UKTKF Syllabus

Kensho Dojo is a Shotokan Karate club located in Tilehurst, in Reading - based in the Thames Valley area of Berkshire. Weekly martial arts instruction include Shotokan Karate class with a belend of Tai Chi and Aikido. The club is affiliated to the English Traditional Karate Federation, and accepts members from Reading, Lower Earley, Woodley, Earley, Calcot, Burghfield Common, Caversham and Tilehurst

Following is the grading syllabus from UKTKF. Please click on the grade listed to view the syllabus for that particular grade

If you feel lost with all the Japanese terms, you can refer to the page on Terminology

White Belt (10th Kyu) to Yellow Belt (7th Kyu)

  • Red belt - 9th Kyu
  • Orange Belt - 8th Kyu
  • Yellow Belt - 7th Kyu

KIHON

  • Gedanbarai x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Ageuke x 3 Forward Steps / Turn - (7th/8th Kyu Back x 3)
  • Sotouke x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Oizuki x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Gyakuzuki x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Maegeri x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
  • Yokogeri Kikomi x 3 in Kiba dachi both sides
  • Yokogeri Keage x 3 in Kiba dachi both sides

KATA

  • 9th Kyu - Kihon kata
  • 8th Kyu Heian Shodan
  • 7th Kyu Heian Nidan

KUMITE

  • 9th and 8th Kyu Sanbon Kumite. Jodan and Chudan Offence and Defence x 3.
  • 7th Kyu Gohon Kumite Jojdan and Chudan Offence and Defence x 5.

Minimum training time between grading is 3 months, provided training twice weekly. These three grading are essentially basic in content, but 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.

Yellow Belt (7th Kyu) to Green Belt (6th Kyu)

KIHON

  • Oizuki x 3 Forward Steps
  • Ageuke / Gyakuzuki x 3 Steps Back
  • Sotouke / Gyakuzuki x 3 Forward Steps
  • Gedanbarai / Gyakuzuki x 3 Steps Back
  • Shutouke in Kokusudachi x 3 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Maegeri x 3 Forward Steps / Yame
  • Yokogeri Kikomi x 3 in Kiba dachi both sides
  • Yokogeri Keage x 3 in Kiba dachi both sides
  • Mawashigeri x 3 Forward Steps

KATA

  • Heian Sandan

KUMITE

  • Kihon Ippon - One attack sparring
  • Jodan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Ageuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Chudan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Jodan attack using left hand.
  • Defence side block Ageuke right hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Chudan attack using left hand.
  • Defence side block Sotouke right hand/ counter Gyakusuki

Minimum training time between grading is 3 months, provided training twice weekly. These three grading are essentially basic in content, but 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.

Green Belt (6th Kyu) to Purple Belt (5th Kyu)

KIHON

  • Sanbonzuki x 5 Forward Steps
  • Ageuke / Gyakuzuki x 5 Steps Back
  • Sotouke / Gyakuzuki x 5 Forward Steps
  • Gedanbarai / Gyakuzuki x 5 Steps Back
  • Shutouke in Kokusudachi x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Maegeri x 5 Forward Steps / Yame
  • Yokogeri Kikomi x 5 in Kiba dachi both sides
  • Yokogeri Keage x 5 in Kiba dachi both sides
  • Mawashigeri x 5 Forward Steps

KATA

  • Heian Yondan

KUMITE

  • Kihon Ippon - One attack sparring
  • Jodan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Ageuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Chudan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Maegeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Yokogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki

All offence attacks and defence blocks must be delivered with proper timing and distance.

Minimum training time between grading is 3 months, provided training twice weekly. These three grading are essentially basic in content, but 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.

