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The SKA has a series of grading's.

These range from the novice through the Kyu’s (10th Kyu to 1st Kyu) to the Dan’s (Black belts of 1st Dan and upwards).

Each grade is attained by a mixture of experience and passing an assessment.

Both criteria have to be met before progression can be made.

These assessments are held regularly throughout the year and, as you would expect.

Earlier grades have less demanding assessments (but still appropriate to the experience) which are able to be carried out after a set time limit.


Senior grades have to hone their skills for longer before attempting more exacting assessments.

In order to gain a Black Belt it is necessary for the student to demonstrate a technical knowledge and skill to a level laid down in their association grading syllabus, for each of the 3 fundamental competencies of Karate which are Kihon (basic techniques), Kata (set formal exercise) and Kumite (sparring).


The Shukokai Karate Association grading structure is shown below. It is based on a student training twice a week.

There are titles for the grades – 1st Kyu and 1st Dan are referred to as Sempai (senior), 2nd Dan to 5th Dan are referred to as Sensei (teacher) whilst 6th dan and above are Shihan (master).


10th Kyu – White belt with Red stripe

9th Kyu – Red belt

8th Kyu – Yellow belt

7th Kyu – Orange belt

6th Kyu – Green belt

5th Kyu – Blue belt

4th Kyu – Purple belt

3rd Kyu – Brown belt

2nd Kyu – Brown belt with White stripe

1st Kyu – Brown belt with Red stripe

Shodan 1st Dan – Black belt with 1 Red tab

Nidan 2nd Dan – Black belt with 2 Red tabs

Sandan 3rd Dan – Black belt with 3 Red tabs

Yondan 4th Dan – Black belt with 4 Red tabs



10th Kyu – White belt with red stripe

Training requirement:  10 weeks minimum

A:  Basics in parallel stance (Yoi)  Jodan Zuki, Chudan Zuki

Blocks  Gedan Barai

B:  Basics in forward stance (Kamae)  Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki

C:  Kicks  Mae Geri


9th Kyu – Red belt

Training requirement:  Minimum 3 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki

Blocks  Gedan Barai

B:  Combinations  1, 2

C:  Kicks  Mae Geri


8th Kyu – Yellow belt

Training requirement:  Minimum 3 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  as 9th kyu

Blocks  Jodan Uke

B:  Combinations  1, 2

C:  Kicks  Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri

D:  Kata  Junino Kata – any of 4 blocks


7th Kyu – Orange belt

Training requirement:  Minimum 3 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  as 8th kyu plus Maeken Zuki

Blocks  Jodan Uke, Shuto Uke

B:  Combinations  1, 2, 3

C:  Kicks  Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri

D:  Kata  Pinan Nidan

E:  Impact  Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Mae Geri


6th Kyu – Green belt

Training requirement:  Minimum 3 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  as 7th kyu

Blocks  Jodan Uke, Shuto Uke

B:  Combinations  3, 4, 5

C:  Kicks  Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri

D:  Kata  Pinan Sandan

E:  Impact  Gyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri


5th Kyu – Blue belt

Training requirement:  Minimum 4 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  as 6th kyu plus Sekkyaku Zuki

Blocks  Shuto Uke, Soto Uke

B:  Combinations  4, 5, 6

C:  Kicks  Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri

D:  Kata  Pinan Shodan

E:  Impact  as 6th Kyu plus Oi Zuki

E:  Sparring  Protective equipment must be worn


4th Kyu – Purple belt

Training requirement:  Minimum 4 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  as 5th kyu plus Ashi Barai

Blocks  Shuto Uke, Uchi Uke

B:  Combinations  5, 6, 7

C:  Kicks  as 5th Kyu

D:  Kata  Pinan Yondan, plus any previous Kata

E:  Impact  Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri

E:  Sparring  Protective equipment must be worn


3rd Kyu – Brown belt

Training requirement:  Minimum 6 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki, Uraken Uchi, Ashi Barai

Blocks  Gedan Barai, Jodan Uke, Shuto Uke

B:  Combinations  6, 7, 8

C:  Kicks  Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Geri

D:  Kata  Pinan Godan, plus any previous Kata

E:  Impact  as 4th Kyu plus Maeken Zuki, Gedan Barai, Gyaku Zuki, Ashi Barai

E:  Sparring  Protective equipment must be worn


2nd Kyu – Brown belt with White stripe

Training requirement:  Minimum 6 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Uraken Uchi, Ashi Barai

Blocks  Gedan Barai, Jodan Uke, Soto Uke

B:  Combinations  7, 8, 9

C:  Kicks  as 3rd Kyu plus Yoko Geri

D:  Kata  Jiin, plus any previous Katas

E:  Impact  as 3rd Kyu plus Ushiro Geri. Substitute Jodan Uke for Gedan Barai

E:  Sparring  Protective equipment must be worn


1st Kyu – Brown belt with red stripe

Training requirement:  Minimum 6 months training from last grading

A:  Basics (Kamae)  as 2nd Kyu plus Maeken Zuki

Blocks  Shuto Uke, Soto Uke, Uchi Uke

B:  Combinations  8, 9, 10

C:  Kicks  as 2nd Kyu

D:  Kata  Annanku, plus any previous Katas

E:  Impact  as 2nd Kyu plus Uraken Uchi, Ushiro Mawashi Geri. Substitute Shuto Uke for Jodan Uke

E:  Sparring  Protective equipment must be worn


Grade:  

Shodan 1st Dan – Black belt with 1 red tab (no stripe)

Training requirement:  Minimum 6 months training from last grading

Syllabus:    refer to SKA Manual


Grade:  

Nidan 2nd Dan – Black belt with 2 Red tabs (yellow stripe)

Training requirement:  Minimum 2 years training from last grading

Syllabus:    refer to SKA Manual


Grade:  

Sandan 3rd Dan – Black belt with 3 Red tabs (orange stripe)

Training requirement:  Minimum 3 years training from last grading

Syllabus:    refer to SKA Manual


Grade:  

Yondan 4th Dan – Black belt with 4 Red tabs (green stripe)

Training requirement:  Minimum 4 years training from last grading

Syllabus:    refer to SKA Manual

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Updated 15.01.019 John Healey