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Promotion Requirements

Kyūkyū (9th Kyū)

For promotion to kyūkyū, 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 to begin and end class, including:  lining up by rank (seiretsu), standing at attention (ki o tsuke), bowing to shomen, sitting (seiza) for mokusō (meditation), bowing to instructor (shirei), and rising (kiritsu).

2.      Kihon (Fundamentals):

Demonstrate correct execution of the following techniques:

  • Yoko Barai Uke (lateral hammer-fist block)

  • Uchi Uke (inner forearm block)

  • Shutō Uke (knife-hand block)

  • Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick)

  • Shikō Dachi (side stance)

3.      Idō Kihon  (Basic Movement)

Demonstrate single techniques performed while moving forward, including -- at a minimum:

  • Gedan barai with gyaku-zuki  in zenkutsu dachi

  • Oizuki chūdan  with gyaku-zuki jōdan in zenkutsu dachi

  • Choku-geri  with oizuki in zenkutsu dachi

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 followed by gyaku-zuki.

  • Against oizuki jōdan:  use age uke  followed by gyaku-zuki.

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Katate sage gyaku-dori -- from the front, a partner grabs one wrist from the top (thumb side), 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 say and know the meaning of:  sensei ("instructor"), sempai ("senior student") and kōhai  ("junior student"), and recite the Dōjō Kun from memory.

Students must be able to say and demonstrate han-zenkutsu dachi (half front stance), musubi dachi (closed stance), age uke (upper block), and mawashi-geri (roundhouse kick).

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for kyūkyū, students must successfully complete at least 30 hours of supervised dōjō instruction since promotion to jukkyū -- or a minimum of 3 cumulative months of training -- exhibit appropriate behavior and attitude in the dōjō, and submit a written request for promotion testing and pre-testing evaluation.


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