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Promotion Requirements

Yonkyū (4th Kyū)

For promotion to yonkyū 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 assist with the maintenance and cleaning of the dōjō (perfrom sōji) and preparations for classes and other events.

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)

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Mune-dori hiki (katate  or morote) -- from the front, a partner grabs one or both side of the gi collar at the chest level, pulling inward, 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 true meaning of Rei. 

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for yonkyū, students must successfully complete at least 40 hours of supervised training (minimum of two months) since promotion to gokyū, 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 Shito-Ryu Hanshi,

Shimabukuro Shihan

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No approved video of Tenshō is currently available.