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Promotion Requirements

Shodan-Ho

(Provisional Black Belt)

For promotion to shodan-ho 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, exhibit application of karate-dō principles outside the dōjō, and assist kōhai in class in a manner appropriate for a sempai.

2.      Kihon (Fundamentals):

Demonstrate correct execution of all kihon, and show ability to instruct kōhai in the correct essentials of kihon.

3.      Idō Kihon  (Basic Movement)

Demonstrate improved speed and focus while performing idō kihon, and show the ability to instruct kōhai in the correct essentials of idō kihon, including tenshin.

4.      Yakusoku Kumite  (Prearranged Sparring)

Demonstrate improved performance and instruction ability in:

  • Ippon Kumite (a single, lunging-in attack)

  • Sambon Kumite (three successive, lunging-in attacks)

  • Gohon Kumite (five successive, lunging-in attacks)

  • Yakusoku Kumite (choreographed sparring that resembles jiyū kumite)

5.       Jūhō Waza  (Escape Techniques)

Ushirō-dori -- from behind, a partner grabs the student in a "bear hug" and the student must demonstrate the ability to apply an effective escaping technique.

Sode dori  -- from the front, a partner grabs the lower sleeve, 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, plus improved strategy and anticipation of opponent's tactics.

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 impact of martial arts on society.

8.      Shikaku  (Eligibility)

To be eligible to test for shodan-ho, students must successfully complete at least 60 hours of supervised training (minimum of six months) since promotion to ikkyū, exhibit appropriate behavior and attitude in the dōjō, be at least 13 years of age, and submit a written request for promotion testing and pre-testing evaluation.

 

Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

David Bertrand

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Featuring AAU Kata Champion,

Mike Chavarria

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