Gradings

Atherstone Karate Club are members of the Shukokai Karate Association, the association has a series of gradings, these range from the novice through the Kyus (10th Kyu to 1st Kyu) to the Dans (Black belts 1st Dan and upwards).

Each grade is attained by a mixture of experience and passing an assessment, both criteria have to be met before progression can be made. These assessments are held regularly throughout the year and, as you would expect, earlier grades have less demanding assessments (but still appropriate to the experience) which are able to be carried out after a set time limit.

Don’t give up, the beginning is always the hardest.

Senior grades have to hone their skills for longer before attempting more exacting assessments. In order to gain a Black Belt it is necessary for the student to demonstrate a technical knowledge and skill to a level laid down in the Shukokai Karate Association Grading syllabus, for each of the 3 fundamental competencies of Karate which are Kihon (basic techniques), Kata (set formal exercise) and Kumite (sparring).

Grading Dates – 2017

November 14th – Tuesday class
November 19th – Sunday class

Shukokai Karate Combinations

Within the syllabus of the Shukokai Karate Association, there are 10 combinations of basic techniques that students need to know and be able to perform for their gradings, early gradings require fewer combinations and later gradings require proficiency in all the combinations, details of these combinations can be found here: -Shukokai Karate Combinations-


10th Kyu, Red & White Belt
10-Kyu
Minimum of 10 weeks training

Basics in parallel stance:
Jodan Zuki, Chudan Zuki and Gedan Barai Block

Basics in forward stance:
Oi Zuki and Gyaku Zuki

Kicks: Mae Geri

9th Kyu, Red belt
9-Kyu
Minimum 3 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki and Gedan Barai Block

Combinations: 1 and 2

Kicks: Mae Geri

8th Kyu, Yellow Belt
8-Kyu
Minimum 3 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki and Gyaku Zuki

Blocks: Gedan Barai and Jodan Uke

Combinations: 1 and 2

Kicks: Mae Geri and Mawashi Geri

Kata: Junino Kata – any of 4 blocks

7th Kyu, Orange Belt
7-Kyu
Minimum 3 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki and Gyaku Zuki

Blocks: Gedan Barai and Jodan Uke

Combinations: 1 and 2

Kicks: Mae Geri and Mawashi Geri

Kata: Pinan Nidan

Impact: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki and Mae Geri

6th Kyu, Green Belt
6-Kyu
Minimum 3 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki and Gyaku Zuki

Blocks: Gedan Barai, Jodan Uke and Shuto Uke

Combinations: 3, 4 and 5

Kicks: Mae Geri and Mawashi Geri

Kata: Pinan Sandan

Impact: Gyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki, Mae Geri and Mawashi Geri

5th Kyu, Blue Belt
5-Kyu
Minimum 4 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki and Sekkyaku Zuki

Blocks: Gedan Barai, Jodan Uke, Shuto Uke and Soto Uke

Combinations: 4, 5 and 6

Kicks: Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri and Yoko Geri

Kata: Pinan Shodan

Impact: Gyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki, Oi Zuki, Mae Geri and Mawashi Geri

Sparring

4th Kyu, Purple Belt
4-Kyu
Minimum 4 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki and Sekkyaku Zuki

Blocks: Gedan Barai, Shuto Uke and Uchi Uke

Combinations: 5, 6 and 7

Kicks: Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri and Ashi Barai

Kata: Pinan Yondan plus any previous Kata

Impact: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri and Yoko Geri

Sparring

3rd Kyu, Brown Belt
3-Kyu
Minimum 6 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki and Uraken Uchi

Blocks: Gedan Barai, Jodan Uke and Shuto Uke

Combinations: 6, 7 and 8

Kicks: Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Ashi Barai and Ushiro Gerii

Kata: Pinan Godan plus any previous Kata

Impact: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki, Gedan Barai with Gyaku Zuki, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri and Ashi Barai

Sparring

2nd Kyu, Brown & White Belt
2-Kyu
Minimum 6 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki and Uraken Uchi

Blocks: Gedan Barai, Jodan Uke and Soto Uke

Combinations: 7, 8 and 9

Kicks: Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri, Ashi Barai and Ushiro Gerii

Kata: Jiin plus any previous Kata

Impact: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki, Gedan Barai with Gyaku Zuki, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri, Ashi Barai and Ushiro Gerii

Sparring

1st Kyu, Brown & Red Belt
1-Kyu
Minimum 6 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Uraken Uchi and Maeken Zuki

Blocks: Shuto Uke, Soto Uke and Uchi Uke

Combinations: 8, 9 and 10

Kicks: Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Gerii, Ashi Barai and Yoko Geri

Kata: Annanko plus any previous Kata

Impact: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki, Uraken Uchi, Gedan Barai with Gyaku Zuki, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri, Ashi Barai and Ushiro Gerii

Sparring

1st Dan, Black Belt
1-Dan
Minimum 6 months training from last grading

Basics: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Uraken Uchi and Maeken Zuki

Blocks: Gedan Barai and Jodan Uke

Combinations: any 5 of the 10 Shukokai combinations

Kicks: Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Gerii, Ashi Barai and Yoko Geri

Kata: Bassai Dai plus any previous Kata

Impact: Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Sekkyaku Zuki, Maeken Zuki, Uraken Uchi, Gedan Barai with Gyaku Zuki, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri, Ashi Barai and Ushiro Gerii

Sparring: minimum of 10 rounds

Classes held at

Tuesday 7pm – 8:30pm
Mancetter Memorial Hall
Farm Road
Mancetter
Atherstone
Warwickshire
CV9 1QN

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Sunday 10am – 11:30am
Baddesley Ensor Village Hall
Keys Hill
Baddesley Ensor
Warwickshire
CV9 2DF

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There are no classes on:
December 3rd 2017 (Sunday)

Private lessons available

All instructors are:

  • Fully insured and qualified
  • Enhanced DBS checked
  • First Aid certified
  • Child Safeguarding trained
  • Registered Black Belts

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