Yu Ko Ryu Karate rank requirements

LastUpdate: 08/21/2015

Students will be assigned a starting rank depending on age:

Age 13 or less, Ju-ni-kyu; 14 to 16, Ku-kyu; 17 or more, Ro-kyu

All promotions below San-Kyu must be approved by at least one person of Sho-Dan rank or higher.

Promotions to San-Kyu and above must be approved by at least one person of Ni-Dan rank or higher.

Promotions to Sho-Dan and above must be approved by at least two person of higher rank than the recommended promotion.

Recommendation for promotion may be made by any instructor or member in good standing who holds at least the recommended rank.

Junikyu                              12th Class                               White Belt

Age 13 or less

Good moral character, acceptance into Karate Class, and agreement to follow all Dojo training rules.

Juichikyu                         11th Class                               White Belt/1 stripe

Age 13 or less

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Junikyu: 1month

Correct way to tie the Karate Obi

Yu Ko Ryu patch on left front chest of karategi

Order and color of rank insignia up to Ikkyu (for 13 or less age group)

Recite “The Training Hall Oath”

Stances: Heisoku dachi, Musubi dachi, Heiko dachi, Fudo dachi, Shiko dachi, Kiba dachi, Zenkutsu dachi, Kokutsu dachi

Walks with Kokutsu Dachi and Zenkutsu Dachi (turn 90, 180 and 270, left and right, forward and backward)

Jukyu                                 10th Class                                  White Belt/2 stripes

Age 13 or less

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Juichikyu: 1month

Weapons of the hands: seiken, uraken, tetsui, shuto, haito, nujite, shotei, keiko, koken

Weapons of the feet: haisoku, chusoku, sokuto, kakato

Stances: Neko ashi dachi, Tsuru ashi dachi, Kake dachi, Uchihachi ji dachi, Sanchin dachi

Kicks: mae geri, kin geri, mae keage, yoko geri, ushiro geri, kakato geri, Hiza geri, Mawashi geri

Strikes: Seiken tsuki, (Jodan, chudan, gedan), Uraken (shomen, hizo, sayu uchi), Tetsui

Blocks: Seiken and Shuto (gedan barai, Jodan uke, chudan uchi uke, chudan soto uke)

Terminology: Count to ten in Japanese

Order and color of rank insignia Shodan to Judan

Kukyu 9th Class

Age 13 or less                            14- 16

Yellow Belt                                White Belt

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Jukyu: 1month

Terminology: mingi, hidari, sensei, dojo, tatami, joseki, karategi, karateka, waza

Name 3 target areas (upper, middle, lower)

Strikes: Nukite tsuki

Blocks: shotei (Jodan uke, Gedan uke, chudan uchi and soto uke)

Kata: Taikyoku 1

Begin makiwara training

Hachikyu 8th Class

Age 13 or less                                  14-16

Yellow Belt/1 stripe                   Yellow Belt

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Kukyu: 1month

10 strikes, 10 kicks, 10 blocks

Kata: Taikyoku 1, 2

7 Jodan Kamae (high fighting postures)

Shichikyu 7th Class

Age 13 or less                                   14-16

Yellow Belt/2 stripes                 Orange Belt

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Hachikyu: 1month

Kata: Taikyoku 2, 3

9 Chudan Kamae (middle fighting postures)

Rokyu 6th Class

Age 13 or less                                  14-16                                      17 or more

Orange Belt                                      Green Belt                        White Belt

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Shichikyu: 1month

Kata: Taikyoku 1, 2, 3

5 Gedan Kamae (low fighting postures)

10 Stances, 12 strikes, 12 kicks, 12 blocks

Gokyu 5th Class

Age 13 or less                                  14- 16                                   17 or more

Orange Belt/1 stripe                  Blue Belt                          Green Belt

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Rokyu: 1month

15 Kamae, 15 strikes, 15 kicks, 15 blocks

Kata: Pinan 1

10 Self Defense Techniques against unarmed attacker

Tameshiwari (shuto, wood); dominant hand

Yonkyu 4th Class

Age 13 or less                                    14- 16                                             17 or more

Orange Belt/2 stripes                  Blue Belt/1 stripe                Purple Belt

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Gokyu: 1month

Kata: Pinan 2

Self Defense Techniques: 5 against unarmed attacker

Kumite: score a point against a Yonkyu or higher

Tameshiwari (chusoku, wood); dominant foot

Sankyu 3rd Class

Age 13 or less                                  14 to 16                                          17 or more

Green Belt                                          Purple Belt                                Brown Belt

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Yonkyu: 1month

Kumite: score a point against a Sankyu or higher

Kata: Pinan 3, Seienchin

Tameshiwari (sokuto, wood); 1 each foot

Nikyu 2nd Class

Age 13 or less                                   14 or more

Green Belt/1 stripe                       Brown Belt  

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Sankyu: 1month

Kata: Pinan 4, Yantsu

Tameshiwari (seiken, wood); subordinate hand

Ikkyu                              1st Class                     Brown Belt

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Nikyu: 1month

Demonstrated interest in helping lower ranks to learn material

Kata: Pinan 5, Tensho

Shodan                       1st Degree                    Black Belt

Age 14 or more

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Ikkyu: 2months

Self defense Techniques: 10 against unarmed attacker, 5 against knife, 5against hand gun

Katas: Saiha

Tameshiwari (shuto, stone); dominant hand

Nidan                             2nd Degree                   Black Belt

Age 15 or more

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Shodan: 1year

Katas: Seienchin

Tameshiwari (seiken, stone); subordinate hand

Sandan                       3rd Degree                    Black Belt                   Shido-in

Age 17 or more

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Nidan: 2 years

Human Anatomy & Physiology (formal course completion or written exam)

First Aid & CPR course completion

Kata: Garyu

Tameshiwari (multiple wood targets demonstration); both hands and both feet

Yondan                        4th Degree                   Black Belt                   Renshi

Age 17 or more

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Sandan: 3years

Kata: Kanku

Tameshiwari (multiple targets at least one stone)

Godan                          5th Degree                   Black Belt                 Kyoshi

Age 21 or more

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Yondan: 4years

Kata: Sushiho

Rokudan                    6th Degree                    Red & White Belt               Shihan

Age 25 or more All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Godan: 5years

Continued interest and practice

Assistant teacher for 1 year

Shichidan                  7th Degree                    Red & White Belt                Shihan

Age 30 or more

All lower rank requirements, good hygiene, regular attendance and practice

Minimum Time in grade as Rokudan: 6 years

Teaching weekly class for at least 2 years or Demonstration of continued interest by writings, lectures, managing tournaments, or competing

Hachidan                    8th Degree                     Red & White Belt                Shihan

Age 40 or more

All lower rank requirements

Recommendation of highest ranking member in good standing

Minimum Time in grade as Shichidan: 7 years

Demonstration of continued interest by writings, lectures, teaching, managing tournaments, or competing

Kudan                             9th Degree                     Red Belt                                  Hanshi

Age 40 or more

All lower rank requirements

Approval of 3 highest ranking members in good standing

Minimum Time in grade as Hachidan: 8 years

Demonstration of continued interest by writings, lectures, teaching, managing tournaments, or competing

Judan                          10th Degree                  Red Belt                       Hanshi

Age 40 or more

All lower rank requirements

Approval of 5 highest ranking members in good standing

Minimum Time in grade as Kudan: 9 years

Demonstration of continued interest by writings, lectures, teaching, managing tournaments, or competing