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Promotion Requirements

Hachikyū (8th Kyū)

For promotion to hachikyū, students must meet the eligibility requirements and demonstrate a working knowledge of the subjects described below:

1.      Sahō to Reihō  (Preparation and Etiquette)

Exhibit the correct formalities during class, including:  proper etiquette toward sempai and kōhai (senior and junior students), etiquette toward  training partners (otagai ni rei, o-negai shimasu, arigatō gozaimasu), as well as additional formalities of ending class:  bowing to instructor (shirei) with appreciation (arigatō gozaimashita), bowing to fellow students (otagai ni rei) with appreciation (arigatō gozaimashita), rising (kiritsu), and bowing to shomen.

2.      Kihon (Fundamentals):

Demonstrate correct execution of the following techniques:

  • Uraken Uchi (back-fist strike)

  • Nukite Zuki  (spear-hand thrust)

  • Sokutō Geri (side kick) [aka Yoko Geri]

  • Neko-ashi Dachi (cat-foot stance)

3.      Idō Kihon  (Basic Movement)

Demonstrate tenshin (body shifting)while moving forward or backward, including -- at a minimum:

  • Oizuki chūdan  in han-zenkutsu dachi, then shutō uke in neko-ashi dachi

  • Oizuki chūdan  in zenkutsu dachi, then draw front foot back to hanmi neko-ashi dachi with yoko uke

4.      Ippon Kumite  (One-step Sparring)

Demonstrate ability to adjust to a partner's attack by maintaining proper blocking and counter-attacking distance and timing while performing simple defensive techniques:

  • Against oizuki chūdan:  use gedan barai, uchi uke,  or yoko uke with 45 angle tenshin, followed by an effective counter-attack.

  • Against oizuki jōdan:  use age uke with 45 angle tenshin, followed by an effective counter-attack.

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Morote age jun-dori -- from the front, a partner grabs both wrists from the underside at about shoulder height, reaching straight across (right to left hand, and left to right 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 say and know the meaning of:  yōi ("preparation"), kamaette ("take a stance"), yame  ("stop!")and naotte ("return to beginning").  Students must also be able to name and demonstrate shikō dachi (side stance), nukite zuki (spear-hand thrust), yoko uke (outer forearm block), yoko uchi uke (lateral hammer-fist block), and sokutō geri (side kick).

Students must be able to identify the major components of the dōgi (training uniform):  uwagi (jacket), shitagi (pants), and obi (belt).

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

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


Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

Kako Lee

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  Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

Kako Lee

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