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Promotion Requirements

Nanakyū (7th Kyū)

For promotion to nanakyū (sometimes called shichikyū) students must meet the eligibility requirements and demonstrate a working knowledge of the subjects described below:

1.      Sahō to Reihō  (Preparation and Etiquette)

In addition to consistently correct formalities of the dōjō, exhibit proper informal etiquette when greeting sensei or a sempai (bow with o-haiyōgozaimasu, konnichi wa, or konban wa, as appropriate) talking with sensei or a sempai (posture and attitude), and departing from sensei or a sempai (bow with arigatō gozaimashita and sayōnara).

2.      Kihon (Fundamentals):

Demonstrate correct execution of the following techniques:

  • Kuri Uke (circular block)

  • Shutō Uchi  (knife-hand strike)

  • Ushirō Geri (back kick)

  • Empi Roppō (six elbow striking methods)

3.      Idō Kihon  (Basic Movement)

Demonstrate the use of tenshin (body shifting) and combination techniques while moving or turning in a variety of directions, including at a minimum:

Sambon geri (three-kick combinations)

Several triple combinations (block-kick-strike, block-double-strike, etc.)

4.      Ippon Kumite  (One-step Sparring)

Demonstrate ability to adjust to a partner's attack by utilizing correctly timed tenshin (body shifting), and to utilize combination counter-attacks (i.e., multiple strikes and/or kicks to counter-attack):

  • Against oizuki chūdan:  use any block and counter-attack appropriate for the speed, distance, and angle of the attack, focusing on the use of tenshin and combinations.

  • Against oizuki jōdan:  use any block and counter-attack appropriate for the speed, distance, and angle of the attack, focusing on the use of tenshin and combinations.

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Katate age gyaku-dori -- from the front, a partner grabs one wrist from the underside at about shoulder height, reaching diagonally across (right to right hand, or left to left hand), and the student must demonstrate the ability to apply an effective escaping technique.

6.       Kata  (Patterns)

7.       Gakka  (Knowledge)

Students must be able to explain the meaning and practical application of:  maai ("distance control") and zanshin ("mind focused on opponent").

Students must be able to name and demonstrate shutō uke (knife-hand block), nami heikō dachi (standard parallel stance), neko-ashi dachi (cat-foot stance), empi uchi (elbow strike), and ushirō geri (back kick).

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for nanakyū, students must successfully complete at least 30 hours of supervised training (minimum of two months) since promotion to hachikyū, exhibit appropriate behavior and attitude in the dōjō, and submit a written request for promotion testing and pre-testing evaluation.

 

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