SYLLABUS

Tiny Tigers

Minimum Grading Requirements
3 months training period and 10 lessons

BASIC MOVES

On the spot in natural stance

Punch Head Height X 10

Punch Stomach Height X 10

Head Block X 10

Outside Block X 10

In natural stance on the spot

Front Kick X 10 each leg

BREAK-FALLS

Front break-fall X 2

Back break-fall X 2

Forward roll X 2

PARTNER WORK

Ground Wrestling

EXERCISES

Press-up X 10

Sit-up & wave X 10

Minimum Grading Requirements
3 months training period and 12 lessons

BASIC MOVES

On the spot in natural stance

Front Punch Head Height X 10

Front Punch Stomach Height X 10

Head Block X 10

Outside Block X 10

Groin Block X 10

On the spot in front stance

Front Kick X 10 each leg

On the spot in natural stance

Side Kick X 10 each leg

BREAK-FALLS

Forward roll X 2

Front break-fall / roll & standing position X 2

Back break-fall X 2

PARTNER WORK

Ground Wrestling

EXERCISES

Press-ups X 10

Sit-up & wave X 10

Minimum Grading Requirements
3 months training period and 12 lessons

BASIC MOVES

Front Punch Head Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance

Front Punch Stomach Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance

Head Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance

Outside Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance

Groin Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance

Front Kick X 3 stepping forward in front stance

In horse stance moving X 3 / Turn & repeat other leg

forward Side Kick

BREAK-FALLS

Forward roll X 2

Front break-fall / forward roll & standing position X 2

Back break-fall / backward roll & standing position X 2

PARTNER WORK

Head Punch / Head Block X 3

Ground Wrestling

EXERCISES

Press-ups X 10

Sit-up & wave X 10

Minimum Grading Requirements
3 months training period and 12 lessons

BASIC MOVES

Front Punch Head Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Front Punch Stomach Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn Head Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Outside Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Groin Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Front Kick X 3 stepping forward in front stance

In horse stance moving forward X 3 / Turn and repeat other leg

Side kick

BREAK-FALLS

Front break-fall / forward roll & standing position X 2

Back break-fall / backward roll & standing position X 2

Rolling forward break-fall & standing position X 2

PARTNER WORK

On the spot in natural stance

Head Punch / Head Block X 3

Stomach Punch / Outside block X 3

Ground Wrestling

EXERCISES

Press-ups X 10

Sit-up & wave X 10

Minimum Grading Requirements
3 months training period and 12 lessons

BASIC MOVES

Front Punch Head Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Front Punch Stomach Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Reverse Punch Stomach Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Head Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Outside Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Groin Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Front Kick X 3 stepping forward in front stance

In horse stance moving forward X 3 / Turn and repeat other leg

Side kick

BREAK-FALLS

Front break-fall / forward roll & standing position X 2

Back break-fall / backward roll & standing position X 2

Rolling forward break-fall & standing position X 2

PARTNER WORK

On the spot in natural stance

Head Punch / Head Block X 3

Stomach Punch / Outside block X 3

Ground Wrestling

PAD WORK

On the spot in natural stance – Single Punch X 10

In front stance – Front Kick X 10 each leg

EXERCISES

Press-ups X 10

Sit-up & wave X 10

Minimum Grading Requirements
3 months training period and 12 lessons

BASIC MOVES

Front Punch Head Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Front Punch Stomach Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Reverse Punch Stomach Height X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Head Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Outside Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Groin Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Front Kick X 3 stepping forward in front stance

In horse stance moving forward X 3 / Turn and repeat other leg

Side kick

BREAK-FALLS

Front break-fall / forward roll & standing position X 2

Back break-fall / backward roll & standing position X 2

Rolling forward break-fall & standing position X 2

PARTNER WORK

On the spot in natural stance

Head Punch / Head Block X 3

Stomach Punch / Outside block X 3

Foot Sweep X 2 each leg

PAD WORK

On the spot in natural stance – Double Punch X 10

In front stance – Front Kick X 10 each leg

EXERCISES

Press-ups X 10

Sit-up & wave X 10

Minimum Grading Requirements
3 months training period and 24 lessons (7 of which must be junior / family karate classes)

BASIC MOVES

Groin Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Head Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn Outside Block X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Front Punch (stomach height) X 3stepping forward in front stance / turn

Reverse Punch (stomach height) X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Front Kick X 3 stepping forward in front stance / turn

Side Thrust Kick X 3 stepping in horse stance / turn / repeat

Side Snap Kick X 3 stepping in horse stance / turn / repeat

BREAK-FALLS

Front break-fall / forward roll & standing position X 2

Back break-fall / backward roll & standing position X 2

Rolling forward break-fall & standing position X 2

PARTNER WORK

Three step sparring

Head Punch / Head Block / Counter attack X 3

Stomach Punch / Outside Block / Counter attack X 3

(performed to count)

Foot Sweep X 2

PAD WORK

On the spot in natural stance – Double Punch X 10

In front stance – Front Kick X 10 each leg

KIHON KATA

Performed to count / no count – optional

EXERCISES

Press-ups X 10

Sit-ups X 10

Shotokan Karate

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

10 lessons.

