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xravenwingsx
White Belt
White Belt

Joined: 15 Aug 2010
Posts: 24

Styles: Shotokan

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:30 pm    Post subject: Shotokan white to yellow belt progression/requirements Reply with quote

I know the first answer will be, 'ask your sensei', so I'll get that out of the way.

That being said...what requirements does your Shotokan school have for the progression from white to yellow belt? My family and I started 3 weeks ago as white belts and the instructor is already talking about preparing us for our yellow belt test to take place in three months.

While I wish the same was true for the rest of my family, he says I have a 'natural ability' to excel in Shotokan. I seem to pick things up the first time around and am able to teach it a bit better to my wife and stepdaughter at home during the week.

At any rate, what requirements does YOUR school have for progression to yellow belt, (kata, list of strikes/punches/blocks/stances) and what is your school's timeframe to pass said testing? Also, what are the belt colors that your school uses? As far as I can tell, ours is quite simple. White, Yellow, Green, Brown 2-1, black with a white stripe, and Shodan.

I'm very happy with my school and my sensei, I just want to know how it compares to other Shotokan schools out there. 3 months seems a bit quick to me, but I suppose if he thinks I am ready for it, I might as well try.

Thank you in advance for the replies! Pleasure meeting you all!
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ps1
Black Belt
Black Belt

Joined: 09 Nov 2004
Posts: 2997
Location: NE Ohio
Styles: Chuan Fa, Shotokan, JJJ, BJJ

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm doing this from memory so...forgive me if I forget something.

For us, yellow was the third rank...orange came after white.

So, for the second belt the requirements were as follows:

3 months of training
Taikyoku Shodan- kata #1
Ippon Kumite 1-5 -first 5, 1 step sparring techniques
Oi tsuki- lunge punch
Gyaku tsuki- reverse punch
Age Uke- rising defend
Gedan barrai- low level defend
Zenkutsu dachi- front stance
count to 10 in Japanese

edit: The full rank system was White, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple, Brown, Black
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sensei8
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KF Sempai

Joined: 23 Feb 2008
Posts: 8378
Location: Owasso, OK and Van Nuys, CA
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of Shotokan are you? JKA? SKIF? ITKF? ISKF? KWF?

I'm not of the Shotokan family, just a fellow karateka.


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likeke34
Yellow Belt
Yellow Belt

Joined: 02 Aug 2010
Posts: 57

Styles: Shotokan

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FSKA, (started from JKA as our shihan was taught by kanazawa, mori, and asai)

off of memory

white to yellow,

oizuki 4X forward and back
age uke 4X forward and back
soto uke 4X forward and back
uchi uke 4X forward and back
gedan barai 4X forward and back

gyaku zuki both sides 10X

Taikyokushodan

stationary mae geri 10X both sides
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Nevinyrral
Orange Belt
Orange Belt

Joined: 16 Jul 2010
Posts: 219
Location: Poland
Styles: ju jutsu, dju su, shotokan

PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KIHON

1. Oi-zuki
2. Age-uke/Gyaku-zuki
3. Soto-uke/Gyaku-zuki
4. Uchi-uke/Gyaku-zuki
5. Gedan-barai/Gyaku-zuki
6. Shuto-uke
7. Mae-geri
8. Yoko-geri-keage
9. Yoko-geri-kekomi

KATA
Heian-Shodan
KUMITE
Gohon-kumite
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ps1
Black Belt
Black Belt

Joined: 09 Nov 2004
Posts: 2997
Location: NE Ohio
Styles: Chuan Fa, Shotokan, JJJ, BJJ

PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In case you're interested, here's a complete list of requirements i used when i was still teaching karate. You'll notice that it was not just purely shotokan. Kobudo and BJJ factored in with the way I promoted. Essentially, a person earning a black belt here would also have earned their black belt in kobudo and a blue belt in BJJ. Unfortunately, my partner at the time lost his job and it never really got going. But here's the list anyway:

Rank Requirements

White Belt (25 class minimum, 2 stripes, 1 stripe every12th class)

Hand Techniques (te waza)
Lunge Punch (oi zuki) Reverse punch (gyaku zuki) Elbow strike (empi)

Kicking Techniques (geri waza)
Front Kick (mai geri) Knee strikes (hiza geri)

Blocking Techniques (uke waza)
Low defend (gedan barrai) Rising block (age uke) Inside block (uchi uke)
Outside block (soto uke)

Stances (dachi)
Attention (musubi dachi) Ready (yoi) Horse (kiba dachi)
Front Stance (zenkutsu dachi) Back Stance (kokutsu dachi)

Self Defense (goshin jitsu)
Wrist grabs

Kata
Teikyoko Shodan (pattern only, no hands required)

Vocabulary
Count to 10, stop, come to attention, bow, bow to the instructor, bow to the front, Teacher, Student, Begin/start



Orange Belt (30 class minimum, 2 stripes, 1stripe every 10 classes)

Hand Techniques (te waza)
Palm heel (shotei zuki) Knife hand (shuto) Back Fist (uraken)

Kicking Techniques (geri waza)
Side Kick (yoko geri) Roundhouse (mawashi geri) Back Kick (ushiro geri)

Stances
Cat Stance (neko ashi dachi)

