: A total of five different techniques. Attacks will be shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, tsuki.

Randori: Three people attacking.

NIDAN – 2 DAN

(Minimum 30 months and approx. 400 hours of consistent training after receiving Shodan)

A candidate must have attended at least one Winter or Summer Intensive Training Camp since attaining shodan rank and within one year of the scheduled examination date. It is the responsibility of the regional instructor to inform the Shihan at that camp so that he may observe the candidate more closely.

 

All basic techniques and previous requirements plus:

Kumi tachi: First twelve basic kata.

Kumi jo: First six basic kata.

Randori: Three people attacking with shinai.