DAN Grading Syllabus

Note:
All JKA Ireland students wishing to take their Dan grading will have to train with Noel Casey Sensei at least twice before the grading.
For students wishing to undertake their grading test outside Ireland, please contact Noel Casey Sensey at least a month prior to the grading date.

1st Dan
2nd Dan
3rd Dan
4th Dan
5th Dan
6th Dan
7th Dan
8th Dan to 10th Dan

Note: -> denotes a forward movement; <- indicates a backward movement

grading criteria
1st Dan

Kihon:

  • -> Sambon Renzuki
  • <- Jodan Age-Uke + Gyaku-tsuki
  • -> Chudan Soto-Uke + Yoko Empi + Yoko Uraken (Zenkutsu-dachi to Kiba-dachi)
  • <- Chudan Uchi-uke + Kizami-tsuki + Gyaku-tsuki
  • -> Shuto-uke + Nukite (Kokutsu-dachi to Zenkutsu-dachi)
  • -> Mae-geri
  • -> Rengeri (Chudan/Jodan)
  • -> Yoko Ke-age/ Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi, alternate feet)
  • -> Yoko Ke-komi (Zenkutsu-dachi)
  • -> Mawashi-geri

Kata:- Sentei Kata (Bassaidai, Kankudai, Jion, Empi) - student may choose any of these.

Kumite:- Jiyu Kumite tournament style

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2nd Dan

Minimum experience: 2 years at 1st Dan rank

Kihon:

  • -> Kizami-zuki + Sambon Renzuki
  • <- Mae-geri + Jun-zuki
  • -> Yoko Ke-age / Yoko Ke-komi (Kibadachi, alternate feet)
  • <- Age-uke + -> Mawashi-geri + Yoko Uraken + Chudan Jun-zuki
  • -> Yoko Ke-komi + Gyaku-tsuki (Zenkutsu-dachi)
  • -> Mawashi-geri + Gyaku-tsuki (Zenkutsu-dachi)
  • Maegeri/Yoko Ke-Komi/Ushiro-geri (Zenkutsu-dachi, same foot left/right)

Kata:- Student's favorite kata

Kumite:- Jiyu Kumite.

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3rd Dan

Minimum experience: 3 years at 2nd Dan rank

Kihon: Foundational techniques specified by examiner

Kata:- Student's favorite kata

Kumite:- Jiyu Kumite.

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4th Dan

Minimum experience: 4 years at 3rd Dan rank

Kihon: Foundational techniques specified by examiner

Kata:- Student's favorite kata; also Sentei Kata (from Heian Shodan to Tekki Shodan) specified by examiner

Kumite:- Jiyu Kumite.

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5th Dan

Minimum experience: 5 years at 4th Dan rank

Kata:- Student's favorite kata; also Sentei Kata (from Heian Shodan to Tekki Shodan) specified by examiner

Kumite:- Jiyu Kumite.

General: Question and Answer session

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6th Dan

Minimum experience: 6 years at 5th Dan rank

Kata:- Student's favorite kata

Kumite:- Jiyu Kumite.

General: Question and Answer session; Research Dissertation (about techniques)

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7th Dan

Minimum experience: 7 years at 6th Dan rank

Kata:- Student's favorite kata

Kumite:- Jiyu Kumite.

General: Question and Answer session; Research Dissertation (about techniques)

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8th to 10th Dan

8th Dan Minimum experience: 7 years at 7th Dan rank

9th Dan Minimum experience: 8 years at 8th Dan rank

10th Dan Minimum experience: 9 years at 9th Dan rank

Recommendation of Instructors Committee

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