• Classes: 5-7pm Mon, Wed, Fri
    • U Rec Center - Multi-Purpose Gym #1

    TESTING REQUIREMENTS

    The Club holds a color belt test at the end of each semester, administered by the Club’s instructors.  Students from the accredited class are also invited to participate in the test.  Results are given with feedback at the end of the test.

    The Club’s NEXT TEST is Friday, Dec 4, 3pm at the club’s regular location:  U Rec Center, 2nd Floor, Multi-Purpose Room 1.  A brief warm-up and review class is given right before the test.

    There is a fee of $25/per person to test.  If you pass your test, new belts are available from the Club for $10.  Please bring cash, a personal check, or a credit card for payment at the test.

    Summary of Expectations

    • Perform basic external techniques with simple execution.


    Kata
      (form)

    1.  Perform Heian Shodan

    2.  Demonstrate Movement #4 (the pull & strike) with a partner


    Kihon
     (basics)

    1. Step forward Step-In Punch (chudan)

    2. Step back Rising Block

    3. Step forward Outside Block

    4. Step back Knife Hand Block

    5. Step forward Front Kick (chudan)

    6. Step forward Roundhouse Kick (chudan)

    7. Step forward Side Snap Kick (from kiba dachi)


    Kumite

    Sanbon Kumite  (3-step)

    • Attacker starts from Downward Block Position (left leg forward)

    • Defender starts from Standing Position (called Shizentai)

    1.  Attacker: Step-In Punch (head) 3x forward

    Defender: Rising Block (backwards) / Reverse Punch after last block  (change roles & repeat other direction)

    2.  Attacker: Step-In Punch (stomach) 3x forward

    Defender: Outside Block (backward) / Reverse Punch after last block   (change roles & repeat other direction)

    Summary of Expectations

    • Improved performance of basic external techniques with simple execution.

    • Show basic body dynamics – rotation, vibration, shifting/stepping.

    • Improved accuracy of stances and technique timing.

    • Perform simple coordination of blocks and counters.

    • Kicks should show proper coil & recoil on kicks.

     

    Kata

    1.  Perform Heian Nidan

    2.  Demonstrate the application (Bunkai) from the first three moves of Heian Nidan with a partner.

     

    Kihon

    1.  Step forwardStep-In Punch (jodan)

    2.  Step back Rising Block / Reverse Punch (chudan)

    3.  Step forward Outside Block / Reverse Punch (chudan)

    4.  Step back Knife Hand Block

    5.  Step forward Front Kick (jodan)

    6.  Step forward Roundhouse Kick (chudan)

    7.  Step forwardSide Snap Kick (from kiba dachi)

     

    Kumite

    Sanbon Kumite (3-step):

    • Attacker starts from Downward Block Position (left leg forward)

    • Defender starts from Standing Position (called Shizentai)

    1.  Attacker: Step-In Punch (head) 3x forward

    Defender: Rising Block (backwards) / Reverse Punch after last block   (change roles & repeat other direction)

    2.  Attacker: Step-In Punch (stomach) 3x forward

    Defender: Outside Block (backward) / Reverse Punch after last block  (change roles & repeat other direction)

    Summary of Expectations

    • Development of accuracy in external form of techniques.

    • Show distinct transition between different stances.

    • Improved external body dynamics – rotation, vibration, shifting/stepping.

    • Coordination of blocks and counters.

    • Show basic muscle contraction and kime.

     

    Kata

    1.  Heian Sandan

    2.  Demonstrate an application (Bunkai) from 1 sequence (student’s choice) from the above Kata with a partner

     

    Kihon

    1.  step forward Triple Punch (jodan-chudan-chudan)

    2.  step back Rising Block / Reverse Punch  (chudan)

    3.  step forward Outside Block / Elbow Strike  (chudan)

    4.  step back Knife Hand Block / Spear-Hand Strike  (chudan)

    5.  step forward Double Front Kick  (both rear leg) (chudan-jodan)

    6.  step forward Roundhouse Kick  (jodan)

    7.  step forward Side Snap  (chudan) (from kiba dachi)

    8.  step forward Side Thrust  (chudan) (from kiba dachi)

    9.  step forward Front Kick  (chudan)

    10.  Combination of Examiner’s choice

     

    Kumite

    1. Ippon Kumite (one step, no shifting) – Both from Fighting Position

    Block and Counter against:  Oi Zuki Jodan / Oi-Zuki Chudan

    Summary of Expectations

    • Integration of kime, speed, and timing into techniques.

