Kyokushin Karate Promotion Test Requirements
Prepared By
Shihan Adnan Tarsha

Branch Chief of International Karate Organization Kyokushin Kaikan

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  • The Technical Syllabus for each belt content a big number of Technical movements, but the test concentrate only on the main parts of it, and it is the following mentioned requirements.

  • The following mentioned requirements are the same requirements in the headquarter (Honbu) of I.K.O. Kyokushin Kaikan in Japan.

  • The instructor can create the combinations of Moving Basics (Ido), three steps fighting (Sanbon Kumite) and the block and retaliation (Uke Kaeshi).

  • The requirements of Kata for each test is to be in addition to all the previous Kata, and the instructor can request from the student who is doing the test to perform one Kata of them or more according to his grade, or he can use the lot to choose the Kata.

  • Weaponry Kata are strongly recommended for all advanced students, but are not included in the exams.


Orange Belt Blue  Belt  Yellow Belt Green  Belt Brown Belt  1st Dan 2nd Dan 3rd Dan 4th Dan

Promotion Test Requirements for White Belt (No Kyu)

 

48 Hours = 3 Months

A) Techniques

 

* Kihon (Basics)

(1) Tachikata (Stances)

Heisoku Dachi, Musubi Dachi, Heiko Dachi, Shizen Dachi (Sotohachiji Dachi), Uchihachiji Dachi, Sanchin Dachi, Moroashi Dachi, Zenkutsu Dachi, Kiba Dachi, Tsuruashi Dachi

 

(2) Tsuki (Punches / Strikes)

Seiken Chudan Tsuki, Seiken Jodan Tsuki, Seiken Ago Uchi, Seiken Shita Tsuki, Seiken Kagi Tsuki, Hiji Uchi, Uraken Gammen Uchi, Uraken Sayu Uchi, Uraken Hizo Uchi , Uraken Mawashi Uchi, Shuto Gammen Uchi, Shuto Sakotsu Uchi, Shuto Sakotsu Uchikomi, Shuto Hizo Uchi, Shuto Uchi Uchi

 

(3) Uke (Blocks)

Jodan Uke, Chudan Soto Uke, Chudan Uchi Uke, Gedan Barai, Uchi Uke Gedan Barai

 

(4) Keri (Kicks)

Mae Keage, Uchimawashi, Sotomawashi, Hiza Geri, Kin Geri, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Keage, Yoko Geri, Kansetsu Geri, Ushiro Geri

 

* Ido (Moving Basics)

In Zenkutsu Dachi: Moving forward and backward, Turning---combined with one technique (Tsuki, Keri, Uke)

                                                                        eg: Zenkutsu Dachi + Seiken Oi Tsuki or Gyaku Tsuki

 

* Kata

Taikyoku Sono Ichi & Ni, Sokugi Taikyoku Sono Ichi


B) Conditioning

* Flexibility: Head reaches the floor from a seated position with legs open.

* Push-ups: 20

* Jumping Squats: 20

* Hand Stand: 20 seconds (supported by another person)

* Chin-ups: 3

* Jump (Tobi Geri): to a target the level of your own height

 

C) Kumite

(1) Yakusoku Kumite: Block only against attack;

Hand block against tsuki / leg block against tsuki / hand block against keri / leg block against keri

 

(2) Jiyu Kumite: 30 seconds

Criterion: Reigi (Composure, attitude) / Kamae (readiness) / Kiai

 

D) Written Examination

* In the terminology and philosophy pertaining to this rank. Contents of which shall be provided by the IKO Honbu.


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Promotion Test Requirements for Orange Belt (10 & 9 Kyu)

 

Kyu 10: 48 Hours = 3 Months / Kyu 9: 48 Hours = 3 Months 

Basic techniques as for white belt as well as the following:

 

A) Techniques

 

* Kihon (Basics)

(1) Tachikata (Stances)

Kokutsu Dachi, Nekoashi Dachi

 

* Ido (Moving Basics)

Kokutsu Dachi (Nekoashi Dachi): Moving forward and backward, Turning

                                                 eg: Kokutsu Dachi + Chudan Uchi Uke

Repetition of same technique: eg: Zenkutsu Dachi + Seiken Oi Tsuki twice,

                                                 Zenkutsu Dachi + Seiken Chudan Sanbon Tsuki

 

* Kata

Taikyoku Sono San, Sokugi Taikyoku Sono Ni & San

 

B) Conditioning

* Flexibility: same criterion as for white belt, with improvement from that level.

* Push-ups: 30

* Jumping Squats: 30

* Hand Stand: 30 seconds

* Chin-ups: 5

* Jump (Tobi Geri): Your own height + 10 cm

 

C) Kumite

(1) Yakusoku Kumite: Block only against attack;

Hand block against tsuki / leg block against tsuki / hand block against keri / leg block against keri

 

(2) Jiyu Kumite: 30 seconds

* Criterion: Reigi / Kamae / Kiai

 

D) Written Examination

* In the terminology and philosophy pertaining to this rank. Contents of which shall be provided by the IKO Honbu.