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Choku Zuki x 10 in Heiko Dachi
(straight Punch)  (parallel Stance)
2. Gedan Barai x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
(groin block)
3. Age Uke x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
(head block)
4. Soto Uke x 3 Forward Steps /Turn
(outside block)
5. Oi Zuki x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
(front punch)
6. Gyaku Zuki x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
(reverse punch) (stop/finish)
7. Mae Geri x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
(front kick) (stop/finish)
8. Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side thrust kick) (horse stance)
9. Yoko Geri Keage x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side snap kick) (horse stance)

KATA (FORM)

Kihon Kata – To view a kata lesson on YouTube click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Sanbon Kumite. Jodan and Chudan attack and Age Uke & Soto Uke defence x 3
(3-step sparring, head and stomach)

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Please note that the student must meet all the requirements within a box to be awarded that mark. 

It is possible to double grade from white belt straight to orange belt. To do so the student must complete all three grading elements (Kihon, Kata, and Kumite) to a distinction standard. They must also be able to complete their red belt kata (Heian Shodan) independently. 

Pass Mark  Kihon (Basics): Kata (Form):  Kumite (Sparring): 
Distinction

(90% or higher) 

The student completes their techniques, to count, without assistance (note that for adult students, there is no count). 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their movements. 

The student completes their kata independently without a count or assistance, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student demonstrates a high level of technical proficiency. Their movements are correct, powerful, fast, and consistent.  

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their kata. 

The student completes their sparring to count without assistance (note that for adult students, there is no count). 

The student demonstrates a high level of form, with consistent speed, power, and timing. 

The student is fully engaged with their partner. They consistently maintain good distance, targeting, and eye contact. 

The student demonstrates focus, intent, and intensity whilst maintaining good control. 

Merit

(80-89%) 

The student completes the techniques, to count, without assistance (note that for adult students, there is no count). 

The student demonstrates mostly good, developed form with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student is generally focused. 

The student completes their kata to count without assistance, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student demonstrates good form with some power, speed, and timing. 

OR

The student completes their kata independently with a basic level of technique. 

The student completes their sparring to count without assistance, (note that for adult students, there is no count). 

The student demonstrates good form, with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student shows some engagement with the partner. They maintain the correct distance, target, and eye contact. 

Credit

(70-79%) 

The student completes the required techniques, to count, with assistance (note that for adult students, there is no count). 

The student demonstrates a basic understanding of form. 

The student completes their kata to count with assistance, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student demonstrates a basic level of technical proficiency in their kata. 

The student completes their sparring to count with assistance, (note that for adult students, there is no count). 

The student demonstrates a basic understanding of form. 

The student demonstrates basic engagement with their partner. 

Fail

(69% or lower) 

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate to count (note that for adult students, there is no count) with assistance after three attempts. The student cannot complete the kata sequence to count with assistance after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their sparring with assistance after three attempts. 

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

3 months training period and 12 lessons.

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Gedan Barai x 3 Forward Steps
(groin block)
2. Age Uke x 3 Backward Steps
(head block)
3. Soto Uke x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
(outside block)
4. Oi Zuki x 3 Forward Steps
(front punch)
5. Gyaku Zuki x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
(reverse punch)               (stop/finish)
6. Mae Geri x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
(front kick)                (stop/finish)
7. Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side thrust kick)          (horse stance)
8. Yoko Geri Keage x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side snap kick)           (horse stance)

KATA (FORM)

Heian Shodan – To view a kata lesson on YouTube click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Sanbon Kumite. Jodan and Chudan attack and Age Uke and Soto Uke defence x 3
(3-step sparring, head and stomach)

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Please note that the student must meet all the requirements within a box to be awarded that mark. 

It is possible to double grade from red belt straight to yellow belt. The student must complete all three grading elements (Kihon, Kata, and Kumite) to a distinction standard. They must also be able to complete their orange belt kata (Heian Nidan) to a credit standard as set out in the grading for yellow belt 7th kyu mark scheme.

Pass Mark Kihon (Basics) Kata (Form) Kumite (Sparring)
Distinction

(90% or higher)

The student completes their techniques without assistance. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their moves. 

The student completes their kata independently without count or assistance, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student demonstrates a high level of technical proficiency. Their movements are correct, powerful, fast, and consistent.  

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their kata. 

The student completes their sparring without assistance. 

The student demonstrates a high level of form, with consistent speed, power, and timing. 

