10th Kyu          9th Kyu              8th Kyu            7th Kyu             6th Kyu            5th Kyu             4th Kyu

     3rd Kyu            2nd Kyu             1st Kyu          Shodan Sho         Shodan              Nidan               Sandan

This syllabus is published as a guide to Karate-Ka that want to understand how their progress and development is measured. An understandable consequence of publishing a syllabus is that it can often be viewed as the minimum standard of knowledge required to attain the next belt.

 

At SSSK we view the grading process as a testing of the Karate-Ka's current familiarity and competence of the techniques taught in our training sessions.  In this way belts are never just given away, rather they are earned through hard work and commitment!

The very best preparation for a grading is to train regularly, which will help you to understand and perfect your Karate.
 

But remember:
Failing a grading does not make you a failure. Events such as these build character. 
 
Black belts are those Karate-ka that trained regularly, persevered and were just too stubborn to quit!

 

10th Kyu

KIHON

KIBA DACHI  - Straddle Stance

KOKUTSU DACHI  - Back Stance

 

CHOKU ZUKI / KARA ZUKI  - Standing Straight Punch

GYAKU ZUKI  - Reverse Punch - On the Spot Both Sides

OI ZUKI  - Lunge or Stepping Punch
 
AGE UKE  
- Upper Rising Block 

SOTO UDE UKE  - Outside Arm Block 

UCHI UDE UKE - Inside Arm Block 

GEDAN BARAI  - Sweeping Downward Block 

SHUTO UKI  - Knife Hand Block 
 
MAE GERI  
- Front Kick

YOKO GERI KEAGE  - Side Snap Kick

YOKO GERI KEKOMI  - Side Thrust Kick

KUMITE

Not Required


KATA

TAIKYO-KU SHODAN
To Examiners Count

 

9th Kyu

KIHON

KIBA DACHI  - Straddle Stance

KOKUTSU DACHI  - Back Stance

 

CHOKU ZUKI / KARA ZUKI  - Standing Straight Punch

GYAKU ZUKI  - Reverse Punch - On the Spot Both Sides

OI ZUKI  - Lunge or Stepping Punch
 
AGE UKE  
- Upper Rising Block 

SOTO UDE UKE  - Outside Arm Block 

UCHI UDE UKE - Inside Arm Block 

GEDAN BARAI  - Sweeping Downward Block 

SHUTO UKI  - Knife Hand Block 
 
MAE GERI  
- Front Kick

YOKO GERI KEAGE  - Side Snap Kick

YOKO GERI KEKOMI  - Side Thrust Kick

 

KUMITE

GOHON KUMITE  Five Step Sparring (Jodan - Chudan)

   
KATA

TAIKYO-KU SHODAN
  
TIME

Minimum of 12 Lessons 3 months training

8th Kyu

 

9th Kyu

KIHON

CHOKU ZUKI / KARA ZUKI  - Standing Straight Punch

GYAKU ZUKI  - Reverse Punch - On the Spot Both Sides

OI ZUKI  - Lunge or Stepping Punch
 
AGE UKE  
- Upper Rising Block 

SOTO UDE UKE  - Outside Arm Block 

UCHI UDE UKE - Inside Arm Block 

GEDAN BARAI  - Sweeping Downward Block 

SHUTO UKI  - Knife Hand Block 
 
MAE GERI  
- Front Kick

YOKO GERI KEAGE  - Side Snap Kick

YOKO GERI KEKOMI  - Side Thrust Kick

 

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON KUMITE  Set 1 - Both Sides

GOHON KUMITE  Five Step Sparring (Jodan - Chudan)

   
KATA

HEIAN SHODAN
  
TIME

Minimum of 12 Lessons 3 months training

7th Kyu

 

KIHON

OI ZUKI  - Forward and Backwards
 

AGE UKE / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (forwards and backwards)

SOTO UDE UKE / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (forwards and backwards)

UCHI UDE UKE / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (forwards and backwards)

SHUTO UKE / SHIHON NUKITE (Knife Hand Block (back stance)

                                                   / Spear Hand (forward stance))
 
MAE GERI (Jodan & Chudan)

YOKO GERI KEAGE

YOKO GERI KEKOMI

KUMITE

SANBON KUMITE Three Step Sparring (Jodan - Chudan - Mae Geri)

   
KATA

HEIAN NIDAN
  
TIME

Minimum of 12 Lessons 3 months training

 

6th Kyu

KIHON

SANREN ZUKI  - Three Consecutive Punches
 

AGE UKE / GYAKU ZUKI (forwards and backwards)

SOTO UDE UKE / GYAKU ZUKI (forwards and backwards)

UCHI UDE UKE / GYAKU ZUKI (forwards and backwards)

GEDAN BARAI / GYAKU ZUKI (forwards and backwards)

SHUTO UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to / KIZAME MAI GERI (Front Leg) / SHIHON NUKITE (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)​
 
