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Promotion Requirements

Sankyū (3rd Kyū)

For promotion to sankyū 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 serve as an example of appropriate conduct to kōhai.

2.      Kihon (Fundamentals):

Demonstrate improved execution of all kihon.

3.      Idō Kihon  (Basic Movement)

Demonstrate improved speed and focus while performing 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 against several types of pre-arranged attacks, including:

  • 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)

Mune-dori oshi (katate  or morote) -- from the front, a partner grabs one or both side of the gi collar at the chest level, pushing the student, 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 Shu-Ha-Ri. 

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for sankyū, students must successfully complete at least 40 hours of supervised training (minimum of two months) since promotion to yonkyū, 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 AAU Kata Champion,

Kako Lee

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Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

David Bertrand

(Click photo to view kata video)