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Syllabus Training for

Black Belt 1st Dan (Shodan)

Minimum Grading Requirements

10 months training period, 80 lessons and 10 TSKUK official stamps* (compulsory) 3 must be within the 10-month period leading up to the grading. Once a week attendance at the pre-grading classes on Mondays and Thursdays in the month 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. *Members joining from other organisations at 1st Kyu level are only required to obtain 5 TSKUK official stamps (3 must still be within the 10-month period leading up to the grading).

Black Belt Kihon (Basics)

All from Gedan Barai (groin block)

  1. Sanbon Zuki x 4 Forward Steps (triple punch) / Mawatte (turn) Gyaku Zuki (reverse punch ready)
  2. Rotate forward 360’ Gyaku Zuki Chudan x 4 (reverse punch stomach level)
  3. Step back Age Uke, Mae Geri, Gyaku Zuki x 4 (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 4 (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 4 (spear-hand strike in front stance)
  6. Step forward Uchi Uke, Kizami Zuki, Gyaku Zuki x 4 (inside block snap punch reverse punch) / Mawatte (turn)
  7. Mae Geri Chudan, Mae Geri Jodan - Nidan Geri x 4 (front kick stomach front kick head two-level jumping kick) / Mawatte (turn)
  8. Step forward Mae Geri, Yoko Geri Kekomi x 4 (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 4
  10. Mawashi Geri, Gyaku Zuki (roundhouse kick reverse punch) x 4 / Mawatte (turn)
  11. Ushiro Geri, Gyaku Zuki, (back kick reverse punch) x 4 / Mawatte (turn)
  12. Step forward double Jodan Shuto Uchi x 4 (head level knife hand-strike from outside then inside)

Black Belt Candidates Choice Kata (Forms)

Bassai Dai



Kanku Dai

Black Belt Examiners Choice Kata (Forms)

Heian Shodan

Heian Nidan

Heian Sandan

Heian Yondan

Heian Godan

Tekki Shodan

Black Belt Kumite (Sparring)

Jiyu Ippon Kumite

One-Attack Semi-Free Sparring from Jiyu Kamae

Attacks: 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


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