Sunday, 5 March 2017

New JKA Exam Requirements (from April 1st, 2017)




Here is the latest grading syllabus of the JAPAN KARATE ASSOCIATION, which will come into effect on April 1st, 2017. It was announced on March 3rd, here in Japan. The last update of the JKA exam requirements was in 2014, which at the time I felt was very slick, this was published here (if you wish to 'compare and contrast' for yourself): http://andrebertel.blogspot.jp/2014/10/the-new-jka-grading-syllabus.html; however, the new syllabus—in my opinion—is a significant improvement. I'll try to write a follow up post (on why I think this is the case) in the coming weeks. Until then, here is an outline of the new JKA grading syllabus in English with some supplementary notes. Best wishes from Oita City, André.



10 KYU

Kihon (Sonoba-kihon)
1.      Chudan choku-zuki (Hachiji-dachi, tateshuto).
2.      Jodan age-uke (Hachiji-dachi).
3.      Chudan soto-uke (Hachiji-dachi).
4.      Gedan-barai (Hachiji-dachi).
5.      Chudan mae-geri keage (Heisoku-dachi, gedan-kakiwake).

* 'Gorei': Techniques follow a command count starting with the right side (four repetitions in total).



9 KYU

Kihon (Sonoba-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (Hachiji-dachi kara zenkutsu-dachi, tateshuto).
2.      Jodan age-uke (Hachiji-dachi kara zenkutsu-dachi).
3.      Chudan soto-uke (Hachiji-dachi kara zenkutsu-dachi).
4.      Gedan-barai (Hachiji-dachi kara zenkutsu-dachi).
5.      Chudan mae-geri keage (Zenkutsu-dachi, gedan-kakiwake).

* 'Gorei': Techniques follow a command count starting with the right side (four repetitions in total).



8 KYU

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age-uke (F).
3.      Chudan soto-uke (F).
4.      Gedan-barai (F).
5.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) (F).
6.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
(Sonoba-kihon)
7.      Chudan yoko-geri keage (Heisoku-dachi, gedan-kakiwake). (R x2/L x2)

Kata: Taikyoku-Shodan


7 KYU

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age-uke (B).
3.      Chudan soto-uke (F).
4.      Chudan uchi-uke (B).
5.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) (F).
6.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
7.      Chudan yoko-geri keage (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).

Kata: Heian-Shodan

Gohon Kumite
i.    “Jodan”: the designated attacker advances five times with jodan jun-zuki.
       The designated defender retreats five times with jodan age-uke and on the fifth and final step      
       counters with gyaku-zuki.
  • The roles of attacker are then reversed.

ii.   “Chudan”: the designated attacker advances five times with chudan jun-zuki.
       The designated defender retreats five times with chudan soto-uke and on the fifth and final      
        step counters with gyaku-zuki.
  • The roles of attacker are then reversed.


6 KYU

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age-uke (B).
3.      Chudan soto-uke (F).
4.      Chudan uchi-uke (B).
5.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) (F).
6.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
7.      Chudan yoko-geri keage (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).
8.      Chudan yoko-geri kekomi (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).

Kata: Heian-Nidan

Kihon Ippon Kumite
i.       “Jodan” (jodan jun-zuki) (R,L).                             Jodan age-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
ii.     “Chudan” (chudan jun-zuki) (R, L).                       Chudan soto-uke kara gyaku-zuki.





5 KYU

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
3.      Chudan soto-uke  kara chudan gyaku-zuki (F).
4.      Chudan uchi-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
5.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) (F).
6.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
7.      Chudan yoko-geri keage (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).
8.      Chudan yoko-geri kekomi (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).

Kata: Heian-Sandan

Kihon Ippon Kumite
i.       “Jodan” (jodan jun-zuki) (R,L).                             Jodan age-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
ii.     “Chudan” (chudan jun-zuki) (R, L).                       Chudan soto-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
iii.    “Mae-geri” (chudan mae-geri keage) (R, L)           Gedan-barai kara gyaku-zuki.

