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Guidelines for Kyu and Shodan Exams

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Remember these are guidelines - use them to aid your practice.

On a test, you may be asked to demonstrate techniques which are not on this list.For that, the only preparation is to train regularly.

5th kyu (white belt):

  • suwari-waza shomen-uchi ikkyo
  • (standing) shomen-uchi ikkyo
  • (standing) shomem-uchi irimi-nage
  • (standing) katate-dori shiho-nage
  • several variations from basic attacks: (katate-dori, aidori, ryote-dori, morote-dori, tsuki)
  • kokyu-ho (kokyu-dosa)
  • ukemi (forward and backward rolls)

4th kyu (blue belt):

  • suwari-waza and standing:
    • shomen-uchi ikkyo and nikyo
    • kata-dori ikkyo and nikyo
  • standing:
    • shomen-uchi irimi-nage
    • yokomen-uchi shiho-nage
    • tsuki-kotegaeshi
  • several variations from basic attacks (add ushiro ryote-dori, shomen-uchi and yokomen-uchi to 5th kyu attacks)
  • jiyu-waza (one person)
  • take ukemi from one partner
  • kokyu-ho

3rd kyu (blue belt):

  • suwari-waza and standing:
    • shomen-uchi ikkyo thru yonkyo
    • kata-dori ikkyo thru yonkyo
  • standing:
    • shomen-uchi irimi-nage
    • tsuki irimi-nage
    • shomen-uchi kotegaeshi
    • tsuki kotegaeshi
    • ryote-dori shiho-nage
    • yokomen-uchi shiho-nage
  • variations from all basic attacks
  • jiyu-waza (one person)
  • randori (two people)
  • ukemi (including sutemi)
  • kokyu-ho

2nd kyu (brown belt):

  • suwari-waza and standing:
    • shomen-uchi ikkyo thru yonkyo
    • kata-dori ikkyo thru yonkyo
  • hanmi-handachi:
    • katate-dori shiho-nage
    • ryote-dori shiho-nage
    • shomen-uchi irimi-nage
    • tsuki kotegaeshi
  • standing:
    • shomen-uchi / tsuki / katate-dori
      • irimi-nage
      • kotegaeshi
      • kaiten-nage
  • koshi-nage from several attacks
  • variations from all basic attacks
  • jiyu-waza (one person)
  • randori (two or three persons)
  • ukemi (including sutemi)
  • kokyu-ho

1st kyu (brown belt):

  • suwari-waza and standing:
    • shomen-uchi ikkyo thru yonkyo
    • yokomen-uchi ikkyo thru yonkyo
    • kata-dori ikkyo thru yonkyo
  • hanmi-handachi:
    • several variations from basic attacks
    • (including ushiro waza)
  • standing:
    • shomen-uchi / tsuki / yokomen-uchi
      • irimi-nage
      • kotegaeshi
      • kaiten-nage
  • variations from all basic attacks including ushiro ryote, hiji, kata-dori, and kubishime
  • koshi-nage from all basic attacks
  • tanto-dori
  • jiyu-waza (one person)
  • randori (three persons)
  • ukemi
  • kokyu-ho

1st dan (shodan, black belt):

  • same requirements as for 1st kyu, but greater skill required
  • watch video from an actual black belt exam (5.6MB)

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