Grading Syllabus for Kyu Ranks

When grading kyu grades we start with the most senior and work down through the ranks (i.e. start at 1st kyu – brown belt and work down to 7th kyu). The most senior student stays on the mat and must do each grading below their level, so that they do every kyu test.

Effective from 30 June 2014

1st Kyu (Brown belt)

Requirements: Minimum of 60 classes from last test – 6 months

Locking and pinning

To be performed from both standing and kneeling (tachi waza and suwari waza)

Ikkyo – Rokkyo

  • Shomen uchi
  • Yokomen Uchi
  • Tsuki
  • Katate dori
  • Sode guchi

Throws

  • Kubi Nage from the following attacks:
    • Shomen uchi
    • Yokomen uchi
    • Tsuki
  • Shomen uchi irimi nage
  • Mune dori kote gaeshi
  • Tsuki kokyu nage
  • Katate dori koshi nage
  • Shomen uchi koshi nage
  • Yokomen uchi koshi nage

Suwari  waza kokyu ho

  • Nage grabs uke

Weapons

  • 31 jo kata
  • ken happo giri (8 direction cut), 1st  two versions

2nd Kyu (Purple belt)

Requirements: Minimum of 60 classes from last test – 6 months

Locking and pinning

To be performed from both standing and kneeling (tachi waza and suwari waza), omote and ura

Rokkyo

  • Tsuki
  • Katate dori
  • Sode guchi

Throws

  • Ryote dori tenchi nage omote and ura
  • Mune dori juji garami
  • Ushiro ryote dori juji garami
  • Ushiro kubi jime juji garami

Suwari  waza kokyu ho

  • Ryo Eri Jime (version2)

Weapons

Jo:  13 jo kata

3rd Kyu (Red belt)

Requirements: Minimum of 60 classes from last test – 6 months

Locking and pinning

To be performed from both standing and kneeling (tachi waza and suwari waza)

Gokyo  ura waza (Pin #5) from the following attacks

  • Shomen uchi
  • Tsuki
  • Katate dori

Throws

  • Katate dori kaiten nage:  uchi mowari & soto mowari
  • Tsuki kaiten nage
  • Shomen uchi kaiten nage

Suwari  waza kokyu ho

  • Ryo Eri Jime (version1)

Weapons

Ken: 5th & 7th ken suburi practices kihon & awaze

4th Kyu (Green belt)

Requirements: Minimum of 30 classes from last test – 3 months

Locking and pinning – to be performed from both standing and kneeling (tachi waza and suwari waza)

Yonkyo  omote & ura waza (Pin #4) from the following attacks

  • Shomen uchi
  • Tsuki
  • Yokomen uchi

Throws

Kokyu nage from:

  • Katate dori (shihonage style)
  • Tsuki
  • Yokomen uchi

Tenchi nage ryoti dori, omote and ura

Suwari  waza kokyu ho

  •  Elbows held

Weapons

  • jo suburi 1-20 with the names
  • Ken migi and hidari awaze

5th Kyu (Blue belt)

Requirements: Minimum of 30 classes from last test – 3 months

Sankyo  omote & ura waza (Pin #3) from the following attacks

  • Shomen uchi
  • Katate dori
  • Sode guchi

Throws

  • Katate dori shihonage based katami waza, omote & ura waza
  • Katate dori shihonage, omote & ura waza

Suwari  waza kokyu ho

  • Pushing down (version 2)

Weapons

  • jo suburi 11-20 with the names

6th Kyu (Orange belt)

Requirements: Minimum of 30 classes from last test – 3 months

Locking and pinning – to be performed from both standing and kneeling (tachi waza and suwari waza)

Nikkyo  omote & ura waza (Pin #2) from the following attacks

  • Shomen uchi
  • Katate dori
  • Sode guchi

Throws

  •  Mune dori kote gaeshi
  •  Katate dori kote gaeshi
  • Yokomen uchi kote gaeshi

Suwari  waza kokyu ho

  • Basic (version 1)

Weapons

  • Ken suburi 1-7
  • Jo Suburi  1-10

7th Kyu (Yellow Belt)

Requirements: Minimum of 30 classes – 3 months

  • Ta na henko

Locking and pinning – to be performed from both standing and kneeling (tachi waza and suwari waza)

Ikkyo  omote & ura waza (Pin #1) from the following attacks

  • Shomen uchi

Throws

  • Shomen uchi irimi nage
  • Morote dori kokyu ho

Suwari  waza kokyu ho

  •  Kihon

Weapons

  • Ken suburi #1
  • Jo Suburi – choku tsuki & kaishi tsuki