Kyudokan Grading Criteria and Syllabus 2019


Criteria

KGKA Karateka (the student) will be eligible to grade providing they have fulfilled all technical requirements.

They must train at least once per week at a KGKA dojo, with an approved instructor.

Karateka who transfer to the KGKA from other Karate Associations may retain their current grade, but must re-grade within 12 months of the transfer and be assessed for their KGKA standard. They will be awarded an appropriate grade, which could be the same grade, a lower grade or the next grade up. They will then continue grading with the KGKA within the usual time scales.

Karateka of 3rd Dan and above who wish to transfer to the KGKA will be advised by the Chief or Assistant Chief Instructor regarding their integration into the KGKA grading system.

The examiner/s may ask to see some or all of the Kihon, Kata and Kumite listed in the KGKA Syllabus. Candidates may be required to demonstrate material from previous gradings to ensure overall development - a brown belt for example may be asked to perform a green belt kata

Allowance will be made for candidates who are unable to perform certain techniques due to physical or other restrictions.

It must be emphasized that the KGKA Syllabus is intended as a guideline to prepare students for their gradings and that the most important factor is the examinee's quality of performance.

Kyu gradings may only be taken with permission of the student's senior club instructor. Grading is only at the Main Dojo, Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB

Novices may grade after two months of training.

It is possible for exceptional students to be graded straight to 8th Kyu, but this is at the discretion of the examiner.

There must be a minimum of three-monthly intervals between each grading from 9th kyu to 3rd kyu.

Students who fail a Kyu grading may re-take their examination after a period of time is taken to attain the required standard

There are no age restrictions for Kyu grades - though the minimum age to begin training is four.

The minimum period between 3rd Kyu and 1st Dan is 18 months.

The minimum periods between Dan gradings are:

1stDan to 2ndDan      2 years

2ndDan to 3rdDan      3 years

3rdDan to 4thDan      4 years

Students who fail 1st or 2nd Dan gradings must wait a minimum of three months before re-taking the examination, unless a different period is specified by the examiner.

Those who are required to re-take the kata or kumite section only of their Dan grading must do so within twelve months. After this period, the full grading must be re-taken.

There are no age restrictions for taking 1st or 2nd Dan. The minimum age for taking 3rd Dan is 21. KGKA approved white hand mitts and shin instep are compulsory for Kumite. Dan gradings may only be taken at specially approved courses


Syllabus

19th KYU – RED BELT
Stances Basic Karate Stances
Punches Upper, Middle, Lower
Blocks Upper, Middle, Lower
Kicks Front Kick and Roundhouse Kick
28th KYU – YELLOW BELT
Pre grade requirement: to be able to count 1 – 10 in Japanese
Stances Basic Karate Stances
Punches Upper, Middle, Lower
Blocks Upper, Middle, Lower
Kicks Front Kick and Roundhouse Kick
Combinations Punches and Blocks
37th KYU – ORANGE BELT
Pre grade requirement: candidate to be familiar with the dojo rules
Stances Basic Karate Stances
Punches Upper, Middle, Lower
Blocks Upper, Middle, Lower
Kicks Front, Roundhouse and Side Kick
Combinations Punches, Blocks and Kicks
Sparring as directed by instructor
46th KYU – GREEN BELT
Pre grade requirement: candidate to be familiar with Japanese Terminology
Stances Basic Karate Stances
Punches Upper, Middle, Lower
Blocks Upper, Middle, Lower
Kicks All Basic Kicks
Combinations Punches, Blocks and Kicks
Sparring as directed by instructor
Form Sanchin san po
55th KYU – BLUE BELT
Combinations as directed by instructor
Sparring as directed by instructor
Form Sanchin san po and Gekifa
64th KYU – PURPLE BELT
Combinations as directed by instructor
Sparring as directed by instructor
Form Sanchin san po, Gekifa and Saifa
Fitness as directed by instructor
73rd KYU – BROWN BELT (One White Stripe)
Combinations as directed by instructor
Sparring as directed by instructor
Form Sanchin san po, Gekifa and Saifa
Fitness as directed by instructor
82nd KYU – BROWN BELT (Two White Stripe)
Combinations as directed by instructor
Sparring as directed by instructor
Form Sanchin san po, Gekifa, Saifa and Sanseiru
Fitness as directed by instructor
91st KYU – BROWN BELT
Combinations as directed by instructor
Sparring as directed by instructor
Form Sanchin san po, Gekifa, Saifa, Sanseiru and Unshu
Fitness as directed by instructor
101st Dan BLACK BELT
Combinations as directed by instructor
Sparring as directed by instructor
Applications demonstrate a good understanding of bunkai
Form Sanchin san po, Gekifa, Saifa, Sanseiru, Unshu and Tensho
Fitness as directed by instructor
112nd Dan BLACK BELT
Combinations as directed by instructor
Sparring as directed by instructor
Applications demonstrate a good understanding of bunkai
Form Sanchin san po, Gekifa, Saifa, Sanseiru, Unshu, Tensho and Seiunchin
Fitness as directed by instructor
123rd Dan BLACK BELT
Combinations as directed by instructor
Sparring as directed by instructor
Applications demonstrate a good understanding of bunkai
Form Sanchin san po, Gekifa, Saifa, Sanseiru, Unshu, Tensho, Seiunchin and Niseishi
Fitness as directed by instructor