Grading Information

Grading and Progression at Bushido Karate Club happens when a child is ready to progress.  Every child is different and progress at different rates of progression, the club instructor will evaluate your child on an ongoing basis and when they are ready to progress they will be invited to attend the next grading.  

There are 3 Gradings a year for Bushido Karate Club students, 2 x Annual SKIF Ireland Grading and Training Seminars held approx April and late October under world-class SKIF GHQ Instructors from Tokyo, and 1 x Club Grading which is held in the Summer approx August under high graded SKIF Ireland Grading officers. 

Once a student passes their examination the student is then permitted to wear the next colour belt appropriate to their grade.  Belts change in color as the student progresses.  During the year we will be preparing students for grading ensuring they are 100% prepared.

  • 9th Kyu - White Belt
  • 8th Kyu - Yellow Belt
  • 7th Kyu - Orange Belt
  • 6th Kyu - Green Belt
  • 5th Kyu - Blue Belt
  • 4th Kyu - Purple Belt
  • 3rd Kyu - Brown Belt 1
  • 2nd Kyu - Brown Belt 2
  • 1st Kyu - Brown Belt 3
  • Black Belt x 10

How often do gradings occur?

Gradings in SKIF Ireland occur twice yearly usually in April and late October approx. under the examination of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa and Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa from SKIF GHQ Tokyo.   Mayfield Sports Complex (large hall) is the Cork location for the SKIF Ireland Gradings.  Students of Bushido Karate Club will train and grade in this location at the National SKIF Ireland Grading and Training Seminars. 

What are Pre-Gradings?

A pre-grading is when we put students through their syllabus in a grading setting in preperation to their proper grading.  Pre-Gradings are a great way to ensure a student is ready for the pressures of an official examination.  Leading up to an official SKIF Grading Seminar under the Japanese instructors from Tokyo we will have a few pre-gradings to ensure high-standards.

SKIF Ireland Grading Syllabus

Below is the SKIF Kyu Grading Syllabus.  To view the entire syllabus in PDF please click here

Going for 9th Kyu & 8th Kyu

Kihon

Zen-kutsu Dachi - Gedan Barai
  Oie-Zuki
  Gyaku Zuki
  Jodan Age Uke
  Soto Ude Uke
  Uchi Ude Uke
Ko-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Shuto Uke
Zen-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Mae Geri
Kiba Dachi:
  Yoko Geri Keage

Kata

Heian Shodan
 
9th Kyu
To Examiner Count
 
8th Kyu
No Count

Kumite

Gohon Kumite
(5-step) 

Jodan & Chudan

 

Going for 7th Kyu

Kihon

Zen-kutsu Dachi - Gedan Barai
  Oie-Zuki
  Gyaku Zuki
  Jodan Age Uke - Gyaku Zuki
  Soto Ude Uke - Gyaku Zuki
  Uchi Ude Uke - Gyaku Zuki
Ko-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Shuto Uke
Zen-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Mae Geri
  Mawashi Geri
Kiba Dachi:
  Yoko Geri Keage
  Yoko Geri Kekomi

Kata

Heian Nidan

Kumite

Sanbon Kumite
(3-step)

Jodan, Chudan, Mae-Geri 
No.1 & No. 2
Left Side Only

 

Going for 6th Kyu

Kihon

Zen-kutsu Dachi - Gedan Barai
  Oie-Zuki
  Gyaku Zuki
  Jodan Age Uke - Gyaku Zuki
  Soto Ude Uke - Gyaku Zuki
  Uchi Ude Uke - Gyaku Zuki
Ko-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Shuto Uke
Zen-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Mae Geri
  Mawashi Geri
Kiba Dachi:
  Yoko Geri Keage
  Yoko Geri Kekomi

Kata

Heian Sandan

Kumite

Sanbon Kumite
(3-step) 

Jodan, Chudan, Mae-Geri 
No.1 & No.2
Left & Right Side

 