    • Ability to perform more advanced kicking combinations.

    • Refinement of body mechanics & technique timing.

    • Accurate form and improved ability to transition between stances.

    • Differentiation between different body dynamics.

     

    Kata

    1.  Heian Yondan

    2.  Demonstrate Bunkai from 1 sequence (student’s choice) from the above Kata with a partner

     

    Kihon

    1.  step forward Triple Punch (jodan-chudan-chudan)

    2.  step back Rising Block / Reverse Punch  (chudan)

    3.  step forward Outside Block / Elbow Strike  (chudan)

    4.  step back Knife Hand Block / (front leg) Front Kick (chudan) /

    (step down) Spear-Hand Strike  (chudan)

    5.  step forward Inside Block

    6.  step forward Double Front Kick  (both rear leg) (chudan-jodan)

    7.  step forward Double Roundhouse Kick  (both rear leg) (chudan-jodan)

    7.  step forward Side Snap  (chudan) (from zenkutsu dachi)

    8.  step forward Side Thrust  (chudan) (from zenkutsu dachi)

    9.  step forward Front Kick (chudan) / Roundhouse Kick (chudan) / Reverse Punch (chudan)

    10.  Combination of Examiner’s choice

     

    Kumite

    Ippon Kumite (one-step) – Both from Fighting Position (no shifting)

    1.  Block/Counter against:  Oi Zuki  (jodan) / Oi-Zuki (chudan) / Front Kick (chudan)

    2.  Block/Counter against:  Jab (jodan) / Reverse Punch (chudan) combination

    (attacker shifting in/defender shifting back)

    Summary of Expectations

    • Heightened understanding of basics in preparation for more advanced concepts.

    • Begin to display whole-body awareness in technique.

    • Accurate transitions from one stance to another.

    • Show competency with ippon kumite – in preparation to move on to jyu kumite.

     

    Kata

    1.  Heian Godan

    2.  Demonstrate Bunkai from 1 sequence (student’s choice) from the above Kata with a partner

     

    Kihon

    1.  step forward Triple Punch (jodan-chudan-chudan)

    2.  step back Rising Block / Reverse Punch  (chudan)

    3.  step forward Outside Block / Elbow Strike  (chudan) / Back-Fist Strike

    4.  step back Knife Hand Block / (front leg) Front Kick (chudan) / (step down) Spear-Hand Strike  (chudan)

    5.  step forward Inside Block / Reverse Punch (chudan)

    6.  step forward Double Front Kick  (both rear leg) (chudan-jodan)

    7.  step forward Double Roundhouse Kick  (both rear leg) (chudan-jodan)

    7.  step forward Side Snap  (chudan) (from zenkutsu dachi)

    8.  step forward Side Thrust  (chudan) (from zenkutsu dachi)

    9.  step forward Front Kick (chudan) / Roundhouse Kick (rear leg) (chudan) Reverse Punch (chudan)

    10.  step forwardFront Kick (chudan) / Side Thrust (rear leg) (chudan) Reverse Punch (chudan)

    11.  Combination of Examiner’s choice

     

    Kumite

    1. Ippon Kumite (one-step, no shifting ) – both from fighting position

    Block/counter against:  Oi Zuki  (jodan) / Oi-Zuki (chudan) / Front Kick (chudan) / Side Thrust (chudan)

    2. Jyu Ippon Kumite (one-step, with shifting) – both from fighting position

    Block/counter against:  Jab (jodan) / Reverse Punch (chudan) / Front Kick (chudan)

    Summary of Expectations

    • Begin to generate speed, power, and control

    • Develop control and awareness when performing kumite

     

    Kata

    1.  Tekki Shodan

    2.  Demonstrate Bunkai from 1 sequence (student’s choice) from the above Kata with a partner

     

    Kihon

    1.  step forward Triple Punch (jodan-chudan-chudan)

    2.  step back Rising Block / Front Kick (front leg) (chudan)  Reverse Punch  (chudan)

    3.  step forwardOutside Block / Elbow Strike / Back-Fist StrikeReverse Punch (chudan)

    4.  step back Knife Hand Block / (front leg) Front Kick (chudan) / (step down) Nukite  (chudan)

    5.  step forward Inside Block / Jab (same arm) / Reverse Punch (chudan)

