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Ranking Examinations

Ranking Examinations

The American JKA Karate Association – International Adult Ranking Criteria Created by: Sensei Edmond Otis – 8th Dan

9 KYU: ORANGE BELT

KATA:

  • Taikyoku Shodan

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

  • From front stance, step in punch, stomach level.
  • Turn, step in rising block.
  • Turn, step in outside forearm block.
  • Stepping back, down block.
  • Moving forward, front snap kick, stomach level.
  • Stand up.
  • Feet together, side snap kick (left side/right side).

KUMITE (BASIC SPARRING): Examiners count (5 step-sparring):

  • Offense (start from front stance, down block).

*Step in punch, face level.

  • Defense (start from open natural stance).

*Stepping back, rising block, counter on 5. (switch roles)

  • Offense (start from front stance).

*Step in punch, stomach level.

  • Defense (start from open natural stance).

*Stepping back, outside forearm block, counter on 5. (switch roles)

  • Offense (start from front stance)

*Step in front snap kick, stomach level.

  • Defense (start from natural stance)

*Steping back, down block, conter on 5. (switch roles)

8 KYU: ORANGE BELT 1 STRIPE

KATA

  • Heian Shodan

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

  • From front stance, step in punch, stomach level.
  • Stepping back, rising block.
  • Stepping forward, outside forearm block.
  • Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block.
  • Moving forward, front snap kick, stomach level.
  • Turn into side stance.
  • Stepping across, side snap kick - change direction, repeat. KUMITE (BASIC THREE-STEP SPARRING): Examiners count:
  • Offense (start from front stance).

*Step in punch, face level.

  • Defense (start from open natural stance).

*Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch, after third attack.

  • Offense (start from front stance).

*Step in punch, stomach level.

  • Defense (start from open natural stance).

*Stepping back, down block, reverse punch, after third attack.

  • Switch roles of offense and defense.

7 KYU: ORANGE BELT 2 STRIPES

KATA

  • Heian Nidan

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners count:

  • From front stance, step in punch, face level.
  • Stepping back, down block, reverse punch.
  • Stepping forward, outside forearm block, reverse punch face level.
  • Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block.
  • Change to front stance.
  • Moving forward, front snap kick, face level.
  • Turn into side stance.
  • Stepping across, side snap kick - change direction, repeat
  • Stepping across, side thrust kick - change direction, repeat. KUMITE (BASIC THREE-STEP SPARRING): No Count
  • Offense (start from front stance).

*Step in punch, face level, three times.

  • Defense (start from open natural stance).

*Step back, rising block, counter after third attack.

  • Offense (start from front stance).

*Step in punch, stomach level, three times.

  • Defense (start from open natural stance).

*Step back, down block, counter after third attack.

  • Switch roles of offense and defense.

6 KYU: GREEN BELT

KATA

  • Heian Sandan

KIHON (BASICS): Examiners Count:

  • From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.
  • Stepping back, down block, reverse punch.
  • Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow strike.
  • Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block.
  • Change to front stance.
  • Moving forward, double front snap kick (back leg first), stomach level.
  • Turn into front stance.
  • Moving forward, round-house kick, face level.
  • Turn into side stance.
  • Stepping across, side snap kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Stepping across, side thrust kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Combination: From front stance, front snap kick stomach level, short punch, face level.
  • Combination: From front stance, back leg round-house kick, reverse punch. KUMITE (Basic one-step Sparring): Examiners Count:
  • Offense (start from front stance):

*Step in punch, face level.

*Step in punch, stomach level.

*Front snap kick, stomach level.

  • Defense side (start from open natural stance):

*Rising block, counter.

*Outside forearm block, counter.

*Down block, counter.

  • Switch roles of offense and defense.

5 KYU: GREEN BELT 1 STRIPE

KATA

  • Heian Yondan
  • Examiners choice: Heian Shodan - Sandan

KIHON (Basics): Examiners Count:

  • From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.
  • Stepping back, down block, reverse punch.
  • Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow attack, back-fist strike.
  • Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, change to front stance spearhand.
  • Moving forward, double front snap kick (back leg first), stomach level, face level.
  • Turn into front stance.
  • Moving forward, double round-house kick (back leg first), stomach level, face level.
  • Turn into side stance.
  • Stepping across, side snap kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Stepping across, side thrust kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Stepping across, reverse round-house kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Combination: From front stance, front snap kick, change legs, round-house kick, reverse punch.