Purple Belt (5th Kyu) to Purple/White Belt (4th Kyu)

KIHON

  • Sanbonzuki x 5 Forward Steps
  • Ageuke / Gyakuzuki x 5 Steps Back
  • Uchiuke / Gyakuzuki x 5 Forward Steps
  • Sotouke / Gyakuzuki x 5 Forward Back
  • Gedanbarai / Gyakuzuki x 5 Steps Forward
  • Shutouke in Kokusudachi / Nukite in Zenkutsudachi x 5 Forward Back
  • Maegeri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Mawashigeri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Maegeri - Mawashigeri x 5 Forward Steps Changing legs
  • Ushirogeri x 5 Forward Steps
  • Yokogeri Kikomi x 5 in Kiba dachi or Zenkutsudachi
  • Yokogeri Keage x 5 in Kiba dachi or Zenkutsudachi

KATA

  • Heian Godan

KUMITE

  • Kihon Ippon - One attack sparring
  • Jodan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Ageuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Chudan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Maegeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Yokogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Mawashigeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Uchiuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Ushirogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai right hand/ counter Gyakusuki

All offence attacks and defence blocks must be delivered with proper timing and distance.

Minimum training time between grading is 3 months, provided training twice weekly. These three grading are essentially basic in content, but 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.

Purple/White Belt (4th Kyu) to Brown Belt (3rd Kyu)

KIHON

  • Sanbonzuki x 5 Forward Steps
  • Ageuke / Gyakuzuki, step back eash new block,/ Uchiuke, Kizamizuki, Gyakuzuki/ Sotouke, Yokohijate Empi, Urakenuchi / Gedanbarai, Urakenuchi, Gyakuzuki / Shutouke in Kokusudachi, Kizamigeri, Nukite in Zenkutsudachi
  • Maegeri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Mawashigeri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Yokogeri Keage x 5 Forward Steps in Kiba dachi both sides
  • Maegeri - Yokogeri x 5 Changing legs
  • Mawashigeri - Yokogeri Kikomi x 5 Changing legs
  • Ushirogeri - Gyakuzuki x 5 Forward and Back

KATA

  • Tekki Shodan

KUMITE

  • Jiyu Ippon - One attack semi-free sparring. From Kamae, 3 metres apart
  • Jodan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Ageuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Chudan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Maegeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Yokogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Mawashigeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Uchiuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Ushirogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai right hand/ counter Gyakusuki

All offence attacks and defence blocks must be delivered with proper timing and distance.

Minimum training time between grading is 3 months, provided training twice weekly. These three grading are essentially basic in content, but 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.

Brown Belt (3rd Kyu) to Brown Belt (2nd Kyu)

KIHON

  • Sanbonzuki x 5 Forward Steps
  • Ageuke / Gyakuzuki, step back eash new block,/ Uchiuke, Kizamizuki, Gyakuzuki/ Sotouke, Yokohijate Empi, Urakenuchi / Gedanbarai, Urakenuchi, Gyakuzuki / Shutouke in Kokusudachi, Kizamigeri, Nukite in Zenkutsudachi
  • Maegeri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Mawashigeri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Yokogeri Keage x 5 Forward Steps in Kiba dachi both sides
  • Maegeri - Yokogeri x 5 Changing legs
  • Mawashigeri - Yokogeri Kikomi x 5 Changing legs
  • Ushirogeri - Gyakuzuki x 5 Forward and Back

KATA

  • Bassai Dai

KUMITE

  • Jiyu Ippon - One attack semi-free sparring. From Kamae, 3 metres apart
  • Jodan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Ageuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Chudan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Maegeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Yokogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Mawashigeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Uchiuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Ushirogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai right hand/ counter Gyakusuki

From 3rd Kyu all candidates must obtain 6 official course stamps in their record book before applying to take any Dan grade exam. All offence attacks and defence blocks must be delivered with proper timing and distance.

Minimum training time between grading is 3 months, provided training twice weekly. These three grading are essentially basic in content, but 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.