The student is fully engaged with their partner, they consistently maintain good distance, targeting, and eye contact. 

The student demonstrates focus, intent, and intensity whilst maintaining good control. 

Merit

(80-89%)

The student completes the techniques without assistance. 

The student demonstrates mostly good, developed form with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student is generally focused. 

The student completes their kata to count without assistance, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student demonstrates good form with some power, speed, and timing. 

OR

The student completes their kata independently with a basic level of technique. 

The student completes their sparring without assistance. 

The student demonstrates good form, with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student shows some good levels of engagement with the partner. They maintain the correct distance, target , and eye contact. 

Credit

(70-79%)

The student completes the required techniques with assistance. 

The student demonstrates a basic understanding of form. 

The student completes their kata to count with assistance, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student demonstrates a basic level of technical proficiency in their kata. 

The student completes their sparring with assistance. 

The student demonstrates a basic understanding of form. 

The student demonstrates basic engagement with their partner. 

Fail

(69% or lower)

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate with assistance after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their kata with assistance after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their sparring with assistance after three attempts. 

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

3 months training period and 16 lessons.

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Gedan Barai x 3 Forward Steps
(groin block)
2. Age Uke x 3 Backward Steps
(head block)
3. Soto Uke x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
(outside block)
4. Oi Zuki x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
(front punch)
5. Gyaku Zuki x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
(reverse punch) (stop/finish)
6. Mae Geri x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
(front kick) (stop/finish)
7. Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side thrust kick) (horse stance)
8. Yoko Geri Keage x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side snap kick) (horse stance)

KATA (FORM) 

Heian Nidan – To view a kata lesson on YouTube click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Gohon Kumite. Jodan and Chudan attack and Age Uke & Soto Uke Defence x 5
(5-step sparring, head and stomach)

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Please note that the student must meet all the requirements within a box to be awarded that mark. 

Pass Mark Kihon (Basics) Kata (Form) Kumite (Sparring)
Distinction

(90% or higher)

The student completes the techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student is beginning to demonstrate body dynamics when performing their techniques. For example, their hips are closed when punching, and open when blocking. 

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their moves. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata, each must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student must demonstrate five or six of the following criteria, one of which must be technique: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates a high level of form, with consistent speed, power, and timing. 

The student is fully engaged with their partner, they consistently maintain good distance, targeting, and eye contact. 

The student demonstrates focus, intent, and intensity whilst maintaining good control. 

Merit

(80-89%)

The student completes the techniques independently. 

The student demonstrates mostly good, developed form with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student is generally focused. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a basic understanding of movements within the kata. Some of their movements are fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student must demonstrate three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates good form, with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student demonstrates consistent engagement with their partner through correct distancing, targeting, and eye contact. 

Credit

(70-79%)

The student completes the required techniques with minor support. 

The student demonstrates a basic understanding of form. 

The student completes their kata independently without a count or support, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student may demonstrate one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between movements are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates a basic understanding of form. 

The student demonstrates basic levels of engagement with the partner. They maintain the correct distance, target , and eye contact. 

Fail

(69% or lower)

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their kata with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their sparring with support after three attempts. 

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

3 months training period and 16 lessons.

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Oi Zuki x 3 Forward Steps
(front punch)
2. Age Uke / Gyaku Zuki x 3 Steps Back
(head block, reverse punch)
3. Soto Uke / Gyaku Zuki x 3 Forward Steps
(outside block, reverse punch)
4. Gedan Barai / Gyaku Zuki x 3 Steps Back
(groin block, reverse punch)
5. Shuto Uke in Kokutsu Dachi x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
(knife-hand block in back stance)              (stop/finish)
6. Mae Geri x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
(front kick)
7. Mawashi Geri x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
(roundhouse kick) (stop/finish)
8. Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side thrust kick)     (horse stance)
9. Yoko Geri Keage x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side snap kick) (horse stance)

KATA (FORM)

Heian Sandan – To View Kata Lesson on YouTube Click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Kihon Ippon : One-Attack Sparring
Attack: Jodan (head punch). Defence: Age Uke (head block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Chudan (stomach punch). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mae Geri (front kick). Defence: Gedan Barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
All attacks and blocks must be performed using both right & left sides.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Please note that the student must meet all the requirements within a box to be awarded that mark. 

Pass Mark Kihon (Basics) Kata (Form) Kumite (Sparring)
Distinction

(90% or higher)

The student completes the techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student demonstrates consistent and developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. 

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their moves. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student must demonstrate five or six of the following criteria, one of which must be technique: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates five or six of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Merit

(80-89%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student demonstrates mostly good, developed form with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student demonstrates some small, simple body dynamics when performing their techniques. For example, their hips are closed when punching, and open when blocking. 

