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Promotion Requirements

Nikyū (2nd Kyū)

For promotion to nikyū 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 combination counter-attacks and variations against several types of pre-arranged attacks, including:

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

  • Nihon Kumite (two successive, lunging-in attacks)

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

  • Yakusoku Kumite (choreographed sparring that resembles jiyū kumite)

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Mune-dori age (katate  or morote) -- from the front, a partner grabs one or both sides of the gi collar at the chest level, twisting the grabbing hand inward and lifting, 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.

6.       Kata  (Patterns)

7.       Bunkai (Application of Kata Techniques)

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

8.       Gakka  (Knowledge)

Students must be able to briefly explain the meaning of go and sen (or go-no-te and sen-no-te) and the differences between the two. 

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for nikyū, students must successfully complete at least 40 hours of supervised training (minimum of two months) since promotion to sankyū, exhibit appropriate behavior and attitude in the dōjō, and submit a written request for promotion testing and pre-testing evaluation.


Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

David Bertrand

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Featuring Shitō-Ryū Hanshi,

Shimabukuro Shihan

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Featuring Shitō-Ryū Hanshi,

Shimabukuro Shihan

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