    6.  step forward Double Front Kick  (front leg chudan/back leg jodan)

    7.  step forward Double Roundhouse Kick (kizami chudan/rear jodan) 8.  step forward Side Thrust  (chudan) (from zenkutsu dachi)

    9.  step forward Ushiro Geri  (chudan)

    10.  step forward Side Thrust (rear leg) / Roundhouse Kick (rear leg)  Reverse Punch (chudan)

    11.  step forwardRoundhouse Kick (rear leg) / Side Thrust (rear leg) Reverse Punch (chudan)

    12.  Combination of Examiner’s choice

    13.  In placeFront Kick / Side Snap (same leg)  (both sides)

     

    Kumite

    1. Ippon Kumite (one-step, no shifting ) – Block/counter against:

    Oi Zuki  (jodan) / Oi-Zuki (chudan) / Front Kick (chudan) / Side Thrust (chudan) / Back Thrust (chudan)

    2. Jyu Ippon Kumite (one-step, with shifting) – Block/counter against:

    Jab (jodan) / Reverse Punch (chudan) / Front Kick (chudan)

     

    Control Test

    1.  Reverse Punch with stationary target

    Summary of Expectations

    • Increased speed, power and control.

    • Competency with intermediate-level footwork

     

    Kata

    1.  Perform Kata of Student’s Choice from: Bassai Dai, Jion, Enpi, Kanku Dai, Hangetsu, Jutte, or Gankaku

    2.  Demonstrate Bunkai from 1 sequence (student’s choice) from the above Kata with a partner

    3. Perform a Kata chosen by Examiner from Heian 1-5 or Tekki Shodan

     

    Kihon

    1.  step forward Triple Punch (jodan-chudan-chudan)

    2.  step back Rising Block / Front Kick (front leg) / Reverse Punch

    3.  step forward Outside Block / Elbow Strike / Back-Fist StrikeReverse Punch (chudan)

    4.  step back Knife Hand Block / (front leg) Front Kick (chudan) / (step down) Nukite (chudan)

    5.  step forward Inside Block / Jab (same arm) / Reverse Punch (chudan)

    6.  step forward Double Front Kick  (front leg chudan/back leg jodan)

    7.  step forward Double Roundhouse Kick (kizami chudan/rear jodan)

    8.  step forward Side Thrust (rear leg) / (reverse punch – optional)

    9.  step forward Ushiro Geri  (chudan)

    10. step forward Side Thrust (rear leg) / Roundhouse Kick (rear leg) Reverse Punch (chudan)

    11.  step forward Roundhouse Kick (rear leg) / Side Thrust (rear leg) Reverse Punch (chudan)

    12.  Combination of Examiner’s choice

    13.  In place Front Kick/Side Snap/Side Thrust (same leg) (both sides)

     

    Kumite

    1. Ippon Kumite (one-step, no shifting ) – Block/counter against:

    Oi Zuki  (jodan) / Oi-Zuki (chudan) / Front Kick (chudan) / Side Thrust / Back Thrust

    2. Jyu Ippon Kumite (1-step, with shifting) – Block/Counter against:

    Jab (head) / Reverse Punch (stomach) / Front Kick / Roundhouse Kick

     

    Control Test

    1.  Reverse Punch   target moving up-down

    Summary of Expectations

    • Developed competency with all basic techniques and jyu ippon kumite

    • Enhanced understanding of kata bunkai

    • Increased speed, power, and control

     

    Kata

    1.  Perform Kata of Student’s Choice from: Bassai Dai, Jion, Enpi, Kanku Dai, Hangetsu, Jutte, or Gankaku

    2.  Demonstrate Bunkai from 1 sequence (student’s choice) from the above Kata with a partner

    3. Perform a Kata chosen by Examiner from Heian 1-5 or Tekki Shodan

     

    Kihon

    1.  step forward Triple Punch (jodan-chudan-chudan)

    2.  step back Rising Block / Front Kick (front leg) / Reverse Punch

    3.  step forwardOutside Block / Elbow Strike / Back-Fist StrikeReverse Punch (chudan)

    4.  step back Knife Hand Block / (front leg) Front Kick (chudan) / (step down) Nukite (chudan)

    5.  step forward Inside Block / Jab (same arm) / Reverse Punch (chudan)

    6.  step forward Double Front Kick  (front leg chudan/back leg jodan)

    7.  step forward Double Roundhouse Kick (kizami chudan/rear jodan)

