6th Kyu - Minimum 20 Practice Days Required|
Goal: Demonstrate proper seiza by sitting with toes crossed or next to each other; knees 1-2 fists apart, pelvis forward, back straight, hands on knees.
- Bowing/Rei: Left hand down first, then right hand, creating a triangle with fingers and thumbs, lowering
your torso with a straight back and neck, bowing from waist; then, raise torso, return right hand to lap
then left hand.
- Rise from seiza: Right foot forward so kneeling on left knee, then rise into right hanmi.
- Shikko: (Instructor's option depending on age and ability)
Goal: Emphasize hip turn, keeping feet close together. Forward and backward.
- Hanmi: (solo)
Goal: Demonstrate proper hanmi, one foot in front of other with front foot pointed straight ahead and back foot at approximately a 90 degree angle, arms extended. This may also be referred to as kamae.
- Migi hanmi: Right foot forward.
- Hidari hanmi: Left foot forward.
Goal: Demonstrate understanding of basic falling techniques.
- Ushiro ukemi
- Back fall: Start in hanmi, step back with front foot down to knee, roll back, then up to same knee, stand straight up in hanmi.
- Back roll: (Instructor’s option depending on age and ability) same as back fall but roll all the way over the shoulder to knee, stand straight up in hanmi.
- Mae ukemi
- Front roll: (Instructor’s option depending on age and ability) start in hanmi, forward roll over shoulder to kneeling position, stand straight up in hanmi.
- Kokyu exercises:
Goal: Focus on hips initiating the movement with hands following the body, demonstrate ability to shift weight while maintaining balance, posture and connection to the ground.
- Funakogi undo: Rowing exercise.
- Ikkyo undo: Ikkyo exercise.
- Tai sabaki:
Goal: focus on proper hanmi, angles and suriashi (gliding footwork).
- Irimi: 2 ways: Slide forward with front foot or step forward with rear foot, arms extended. In both cases end facing forward at a slight diagonal.
- Tenshin: Back foot steps to its side and front foot steps back diagonally switching hanmi.
- Tenkan:Without changing hanmi, pivot on front foot, swinging rear leg behind while making a low sweeping movement with the arm resulting in a 180 degree turn.
- Irimi tenkan: Arms swing up while stepping forward with the back foot, tenkan and swing arms down.
- Hanmi: (with partner)
Goal: Demonstrate proper individual hanmi and maai in relation to partner.
- Ai hanmi
- Gyaku hanmi
- Atemi: (with partner)
Goal: Demonstrate balance, control, and proper angles in three basic atemi.
- Tsuki: Straight punch toward abdomen ending in gyaku hanmi.
- Yokomenuchi: Open hand diagonal strike to temple ending in gyaku hanmi.
- Shomenuchi: Open hand straight strike to front of head ending in ai hanmi.
- Tai no henko: (with partner)
Goal: Demonstrate proper maai, connection, leading and following movements while both uke and nage.
- Kokyuho (sitting)–aka, Kokyudosa: (with partner)
Goal: Demonstrate understanding of extension, low center of gravity, connection, and pin.
5th Kyu - 60 Practice Days Required
Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote & ura)
Katatetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi
4th Kyu - 80 Practice Days Required
Shomenuchi Nikkyo (omote & ura)
Yokomenuchi Shihonage (omote & ura)
Ushiro Tekubitori Sankyo (omote & ura)
Ushiro Ryotetori Kotegaeshi
Suwari Waza: Shomenuchi Ikkyo
Suwari Waza: Katatori Nikkyo (omote & ura)
Suwari Waza: Katatori Sankyo
3rd Kyu - 100 Practice Days Required
Yokomenuchi Iriminage - (2 ways)
Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo (omote & ura)
Morotetori Iriminage (2 ways)
Shomenuchi Sankyo (omote & ura)
Suwari Waza:Shomenuchi Iriminage
Suwari Waza: Shomenuchi Nikkyo (omote & ura)
Hanmi-Hadachi: Katatetori Shihonage
Hanmi-Hadachi: Katatetori Kaitennage (uchi & soto mawari*)
2nd Kyu - 200 Practice Days Required
Ushiro Tekubitori Shihonage
Ushiro Tekubitori Jujinage
Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage
Hanmi-Handachi: Shomenuchi Iriminage
Hanmi-Handachi: Katatetori Nikkyo
Hanmi-Handachi: Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi
Freestyle - 2 persons
1st Kyu - 300 Practice Days Required
Katatori Menuchi - 5 techniques
Yokomenuchi - 5 techniques
Morotetori - 5 techniques
Shomenuchi - 5 techniques
Ryotetori - 5 techniques
Koshinage - 5 techniques
Hanmi-Handachi - Ushiro Waza - 5 techniques
Tantotori - 5 techniques
Freestyle - 3 persons
Sho-Dan - 400 Practice Days Required
All of 1st Kyu requirements
Freestyle - 4 persons
Ni-Dan - 600 Practice Days Required
All of Shodan requirements
Tachitori - 2 attackers
Freestyle - 5 persons
San-Dan - 700 Practice Days Required
All of Nidan requirements
Subject of exam determined by examiner at
the time of exam
Hour requirements are counted from the
* Uchi & Soto Mawari -- both the inside (uchi)
and outside (soto) movements or variations.
** Henka-waza -- techniques were the nage
(thrower) switches from one technique to
another technique. Examiner will call the
first (or starting) technique.
*** Kaeshi-waza -- counter techniques. Uke
(attacker) appies the technique to nage. Then
nage counters with the appropriate counter.
Original techniques (for uke) will be called
by the examiner. (E.g., to apply sankyo against
Glossary of Words of Attack
Uchi - inside
Soto - outside
Omote - in front
Ura - behind
Hamni-Handachi – uke standing, nage sitting seiza
Jotori – jo techniques
Katatetori – one hand grab to wrist
Katatori – one hand grab to collar
Morotetori – two hands grab to one wrist
Ryotetori – both hands grab one wrist
Shomenuchi – strike to forehead
Suwariwaza – techniques from sitting seiza
Tachitori – attack with boken or standing technique
Tantotori – attack with knife
Tsuki – thrust or punch
Ushiro Kubishime – choke from behind with free hand grabbing wrist
Ushiro Ryokatori – both shoulders grabbed from behind
Ushiro Tekubitori – both wrists grabbed from behind
Ushiro Waza – any attack from behind