The student is focused. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a basic understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student must demonstrate three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Credit

(70-79%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student demonstrates a basic understanding of form.

The student is generally focused. 

The student completes their kata independently without a count or support, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student may demonstrate one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Fail

(69% or lower)

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their kata with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their sparring with support after three attempts. 

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

3 months training period and 24 lessons.

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Sanbon Zuki x 5 Forward Steps
(triple punch)
2. Age Uke / Gyaku Zuki x 5 Steps Back
(head block / reverse punch)
3. Soto Uke / Gyaku Zuki x 5 Forward Steps
(outside block / reverse punch)
4. Gedan Barai / Gyaku Zuki x 5 Steps Back
(groin block / reverse punch)
5. Shuto Uke in Kokutsu Dachi x 5 Forward Steps / Yame
(knife-hand block in back stance) (stop/finish)
6. Mae Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(front kick)
7. Mawashi Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Yame
(roundhouse kick) (stop/finish)
8. Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side thrust kick) (horse stance)
9. Yoko Geri Keage x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side snap kick) (horse stance)

KATA (FORM)

Heian Yondan – To view a kata lesson on YouTube click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Kihon Ippon : One-Attack Sparring

Attack: Jodan (head punch). Defence: Age Uke (head block) / counter Gyaku Zuki
Attack: Chudan (stomach punch). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki
Attack: Mae Geri (front kick). Defence: Gedan Barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku Zuki
Attack: Yoko Geri (side kick). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki
Attack: Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick). Defence: Uchi Uke (inside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki
All attacks and blocks must be performed using both right & left sides.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Please note that the student must meet all the requirements within a box to be awarded that mark. 

Pass Mark Kihon (Basic) Kata (Form) Kumite (Sparring)
Distinction

(90% or higher)

The student completes the techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. 

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their moves. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student must demonstrate five or six of the following criteria, one of which must be technique: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates five or six of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Merit

(80-89%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student demonstrates mostly good, developed form with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student demonstrates good body dynamics when performing some of their techniques. 

The student is focused. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target. 

The student must demonstrate three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Credit 

(70-79%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student demonstrates a basic understanding of form. 

The student demonstrates some small, simple body dynamics when performing their techniques. For example, their hips are closed when punching, and open when blocking. 

The student is generally focused. 

The student completes their kata independently without a count or support, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student must demonstrate a basic understanding of movements within the kata. Some movements are fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student may demonstrate one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Fail

(69% or lower)

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their kata with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their sparring with support after three attempts. 

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

3 months training period and 24 lessons. 1 TSKUK event attendance (advisory).

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Sanbon Zuki x 5 Forward Steps
(triple punch)
2. Age Uke / Gyaku Zuki x 5 Steps
(head block/reverse punch)
3. Uchi Uke / Gyaku Zuki x 5 Forward steps
(inside block/reverse punch)
4. Soto Uke / Gyaku Zuki x 5 Steps Back
(outside block/reverse punch)
5. Gedan Barai / Gyaku Zuki x 5 Forward Steps
(groin block/reverse punch)
6. Shuto Uke in Kokutsu Dachi / Nukite in Zenkutsu Dachi x 5 Steps back / Yame
(knife-hand block in back stance/spear-hand strike in front stance) (stop/finish)
7. Mae Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(front kick)
8. Mawashi Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(roundhouse kick)
9. Yoko Geri Kekomi x 5 Forward in Zenkutsu Dachi / Turn
(side thrust kick) (front stance)
10. Ushiro Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Yame
(back kick) (stop/finish)
11. Yoko Geri Keage x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side snap kick) (horse stance)

KATA (FORM)

Heian Godan – To view a kata lesson on YouTube click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Kihon Ippon : One-Attack Sparring

Attack: Jodan (head punch). Defence: Age Uke (head block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Chudan (stomach punch). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mae Geri (front kick). Defence: Gedan Barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Yoko Geri (side kick). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick). Defence: Uchi Uke (inside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Ushiro Geri (back kick). Defence: Gedan Barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Please note that the student must meet all the requirements within a box to be awarded that mark. 

Pass Mark Kihon (Basics) Kata (Form) Kumite (Sparring)
Distinction

(90% or higher)

The student completes the techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. The student can also demonstrate they understand that body dynamics is used to generate power, balance, and stability. 

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their moves. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student must demonstrate five or six of the following criteria, one of which must be technique: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity.

 

The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates five or six of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Merit

(80-89%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. 

The student is focused. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target. 

The student must demonstrate three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Credit

(70-79%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student demonstrates mostly good, developed form with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student demonstrates some good body dynamics when performing their techniques. 

The student is generally focused. 