KUMITE (Basic Sparring): Examiners Count:

  • Offense (start from front stance):

*Step in punch, face level.

*Step in punch, stomach level.

*Front snap kick, stomach level.

*Side thrust kick, stomach level.

  • Defense side (start from open natural stance):

*Rising block, reverse punch.

*Inside forearm block, reverse punch.

*Down block, reverse punch.

*Outside forearm block, reverse punch.

  • Switch roles of offense and defense.

4 KYU: GREEN BELT 2 STRIPES

KATA

  • Heian Godan
  • Examiners choice: Heian Shodan - Yondan

KIHON (Basics): Examiners Count:

  • From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.
  • Stepping back, down block, reverse punch.
  • Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow attack, backfist strike.
  • Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, spearhand to solar plexus.
  • Change to front stance.
  • Moving forward, double front snap kick (back-leg first), stomach level, face level.
  • Turn into front stance.
  • Moving forward, double round-house kick (back leg first), stomach level, face level.
  • Turn into side stance.
  • Stepping across, side snap kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Change direction, stepping across, side thrust kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Change direction, stepping across, reverse round-house kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Combination: From front stance, front snap kick, change legs, side thrust kick, reverse punch.

KUMITE (Basic Sparring): No Count.

  • Offense (start from front stance).

*Step in punch, face level.

*Step in punch, stomach level.

*Front snap kick, stomach level.

*Side thrust kick.

  • Defense side (start from open natural stance): Any block, any counter.
  • Switch roles of offense and defense.

3 KYU: BROWN BELT

KATA

  • Tekki Shodan
  • Examiner's choice of any Heian kata

KIHON (Basics): Examiners Count:

  • From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.
  • Stepping back, down block, reverse punch.
  • Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow strike, backfist strike.
  • Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, spearhand to solar plexus.
  • Moving forward, double front snap kick (start with front leg), stomach level, face level.
  • Moving forward, double round-house kick (start with front leg), stomach level, face level.
  • Turn into side stance.
  • Stepping across, side snap kick - change direction - repeat.
  • Change direction, stepping across, side thrust kick - change direction - repeat.
  • Stepping across, reverse round-house kick, face level - change direction - repeat.
  • Combination: From front stance, round-house kick (Back leg), step in, side thrust kick

(change legs), reverse punch.

  • Combination: From front stance, back leg round-house kick, same leg side thrust kick, reverse punch.
  • From stationary front stance, back leg front kick, same leg side-snap kick, step back into front stance
  • From front stance, reverse punch (using maximum speed and power) as closely as

possible towards a stationary object without making contact. KUMITE (Basic Sparring): Self Defense Examiners Count

  • Offense (start from front stance).

*Step in punch, face level.

*Step in punch, stomach level.

*Front snap kick, stomach level.

*Side thrust kick.

  • Defense (start from open natural stance): Any block, any counter.
  • Switch roles of offense and defense.

2 KYU: BROWN BELT

KATA

  • Kanku Dai, Bassai Dai, Jion, or Empi
  • Examiner's choice of any Heian kata or Tekki Shodan

KIHON (Basics): Examiners Count:

  • From front stance, step in punch, once face, twice stomach.
  • Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch.
  • Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow strike, backfist strike.
  • Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, spearhand to solar plexus.
  • Moving forward, double front snap kick (start with front leg), stomach level, face level.
  • Turn into front stance.
  • Moving forward, double-round house kick (start with front leg), stomach level, face level.
  • Turn into side stance.
  • Stepping across, side snap kick - change direction - repeat.
  • Stepping across, side thrust kick - change direction - repeat.
  • Stepping across, reverse round-house kick, face level - change direction - repeat.
  • Combination: From front stance, round-house kick (Back leg), step in, side thrust kick

(change legs), reverse punch.

  • Combination: From front stance, back leg round-house kick, same leg side thrust kick, reverse punch.
  • From stationary front stance, back leg front kick, same leg thrust side kick.
  • From front stance, reverse punch (using maximum speed and power)as closely as possible towards a stationary object without making contact.

