Dan & Kyu Rank and Syllabus Guideline

To progress to the next Kyu or Dan, JKA students must demonstrate exceptional skill and near flawless execution of a prescribed set of techniques and kata. Our specially trained instructors and examiners carefully study and evaluate each student based on the criteria shown by clicking on any rank on the chart above.

10th Kyu 

White

【KIHON】In place basics in HACHIJIDACHI

CHUUDAN CHOKUZUKI

JOUDAN AGEUKE

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE

MAEGERI (HEISOKU DACHI・GEDAN KAKIWAKE)

* “GOREI” command (From right side in turn for each Waza)

9th Kyu

Yellow

【KIHON】In place basics in SHIZEN TAI to ZENKUTSU DACHI and back to SHIZEN TAI

CHUUDAN JUNZUKI

JOUDAN AGEUKE

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE,

KOKUTSU SHUTOU UKE

MAEGERI (HEISOKUDACHI, GEDAN KAKIWAKE)

* “GOREI” command (From right side two action in turn for each WAZA)←Is that 1 to 4

8th Kyu

Orange

【KIHON】IDOU KIHON Moving basics

CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE (step in)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE (step in)

GEDAN BARAI (step in)

KOKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

【KATA】TAIKYOKU SHODAN

【KUMITE】GOHON KUMITE (JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI)

7th Kyu

Red

【KIHON】IDOU KIHON Moving basics

CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE (step back)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE (step in)

CHUUDAN UCHIUKE (step back)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE (in HEISOKU DACHI, right and left alternating)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in HEISOKU DACHI, right and left alternating)

【KATA】HEIAN SHODAN

【KUMITE】GOHON KUMITE (JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI)

6th Kyu

Green

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics

CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE (step back)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE (step in)

CHUUDAN UCHIUKE (step back)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBADACHI, right and left) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in KIBADACHI, right and left) (step in)

【KATA】HEIAN NIDAN

【KUMITEKIHON IPPON KUMITE

(JOUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left)

5th Kyu

Blue

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics

CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOUUKE (step in)

MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBADACHI, right and left) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in KIBADACHI, right and left) (step in)

【KATA】HEIAN SANDAN

【KUMITE】KIHON IPPON KUMITE

(JOUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN MAEGERI GEDAN KAKIWAKE – right and left)

4th Kyu

Purple

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics

CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOUUKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBADACHI, right and left) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

【KATA】HEIAN YONDAN

【KUMITE】KIHON IPPON KUMITE

(JOUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN MAEGERI GEDAN KAKIWAKE – right and left, CHUUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI – right and left)

3rd Kyu

Brown

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics

CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (as KOUKUTSUDACHI is) (step in)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

【KATA】HEIAN GODAN

【KUMITE】JIYUU IPPON KUMITE

(JOUDAN JUNZUKI , CHUUDAN JUNZUKI , CHUDAN MAEGERI) – right and left

2nd Kyu

Brown

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics

JOUDAN JUNZUKI , CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI(step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE ,GYAKUZUKI (step in)

CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOUUKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

MAWASHIGERI (step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBADACHI, right and left) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in ZENKUTSUDATI) (step in)

【KATA】TEKKI SHODAN

【KUMITE】JIYUU IPPON KUMITE

(JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN MAEGERI, CHUUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI ,MAWASHIGERI) – right and left

※Inform your choice of JOUDAN or CHUUDAN for MAWASHIGERI

1st Kyu

Brown & White

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics

JOUDAN JUNZUKI , CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI(step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, YOKOENPI (ZENKUTSUDACHI changing stance to KIBADACHI) (step in)

CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

MAEGERI (On the spot) ,MAEGERI(step in)

MAWASHIGERI (step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBADACHI, right and left) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

【KATA】BASSAI DAI

【KUMITE】JIYU IPPON KUMITE

(JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN MAEGERI, CHUUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI, MAWASHIGERI) – right and left

※Inform your choice of JOUDAN or CHUUDAN for MAWASHIGERI

1st Dan

Back

Minimum Experience: 1 year, Cannot apply same day as attaining 1st Dan
Age: None
Location Prefectural HQ or Branch dojo or group, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics

SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, YOKOENPI, YOKOURAKEN UCHI, GYAKUZUKI (ZENKUTSUDACHI changing stance to KIBADACHI changing stance to ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOUKUTSUDACHI to ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step back)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

MAEGERI (On the spot) ,MAE GERI(step in)

MAWASHIGERI (step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSUDACHI)

