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Promotion Requirements

Ikkyū (1st Kyū)

For promotion to ikkyū students must meet the eligibility requirements and demonstrate a working knowledge of the subjects described below:

1.      Sahō to Reihō  (Preparation and Etiquette)

Consistently exhibit the correct dōjō formalities and informal etiquette, exhibit application of karate-dō principles outside the dōjō, and assist kōhai in class in a manner appropriate for a sempai.

2.      Kihon (Fundamentals):

Demonstrate correct execution of all kihon, and show ability to instruct kōhai in the correct essentials of kihon.

3.      Idō Kihon  (Basic Movement)

Demonstrate improved speed and focus while performing idō kihon, and show the ability to instruct kōhai in the correct essentials of idō kihon.

4.      Yakusoku Kumite  (Prearranged Sparring)

Demonstrate improved ability to adjust to a partner's attack by utilizing correctly timed tenshin (body shifting), and to utilize numerous combination counter-attacks, as well as instruct kōhai  in the fundamentals of:

  • Ippon Kumite (a single, lunging-in attack)

  • Sambon Kumite (three successive, lunging-in attacks)

  • Yakusoku Kumite (choreographed sparring that resembles jiyū kumite)

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Ushirō eri  -- from behind, a partner grabs the gi collar, and the student must demonstrate the ability to apply an effective escaping technique.

Eri jūji  -- from the front, a partner grabs the gi collar and pulls it across the throat as a choke, and the student must demonstrate the ability to apply an effective escaping technique.

6.         Kumite  (Sparring) 

Demonstrate improved speed, timing, and footwork in kumite, using a greater variety of attack and defense techniques, plus improved strategy and anticipation of opponent's tactics.

6.       Kata  (Patterns)

7.       Bunkai (Application of Kata Techniques)

Demonstrate the bunkai of two techniques (or combinations) from each required kata.

8.       Gakka  (Knowledge)

Students must be able to briefly explain the meaning of ken-shin ichi nyo  (fist and mind as one).

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for ikkyū, students must successfully complete at least 60 hours of supervised training (minimum of three months) since promotion to nikyū, exhibit appropriate behavior and attitude in the dōjō, and submit a written request for promotion testing and pre-testing evaluation.

 

Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

Mike Chavarria

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Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

Kako Lee

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Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

Mike Chavarria

(Click photo to view kata video)