The student completes their kata independently without a count or support, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student must demonstrate a basic understanding of movements within the kata. Some of their movements are fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student may demonstrate one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Fail

(69% or lower)

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their kata with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their sparring with support after three attempts. 

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

3 months training period and 24 lessons. 2 TSKUK event attendance (advisory).

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Sanbon Zuki x 5 Forward Steps
(triple punch)
2. (Step back each new block) Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki / Uchi Uke, Gyaku Zuki / Soto Uke, Gyaku Zuki / Gedan Barai, Gyaku Zuki / Shuto Uke, Nukite
(head block, reverse punch / inside block, reverse punch / outside block, reverse punch / groin block, reverse punch / knife-hand block, spear-hand strike)
3. Repeat (1 & 2) above, other side
4. Mae Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(front kick)
5. Mawashi Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(roundhouse kick)
6. Mae Geri – Mawashi Geri x 3 Forward Steps. Changing legs / Turn and repeat
(front kick – roundhouse kick)
7. Yoko Geri Kekomi x 5 Forward in Zenkutsu Dachi / Turn
(side thrust kick) (front stance)
8. Ushiro Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Yame
(back kick) (stop/finish)
10. Yoko Geri Keage x 3 in Kiba Dachi / Turn and repeat
(side snap kick) (horse stance) 

KATA (FORM)

Tekki Shodan – To view a kata lesson on YouTube click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Kihon Ippon : One-Attack Sparring

Attack: Jodan (head punch). Defence: Age Uke (head block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Chudan (stomach punch). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mae Geri (front kick). Defence: Gedan Barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Yoko Geri (side kick). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick). Defence: Uchi Uke (inside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Ushiro Geri (back kick). Defence: Gedan Barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Please note that the student must meet all the requirements within a box to be awarded that mark. 

Pass Mark Kihon (Basics) Kata (Form) Kumite (Sparring)
Distinction

(90% or higher)

The student completes the techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. The student can also demonstrate that they understand that body dynamics is used to generate power, balance, and stability. 

The student is focused and demonstrates intensity within their moves. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student must demonstrate five or six of the following criteria, one of which must be technique: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates five or six of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Merit

(80-89%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. 

The student is focused. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target. 

The student must demonstrate three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity.
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Credit

(70-79%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student demonstrates mostly good, developed form with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student demonstrates some good body dynamics when performing their techniques. 

The student is generally focused. 

The student completes their kata independently without a count or support, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student must demonstrate a basic understanding of movements within the kata. Some movements are fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student may demonstrate one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Fail

(69% or lower)

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their kata with support after three attempts. The student cannot complete their sparring with support after three attempts. 

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

6 months training period, 48 lessons. 3 TSKUK event attendance (advisory).

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Sanbon Zuki x 5 Forward Steps
(triple punch)
2. (Step back each new block) Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki / Uchi Uke, Kizami Zuki, Gyaku Zuki / Soto Uke, Yoko Hijate, Uraken Uchi / Gedan Barai, Uraken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki / Shuto Uke, Kizami Geri, Nukite
(head block, reverse punch / inside block, front snap punch, reverse punch / outside block, side elbow strike, back fist strike / groin block, back fist strike, reverse punch / knife-hand block, front foot snap kick, spear-hand strike)
3. Repeat (1 & 2) above, other side
4. Mae Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(front kick)
5. Mawashi Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(roundhouse kick)
6. Mae Geri – Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3, changing legs / Turn and repeat
(front kick – side thrust kick)
7. Mawashi Geri – Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3, changing legs / Turn and repeat
(roundhouse kick – side thrust kick)
8. Ushiro Geri – Gyaku Zuki x 5, forward and back
(Back kick – reverse punch)

KATA (FORM)

Bassai Dai – To view a kata lesson on YouTube click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Jiyu Ippon: One-Attack Semi-Free Sparring From Kamae, 3 meters apart

Attack: Jodan (head punch). Defence: Age Uke (head block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Chudan (stomach punch). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mae Geri (front kick). Defence: Gedan Barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Yoko Geri (side thrust kick). Defence: Soto Uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick). Defence: Uchi Uke (inside block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Ushiro Geri (back kick). Defence: Gedan Barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch)
All attacks and blocks must be performed using both right & left sides.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Please note that the student must meet all the requirements within a box to be awarded that mark. 

Pass Mark Kihon (Basics) Kata (Form) Kumite (Sparring)
Distinction

(90% or higher)

The student completes the techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. The student can also demonstrate that they understand that body dynamics is used to generate power, balance, and stability. 

The student demonstrates consistently high levels of intensity and focus within each technique. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student must demonstrate five or six of the following criteria, one of which must be technique: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates good, consistent body dynamics within their sparring. 

The student demonstrates five or six of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Merit

(80-89%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.  

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. 

The student is focused. 