Going for 5th Kyu

Kihon

Zen-kutsu Dachi - Gedan Barai
  Sanbon-zuki (Jodan - Chudan - Chudan)
  Sanbon-gyaku zuki (chudan-jodan-chudan)
  Jodan Age Uke - Gyaku Zuki
  Soto Ude Uke - Empi - Uraken
  Uchi Ude Uke - kizami zuki - gyaku zuki
Ko-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Shuto Uke - nukite
Zen-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Mae Geri Rengeri
  Mawashi Geri
Kiba Dachi:
  Yoko Geri Keage
  Yoko Geri Kekomi

Kata

Heian Yondan

Kumite

Kihon Ippon Kumite
(Basic 1-step)

CANDIDATES CHOICE
2 x Jodan
2 x Chudan
2 x Mae Geri
1 x Yoko Geri
1 x Mawashi Geri

 

Going for 4th Kyu

Kihon

Zen-kutsu Dachi - Gedan Barai
  Sanbon-zuki (jodan -chudan-chudan)
  Sanbon-gyaku zuki (chudan-jodan-chudan)
  Jodan Age Uke - Gyaku Zuki
  Soto Ude Uke - Empi - Uraken
  Uchi Ude Uke - kizami zuki - gyaku zuki
Ko-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Shuto Uke - nukite
Zen-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Mae Geri Rengeri
  Mawashi Geri
Kiba Dachi:
  Yoko Geri Keage
  Yoko Geri Kekomi

Kata

Heian Godan

Kumite

Kihon Ippon Kumite
(Basic 1-step)

CANDIDATES CHOICE (Left & Right)
2 x Jodan
2 x Chudan
2 x Mae Geri
1 x Yoko Geri
1 x Mawashi Geri

 

Going for 3rd Kyu

Kihon

Zen-kutsu Dachi - Gedan Barai
  Oie-Zuki
  Gyaku Zuki
  Jodan Age Uke
  Soto Ude Uke
  Uchi Ude Uke
Ko-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Shuto Uke
Zen-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Mae Geri
  Mawashi Geri
  Ushiro Geri
Kiba Dachi:
  Yoko Geri Keage
  Yoko Geri Kekomi

Kata

Tekki Shodan

Kumite

Ippon Kumite
(Basic 1-step)

CANDIDATES CHOICE (Left & Right)
2 x Jodan
2 x Chudan
2 x Mae Geri
1 x Yoko Geri
1 x Mawashi Geri

PLUS EXAMINERS CHOICE
Examiner chooses from No. 1-4
after the student has completed the above

 

Going for 2nd & 1st Kyu

Kihon

Zen-kutsu Dachi - Gedan Barai
  Mae Geri -  Jun-zuki
  Mawashi Geri - Gyaku Zuki
  Gyaku zuki - Mae Geri - Jun-zuki - Gedan Barai
Zen-kutsu Dachi Kamae
  Mae Geri - Mawashi Geri
  Kizami Yoko Geri - Ushiro Geri
Kiba Dachi:
  Yoko Keage - Yoko Kekomi (same leg)
  Nami Ashi

Kata

2nd & 1st Kyu
Bassai Dai
Tekki Shodan

Kumite

Jiyu Ippon Kumite
(Semi-free 1-step)
 
2 x Jodan
2 x Chudan
2 x Mae Geri
1 x Yoko Geri
1 x Mawashi Geri

2nd Kyu - Left Side Only
1st Kyu - Left and Right Side

 

Training Times in Bushido Karate Branches

Bushido Frankfield
Scoil Nioclais, Bellevue Road, Frankfield, Cork City, Ireland, T12 HD86

Training Times
Wednesday @ 19:00 - 20:00 - Karate Kids Class
Wednesday @ 19:00 - 20:30 - Colour Belts Class

Bushido Glanmire
Glanmire GAA, Glanmire, Co. Cork, Ireland, T45 XE36

Training Times
Thursday @ 19:00 - 20:00 - Karate Kids Class
Thursday @ 19:00 - 20:30 - Colour Belts Class

Bushido Douglas
ICA Hall, Church Road, Douglas, Co. Cork, Ireland, T12 KP79
(Starting September 2017)

Training Times
Friday @ 19:00 - 20:30 - Adults Only Class

Contact Bushido Karate Club

Telephone: +353876307006 (Sensei Aaron Kenneally)
Email: info@bushidokarate.ie
Website: www.bushidokarate.ie
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