Grading Information

Grading and Progression at Bushido Karate Club only happen when the student is ready to progress.  Every student is different and progresses at different rates. The club instructor will evaluate the student on an ongoing basis, and when the student is ready to progress, they will be invited to attend grading.  

How often do gradings occur?

There are two national SKIF Ireland Grading and Training Seminars held annually in April/May and October/November under the examination of Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami and Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa from SKIF GHQ Tokyo. In additional there are Club Gradings under Renshi Aaron Kenneally 5th Dan SKIF for any students that are ready to progress.

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

What are Pre-Gradings?

A pre-grading is when we put students through their syllabus in a grading setting in preparation for 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

Kihon

Zen-kutsu Dachi - Gedan Barai

Oie-Zuki (Step forward Punching to the Face)
Gyaku Zuki (Step forward Reverse punch to the Stomach)
Jodan Age Uke (Rising Block)
Soto Ude Uke (Outside Block)
Uchi Ude Uke (Inside Block)

Ko-kutsu Dachi Kamae

Shuto Uke (Knife Hand Block)

Zen-kutsu Dachi Kamae

Mae Geri (Front Kick)

Kiba Dachi:

Yoko Geri Keage (Side Snap Kick)

Kumite

Gohon Kumite

Video: Gohon Kumite

(No.1 & 2)

Kata

Heian Shodan

Video: Heian Shodan

9th Kyu
To Examiner Count

8th Kyu
No Count

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

Kumite

Sanbon Kumite

Video: Sanbon Kumite

(3-step)

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

Kata

Heian Nidan

Video: Heian Nidan

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

Video: Heian Sandan

Kumite

Sanbon Kumite

Video: Sanbon Kumite

(3-step)

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

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

Kumite

Kihon Ippon Kumite

Video: 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

Kata

Heian Yondan

Video: Heian Yondan

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

Kumite

Kihon Ippon Kumite

Video: 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

Kata

Heian Godan

Video: Heian Godan

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

Kumite

Kihon Ippon Kumite

Video: 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

PLUS EXAMINERS CHOICE

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

Kata

Tekki Shodan

Video: Tekki Shodan

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

Kumite

Jiyu Ippon Kumite

Video: 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

Kata

2nd & 1st Kyu

Tekki Shodan

Video: Tekki Shodan

Bassai Dai

Video: Bassai Dai

Training Times in Bushido Karate Branches

Bushido Carrigtwohill

Tullagreen, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, T45 XR40, Ireland

Training Times
Monday @ 19:00 - 20:00 - All Grades / All Ages
Monday @ 20:00 - 21:00 - Advanced
Thursday @ 19:00 - 20:00 - All Grades / All Ages

Bushido Douglas

ICA Hall, Church Road, Douglas, Co. Cork, T12 KP79, Ireland

Training Times
Wednesday @ 18:45 - 19:45 - All Grades / All Ages
Friday @ 19:00 - 21:00 - Advanced