The student must demonstrate some intensity within their techniques. 

The student completes their kata independently. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target. 

The student must demonstrate three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates some body dynamics within their sparring. 

The student demonstrates three or four of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Credit

(70-79%)

The student completes the required techniques independently. 

The student demonstrates mostly good, developed form with some power, speed, and timing. 

The student demonstrates some good body dynamics when performing their techniques. 

The student must be generally focused. 

The student must demonstrate some intensity within their techniques. 

The student completes their kata independently without a count or support, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions. 

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Some movements are fully developed and performed to the correct target.  

The student may demonstrate one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement. 
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move. 
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves. 
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power. 
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity. 
The student completes their sparring independently. 

The student demonstrates basic body dynamics within their sparring. 

The student demonstrates one or two of the following criteria: 

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target. 
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target. 
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control. 
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner. 
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques. 
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent. 
Fail

(69% or lower)

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their kata with support after three attempts. 

OR

The student completes their kata but lacks basic technique and understanding even with support after three attempts. 

The student cannot complete their sparring with support after three attempts. 

OR

The student completes their sparring but lacks basic technique, engagement, and understanding of the necessary body dynamics even with support after three attempts. 

MINIMUM GRADING REQUIREMENTS

6 months training period, 48 lessons. 4 TSKUK event attendance (advisory).

KIHON (BASICS)

1. Sanbonzuki x 5 Forward Steps
(triple punch)
2. (Step back each new block) Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki / Uchi Uke, Kizami Zuki, Gyaku Zuki / Soto Uke, Yoko Hijate, Uraken Uchi / Gedan Barai, Uraken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki / Shuto Uke, Kizami Geri, Nukite
(head block, reverse punch / inside block, front snap punch, reverse punch / outside block, side elbow strike, back fist strike / groin block, back fist strike, reverse punch / knife-hand block, front foot snap kick, spear-hand strike)
3. Repeat (1 & 2) above, other side
4. Mae Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(front kick)
5. Mawashi Geri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
(roundhouse kick)
6. Mae Geri – Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3, changing legs / Turn and repeat
(front kick – side thrust kick)
7. Mawashi Geri – Yoko Geri Kekomi x 3, changing legs / Turn and repeat
(roundhouse kick – side thrust kick)
8. Ushiro Geri – Gyaku Zuki x 5, forward and back
(back kick – reverse punch)

KATA (FORM)

Bassai Dai or Jion – To view a kata lesson on YouTube for Bassai Dai click HERE / for Jion click HERE

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Jiyu Ippon Kumite: One-Attack Semi-Free Sparring from Kamae, 3 meters apart

Attack: Jodan (head punch). Defence: Age uke (head block) / counter Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Chudan (stomach punch). Defence: Soto uke (outside block) / counter Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mae geri (front kick). Defence: Gedan barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Yoko geri (side thrust kick). Defence: Soto uke (outside block) / counter Gyakuzuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Mawashi geri (roundhouse kick). Defence: Uchi uke (inside block) / counter Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)
Attack: Ushirogeri (back kick). Defence: Gedan barai (groin block) / counter Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)
All attacks and blocks must be performed using both right & left sides.

Jiyu Kumite: Free Sparring

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Pass Mark Kihon (Basics) Kata (Form) Kumite (Sparring)
Distinction

(90% or higher)

The student completes the techniques independently.

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques. The student can also demonstrate that they understand that body dynamics is used to generate power, balance, and stability.

The student demonstrates consistently high levels of intensity and focus within each technique.

The student completes their kata independently.

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.

The student must demonstrate five or six of the following criteria, one of which must be technique:

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent.
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement.
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move.
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves.
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power.
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity
The student completes their sparring independently.

The student demonstrates good, consistent body dynamics within their sparring.

The student demonstrates five or six of the following criteria:

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target.
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target.
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control.
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner.
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques.
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent.

AND

The student can demonstrate a high level of understanding of free sparring, with consistently effective attacking, blocking, counterattacking, movement, and consistent intensity. They must demonstrate a clear thought process and awareness behind their sparring.

Merit

(80-89%)

The student completes the required techniques independently.

The student performs their techniques to a high standard. Their movements are consistently developed, powerful, fast and with good timing.

The student demonstrates consistent and fully developed body dynamics when performing their techniques.

The student is focused.

The student must demonstrate good intensity consistently within their techniques.

The student completes their kata independently.

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.

The student must demonstrate three or four of the following criteria:

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent.
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement.
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move.
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves.
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power.
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity.
The student completes their sparring independently.

The student demonstrates good, consistent body dynamics within their sparring.

The student demonstrates three or four of the following criteria:

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target.
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target.
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control.
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner.
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques.
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent.