Self Defense (goshin jitsu)
Break fall

Kata
Teikyoko Shodan

Movement
Ippon Kumite 1-4 Tai Sabaki

Yellow Belt (50 class minimum, 4 stripes, 1 every 10 classes)

Hand Techniques (te waza)
Spear hand (nukite) Ridge hand (haito)

Kicking Techniques
Crescent Kick, in and out (hangetsu geri) Jump front kick (tobi mai geri) Turning back kick
Double kick (nidan geri)

Self Defense (goshin jitsu)
Break fall Wrist grabs blouse grabs chokes

Throwing Technique (nage waza)
Inner reap and outer reap (O soto & O uchi gari)

Kata
Heian Shodan and bunkai

Kobudo
Bo basic strikes and blocks Tsui Sho

Movement
Kumite- beginner

Blue Belt (75 classes required, 4 stripes, 1 every 15 classes)

Self Defense (goshin jitsu)
Bear Hugs, Head Lock, Close Distance, T- Position & throws, ground control

Movement
Sparring (kumite) basic, light contact
One Step Sparring 5 10 (ippon kumite)

Kata
Heian Nidan and Bunkai

Kobudo
Bo Ippon kumite

Vocabulary
All listed


Green Belt (100 classes required, 4 stripes, 1 every 20 classes)

Advanced strikes
Spinning Kicks Jumping Kicks

Movement
Kick/ Punch Ippon Kumite 1 6 Kumite waza 1- 12 Kumite with front sweep

Kata
Heian Sandan and Bunkai

Kobudo
Bo Sho

Self Defense
Ground Series 1 (Upa escape and escape the guard)
Ground Series 2 (3 sweeps)
Knife Defenses


Purple Belt (100 classes required, 4 stripes, 1 every 20 classes)

Self Defense
Total release capacity Situation Avoidance Ground Series 3 (from guard)

Movement
Kumite waza 13- 24 Kumite with sweeps

Kata
Heian Yondan and Bunkai
Heian Godan and Bunkai

Kobudo
Sai basics

Kansetsu waza
Arm bar (Juji getame) Key lock

Brown Belt (100 classes required, 4 stripes, 1 every 20 classes)

Kata
Jion
Bassai Dai
Tekki Shodan

Movement
Kumite waza 25- 32 Kumite with leg kicks and full sweeps
Ippon Kumite with take down and control Kumite waza with takedown and control

Kobudo
Bokken basics Sai Ippon Kumite
Weapon kumite

Shodan Ho (Black with white stripe) aka: Jr. Black Belt

Kata
Bunkai Bassai Dai Bunkai Jion Tekki Nidan

Kobudo
Advanced Bo, Jo, Tonfa, Sai, & Cane Advanced Kumite Skills & Drills

Movement
Advanced Kumite
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xravenwingsx
White Belt
White Belt

Joined: 15 Aug 2010
Posts: 24

Styles: Shotokan

PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sensei8 wrote:
What kind of Shotokan are you? JKA? SKIF? ITKF? ISKF? KWF?

I'm not of the Shotokan family, just a fellow karateka.



sensei8....I believe they do the JKA style but their black belts are certified by another authority..IIMAA.

PS1...wow, what I detailed post! I think I might hang on to that list...it's all good stuff to know! I'm quite impressed.

Thanks for the responses guys, much appreciated!
If anyone else has input, keep it coming!
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KumitePanda
Yellow Belt
Yellow Belt

Joined: 17 Jul 2010
Posts: 80

Styles: TSKF

PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hummm i am none of the above, i am TSKF and first off our belt progression is much different

white
white black stripe
yellow
orange
green
blue
purple
brown
brown advanced
black probationary
shodan

grading wise we do kumite and kata
Heian Shodan 9th-8th kyu

Heian Nidan 8th-7th kyu (whte blk stripe - yellow)

Heian Sandan 7th-6th kyu (yellow - Orange)

Heian Yondan 6th-5th kyu (orange - Green)

Heian Godan 5th - 4th kyu (green - Blue)

Tekki Shodan 4th-3rd kyu (blue - Purple)

Bassai Dai 3rd - 2nd/1st kyu (purple - brown/brown advanced)
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GaryMo
Yellow Belt
Yellow Belt

Joined: 21 Jul 2010
Posts: 66
Location: Manchester, UK
Styles: Shotokan Karate

PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I practice Shotokan in the UK and jumped from a White (beginner) to Yellow (7th Kyu), missing out Orange and Red (9th and 8th Kyu respectively) and did:

Sanbon tsuki
Mae-geri
Yoko-geri keage
Yoko-geri kekomi
Chudan shuto-uke
Age-uke, gyaku-tsuki
Soto-uke, gyaku-tsuki
Uchi-uke, gyaku-tsuki
5 step (Jodan oi-tsuki / Jodan age-uke and Chudan oi-tsuki Chudan soto-uke), attack and defence
Kihon Kata
Heian Shodan
Heian Nidan
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sensei8
KF Sempai
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
Posts: 8378
Location: Owasso, OK and Van Nuys, CA
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although this is SKIF based, it might help you...

http://japanways.com/Articles/Kyu%20Rank%20Requirements.pdf


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