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JKA belt test requirements

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During the last years I keep being asked about the JKA belt test requirements. Actually so many time that I decided to write a post about it.

So here it is!!!

First of all I must mention that a few years ago JKA changed the belt requirements. I tend to think that the JKA made this changes in order to conserve and promote Budo Karate, unlike many other organization which have stronger approach on the sport side. Among the major changes we can notice that the 10th kyu had been added and the Katas had also been moved up. As in comparative with when I tested for my first belt back in 2000, Taikyoku Shodan is no longer a 9th kyu required Kata, but a 8th kyu (yellow belt). As a result all Heian Kastas had been moved up to the next kyu with Tekki Shodan now being required for 2nd Kyu. Another major change is that the 1st Kyu requires a Kata between Bassai Dai or Kanku Dai which previous were tested for 3rd Kyu.  I think all are good changes as is offer more time to practice and  properly comprehend the basics.

There are also many minor changes which you can see for your self in the new JKA belt test requirements:

JKA Belt Test requirements for lower ranks

10th Kyu

Kihon

All techniques are executed statically (in the same place)
Shizen Tai (Hachiji Dachi) will be used for all techniques except Mae geri (Heisoku Dachi)
Number of counts: 5 each. Techniques will be executed at examiner’s count

1. Chudan Choku zuki
2. Jodan Age uke
3. Chudan Soto uke
4. Gedan Barai
5. Mae Geri from Heisoku Dachi with Ghedan Kakiwake uke

9th Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Shizent Tai (Hachiji Dachi) to Zenkutsu Dachi and back except Mae Geri which will be performed statically.
Number of counts: 5. Techniques will be executed at examiner’s count

1. Chudan Jun zuki
2. Jodan Age uke
3. Chudan Soto uke
4. Gedan Barai
5. Mae Geri from Heisoku Dachi with Ghedan Kakiwake uke

8th Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: Yoko Geri – 3 each side; everything else 5 each. 

1. Chudan Jun zuki – moving forward
2. Jodan Age uke – moving forward
3. Chudan Soto uke – moving forward
4. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi – moving forward
5. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
6. Yoko Geri Keage from Heisoku Dachi

Kata – Taikyoku Shoudan

Kumite – Gohon Kumite: Jodan Jun zuki, Chudan Jun zuki

7th Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: Yoko Geri – 3 each side; everything else 5 each

1. Chudan Jun zuki – moving forwar
2. Jodan Age uke – moving backwards
3. Chudan Soto uke – moving forward
4. Chudan Uchi Uke – moving backwards
5. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi – moving forward
6. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
7. Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi – moving forward

Kata – Heian Shoudan

Kumite – Gohon Kumite: Jodan Jun zuki, Chudan Jun zuki

6th Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: Yoko Geri – 3 each side; everything else 5 each

1. Chudan Jun zuki – moving forward
2. Jodan Age uke – moving backwards
3. Chudan Soto uke – moving forward
4. Chudan Uchi Uke – moving backwards
5. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi – moving forward
6. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
7. Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
8. Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi – moving forward

Kata – Heian Nidan

Kumite – Kihon Ippon Kumite: Jodan Jun zuki (right and left), Chudan Jun zuki (right and left)

Attacking order will be right Jodan, right Chudan, then left Jodan, left Chudan

5th Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: Yoko Geri – 3 each side; everything else 5 each

1. Chudan Jun zuki – moving forward
2. Jodan Age uke – moving backwards
3. Chudan Soto uke – moving forward
4. Chudan Uchi Uke – moving backwards
5. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi – moving forward
6. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
7. Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
8. Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi – moving forward

Kata – Heian Sandan

Kumite – Kihon Ippon Kumite: Jodan Jun zuki – right and left, Chudan Jun zuki – right and left, Chudan Mae Geri – right and left.

Attacking order will be right Jodan, right Chudan, right Mae Geri, then left Jodan, left Chudan, left Mae Geri

4th Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: Yoko Geri – 3 each side; everything else 5 each

1. Chudan Jun zuki – moving forward
2. Jodan Age uke + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
3. Chudan Soto uke + Gyaku zuki – moving forward
4. Chudan Uchi Uke + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
5. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Gyaku zuki moving to Zenkutsu Dachi – moving forward
6. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
7. Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
8. Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi – moving forward

Kata – Heian Yondan

Kumite – Kihon Ippon Kumite: Jodan Jun zuki – right and left, Chudan Jun zuki – right and left, Chudan Mae Geri – right and left, Chudan Yoko Geri Kekomi – right and left.

