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Promotion Requirements


(3rd Degree Black Belt)

For promotion to sandan 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, and be experienced in leading classes of yūkyūsha from beginning to end, including all formal etiquette and instruction in techniques and kata up to the rank of shodan.

2.      Kihon (Fundamentals):

Demonstrate ability to instruct the correct kihon for students up to the rank of shodan.

3.      Idō Kihon  (Basic Movement)

Demonstrate ability to instruct students in the correct execution of idō kihon, including tenshin.

4.      Yakusoku Kumite  (Prearranged Sparring)

Demonstrate improved performance and instruction ability in:

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

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

  • Gohon Kumite (five successive, lunging-in attacks)

  • Yakusoku Kumite (choreographed sparring that resembles jiyū kumite)

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Demonstrate the ability to instruct the performance of escapes from any of the grabbing techniques required up to shodan, including the use of an effective kansetsu-waza (joint-lock), nagewaza (throw/take-down), or shimewaza (choke) as follow-up.

6.         Kumite  (Sparring) 

Demonstrate improved speed, timing, footwork, and strategy in kumite, plus the ability to give intermediate and advanced instruction in kumite to kōhai.

6.       Kata  (Patterns)

  • Sanseirū

  • Aoyagi or Myōjō

  • One additional yūdansha tokui kata**

    ** Not previously performed for shinsa

7.       Bunkai (Application of Kata Techniques)

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

8.       Gakka  (Knowledge)

Students must be able to correctly demonstrate and explain the current AAU/WKF tournament judging rules and signals.

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for sandan, students must successfully complete at least two years of supervised training since promotion to nidan, exhibit appropriate behavior and attitude in the dōjō befitting a Black Belt, be at least 21 years of age, and submit a written request for promotion testing and pre-testing evaluation.

Yūdansha Tokui Kata

Shuri-te Origin:
  • Annanko
  • Aoyagi
  • Chinte
  • Enpi
  • Happosho
  • Kenpaku
  • Kensho
  • Kōsōkun-sho
  • Matsumura-ha Bassai
  • Myōjō
  • Shihō-Kōsōkun
  • Sōchin
  • Wankan

(Click link to view kata video, if available)

Naha-te Origin:
  • Heikū
  • Paikū
  • Sanseirū
  • Seisan

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Tomari-te Origin:
  • Matsumora no Bassai
  • Oyadomari no Bassai
  • Tomari-Chintō
  • Tomari-Kūsankū
  • Tomari-Seisan

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