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Promotion Requirements

Jukkyū (10th Kyū)

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

1.      Sahō to Reihō  (Preparation and Etiquette)

Demonstrate the correct wearing of a gi (uniform), tying the obi (belt), respect for the dōjō (bowing upon entry and exit), tachi-rei (standing bow), and zarei (seated bow).

2.      Kihon (Fundamentals):

Demonstrate correct execution of the following techniques:

  • Chokuzuki (straight punch)

  • Gedan Barai (down block)

  • Age Uke (upper block)

  • Yoko uke (outer-forearm block)

  • Choku-geri (straight kick)

  • Zenkutsu Dachi (front stance)

  • Han-Zenkutsu Dachi (half front stance)

  • Mawari Kata (turning methods)

3.      Idō Kihon  (Basic Movement)

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

  • Gedan barai  in zenkutsu dachi

  • Oizuki chūdan  in zenkutsu dachi

  • Choku-geri  in hanzenkutsu dachi

4.      Ippon Kumite  (One-step Sparring)

Demonstrate ability to adjust to a partner's attack by maintaining proper blocking and counter-attacking distance while performing a simple defensive technique: gedan barai followed by gyaku-zuki.

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Sage jun-dori -- from the front, a partner grabs one or both wrists from the top (thumb side), reaching straight across (right to left hand, or 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:  o-negai shimasu ("I request . . .") and arigatō gozaimasu  ("Thank you").

Students must be able to say and demonstrate zenkutsu dachi (front stance), gedan barai (down block), choku-zuki (straight punch), and choku-geri (straight kick).

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for jukkyū, students must successfully complete at least 20 hours of supervised dōjō instruction, exhibit appropriate behavior and attitude in the dōjō, and submit a written request for promotion testing and pre-testing evaluation.


Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

Michael Chavarria

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  Kihon Kata Ni is identical to Kihon Kata Ichi, except that every case in which gedan barai is performed in Kihon Kata Ichi, age uke is performed in Kihon Kata Ni.