•       Please note: use of tai-sabaki is not permitted.



4 KYU

Kihon
(Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
3.      Chudan soto-uke  kara chudan gyaku-zuki (F).
4.      Chudan uchi-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
5.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) kara nukite (F).
6.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
7.      Chudan yoko-geri keage (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).
8.      Chudan yoko-geri kekomi (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).

Kata: Heian-Yondan

Kihon Ippon Kumite
i.      “Jodan” (jodan jun-zuki) (R,L).                                   Jodan age-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
ii.     “Chudan” (chudan jun-zuki) (R, L).                            Chudan soto-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
iii.    “Mae-geri” (chudan mae-geri keage) (R, L)                Gedan-barai kara gyaku-zuki.
iv.     “Yoko-kekomi” (chudan yoko-geri kekomi) (R, L).   Chudan soto-uke kara gyaku-zuki.

•       Please note: use of tai-sabaki is not permitted.



3 KYU

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
3.      Chudan soto-uke  kara chudan gyaku-zuki (F).
4.      Chudan uchi-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
5.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) kara nukite (F).
6.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
7.      Ren-geri: chudan mae-geri keage kara jodan mae-geri keage (F).
8.      Mawashi-geri (F)
9.      Chudan yoko-geri keage (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).
10.     Chudan yoko-geri kekomi (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).

Kata: Heian-Godan

Kihon Ippon Kumite
i.      “Jodan” (jodan jun-zuki) (R,L).                                     Jodan age-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
ii.     “Chudan” (chudan jun-zuki) (R, L).                              Chudan soto-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
iii.    “Mae-geri” (chudan mae-geri keage) (R, L).                Gedan-barai kara gyaku-zuki.
iv.     “Yoko-kekomi” (chudan yoko-geri kekomi) (R, L).    Chudan soto-uke kara gyaku-zuki.

•       Please note: use of tai-sabaki is not permitted.



2 KYU

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
3.      Chudan soto-uke  kara yoko enpi-uchi soshite yoko uraken-uchi (F).
4.      Chudan uchi-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
5.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) kara nukite (F).
6.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
7.      Ren-geri: chudan mae-geri keage kara jodan mae-geri keage (F).
8.      Mawashi-geri (F)
9.      Chudan yoko-geri keage (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).
10.     Chudan yoko-geri kekomi (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).

Kata: Tekki-Shodan

Jiyu Ippon Kumite
i.      “Jodan” (jodan jun-zuki) (R).                                    Jodan age-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
ii.     “Chudan” (chudan jun-zuki) (R).                              Chudan soto-uke kara gyaku-zuki.
iii.    “Mae-geri” (chudan mae-geri keage) (R).                Gedan-barai kara gyaku-zuki.
iv.     “Yoko-kekomi” (chudan yoko-geri kekomi) (R).    Chudan soto-uke kara gyaku-zuki.



1 KYU

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Sanbon ren-zuki (F).
3.      Jodan age-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
4.      Chudan soto-uke  kara yoko enpi-uchi soshite yoko uraken-uchi (F).
5.      Chudan uchi-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
6.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) kara nukite (F).
7.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
8.      Ren-geri: chudan mae-geri keage kara jodan mae-geri keage (F).
9.      Mawashi-geri (F)
10.     Chudan yoko-geri keage (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).
11.     Chudan yoko-geri kekomi (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).

Kata (Examinees ‘free-choice’ senteigata): Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai, Enpi or Jion.

Jiyu Ippon Kumite
i.  “Jodan” (jodan jun-zuki) (R).                         
ii. “Chudan” (chudan jun-zuki) (R).                  
iii. “Mae-geri” (chudan mae-geri keage) (R).     
iv.“Yoko-kekomi” (chudan yoko-geri kekomi) (R).
 v. “Mawashi-geri” (mawashi-geri *) (R).                     