MAE GERI (Jodan & Chudan)

YOKO GERI KEAGE

YOKO GERI KEKOMI

MAWASHI GERI Roundhouse Kick

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON KUMITE Set 2 - Both Sides 

   
KATA

HEIAN SANDAN
  
TIME

Minimum of 18 Lessons 3 months training

 

5th Kyu

KIHON

SANREN ZUKI  - Three Consecutive Punches
 

AGE UKE / MAE GERI / GYAKU ZUKI (forwards and backwards)

 

SOTO UDE UKE (Zenkutsu Dachi) to YOKO EMPI (Kiba Dachi) to URAKEN (Zenkutsu Dachi)
Outside Forearm Block (front stance) / Side Elbow Strike (straddle stance) / Backfist (front stance)   (forwards and backwards)

 

UCHI UDE UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to KIZAMI ZUKI / GYAKU ZUKI (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)

SHUTO UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to / KIZAME MAI GERI (Front Leg) / SHIHON NUKITE (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)​
 
REN GERI - MAE GERI Chudan / MAE GERI Jodan

REN GERI - MAE GERI / MAWASHI GERI

REN GERI - MAE GERI / YOKO GERI KEKOMI

 

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON KUMITE Set 3 - Both Sides

KAESHI IPPON KUMITE One Step Sparring - Both Sides 

   
KATA

HEIAN YONDAN

TIME
Minimum of 18 Lessons 3 months training

 

4th Kyu

KIHON

SANREN ZUKI
 

MAE GERI / SANREN ZUKI

 

AGE UKE / MAE GERI / GYAKU ZUKI (forwards and backwards)

 

SOTO UDE UKE (Zenkutsu Dachi) to YOKO EMPI (Kiba Dachi) to URAKEN (Zenkutsu Dachi)
(forwards and backwards)

 

UCHI UDE UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to KIZAMI ZUKI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)

SHUTO UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to / KIZAME MAI GERI (Front Leg) / SHIHON NUKITE (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)​
 

MAE GERI step through to MAWASHI GERI / URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi)

 

MAE GERI step through to YOKO GERI KEKOMI / SHUTO UCHI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi)

YOKO GERI KEAGE (Kiba Dachi) / GYAKU ZUKI (Zenkutsu Dachi) / GEDAN BARAI (Kiba Dachi)

USHIRO GERI 

 

MAE GERI / YOKO GERI KEKOMI same leg on the spot (Zenkutsu Dachi) (Both Sides)

 

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON KUMITE Set 4 - Both Sides 

KAESHI IPPON KUMITE One Step Sparring - Both Sides 

   
KATA

HEIAN GODAN

TIME
Minimum of 24 Continuous Lessons 3 months training

 

3rd Kyu

KIHON

SANREN ZUKI
 

MAE GERI / SANREN ZUKI

 

AGE UKE / MAE GERI / GYAKU ZUKI /GEDAN BARAI (forwards and backwards)

 

SOTO UDE UKE (Zenkutsu Dachi) to YOKO EMPI (Kiba Dachi) to URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI(Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)

 

UCHI UDE UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to KIZAMI ZUKI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)

SHUTO UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to / KIZAME MAI GERI (Front Leg) / SHIHON NUKITE (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)​
 

MAE GERI step through to MAWASHI GERI / URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi)

 

MAE GERI step through to YOKO GERI KEKOMI / SHUTO UCHI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi)

YOKO GERI KEAGE (Kiba Dachi) / GYAKU ZUKI (Zenkutsu Dachi) / GEDAN BARAI (Kiba Dachi)

KISAMI KEKOMI (front leg) step forward / MAE GERI

USHIRO GERI 

 

MAE GERI / YOKO GERI KEKOMI same leg on the spot (Zenkutsu Dachi) (Both Sides)

 

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON KUMITE Set 5 - Both Sides 

JIYU IPPON KUMITE Set 1 - Both Sides 

   
KATA

TEKKI SHODAN

TIME
4th Kyu plus 6 months training

 

2nd Kyu

KIHON

SANREN ZUKI

MAE GERI / SANREN ZUKI

 

AGE UKE / MAE GERI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (forwards and backwards)

 

SOTO UDE UKE (Zenkutsu Dachi) to YOKO EMPI (Kiba Dachi) to URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)

 

UCHI UDE UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to KIZAMI ZUKI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)

 

SHUTO UKE / KIZAMI MAWASHI GERI (Front Leg) / SHIHON NUKITE (forwards and backwards)

 

MAE GERI step through to MAWASHI GERI / URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi)

 

MAE GERI step through to YOKO GERI KEKOMI / SHUTO UCHI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi)

 

YOKO GERI KEAGE (Kiba Dachi) / GYAKU ZUKI (Zenkutsu Dachi) / GEDAN BARAI (Kiba Dachi)

 