【KATA】BASSAI DAI, KANKU DAI, ENPI or JION (your choice)

【KUMITE】JIYU IPPON KUMITE

(JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN MAEGERI, CHUUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI, JOUDAN MAWASHIGERI) – right and left

※Inform your choice of JOUDAN or CHUUDAN for MAWASHIGERI

2nd Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 1 year at 1st Danrank
Age: 18 and over
Location: National (Prefectural) HQ or Regional HQ, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics

CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

JOUDAN JYUNZUKI, CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI (step in)

SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

AGEUKE, SOTOUKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

UCHIUKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOKUTSUDACHI to ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

KOUKUTSHU SHUTOUUKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

MAEGERI (On the spot), MAEGERI(step in)

YOKOGERI KEAGE, YOKOGERI KEKOMI (KIBADACHI, alternate feet)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

MAWASHIGERI, YOKOURAKENUCHI, CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI (step in)

【KATA】Student’s favorite KATA

【KUMITE】JIYU KUMITE

3rd Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 2 years at 2nd Dan rank
Age : 18 and over
National (Prefectural) HQ or Regional HQ, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics free KAMAE

KIZAMIZUKI, JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI (step in)

AGEUKE, SOTOUKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

UCHIUKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOKUTSUDACHI to ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOUUKE, KIZAMIMAEGERI, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

MAEGERI・GYAKUZUKI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI・GYAKUZUKI, MAWASHIGERI・GYAKUZUKI (step in)

USHIROGERI (step in)

MAEGERI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI, USHIROGERI (ZENKUTSUDACHI same feet right and left)

【KATA】Student’s favorite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】JIYU KUMITE

4th Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 3 years at 3rd Dan rank
Age: 18 and over
Location: Tokyo JKA HQ or Regional HQ, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics free KAMAE

KIZAMIZUKI, SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

AGEUKE, SOTOUKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

UCHIUKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOKUTSUDACHI to ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOUUKE, KIZAMIMAEGERI, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

MAEGERI, JUNZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

KIZAMIMAWASHIGERI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

MAEGERI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI, USHIROGERI (ZENKUTSUDACHI same feet right and left)

【KATA】Student’s favorite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】JIYU KUMITE

5th Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 4 years at 4th Dan rank
Age: 18 and over
Location: Tokyo JKA HQ or Regional HQ, with permission of Tokyo JKA HQ

【KIHON】IDO KIHON Moving basics free KAMAE

KIZAMIZUKI, SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

AGEUKE, SOTOUKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

UCHIUKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOKUTSUDACHI to ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

KOUKUTSU SHUTOUUKE, KIZAMIMAEGERI, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

MAEGERI, JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI (step in)

YOKOGERI KEKOMI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

MAWASHIGERI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

MAEGERI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI, MAWASHIGERI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

【KATA】

from HEIAN SHODAN to TEKKI SANDAN specified by examiner (Question and Answer Session)

Student’s favorite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】JIYU KUMITE

6th Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 6 years at 5th Dan rank
Age: 18 and over
Location: Tokyo JKA HQ

【KIHON】Specified by examiner

【KATA】

from HEIAN SHODAN to TEKKI SANDAN BASSAIDAI, KANKUUDAI, ENPI, or JION specified by examiner (Question and Answer Session)

Student’s favorite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】JIYU KUMITE

-Question and Answer Session on technique
-Submit a report on technique on the exam day (Submitted one week in advance)

7th Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 7 years at 6th Dan rank
Age: 50 and over
Location: Spring camp in JKA HQ, or Autumn camp in JKA HQ, or Funakoshi Gichin Cup world championships

【KIHON】 Specified by examiner

【KATA】  Student’s favorite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】JIYU KUMITE

-Question and Answer Session on technique
-Submit a report on technique on the exam day (Submitted one week in advance)

8th Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 7 years at 7th Dan rank
Age: 60 and over


9th Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 8 years at 8th Dan rank
Age: 60 and over
Location: Upon recommendation by Instructor Committee


10th Dan

Black

Minimum Experience: 9 years at 9th Dan rank
Age: 60 and over
Location:
Upon recommendation by Instructor Committee

Recommendation by SHIHANKAI

(Note)  From 2nd Dan to 7th Dan

General KUMITE for men / women the age of 60 and above are required:
JIYUU KUMITE or JIYUU IPPON KUMITE
(JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN MAEGERI, CHUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI, MAWASHIGERI) right
※Inform JOUDAN or CHUDAN as for MAWASHIGERI


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