•       Please note: mawashi-geri is either chudan or jodan (to be decided and announced by the     
        attacker as either “chudan mawashi-geri” or “jodan mawashi-geri”); furthermore, ukewaza and   
        hangeki are free-choice, however, the `core ukewaza' and gyaku-zuki are highly recommended.



SHODAN

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun-zuki (F).
2.      Sanbon ren-zuki (F).
3.      Jodan age-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
4.      Chudan soto-uke  kara yoko enpi-uchi, yoko uraken-uchi soshite chudan gyaku-zuki (F).
5.      Chudan uchi-uke kara kizami-zuki soshite chudan gyaku-zuki (B).
6.      Shuto chudan-uke (Kokutsu-dachi) kara nukite (F).
7.      Chudan mae-geri keage (F).
8.      Ren-geri: chudan mae-geri keage kara jodan mae-geri keage (F).
9.      Mawashi-geri (F)
10.     Chudan yoko-geri keage (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).
11.     Chudan yoko-geri kekomi (Kiba-dachi) (R/L).

Kata (Examinees ‘free-choice’ senteigata): Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai, Enpi or Jion.

Jiyu Ippon Kumite
i.  “Jodan” (jodan jun-zuki) (R).                         
ii. “Chudan” (chudan jun-zuki) (R).                  
iii. “Mae-geri” (chudan mae-geri keage) (R).     
iv.“Yoko-kekomi” (chudan yoko-geri kekomi) (R).
 v. “Mawashi-geri” (mawashi-geri *) (R).             

•       Please note: mawashi-geri is either chudan or jodan (to be decided and announced by the     
        attacker as either “chudan mawashi-geri” or “jodan mawashi-geri”); furthermore, ukewaza and   
        hangeki are free-choice, however, the `core ukewaza' and gyaku-zuki are highly recommended.



NIDAN

Minimum of one (1) year at 1st Dan rank.

Kihon
(Ido-kihon)
1.      Chudan jun zuki (F).
2.      Sanbon ren zuki (F).
3.      Jodan age uke kara chudan soto uke soshite gyaku zuki (B).
4.      Chudan uchi uke (kokutsu dachi) kara kizami zuki soshite chudan gyaku zuki (F).
5.      Shuto chudan uke (kokutsu dachi) kara kizami mae-geri soshite nukite (B).
6.      Ren-geri: Chudan mae geri keage kara jodan mae geri keage (F).
7.      Yoko-geri keage ashi o kaete yoko geri kekomi (F).
8.      Yoko-geri kekomi (zenkutsu dachi) (F).
9.      Mawashi geri (F).
10.     Ippo sagatte jodan age uke kara mawashi geri, yoko uraken soshite chudan jun zuki (F).

Tokuigata: examinees favorite kata (The sentei-gata are highly recommended at this level).

Jiyu-Kumite (Please note: examinees of 60 years of age and older may opt to demonstrate Jiyu Ippon Kumite as opposed to engaging in Jiyu Kumite).



SANDAN

Minimum of two (2) years at 2nd Dan rank.

Kihon (Ido-kihon)

1.      Jodan kizami-zuki kara jodan jun zuki soshite chudan gyaku-zuki (Jiyu kamae) (F).
2.      Jodan age uke kara chudan soto uke soshite gyaku zuki (B).
3.      Chudan uchi uke (kokutsu dachi) kara kizami zuki soshite chudan gyaku zuki (F).
4.      Shuto chudan uke (kokutsu dachi) kara kizami mae-geri soshite nukite (B).
5.      Ippo sagatte jodan age uke kara mawashi geri, yoko uraken soshite chudan jun zuki (F).
6.      Chudan mae-geri keage kara chudan yoko geri kekomi, gyaku-zuki, mawashi-geri soshite gyaku-zuki (F).

Tokuigata: examinees favorite kata.

Jiyu-Kumite (Please note: examinees of 60 years of age and older may opt to demonstrate Jiyu Ippon Kumite as opposed to engaging in Jiyu Kumite).



