Grading Syllabus
Dan and Kyu grade syllabus

6th Kyu – White Belt

Timescale: More than 2 months from start date. Minimum of 20 hours of consistent practise.

Core Skills Unsoku Complete (3 Sections)
Ukemi Side and Back breakfall
Technique

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

5th Kyu – Yellow Belt

Timescale: More than 2 months as 6th Kyu. Minimum of 20 hours consistent practise as 6th Kyu.

Core Skills Tandoku-undo Sections 1–3
  Ukemi Forward Roll
Technique

Randori-no-kata 1–10:

  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
  10. Waki-gatame
Performed left or right, examiner's choice. [1]
Application Kakarigeiko Single attacker with or without Tanto, to include Shomen and Yokomen (Aigamae and Gyakugamae) attacks.

4th Kyu – Orange Belt

Timescale: More than 4 months as 5th Kyu. Minimum of 40 hours consistent practise as 5th Kyu.

Core Skills Tandoku-undo complete Sections 1–5
Ukemi Kote-gaeshi, supported
Shikko Forward/Turning
Technique Suwari-waza – 2 techniques  

Randori-no-kata 1–14

  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
  10. Waki-gatame
  11. Kote-hineri
  12. Kote-gaeshi
  13. Tenkai-kote-hineri
  14. Shiho-nage
Performed left or right, examiner's choice.
Application Kakarigeiko Grasp attacks, Aigamae and Gyakugamae.
Tanto Kakarigeiko Single attacker with Tanto.

3rd Kyu – Green Belt

Timescale: More than 4 months as 4th Kyu. Minimum of 40 hours consistent practise as 4th Kyu.

Core Skills Ukemi Sumi-otoshi, supported.
Technique Suwari-waza – 4 techniques Candidate's choice, both students kneeling.

Randori-no-kata 1–14

  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
  10. Waki-gatame
  11. Kote-hineri
  12. Kote-gaeshi
  13. Tenkai-kote-hineri
  14. Shiho-nage
  15. Mae-otoshi
  16. Sumi-otoshi
  17. Hiki-otoshi
(17 techniques)

Randori-no-kata-no-ura-waza 1–5

  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
Counters 1–5
Application Kakarigeiko Multiple attackers e.g. Ninindori, with variation of attack, open-handed.
Hikitategeiko Single attacker with Tanto. Objective: Movement – ‘passive’ (no counters)

2nd Kyu – Blue Belt

Timescale: More than 6 months as 3rd Kyu. Minimum of 60 hours consistent practise as 3rd Kyu.

Core Skills Ukemi (floating/falling leaf) Performed alone. Similar to Koryu-Dai-San. No. 1 Suwari-waza.
Randori-no-kata  
Shichi-hon-no-kuzushi 1–7 To show balance disturbance, circular movement and control – no breakfalls
Technique

Randori-no-kata-no-ura-waza 1–5

  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
Counters 1–10 (10 techniques)
Application Kakarigeiko Ninindori
Hikitategeiko Single attacker with Tanto – ‘active’ (with counters).

1st Kyu – Brown Belt

Timescale: More than 9 months as 2nd Kyu. Minimum of 120 hours consistent practise as 2nd Kyu.

Core Skills Shichi-hon-no-kuzushi 1–14 To show balance disturbance, circular movement and control.
Randori-no-kata  
Kuzushi Demonstration of a variety of balance disturbances for randori.
Technique

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
  7. Gedan-ate
  8. Hiji-kime
Suwari-waza Section A (8 techniques)
Application Hikitategeiko Empty-handed (Toshu)

Notes

  1. Coaches: Red belt – the coloured belt system is important insofar as it gives encouragement to students by showing visual confirmation of progress. As new Keikogi are supplied with a white belt, it is recommended that clubs maintain a stock of red belts for loan to new students.
  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 the 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.