Attacking order will be right Jodan, right Chudan, right Mae Geri, right Yoko Geri Kekomi, then left Jodan, left Chudan, left Mae Geri, left Yoko Geri Kekomi.

3rd Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: 3 each

1. Chudan Jun zuki – moving forward
2. Jodan Age uke + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
3. Chudan Soto uke + Yoko Empi in Kiba Dachi – moving forward
4. Chudan Uchi Uke + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
5. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Gyaku zuki moving to Zenkutsu Dachi – moving forward
6. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
7. Ren Geri (Cudan Mae Geri + Jodan Mae Geri – same leg)
8. Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
9. Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi – moving forward

Kata – Heian Godan

Kumite – Kihon Ippon Kumite – Kiri Ashi:

1. Tori: Jodan Jun zuki (moving forward), Uke: Jodan Age uke (moving backwords) + Jodan Jun zuki (moving forward), Tori: Jodan Age Uke (moving backwords) + Chudan Gyaku zuki.
2. Tori: Chudan Jun zuki (moving forward), Uke: Chudan Soto uke (moving backwords) + Chudan Jun zuki (moving forward), Tori: Chudan Soto Uke (moving backwords) + Chudan Gyaku zuki.

Techniques will be executed on both sides like usual, in the following order: right Jodan, right Chudan, left Jodan, left Chudan. Tai Sabaki is excluded

2nd Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: 3 each

1. Chudan Jun zuki – moving forward
2. Jodan Age uke + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
3. Chudan Soto + Yoko Empi in Kiba Dachi  + Yoko Uraken Uchi (same place)  – moving forward
4. Chudan Uchi Uke + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
5. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Gyaku zuki moving to Zenkutsu Dachi – moving forward
6. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
7. Ren Geri (Cudan Mae Geri + Jodan Mae Geri – same leg)
8. Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
9. Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
10. Mawashi Geri – moving forward

Kata – Tekki Shodan

Kumite – Kihon Ippon Kumite – Kiri Ashi:

1. Tori: Jodan Jun zuki (moving forward), Uke: Jodan Age uke (moving backwords) + Jodan Jun zuki (moving forward), Tori: Jodan Age Uke (moving backwords) + Chudan Gyaku zuki.
2. Tori: Chudan Jun zuki (moving forward), Uke: Chudan Soto uke (moving backwords) + Chudan Jun zuki (moving forward), Tori: Chudan Soto Uke (moving backwords) + Chudan Gyaku zuki.
3. Tori: Chudan Mae Geri (moving forward), Uke: Gedan Barai (moving backwords) + Chudan Mae Geri (moving forward), Tori: Gedan Barai (moving backwords) + Chudan Gyaku zuki.

Techniques will be executed on both sides like usual, in the following order: right Jodan, right Chudan, right Mae Geri, left Jodan, left Chudan, left Mae Geri Tai Sabaki is excluded

1st Kyu

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: 3 each

1. Chudan Jun zuki – moving forward
2. Sanbon Ren zuki – moving forward
3. Jodan Age uke + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
4. Chudan Soto + Yoko Empi in Kiba Dachi  + Yoko Uraken Uchi (same place)  – moving forward
5. Chudan Uchi Uke + Kizami zuki + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
6. Gedan Barai + Gyaku zuki  – moving forward
7. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Gyaku zuki moving to Zenkutsu Dachi – moving forward
8. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
9. Ren Geri (Cudan Mae Geri + Jodan Mae Geri – same leg)
10. Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
11. Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
12. Mawashi Geri – moving forward

Kata – Bassai Dai or Kanku Dai

Kumite – Jiyu Ippon Kumite

Techniques will be executed in the following worder right Jodan Jun zuki, right Chudan Jun zuki, right Chudan Maegeri, right Chudan Yoko Geri Kekomi, right Chudan Mawashi Geri – one side only.

