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) plus impact pad work.

Grading Dates:

  • Tue
    19
    Nov
    2019

    Grading - Mancetter

  • Sun
    24
    Nov
    2019

    Grading - Kingsbury


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-


Grading Syllabus

10th Kyu, Red & White Belt
10-Kyu

Basics in parallel stance:

    Jodan Zuki (face punch)
    Chudan Zuki (stomach punch)
    Gedan Barai Block (low block)

Basics in forward stance:

    Oi Zuki (step punch to the face)
    Gyaku Zuki (project punch to the stomach)

Kicks:

    Mae Geri (front snap kick)

9th Kyu, Red belt
9-Kyu

Basics in forward stance:

    Oi Zuki (step punch to the face)
    Gyaku Zuki (project punch to the stomach)
    Gedan Barai Block (low block)

Combinations:

    1 – Step forward and land, right-hand face punch followed by a left-hand thrust.
    2 – Project forward, right-hand stomach punch followed by a left-hand thrust.

Kicks:

    Mae Geri (front snap kick)

8th Kyu, Yellow Belt
8-Kyu

Basics in forward stance:

    Oi Zuki (step punch to the face)
    Gyaku Zuki (project punch to the stomach)

Blocks:

    Gedan Barai Block (low block)
    Jodan Uke (head high block)

Combinations:

    1 – Step forward and land, right-hand face punch followed by a left-hand thrust.
    2 – Project forward, right-hand stomach punch followed by a left-hand thrust.

Kicks:

    Mae Geri (front snap kick)
    Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick)

Kata:

    Junino Kata – any of 4 blocks

7th Kyu, Orange Belt
7-Kyu

Basics in forward stance:

    Oi Zuki (step punch to the face)
    Gyaku Zuki (project punch to the stomach)

Blocks:

    Gedan Barai Block (low block)
    Jodan Uke (head high block)

Combinations:

    1 – Step forward and land, right-hand face punch followed by a left-hand thrust.
    2 – Project forward, right-hand stomach punch followed by a left-hand thrust.
    3 – Project forward and change hands, left-hand face punch followed by a right-hand thrust.

Kicks:

    Mae Geri (front snap kick)
    Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick)

Kata:

    Pinan Nidan

Impact Pad Work:

    Oi Zuki (step punch to the face)
    Gyaku Zuki (project punch to the stomach)
    Mae Geri (front snap kick)

6th Kyu, Green Belt
6-Kyu

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

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

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

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

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Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Kingsbury Leisure Centre
Kingsbury High School
Tamworth Road
Kingsbury
Tamworth
B78 2LF

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All instructors are:

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

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  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    Guest Instructor - Andrew Rheeston

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019

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  • Tue
    19
    Nov
    2019

    Grading - Mancetter

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