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Progress in karate training is rewarded by the issue of coloured belts in a set order, upon successful completion of grading (exam). Gradings also provide students with a guide on how their karate techniques are improving.

Gradings test each of the three disciplines of karate (kihon, kata and kumite). Students are usually in groups when performing their gradings.

Kihon (basics) consist of students performing sets of 5 techniques with a kia on the 5th technique. These range from simple stepping punches and blocks for beginners, through to advanced combinations for the higher grades. The examiner will pre-announce each set of moves.

Each grade has an associated kata which students will perform at the grading. For younger children 9yrs and below kata is not performed at a grading until they reach yellow belt.

Finally, the kumite (fighting) or pair work, starts with three-step for beginners, one step for coloured belts and Kumite (free sparring) for 1st Kyu and above

ATTENDANCE CARD & YOUR FIRST BELT (orange)

Students receive a grading attendance/syllabus card and licence book upon membership/licence payment. Students will need these items before they will be able to progress through the belt system. At each lesson the attendance card is stamped by the main club instructor. Once students have completed 18 lessons on their stamp card and their syllabus section has been completed students will be assessed for their 1st belt

SUBSEQUENT BELTS

All subsequent belts vary in the minimum number of lessons and additional requirements. These will be shown on the attendance/syllabus stamp card. Every belt students will receive a new coloured coded stamp card. Students must have trained for a minimum of 3 months since their last grading and their card completed. A form will then be issued

Tokon Kai Gradings

Grading Location



Bromfords Sports Centre
(Grange Avenue, Wickford)

11:30am

Bi-Monthly

Please see the Agenda page for exact dates of the gradings.

After School Clubs

Students are graded up to and including green belt, during their normal lesson. Students will be assessed during the lesson and if they pass their grading they will be awarded their belt at the end of the lesson.

Grade

Colour Belt

Minimum number of lessons

Minimum Time Period

10th Kyu - 9th Kyu

18

3 Months

9th Kyu - 8th Kyu

18

3 Months

8th Kyu - 7th Kyu

24

3 Months

7th Kyu - 6th Kyu

24

3 Months

6th Kyu - 5th Kyu

30

3 Months

5th Kyu - 4th Kyu

30

3 Months

4th Kyu - 3rd Kyu

30

3 Months

3rd Kyu - 2nd Kyu

30

3 Months

2nd Kyu - 1st Kyu

30

3 Months

1st Kyu - 1st Dan

30

1 Year

1st Dan - 2nd Dan
2nd Dan - 3rd Dan
3rd Dan - 4th Dan
4th Dan - 5th Dan



2 Years
3 Years
4 Years
5 Years

Tokon Kai Belt System & Syllabus

The pre-black belt grades are called kyu grades and are numbered in descending order from 10th kyu (white belt) to 1st Kyu (brown double stripe); see below chart.

After 1st kyu are the dan grades, which are numbered in ascending order. All dan grades wear black belts and usually have stripes on their belt to denote their dan grade.