Brown Belt (2nd Kyu) to Brown Belt (1st Kyu)

KIHON

  • Sanbonzuki x 5 Forward Steps
  • Ageuke / Gyakuzuki, step back eash new block,/ Uchiuke, Kizamizuki, Gyakuzuki/ Sotouke, Yokohijate Empi, Urakenuchi / Gedanbarai, Urakenuchi, Gyakuzuki / Shutouke in Kokusudachi, Kizamigeri, Nukite in Zenkutsudachi
  • Maegeri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Mawashigeri x 5 Forward Steps / Turn
  • Yokogeri Keage x 5 Forward Steps in Kiba dachi both sides
  • Maegeri - Yokogeri x 5 Changing legs
  • Mawashigeri - Yokogeri Kikomi x 5 Changing legs
  • Ushirogeri - Gyakuzuki x 5 Forward and Back

KATA

  • Bassai Dai

KUMITE

  • Jiyu Ippon - One attack semi-free sparring. From Kamae, 3 metres apart
  • Jodan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Ageuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Chudan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Maegeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Yokogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Mawashigeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Uchiuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Ushirogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai right hand/ counter Gyakusuki

From 3rd Kyu all candidates must obtain 6 official course stamps in their record book before applying to take any Dan grade exam. All offence attacks and defence blocks must be delivered with proper timing and distance.

Minimum training time between grading is 3 months, provided training twice weekly. These three grading are essentially basic in content, but 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.

Brown Belt (1st Kyu) to Black Belt ( 1st DAN)

KIHON

  • Sanbonzuki x 5 Forward Steps
  • Ageuke / Gyakuzuki, step back eash new block,/ Uchiuke, Kizamizuki, Gyakuzuki/ Sotouke, Yokohijate Empi, Urakenuchi / Gedanbarai, Urakenuchi, Gyakuzuki / Shutouke in Kokusudachi, Kizamigeri, Nukite in Zenkutsudachi
  • Yokogeri Keage - Kikomi, same leg x 5 Kiba Dachi
  • Maegeri - Junzuki - Gyakuzuki, step forward each time / Yokogeri kikomi - Urakenuchi - Gyakuzuki / Mawashigeri - Gyakuzuki - Urakenuchi / Ushirogeri - Urakenuchi - Gyakuzuki / Turn (On Rigth and Left side)
  • Maegeri - Yokogeri Changing legs, Step back Gedanbarai - Gyakuzuki, Step forward Mawashigeri - Yokogeri, Urakenuchi - Gyakuzuki (On Rigth and Left side)
  • Maegeri - Yokogeri - Ushirogeri - Gyakuzuki same leg 3 direction x 3 times

KATA

  • Bassai Dai or Kanku Dai or Jion

KUMITE

  • Jiyu Ippon and Jiyu kumite - One attack semi-free sparring. From Kamae, 3 metres apart
  • Jodan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Ageuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Chudan attack using right hand.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Maegeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Yokogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Sotouke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Mawashigeri using right leg.
  • Defence side block Uchiuke left hand/ counter Gyakusuki
  • Ushirogeri attack using right leg.
  • Defence side block Gedanbarai right hand/ counter Gyakusuki

From 3rd Kyu all candidates must obtain 6 official course stamps in their record book before applying to take any Dan grade exam. All offence attacks and defence blocks must be delivered with proper timing and distance.

Minimum age for juniors 9 years. For cadet 15 years. For senior 18 years. Training time is dependent on the Instructors and Courses attended. Highest rank for juniors is Shodan, for Cadet Nidan. Candidates with junior must progress to Cadet before qualifying to senior rank. Cadet Nidans may qualify to Senior Nidan within the one examination which covers Shodan and Nidan and is covered in one fee.

Examination rules

  1. All examinees must have submitted the proper Record Grading book.
  2. Inserted withing this book must be a current Licence and Membership Card.
  3. Students should have their instructor's permission to Grade.
  4. Students must complete the Pre-examination Training Course.
  5. Students must display the proper attitude and etiquette towards the Grading and Officials.
  6. Students should have comleted the minimum training time before taking any Grading.
  7. Students must belong to a recognised Dojo.
  8. Exam results may be cancelled if any of these rules are breached, for whatever reason.
  9. Students are responsible for their own insurance.
  10. The findings of the examiners are accepted as final.
  11. Grading standards must be maintained through training. Grading levels may be altered should individual's standards decrease.
  12. From 3rd Kyu onwards students must obtain 6 official course stamps (where applicable) in their grading record book before applying for any Black Belt examination. These courses add to the enhancement of their abililty to achieve a successful examination.