KISAMI KEKOMI (front leg) step forward / MAE GERI

 

USHIRO MAWASHI GERI 

 

USHIRO GERI / URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI

 

MAE GERI / YOKO GERI KEKOMI / USHIRO GERI same leg on the spot (Zenkutsu Dachi) (Both Sides)

 

MAE GERI / MAWASHI GERI same leg on the spot (Zenkutsu Dachi) (Both Sides)

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON KUMITE Any Set 1 - 5 

JIYU IPPON KUMITE Set 2 - Both Sides

   
KATA

BASSAI DAI

TIME
3rd Kyu plus 6 months training

 

1st Kyu

KIHON

SANREN ZUKI

MAE GERI / SANREN ZUKI

 

AGE UKE / MAE GERI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (forwards and backwards)

 

SOTO UDE UKE (Zenkutsu Dachi) to YOKO EMPI (Kiba Dachi) to URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)

 

UCHI UDE UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) to KIZAMI ZUKI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi) (forwards and backwards)

 

SHUTO UKE / KIZAMI MAWASHI GERI (Front Leg) / SHIHON NUKITE (forwards and backwards)

 

MAE GERI step through to MAWASHI GERI / URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi)

 

MAE GERI step through to YOKO GERI KEKOMI / SHUTO UCHI / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI (Zenkutsu Dachi)

 

YOKO GERI KEAGE (Kiba Dachi) / GYAKU ZUKI (Zenkutsu Dachi) / GEDAN BARAI (Kiba Dachi)

 

KISAMI KEKOMI (front leg) step forward / MAE GERI

 

USHIRO MAWASHI GERI 

 

USHIRO GERI / URAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI / GEDAN BARAI

 

MAE GERI / YOKO GERI KEKOMI / USHIRO GERI same leg on the spot (Zenkutsu Dachi) (Both Sides)

 

MAE GERI / MAWASHI GERI same leg on the spot (Zenkutsu Dachi) (Both Sides)

 

KIHON from Kamae
Combination techniques whilst being engaged by attackers from angles 

 

Step back 45 degrees left side AGE UKE (Kokutsu Dachi) / MAWASHI GERI (Front leg) step through to JODAN HIRAKEN / GYAKU ZUKI step through to KAMAE

 

Step back 45 degrees right side (left foot behind) SOTO UDE UKE (Kiba Dachi) / KEKOMI GERI (Front leg) step down YOKO EMPI / twist JODAN USHIRO EMPI turn to front in KAMAE

 

Step back 45 degrees left side UCHI UKE GYAKU / MAE GERI turn 360 degrees then JODAN SHUTO UCHI / CHUDAN SHIHON NUKITE return to KAMAE

 

MAWASHI GERI (front leg) turn to USHIRO GERI

TE AWASE UKE / AWASE ZUKI (Sanchin Dachi) Front, behind, open side, behind. Left & right sides

KUMITE

KIHON IPPON KUMITE Any Set 1 - 5 

JIYU IPPON KUMITE Set 3 - Both Sides

 
KATA

SENTEI KATA
choice from
 
KANKU DAI     JION     JITTE     ENPI     GANKAKU     JI'IN     HANGETSU

TIME
2nd Kyu plus 6 months training

 

Shodan

KIHON

Combinations of various techniques as directed by Hanshi Randall

KUMITE

JIYU IPPON KUMITE 

JODAN, CHUDAN, MAE GERI, KEKOMI, MAWASHI GERI

 

JIYU KUMITE
Free sparring with two consecutive opponants


KATA

SENTEI KATA
choice from
KANKU DAI     JION     JITTE     ENPI     GANKAKU     JI'IN     HANGETSU

ORAL EXAMINATION
 
INTERVIEW

TIME

Shodan Sho plus
12 months since 1st Kyu - 4 years Training in total - Age 16 years

 

Nidan

KIHON

Combinations of various techniques as directed by Hanshi Randall

KUMITE

JIYU IPPON KUMITE 

JODAN, CHUDAN, MAE GERI, KEKOMI, MAWASHI GERI, USHIRO GERI

 

OKURI JIYU IPPON KUMITE
JODAN, CHUDAN, MAE GERI, KEKOMI, MAWASHI GERI, USHIRO GERI

JIYU KUMITE
Free sparring with three consecutive opponants


KATA

TOKUI KATA
 

ORAL EXAMINATION
 
INTERVIEW

TIME

3 years at Shodan - 7 years Training in total - Age 18 years

 

Sandan

KIHON

Explanation of a list of techniques as directed by Hanshi Randall

KUMITE

JIYU KUMITE
Free sparring with five consecutive opponants


KATA

TOKUI KATA
 

ORAL EXAMINATION
 
INTERVIEW

TIME

5 years at Nidan - 12 years Training in total - Age 23 years

Contact Details

Tel:      01279 267762

Email:  paul@sssk.co.uk

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