Tokon Kai Karate Syllabus

Syllabus books are available to purchase at your dojo for £3

Shotokan Karate Terminology

UKE - Blocks


AGE UKE

Upper Rising Block

ASHIKUBI-KAKE UKE

Ankle Hooking Block

AWASE UKE

Combined Block

CHUDAN UDE UKE

Middle Level Forearm Block

CHUDAN UKE

Middle Level Block

EMPI UKE

Elbow Block

GEDAN BARAI

Lower Level Sweep

GEDAN BARAI UKE

Lower level Sweeping Block

GEDAN SOTO UDE UKE

Lower Level Outside Forearm Block

GEDAN UKE

Lower Level Block

HAI-WAN UKE

Back Arm Block

HAISHU UKE

Back Hand Block

HAITO UKE

Ridge-hand Block

HARAI WAZA

Sweeping techniques

HIJI UKE

Elbow Block

JO UKE WAZA

Jo Blocking Techniques

JODAN UKE

High Level Block

JUJI UKE

X Block

KAGI UKE

Hooking Block

KAISHO UKE

Open Hand Block

KAKE UKE

Hooking Block

KAKIWAKE UKE

Reverse Wedge Block

KEITO UKE

Chicken Head Block

KENTSUI UKE

Hammer Fist Block

KOSA UKE

Crossed Block

MOROTE UKE

Augmented Block

NAGASHI UKE

Sweeping Block

NAMI ASHI

Inside Snapping Block

OTOSHI-UKE

Dropping Block

SEIRYUTO UKE

Ox Jaw Block

SHUTO UKE

Knife-hand Block

SOTO UDE UKE

Outside Forearm Block

SOTO UKE

Outside Block

SUKUI UKE

Scooping Block

TE GATANA UKE

Hand Sword Block

TEISHO BARAI

Palm Heel Sweep

TEISHO UKE

Palm Heel Block

TSUKAMI UKE

Grasping Block

UCHI UDE UKE

Inside Forearm Block

UCHI-UKE

Inside Block

UDE UKE

Forearm Block

UKE

Block

UCHI - Strikes


AGE-EMPI UCHI

Upward Elbow Strike

HAISHU UCHI

Back Hand Strike

HAITO UCHI

Ridge-hand Strike

HIJI ATE

Elbow Strikes

HIJI ATEMI

Elbow Strikes

IPPON NUKITE

One Finger Strike

IPPON TSUKI

One Finger Thrust

KEITO UCHI

Chicken Head Strike

KENTSUI UCHI

Hammer Fist Strike

KUMADE UCHI

Bear hand strike

NIHON NUKITE

Two Finger Strike

NIHON TSUKI

Two Finger Thrust

NUKITE

Spear Hand

SHIHON NUKITE

Four Finger Strike

SHIHON TSUKI

Four Finger Thrust

SHUTO UCHI

Knife hand strike

TATE EMPI UCHI

Upward Elbow Strike

TE GATANA UKE

Hand Sword Block

TEISHO UCHI

Palm Heel Strike

TETTSUI UCHI

Bottom Fist Strike

TETTSUI UCHI

Hammer Fist Strike

UCHI

Striking

URAKEN UCHI

Back Fist Strike

YOKO EMPI UCHI

Side Elbow Strike

TSUKI - Punches


AGE TSUKI (ZUKI)

Seen in the Kata Empi

AWASE TSUKI

Combined Punch

CHOKU TSUKI

Straight Punch

DAN-TSUKI

Consecutive punching (same hand)

GYAKU TSUKI

Reverse Punch

HEIKO TSUKI

Parallel Punch

HIRAKEN

Flat Fist or Fore knuckle fist

IPPON KEN

One Knuckle Fist

KAGI TSUKI

Hook Punch

KIZAMI TSUKI

Jabbing Punch

MAWASHI TSUKI

Roundhouse Punch

MOROTE TSUKI

Augmented Punch or U-Punch

OI-TSUKI

Lunge punch

REN-TSUKI

Alternate punching

SANBON TSUKI

A series of three punches

SEIKEN

Fore fist, Regular Fist

TATE TSUKI

Vertical Punch

TSUKI

A punch or thrust

YAMA TSUKI

Mountain Punch

ZUKI

A different spelling of TSUKI

KAMAE - Postures


AI KAMAE  

Harmony Posture

GANKAKU KAMAE

Crane Posture

HIDARI KAMAE

Left Posture

JIYU KAMAE

Free Sparring Posture

KAGI KAMAE

Hooking Posture

KAMAE

(sometimes spelt Gamae) Posture or Stance

KAMAETE

A command given by the instructor for students to get into position

KOSHI KAMAE

A stance where the fists are held one above the other against one of the hips

MIGI KAMAE

Right Posture

RYO WAN KAMAE

Wide arm stance

ZANSHIN KAMAE

Awareness posture

GERI - Kicks


ASHI

Foot or Leg

ASHI BARAI

Foot/Leg Sweep

ASHI GATANA

Foot Sword

ASHI WAZA

Name given to all leg and foot techniques

FUMIKIRI GERI

Cutting Kick

FUMIKOMI GERI

Stamping kick

GERI

Kick

HIZA GERI

(strike) Knee Kick

KAKATO GERI

Axe Kick

KEKOMI

Thrust Kick (Literally, Kick Into/Straight). See Kerikomi

KERI

Kick

KERU

Kick This is used when saying kick as a verb

MAE GERI

Front Kick

MAE GERI KEAGE

Front Snapping Kick

MAE GERI KEKOMI

Front Thrust Kick

MAWASHI GERI

Roundhouse Kick

MIKAZUKI GERI

Crescent Kick

NIDAN GERI

Double Kick

REN-GERI

Consecutive Kicking

TOBI GERI

Jumping Kick

TSUMASAKI GERI

Kicking using the tips of the toes to strike with

USHIRO GERI

Back Kick

YOKO GERI

Side Kick

YOKO GERI KEAGE

Side Snap Kick

YOKO GERI KEKOMI

Side Thrust Kick

DACHI - Stances


FUDO DACHI

Rooted Stance

GANKAKU DACHI

Crane Stance

HACHIJI DACHI

Open Leg Stance

HEIKO DACHI

Parallel Stance

HEISOKU DACHI

An informal attention stance

KIBA DACHI

Straddle Stance

KOKUTSU DACHI

Back Stance

KOSA DACHI

Cross Stance

MUSUBI DACHI

Informal attention stance

NEKO-ASHI DACHI

Cats Foot Stance

RENOJI DACHI

L Stance

SAGI ASHI DACHI

Heron Leg Stance

SANCHIN DACHI

Hour-glass Stance

SHIKO DACHI

Square Stance

SHIZEN DACHI

Natural Stance

SOCHIN DACHI

Diagonal Straddle Leg Stance

TACHI

Standing or Stance

TEIJI DACHI

A Stance with the feet in a 'T-shape'

TSURU ASHI DACHI

Crane Leg Stance

ZENKUTSU DACHI

Forward Stance