Promotion Test Requirements for Blue Belt (8 & 7 Kyu)

 

Kyu 8: 48 Hours = 3 Months / Kyu 7: 48 Hours = 3 Months

Basic techniques as for white & orange belts as well as the following:

A) Techniques

 

* Kihon (Basics)

(1) Tachikata (Stances)

Kakeashi Dachi

 

(2) Tsuki (Punches / Strikes)

Tettsui, Nukite, Shotei

 

(3) Uke (Blocks)

Morote Uke, Mawashi Uke, Shuto Mawashi Uke

 

(4) Kokyu Ho (Breathing Technique)

Ibuki

 

* Ido (Moving Basics)

Kokutsu Dachi Shuto Mawashi Uke, Enkei Gyaku Tsuki

Sanchin Dachi: Moving forward and backward, Turning --- eg: Sanchin Dachi + Seiken Chudan Gyaku Tsuki

Kiba Dachi: Moving sideways to front & back (Mae Kosa, Ushiro Kosa), Turning --- eg: Kiba Dachi Jun Tsuki, Tettsui

Combination: (Uke and Attack) --- eg: Zenkutsu Dachi + Jodan Uke - Seiken Chudan Gyaku Tsuki

Combination (Tsuki and Keri) --- eg: Zenkutsu Dachi + Mae Geri Seiken Chudan Tsuki

 

* Kata

Pinan Sono Ichi & Ni, Sanchin

 

B) Conditioning

* Flexibility: Shoulders touch the floor in a seated position with legs open.

* Push-ups: 40

* Jumping Squats: 40

* Hand Stand: 40 seconds

* Chin-ups: 8

* Jump (Tobi Geri): Your own height + 15 cm

 

C) Kumite

(1) Yakusoku Kumite: Uke Kaeshi (Block and Retaliation);

Opponent attack, Block, Retaliation using a variety of attacks, blocks & reactions. Eg: hand, hand, hand / hand, hand, leg / hand, leg, hand / leg, hand, hand / hand, leg, leg / leg, leg, hand / leg, hand, leg / leg, leg, leg

 

(2) Jiyu Kumite: 60 seconds

Criterion: Reigi / Kamae / Kiai / Speed / Power / Stamina (Kokyu) / Uke Kaeshi

 

D) Written Examination

* In the terminology and philosophy pertaining to this rank. Contents of which shall be provided by the IKO Honbu.


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Promotion Test Requirements for Yellow Belt (6 & 5 Kyu)

 

Kyu 6: 48 Hours = 3 Months / Kyu 5: 48 Hours = 3 Months

Basic techniques as for white through blue belts as well as the following examples:

 

A) Techniques

 

* Kihon (Basics)

(1) Tsuki (Punches / Strikes)

Koken Uchi, Haito Uchi, Morote Tsuki

 

(2) Uke (Blocks)

Koken Uke, Haito Uchi, Jyuji Uke

 

* Ido (Moving Basics)

Kaiten Ido (Spinning) --- eg: Kiba Dachi + Kaiten Tettsui

Dako Ido (45 Degree Angle) --- eg: 45 Degree Kiba Dachi + Gedan Barai

 

* Kata

Pinan Sono San & Yon, Yantsu, Tsuki No Kata

 

B) Conditioning

* Flexibility: Same as for blue belt with notable improvement.

* Push-ups: 50

* Jumping Squats: 50

* Hand Stand: 50 seconds

* Chin-ups: 10

* Jump (Tobi Geri): Your own height + 20 cm

 

C) Kumite

(1) Yakusoku Kumite: Uke Kaeshi (Block and Retaliation);

Opponent attack, Uke, Retaliation using a variety of attacks, blocks & reactions. Eg: hand, hand, hand / hand, hand, leg / hand, leg, hand / leg, hand, hand / hand, leg, leg / leg, leg, hand / leg, hand, leg / leg, leg, leg

 

(2) Jiyu Kumite: 60 seconds * 3 rounds

Criterion: Reigi / Kamae / Kiai / Speed / Power / Stamina (Kokyu) / Uke Kaeshi

 

D) Written Examination

* In the terminology and philosophy pertaining to this rank. Contents of which shall be provided by the IKO Honbu.


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Promotion Test Requirements for Green Belt (4 & 3 Kyu)

 

Kyu 4: 96 Hours = 6 Months / Kyu 3: 96 Hours = 6 Months

Basic techniques as for white through Yellow Belts as well as the following:

 

A) Techniques

 

* Ido (Moving Basics)

Basic step work in Kumite No Kamae: Okuri Ashi, Fumi Ashi, Kosa, Oiashi (Sagari)

 

* Kata

Pinan Sono Go, Taikyoku Sono Ichi Ura & Ni Ura & San Ura, Gekisai Dai, Tekki Sono Ichi

 

B) Conditioning

* Flexibility: Chest touches the floor in a seated position with legs open.