YONDAN

Minimum of three (3) years at 3rd Dan rank.

Kihon (Ido-kihon)
1.      Sanbon ren-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age uke kara chudan soto uke soshite gyaku zuki (B).
3.      Chudan uchi uke (kokutsu dachi) kara kizami zuki soshite chudan gyaku zuki (F).
4.      Shuto chudan uke (kokutsu dachi) kara kizami mae-geri soshite nukite (B).
5.      Chudan mae geri keage kara jun-zuki (F)
6.      Chudan mae geri keage kara chudan gyaku-zuki(F).
7.      Yoko geri kekomi kara chudan gyaku-zuki (F).
8.      Mawashi geri kara chudan gyaku-zuki (F).
(Sonoba-kihon)
9.      Chudan mae-geri keage kara chudan yoko-geri kekomi soshite ushiro-geri kekomi (kicking to the front side and rear balanced on one leg)(R/L).

Kata: examiners random choice from Heian Shodan—Tekki Nidan.

Tokuigata: examinees favorite kata.

Jiyu-Kumite (Please note: examinees of 60 years of age and older may opt to demonstrate Jiyu Ippon Kumite as opposed to engaging in Jiyu Kumite).



GODAN

Minimum of four (4) years at 4th Dan rank.

Kihon
(Ido-kihon)
1.      Sanbon ren-zuki (F).
2.      Jodan age uke kara chudan soto uke soshite gyaku zuki (B).
3.      Chudan uchi uke (kokutsu dachi) kara kizami zuki soshite chudan gyaku zuki (F).
4.      Shuto chudan uke (kokutsu dachi) kara kizami mae-geri soshite nukite (B).
5.      Chudan mae geri keage kara jodan jun-zuki soshite chudan gyaku-zuki (F)
6.      Yoko geri kekomi kara chudan gyaku-zuki (F).
7.      Mawashi geri kara chudan gyaku-zuki (F).
8.      Chudan mae-geri keage kara chudan yoko-geri kekomi, mawashi-geri soshite chudan gyaku-zuki.
(Sonoba-kihon)
9.      Chudan mae-geri keage kara chudan yoko-geri kekomi soshite ushiro-geri kekomi (kicking to the front side and rear balanced on one leg)(R/L).

Kata: examiners random choice from Heian Shodan—Tekki Sandan.

Tokuigata: examinees favorite kata; furthermore, ‘Question and Answer Session’.

Jiyu-Kumite (Please note: examinees of 60 years of age and older may opt to demonstrate Jiyu Ippon Kumite as opposed to engaging in Jiyu Kumite).



ROKUDAN

Minimum of six (6) years at 5th Dan rank.

Kihon
-       Specified by the senior examiner.

Kata: examiners random choice from Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai, Enpi and Jion.

Tokuigata: examinees favorite kata; furthermore, ‘Question and Answer Session’.

Jiyu-Kumite (Please note: examinees of 60 years of age and older may opt to demonstrate Jiyu Ippon Kumite as opposed to engaging in Jiyu Kumite).

-       ‘Question and Answer Session’ on technique.
-       Submit a Written Report on technique on the day of the exam.



NANADAN

Minimum of seven (7) years at 6th Dan rank.


Kihon
-       Specified by the senior examiner.

Tokuigata: examinees favorite kata; furthermore, ‘Question and Answer Session’.


Jiyu-Kumite (Please note: examinees of 60 years of age and older may opt to demonstrate Jiyu Ippon Kumite as opposed to engaging in Jiyu Kumite).

-       ‘Question and Answer Session’ on technique.
-       Submit a Written Report on technique on the day of the exam.



HACHIDAN, KUDAN and  JUDAN

-       Recommendation by the JKA SHIHANKAI.

Hachidan: Minimum of seven (7) years at 7th Dan rank.
Kudan: Minimum of eight (8) years at 8th Dan rank.
Judan: Posthumous gradeMinimum of nine (9) years at 9th Dan rank.


© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).

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