KUMITE (Basic Sparring): Self Defense Examiners Count:

  • Offense (start from front stance).

*Step in punch, face level.

*Step in punch, stomach level.

*Front snap kick, stomach level.

*Round-house kick, face level.

*Side thrust kick.

  • Defense (start from open natural stance): Any block, any counter.
  • Switch roles of offense and defense.

1 KYU: BROWN BELT

KATA

  • Kanku Dai, Bassai Dai, Jion, or Empi - Select one.
  • Examiner's choice of any Heian kata or Tekki Shodan

KIHON (Basics): Examiners Count:

  • From front stance, step in punch - once face, twice stomach.
  • Stepping back, rising block, reverse punch.
  • Stepping forward, outside forearm block, shift to side stance, elbow strike, backfist strike.
  • Stepping back, back stance, knife-hand block, front leg front kick, spearhand to solar plexus.
  • Moving forward, double front snap kick (start with the front leg), stomach level, face level.
  • Moving forward, double round-house kick (start with the front leg), stomach level, face level.
  • Turn into side stance.
  • Stepping across, side snap kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Stepping across, side thrust kick - change direction, repeat.
  • Stepping across, reverse round house kick (face level)- change direction - repeat
  • Combination: Turn into front stance, front leg round-house kick, back leg side thrust kick, reverse punch.
  • Combination: Turn into front stance, back leg round-house kick, same leg side thrust kick, step in punch.
  • From stationary front stance, kamae, back leg front snap kick, same leg side snap kick, step back into front stance.
  • From front stance, reverse punch (using maximum speed and power) as closely as

possible towards an object without making contact. KUMITE (Basic Sparring): Self Defense - No Count.

  • Offense (start from front stance):

*Step in punch, face level.

*Step in punch, stomach level.

*Front snap kick, stomach level.

*Round-house kick, face level.

*Side thrust kick.

*Back thrust kick.

  • Defense side (start from open natural stance): Any block, any counter.
  • Switch roles of offense and defense.

Qualification: More than 2 years total practice or 3 months after receiving 1st kyu. Age 12 for youth rank (DAN-HO) ending on 17th birthday.

  1. Kata
  • 1. Examinee's choice - Group A: Enpi, Jion, Kanku-dai, Bassai-dai
  • 2. Examiner's choice - Heian 1-5 or Tekki 1. B. Kihon (sets of three)
  • 1. *(F) Step-in punch once face, twice stomach, front stance.
  • 2. (B) Rising block, front leg front kick, reverse punch in front stance.
  • 3. (F) Outside forearm block in front stance, shift to side stance elbow strike, shift - backfist strike, shift to front stance reverse punch.
  • 4. (B) Knife-hand block in back stance, front leg front kick, shift to front stance reverse spear-hand thrust, back to back stance knife-hand block.
  • 5. (F) From front stance, double front kick, first front leg stomach level, followed quickly with back leg front kick face level.
  • 6. (T) From front stance double round kick, front leg stomach level, followed by back leg face level.
  • 7. (F) From side stance, step across side snap kick.
  • 8. (T) From side stance, step across side thrust kick.
  • 9. (F) From front stance, front leg side thrust, back leg round kick, reverse punch.
  • 10. (T) From front stance, front leg round kick, step-in punch face.
  • 11. (F) From front stance, three consecutive non-stop, single action step-in punches.
  • 12. (B) From front stance, three consecutive inside block, same hand short punch, same time front kick front leg, reverse punch.
  • 13. (F) From stationary front stance, consecutive kicks with the same leg, front kick-- side thrust kick.
  1. Jiyu Ippon (one step semi-free) Kumite.
  • 1. Step-in punch to face level.
  • 2. Step-in punch to stomach level.
  • 3. Back leg front kick to stomach level.
  • 4. Side thrust kick to stomach level.
  • 5. Back thrust kick to stomach level.
  1. Jiyu (semi-free) Kumite.
  • 1. Against a brown belt
  • 2. Against a shodan
  • 3. Against a nidan

*(F) Moving forward

(B) Moving backward

(T) Turn

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