AND

The student can demonstrate a good understanding of free sparring, with consistently effective attacking, blocking, counterattacking, movement, and consistent intensity.

Credit

(70-79%)

The student completes the required techniques independently.

The student demonstrates good, consistently developed form with some power, speed, and timing.

The student demonstrates good, consistent body dynamics when performing their techniques.

The student must be generally focused.

The student must demonstrate some intensity within their techniques.

The student completes their kata independently without a count or support, with the correct techniques in the correct order in the correct directions.

The student must demonstrate a good understanding of movements within the kata. Each movement must be consistently fully developed and performed to the correct target.

The student may demonstrate one or two of the following criteria:

  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent.
  • Dynamics: movements are performed sharply with good balance. The transitions between moves are completed with correct muscle engagement.
  • Eye direction: the kata is performed with the student looking in the correct direction and engaging their eyes before each move.
  • Timing: the kata is performed with the correct timing and tempo for each move or group of moves.
  • Kime: the student matches their breathing to each technique to tense the body and generate maximum power.
  • Zanshin: the student is totally focused; each move has intent, and the kata is performed with intensity.
The student completes their sparring independently.

The student demonstrates basic body dynamics within their sparring.

The student demonstrates one or two of the following criteria:

  • Accuracy: attacks and counterattacks must be consistently to the correct target.
  • Distance: any attacks and counterattacks must be consistently at an appropriate range to just touch the target.
  • Pressure: each movement must look real and have the intention to do harm but retain full control.
  • Control: each technique is completed had full speed and power without excessive contact or harm to the partner.
  • Timing: each technique is explosive, but the sparring is not rushed. The student and their partner are able to synchronise their blocking and striking techniques.
  • Technique: movements performed correctly to a high standard. They are clear, fully developed, and consistent.

AND

The student can demonstrate a basic understanding of free sparring, with some effective attacking, blocking, counterattacking, movement, and some intensity.

Fail

(69% or lower)

The student cannot complete the techniques they are asked to demonstrate with support after three attempts.  The student cannot complete their kata with support after three attempts. 

OR

The student completes their kata but lacks basic technique and understanding even with support after three attempts. 

The student cannot complete their sparring with support after three attempts. 

OR

The student completes their sparring correctly but lacks basic technique, engagement and understanding of the necessary body dynamics even with support after three attempts. 

 OR

The student fails to demonstrate a basic understanding of free sparring. They cannot show effective attacking, blocking, movement, counterattacking, or attitude. 

Black Belt

Minimum Grading Requirements

Minimum 10 months training period, 80 lessons & 10 TSKUK event attendance (Compulsory) 3 must be within the 10 month period leading up to the grading.

Minimum age requirements: 9 years old

Instructors authorisation

Students must demonstrate an upgrading of quality in stance, speed and power. Kata should be performed without mistakes and using tempo, continuation and transmission of power. Kumite should be accurate in offence and demonstrate effective defence and counter-attack.

KIHON (BASICS)
NB: All from gedan-barai (groin block)
1. Sanbonzuki X 3 Forward Steps (triple punch) / mawatte (turn) Gyaku-zuki (reverse punch ready)

2. Rotate forward 360’ gyaku-zuki chudan X 3 (reverse punch stomach level)

3. Step back age-uke mae-geri gyaku-zuki X 3 (head block / front kick – back leg kicks – reverse punch)

4. Step forward soto-uke in zenkutsu-dachi enpi uraken in kiba-dachi (outside block in front stance elbow strike back fist in horse stance) gyaku-zuki in zenkutsu-dachi X 3 (reverse punch in front stance)

5. Step back shuto-uke in kokutsu-dachi (knife hand block in back stance) mae-geri (front kick with front-leg) nukite in zenkutsu-dachi X 3 (spear-hand strike in front stance)

6. Step forward uchi-uke kizami-zuki gyaku-zuki, X 3 (inside block snap punch reverse punch) / mawatte (turn)

7. Mae-geri chudan mae-geri jodan nidan-geri X 3 (front kick stomach front kick head two-level jumping kick) / mawatte (turn)

8. Step forward mae-geri yoko-geri kekomi X 3 (front kick side thrust kick with same leg), / mawatte (turn)

9. From kiba-dachi (horse stance). Yoko-geri keage (side snap kick) change leg yoko-geri kekomi (side thrust kick) X 3

10. Mawashi-geri gyaku-zuki (roundhouse kick reverse punch) X 3, / mawatte (turn)

11. Ushiro-geri gyaku-zuki, (back kick reverse punch) X 3, / mawatte (turn)

12. Step forward double jodan shuto-uchi X 3 (head level knife hand-strike from outside then inside)

KATA (FORM)

Candidates Choice – Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion or Enpi

Examiners Choice – Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan or Tekki Shodan

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Jiyu Ippon : One-Attack Semi-Free Sparring from Jiyu Kamae Jodan oi-zuki (head lunge punch). Chudan oi-zuki (stomach lunge punch). Mae-geri (front kick). Mawashi-geri (roundhouse kick). Ushiro-geri (back kick).

