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The Grading - Belt System

There are five Kyu or senior student grades, before Dan rank (Black Belt). These are indicated by different coloured belts that the students wear.  For junior students the increments are more, with each step being easier to achieve:-

 

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Belt Senior Grade Junior Grade Belt
(Click on grade for syllabus)
White 6th Kyu 6th Kyu White
6th Kyu +1 mon White +1
6th Kyu +2 mon White +2
6th Kyu +3 mon White +3
Yellow 5th Kyu 5th Kyu Yellow
5th Kyu +1 mon Yellow +1
5th Kyu +2 mon Yellow +2
5th Kyu +3 mon Yellow +3
Orange 4th Kyu 4th Kyu Orange
4th Kyu +1 mon Orange +1
4th Kyu +2 mon Orange +2
4th Kyu +3 mon Orange +3
Green 3rd Kyu 3rd Kyu Green
3rd Kyu +1 mon Green +1
3rd Kyu +2 mon Green +2
3rd Kyu +3 mon Green +3
Blue 2nd Kyu 2nd Kyu Blue
2nd Kyu +1 mon Blue +1
2nd Kyu +2 mon Blue +2
2nd Kyu +3 mon Blue +3
Brown 1st Kyu 1st Kyu Brown
1st Kyu +1 mon Brown +1
1st Kyu +2 mon Brown +2
1st Kyu +3 mon Brown +3
Black 1st Dan non junior grade Black
2nd Dan
3rd Dan
4th Dan
5th Dan
6th Dan

 

The Grading Syllabus

6th Kyu White Core Skills:

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

 Unsoku - Complete (3 Sections)

Ukemi - Side and Back breakfall

Randori-no-kata 1-5

1. Shomen-ate

2. Ai-gamae-ate

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate

4. Gedan-ate

5. Ushiro-ate

Performed on candidate's 'natural' side.

i.e. candidate's choice of left or right.

Kakarigeiko - Single attacker, Open-handed attack which must include Shomen-ate and Yokomen-uchi.

Timescale:

More than 2 months from start date.

Minimum of 20 hours practise.

5th Kyu Yellow Core Skills:

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

Tandoku-undo - Sections 1-3

Ukemi - Forward Roll

Randori-no-kata (1-5 and 6-10)

1. Shomen-ate

2. Ai-gamae-ate

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate

4. Gedan-ate

5. Ushiro-ate

6. Oshi-taoshi

7. Ude-gaeshi

8. Hiki-taoshi

9. Ude-garame / Ude-hineri

10. Waki-gatame

Performed left or right, examiner's choice.

Kakarigeiko - Single attacker with or without Tanto, to include Shomen and Yokomen (Aigamae and Gyakugamae) attacks.

See note 2

Timescale:

More than 2 months as 6th Kyu.

Minimum of 20 hours practise as 6th Kyu.

4th Kyu Orange Core Skills:

 

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

 

Tandoku-undo - complete (Sections 1-5)

Ukemi - Kote-gaeshi, supported

 Shikko - Forward & Turning

 Suwari-waza - 2 techniques

Randori-no-kata (1-5 and 6-10 and 11-14)

1. Shomen-ate

2. Ai-gamae-ate

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate

4. Gedan-ate

5. Ushiro-ate

6. Oshi-taoshi

7. Ude-gaeshi

8. Hiki-taoshi

9. Ude-garame / Ude-hineri

10. Waki-gatame

11. Kote-hineri

12. Kote-gaeshi

13. Tenkai-kote-hineri

14. Shiho-nage / Tenkai Kote Gaeshi

Performed left or right, examiner's choice.

 Kakarigeiko - Grasp attacks, Aigamae and Gyakugamae.

Tanto Kakarigeiko - Single attacker with Tanto.

Timescale:

More than 4 months as 5th Kyu.

Minimum of 40 hours practise as 5th Kyu.

3rd Kyu Green Core Skills:

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

 Ukemi - Sumi-otoshi, supported.

 Suwari-waza - 4 techniques

(Candidate's choice, both students kneeling)

Randori-no-kata (17 techniques)

(1-5 and 6-10 and 11-14 and 15-17

1. Shomen-ate

2. Ai-gamae-ate

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate

4. Gedan-ate

5. Ushiro-ate

6. Oshi-taoshi

7. Ude-gaeshi

8. Hiki-taoshi

9. Ude-garame / Ude-hineri

10. Waki-gatame

11. Kote-hineri

12. Kote-gaeshi

13. Tenkai-kote-hineri

14. Shiho-nage / Tenkai Kote Gaeshi

15. Mae-otoshi

16. Sumi-otoshi

17. Hiki-otoshi

Randori-no-kata-no-ura-waza 1-5

Counters 1-5 (5 techniques)

1. Shomen-ate - Waki-gatame

2. Ai-gamae-ate - Kote-mawashi

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate - Gedan-ate

4. Gedan-ate - Ai-gamae-ate

5. Ushiro-ate - Tenkai-kote-hineri

Kakarigeiko - Multiple attackers e.g. Ninindori, with variation of attack, open-handed.

Hikitategeiko - Single attacker with Tanto.

Objective: Movement - 'passive' (no counters)

Timescale:

More than 4 months as 4th Kyu.