JKA Belt Test requirements for higher ranks

1st Dan

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 
Number of counts: 3 each

1. Sanbon Ren zuki – moving forward
2. Jodan Age uke + Chudann Mae Geri + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
3. Chudan Soto + Yoko Empi in Kiba Dachi  + Yoko Uraken Uchi (same place) – moving forward
4. Chudan Uchi Uke + Kizami zuki + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
5. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Gyaku zuki moving to Zenkutsu Dachi – moving forward
6. Mae Geri with Gedan Kakiwake uke – moving forward
7. Ren Geri (Cudan Mae Geri + Jodan Mae Geri – same leg)
8. Yoko Geri Keage from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
9. Yoko Geri Kekomi from Kiba Dachi – moving forward
10. Mawashi Geri – moving forward

Kata – Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Enpi or Jion

Kumite – Jiyu Ippon Kumite

Techniques will be executed in the following worder right Jodan Jun zuki, right Chudan Jun zuki, right Chudan Maegeri, right Chudan Yoko Geri Kekomi, right Chudan Mawashi Geri – one side only.

2nd Dan

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 

1.  Kizami zuki + Sanbon Ren zuki (free Kamae) – moving forward
2. Mae Geri + Jun zuki (free Kamae) – moving forward
3. Jodan Age uke + Chudan Soto uke (with the same arm) + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
4. Gedan Barai (moving backwards) + Chudan Jun zuki (moving forward) +  Chudan Jun zuki (moving forward)
6. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Kizami Mae Geri + Numite in Zenkutsu Dachi
7. Yoko Geri Keage + Yoko Geri Kekomi in Kiba Dachi
8. Yoko Geri Kekomi + Gyaku zuki (free Kamae)
9. Mawwashi Geri + Gyaku zuki (free Kamae)

Kata – Favorite Kata

Kumite– Jiyu Kumite

3rd Dan

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 

1.  Kizami zuki + Sanbon Ren zuki (free Kamae) – moving forward
2. Jodan Age uke + Chudan Soto uke (with the same arm) + Gyaku zuki – moving backwards
3. Chudan Uchi uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Kizami zuki (Zenkutsu Dachi) + Gyaku zuki (Zenkutsu Dachi) – moving forward
4. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Kizami Mae Geri + Numite in Zenkutsu Dachi – moving backwards
5. Jodan Age Uke (moving backwards) + Mawashi Geri + Yoko Uraken uchi + Chudan Jun zuki (moving forward)
6. Mae geri + yoko kekomi + mawashi geri + gyaku zuki (free kamae with alternate legs) – moving forwards
7. Chudan Mae Geri + Chudan Yoko Geri + Chudan Ushiro Geri (all techniques will be performed with the same leg and on both sides)

Kata – Favorite Kata

Kumite– Jiyu Kumite

4th Dan

Kihon

All techniques will be executed from Gedan Bari and Zenkutsu Dachi wil be used unless notice otherwise. 

1. Kizami zuki + Sanbon Ren zuki (free Kamae) – moving forward
2. Chudan Uchi uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Kizami zuki (Zenkutsu Dachi) + Gyaku zuki (Zenkutsu Dachi) – moving backwords
3. Shuto uke in Kokutsu Dachi + Kizami Mae Geri + Numite in Zenkutsu Dachi – moving backwards
4. Mae geri + yoko kekomi +  gyaku zuki (both Kicks with the same leg)
5. Chudan Mae Geri + Chudan Yoko Geri + Chudan Ushiro Geri (all techniques will be performed with the same leg and on both sides)
6. Gyaku Zuki: punching at different points by examiner’s direction

Kata – Favorite Kata + Shitei Kata (from Heian Shodan to Tekki Shodan) specified by examiner

Kumite– Jiyu Kumite

5th Dan

Gyaku Zuki: punching at different points by examiner’s direction
Kata – Favorite Kata + Shitei Kata (from Heian Shodan to Tekki Shodan) specified by examiner
Kumite– Jiyu Kumite
Question and Answer session.

6th Dan

Kata – Favorite Kata + Shitei Kata (from Heian Shodan to Tekki Shodan) specified by examiner
Kumite– Jiyu Kumite or Jiyu Ippon Kumite
Question and Answer Session
Research Dissertation (about Techniques)

7th Dan

Kata – Favorite Kata
Kumite– Jiyu Kumite or Jiyu Ippon Kumite
Question and Answer Session
Research Dissertation (about Techniques)

8th, 9th and 10th Dan

Recommendation of the Japan Karate Association Instructors Committee
Kata – Favorite Kata
Kumite– Jiyu Kumite
Research Dissertation (about Techniques)

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