Jiyu Kumite: Free Sparring

Minimum Grading Requirements (from January 2022)
Minimum 24 months training period, 192 lessons & 6 TSKUK event attendance (Compulsory)
(all must be attended after 1st Dan).

Minimum age requirements: 13 years old

KIHON (BASICS)

NB: All from jiyu kamae (free ready position)
1. Kizami-zuki Sanbonzuki X 3 Forward Steps (snap punch triple punch) / mawatte (turn)

2. Kizami-zuki mae-geri oi-zuki X 3 (snap punch front kick lunge punch stomach level)

3. Step back age-uke forward mawashi-geri uraken oi-zuki (head block / roundhouse kick back fist strike kick lunge punch stomach level) / mawatte (turn)

4. Ushiro-geri uraken gyaku-zuki X 3 (back kick back fist reverse punch) / mawatte (turn)

5. Gyaku mawashi-geri X 3 (inside roundhouse kick) / mawatte (turn)

6. Ura mawashi-geri gyaku-zuki X 3 (reverse roundhouse kick reverse punch) / mawatte (turn)

7. Facing examiner: mae-geri, yoko-geri keage, ushiro-geri X 3 (front kick, side kick, back kick same leg, do not put down) left and right side

8. Gyaku-zuki distance control (reverse punch with a target) X 10 each side

KATA (FORM)

Candidates Choice – Tokui kata – Favourite kata from TSKUK sanctioned kata list

Examiners Choice – Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion or Enpi

KUMITE (SPARRING)
Jiyu Kumite: Free Sparring

Minimum Grading Requirements

TSKUK authorisation

Minimum 36 months training period, 288 lessons & 6 TSKUK event attendance (Compulsory)
(all must be attended after 2nd Dan).

Minimum age requirements: 21 years old

KIHON (BASICS)

NB: All from jiyu kamae (Free ready position)

1. Kizami-zuki gyaku-zuki choku-zuki oi-zuki gyaku-zuki (gohon renzoku oi-komi – five tsuki one step plus yori-ashi) X 3 / mawatte

2. Step forward age-enpi (kokutsu-dachi), mawashi-enpi (zenkutsu-dachi), yoko-enpi (kiba-dachi) X 3 / mawatte.

3. Gyaku mawashi-geri mawashi-geri (same leg), mawatte.

4. Ura mawashi-geri gyaku-zuki, X 3 / mawatte.

5. Mae-geri oi-zuki, mawashi-geri uraken, ushiro-geri gyaku-zuki X 3

6. Facing examiner: mae-geri, yoko-geri keage, ushiro-geri, mawashi-geri X 3 (same leg, do not put down) left and right side

KATA (FORM)

Candidates Choice – Tokui kata – Favourite kata from TSKUK sanctioned kata list

Examiners Choice – Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion or Enpi

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Jiyu Kumite: Free Sparring

Minimum Grading Requirements

Minimum 48 months training period, 384 lessons & 6 TSKUK event attendance (Compulsory)
(all must be attended after 3rd Dan)

Minimum age requirements: 25 years old

TSKUK authorisation

KIHON (BASICS)

Examinee must have mastered all karate techniques, can understand their principles, apply them fully and be able to give general instruction. Questions will be asked in reference to a basic technique.

KATA (FORM)

Candidates Choice – Tokui kata – Favourite kata from TSKUK sanctioned kata list

Candidates Second Choice – Tekki Nidan, Tekki Sandan, Bassai Dai, Jion, Enpi, Kanku Dai, Hangetsu, Jitte

KUMITE (SPARRING)
Jiyu kumite or (by prior arrangement with examining board) either self-defense or detailed explanation of tokui-waza with a partner.

Minimum Grading Requirements

Minimum 60 months training period, 480 lessons & 6 TSKUK event attendance (Compulsory)
(all must be attended after 3rd Dan)

Minimum age requirements: 30 years old

TSKUK authorisation

KIHON (BASICS)

Examinee must have attained an exceptionally high level of karate technique and displayed originality in their karate. Questions will be asked in reference to a basic technique.

KATA (FORM)

Candidates Choice – Tokui kata – Favourite kata from TSKUK sanctioned kata list

Candidates Second Choice – Bassai Sho, Kanku Sho, Jiin, Wankan, Chinte, Unsu, Sochin

KUMITE (SPARRING)
Jiyu kumite or (by prior arrangement with examining board) either self-defense or detailed explanation of tokui-waza with a partner.

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