Minimum of 40 hours practise as 4th Kyu.

2nd Kyu Blue Core Skills:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

Ukemi - floating/falling leaf

(Performed alone.

Similar to Koryu-Dai-San. No. 1 Suwari-waza)

Shichi-hon-no-kuzushi 1-7

(To show balance disturbance,

circular movement and control - no breakfalls)

Randori-no-kata 1-17 (17 techniques)

Randori-no-kata-no-ura-waza 1-10

Counters 1-10 (10 techniques)

1. Shomen-ate - Waki-gatame

2. Ai-gamae-ate - Kote-mawashi

3. Gyaku-gamae-ate - Gedan-ate

4. Gedan-ate - Ai-gamae-ate

5. Ushiro-ate - Tenkai-kote-hineri

6. Oshi-taoshi - Kote-mawashi

7. Hiki-taoshi - Tenkai-kote-hineri

8. Kote-gaeshi - Kote-gaeshi

9. Tenkai-kote-hineri - Waki-gatame

10. Shiho-nage - Shiho-nage / Tenkai Kote Gaeshi

 Kakarigeiko - Ninindori

Hikitategeiko - Single attacker with Tanto - 'active' (with counters).

Timescale:

More than 6 months as 3rd Kyu.

Minimum of 60 hours practise as 3rd Kyu.

1st Kyu Brown Core Skills:

 

 

 

 

 

Technique:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application:

 Shichi-hon-no-kuzushi 1-14 (Omote) plus (Urawaza)

(To show balance disturbance, circular movement and control - with breakfalls)

Randori-no-kata 1-17 (17 techniques)

Counters 1-10 (10 techniques)

Kuzushi - Demonstration of a variety of balance disturbances for randori.

 Koryu-dai-san 

1. Oshi-taoshi

2. Gyaku-gamae-ate

3. Kote-gaeshi

4. Ryote-mochi-sukui-nage

5. Tenkai-kote-hineri

6. Shiho-nage / Tenkai Kote Gaeshi

7. Gedan-ate

8. Hiji-kime

Suwari-waza Section A (8 techniques)

 Hikitategeiko - Empty-handed (Toshu) 

Timescale:

More than 9 months as 2nd Kyu.

Minimum of 120 hours practise as 2nd Kyu.

Notes:

2. Candidate: From 5th Kyu onwards, and with the exception of Koryu-Dai-San, candidates will be expected to be able to demonstrate on left or right at examiner's choice.

3. Coaches: Gohon-no-Kuzushi, currently shown in BAA syllabus at 2nd Kyu, is recognised as a training method and should be incorporated into practice sessions.

4. Coaches: Tanto Randori-no-Kata is recognised as a training method and should be incorporated into practice sessions.

5. At all levels after 6th Kyu, previous syllabus will be required at the discretion of the examiners.

6. Duration, intensity and quantity of the ‘Application’ sections will be at the discretion of the examiners.

1st Dan Black Technique:

Application:

Koryu-Dai-San -Section B and C  - 16 (8+8)
Koryu-Dai-Yon complete - 1-25 (14+11) note1/2

Randori - Tanto and Toshu (empty-handed)
Combinations and Counters - 5 of each, candidates' choice

Timescale:
1 year consistent
practice as 1st Kyu
2nd Dan Black Technique:

Application:

Koryu-Dai-San - Section D, E and F - 18 (5+5+8)
Koryu-Dai-Ichi, Section A - 1-5

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
2 years consistent
practice as 1st Dan
3rd Dan Black Technique:

Application:

 
Koryu-Dai-San complete - 1-50 (8+8+8+5+5+8+8)
Koryu-Dai-Ichi complete - 1-24 (5+7+6+6)

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
3 years consistent
practice as 2nd Dan
4th Dan Black Technique:

Application:

 
Koryu-Dai-Ni complete - 16 (11+5)
Goshin-ho-no-Kata - 1-19 (8+5+2+2+2)

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
4 years consistent
practice as 3rd Dan
5th Dan Black Technique:

Application:

 
Koryu-Dai-Go complete - 23 (7+5+6+5)
Goshin-ho-no-Kata - 20-37

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
5 years consistent
practice as 4th Dan
6th Dan Black Technique:

Application:

 
Koryu-Dai-Roku - 39 (5+10+7+5+4+4+4) Note 3
Goshin-ho-no-Kata - +15

Randori as required - Tanto and Toshu

Timescale:
6 years consistent
practice as 5th Dan

Notes:

1. Candidates: Koryu-no-Kata – sections to be demonstrated will be chosen by the examiner.

2. Examiner: Koryu-no-Kata – new sections at each level must be demonstrated, demonstration of previous sections is optional. 

3. Candidates: Upon attaining 6 Dan, students will have successfully performed all the current Koryu-no-Kata; Koryu-Dai-Ichi, Koryu-Dai-Ni, Koryu-Dai-San, Koryu-Dai-Yon, Koryu-Dai-Go, Koryu-Dai-Roku. 

4. At any time examiners may ask to review previous parts of the syllabus. 

5. Character and attitude will be considered at each level. These include participation as a student in competitions and/or courses. 

6. ‘Technique’ and ‘Application’ sections are of equal value in the assessment.

7. Age and physical ability will be taken into account throughout.

 

 

 

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