    8.  step forward Side Thrust (rear leg) / (adding reverse punch is optional)

    9.  step forward Ushiro Geri  (chudan)

    10. step forward Side Thrust (rear leg) / Roundhouse Kick (rear leg) Reverse Punch (chudan)

    11.  step forward Roundhouse Kick (rear leg) / Side Thrust (rear leg) Reverse Punch (chudan)

    12.  Combination of Examiner’s choice

    13.  In place Front Kick/Side Snap/Side Thrust (same leg) (both sides)

     

    Kumite

    1. Ippon Kumite (one-step, no shifting ) – Block/counter against:

    Oi Zuki  (jodan) / Oi-Zuki (chudan) / Front Kick (chudan) / Side Thrust / Back Thrust

    2. Jyu Ippon Kumite (1-step, with shifting) – Block/Counter against:

    Jab (head) / Reverse Punch (stomach) / Front Kick / Roundhouse Kick

     

    Control Test

    1.  Reverse Punch   target moving up-down

    Summary of Expectations

    At this level, a student has reached the first level of expertise in the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of basic karate techniques and principles.  Physical expertise is seen in the ability to perform all or most of the basic karate techniques with advanced muscle integration, body dynamics, and full-body involvement.  Mental expertise is seen in the ability to explain the principles making up the basic techniques, why they are performed the way they are, and a functional degree of understanding of the cultural and historical significance of the art.  Spiritual expertise is seen in the expression of mind-body integration, direction of energy, stamina, self-control, and discipline.

    Key Points in Examination Criteria

    Kata

    • Demonstrate proficiency in all Primary Technical Elements: Form, Power, Transition, Body Dynamics.

    • Functional understanding of bunkai principles of student’s chosen kata

    Kihon

    • Perform these body dynamics consistently throughout kihon: Rotation, Vibration, Shifting/Stepping

    Kumite

    • Show continuous partner engagement with basic karate techniques (punching, kicking, blocking) – not rudimentary brawling.

    • Show basic strategy including offensive combinations rather than single isolated techniques and including defensive evasion & block/counter techniques rather than freezing or clashing.

    • Show basic footwork including movement forward, back, and sideways and including stepping, shifting, and tai sabaki

    • Show basic understanding of distance and the ability to deliver a controlled offensive or counter attack within 3 inches of opponent and without unsafe contact.

    • Show basic understanding of timing through feints, footwork, & blocking.

     

    Examination

    Kata

    1.  Perform Kata of Student’s Choice from: Bassai Dai, Jion, Enpi, Kanku Dai, Hangetsu, Jutte, or Gankaku

    2.  Demonstrate Bunkai from 1 sequence (Examiner’s choice) from the above Kata with a partner

    3. Perform a Kata chosen by Examiner from Heian 1-5 or Tekki Shodan

     

    Kihon

    1.  step forward Triple Punch

    2.  step back Rising Block / Front Kick (front leg) / Reverse Punch

    3.  step forward Outside Block / Elbow Strike / Back-Fist StrikeReverse Punch (chudan)

    4.  step back Knife Hand Block / (front leg) Front Kick (chudan) / (step down) Nukite (chudan)

    5.  step forward Inside Block / Kizami Front Kick + Jab (same arm) / Reverse Punch (chudan)

    6.  step forward Double Front Kick  (front leg chudan/back leg jodan)

    7.  step forward Double Roundhouse Kick (kizami chudan/rear jodan)

    8.  step forward Side Snap (from kiba dachi) / Side Thrust (rear leg) / Reverse Punch

    9.  step forward(front leg) Side Thrust / Roundhouse Kick (rear leg) Reverse Punch (chudan)

    10. step forward Ushiro Geri / Reverse Punch

    11.  step forward(front leg) Roundhouse Kick / Side Thrust (same leg) Step-In Punch (chudan)

    12.  Combination of Examiner’s choice

    13.  In place Front Kick/Side Snap/Side Thrust / Roundhouse Kick  (same leg) (both sides)

     

    Kumite

    1. Jyu Ippon Kumite (1-step, w/shifting) – Block/Counter against:

    Jab (jodan) / Reverse Punch (chudan) / Step-In Punch / Front Kick / Roundhouse Kick / Ushiro Geri

    2.  Jyu Kumite (free sparring)

     

    Control Test

    1.  Reverse Punch with target moving up-down & side-to-side

    Inquire with the instructors for testing requirements.