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 2 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 we occasionally hold a Club Grading 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 Beltx 10

How often do gradings occur?

Gradings in SKIF Ireland occur twice yearly usually in May and November 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 NationalSKIF IrelandGrading 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 (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

(No.1 & 2)

Kata

Heian Shodan

9th Kyu
To Examiner Count

8th Kyu
No Count

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

Kumite

Sanbon Kumite

(3-step)

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

Kata

Heian Nidan

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

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

Kata

Heian Yondan

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

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

Kata

Heian Godan

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

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

Kata

Tekki Shodan

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

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

Kata

2nd & 1st Kyu

Bassai Dai
Tekki Shodan

Post-Covid Training Times in Bushido Karate Branches

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

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

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

Training Times
Wednesday @ 18:45 - 19:45 - Karate Kids Class

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