* Push-ups: 60

* Jumping Squats: 60

* Hand Stand: 60 seconds

* Chin-ups: 12

* Jump (Tobi Geri): Your own height + 30 cm

 

C) Kumite

(1) Yakusoku Kumite: Uke and Uke Kaeshi combination in Kumite No Kamae, Step work

 

(2) Jiyu Kumite: 60 seconds * 5 rounds

Criterion: Reigi / Kamae / Kiai / Speed / Power / Stamina (Kokyu) / Uke Kaeshi / Rhythm / Combination (Balance between hand techniques and kicks) / Step work

 

D) Written Examination

* In the terminology and philosophy pertaining to this rank. Contents of which shall be provided by the IKO Honbu.


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Promotion Test Requirements for Brown Belt (2 & 1 Kyu)

 

Kyu 2: 96 Hours = 6 Months / Kyu 1: 96 Hours = 6 Months

Basic techniques and terminology as for white through green belts as well as the following:

 

A) Techniques

 

* Ido (Moving Basics)

Kumite No Kamae Step work moving in various angles

 

* Kata

Pinan Sono Ichi - Go ‘Ura’, Tensho, Saifa, Gekisai Sho, Tekki Sono Ni

 

B) Conditioning

* Flexibility: Chest touches the floor in a seated position with legs open.

* Push-ups: 100

* Jumping Squats: 100

* Hand stand: 90 seconds

* Chi- ups: 15

* Jump (Tobi Geri): Your own height + 30 cm (Tobi Ushiro Geri or Tobi Ushiro Mawashi Geri, right & left)

 

C) Kumite

(1) Yakusoku Kumite: Uke and Uke Kaeshi Combination in Kumite No Kamae, Step work

(2) Jiyu Kumite: 60 seconds * 10 rounds

Criterion: Reigi / Kamae / Kiai / Speed / Power / Stamina (Kokyu) / Uke Kaeshi / Rhythm / Combination (Balance between hand technique and kicks) / Stepwork

 

D) Tameshi Wari

More than the IKO Tournament Rule Standard

 

E) Goshin Jitsu (Self-Defense): Basic Movements

 

F) Written Examination

* In the terminology and philosophy pertaining to this rank. Contents of which shall be provided by the IKO Honbu.

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*Kyu/Dan ranks obtained by YOUTHS aged twelve years old and under are considered “JUNIOR” ranks.

 

*Youths must re-test for his/her equivalent “Adult” rank after he/she reaches age thirteen years old.

Initial “Adult” Sho Dan (1st Dan) ranks can only be obtained at age fifteen years old or over.


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Promotion Test Requirements for Black Belt 1st Dan "Shodan Senpai" / 1 year after Brown Belt

 

 

  • Excellent Martial Arts Practitioner and Superior example for the students.

  • Excellent conditioning exceeding Brown Belt requirements.

  • Be a minimum of 15 years.

  • Contribution to the IKO.

  • Kata:
    1- Seienchin. 2- Garyu. 3- Tekki Sono San. 4- Bassai Dai.

  • Gyakute, Self-Defense: Attend an official seminar.

  • Free Fighting (Jiyu Kumite):
    60 Seconds: 20 rounds.

  • Written Examination:
    Research About Kyokushin.


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Promotion Test Requirements for Black Belt 2nd Dan "Nidan-Senpai" / 2 years after 1st Dan

 

 

 

 

  • Excellent conditioning exceeding 1st Dan (Shodan) requirements.

  • Consistent contribution to the IKO.

  • Test before Kancho or officials appointed by Kancho.

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age.

  • Kata:
    Superior and current Kata proficiency including Seipai.

  • Free Fighting (Jiyu Kumite):
    60 Seconds: 30 rounds.


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Promotion Test Requirements for Black Belt 3rd Dan "Sandan-Sensei" / 3 years after 2nd Dan  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Recognition as a model citizen and a record of distinguished service within the IKO.

  • Test before Kancho or officials appointed by Kancho.

  • IKO Senior Advisor's formal written recommendation letter for promotion.

  • Be a minimum of 21 years of age.

  • Kata:
    Superior and current Kata proficiency including Kanku.

  • Free Fighting (Jiyu Kumite):
    60 Seconds: 40 rounds.


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Promotion Test Requirements for Black Belt 4th Dan "Yondan-Sensei" / 4 years after 3rd Dan 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Test before Kancho or officials appointed by Kancho.

  • Contribute significantly to the promotion of Kyokushin.

  • IKO Senior Advisor's formal written recommendation letter for promotion.

  • Be a minimum of 25 years of age.

  • Kata:
    Exemplary and current Kata mastery including Sushiho.

  • Free Fighting (Jiyu Kumite):
    60 Seconds: 50 rounds.


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Photos of the Tests

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