Grading Syllabus

CUKC follows the grading syllabus used by the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain), the Shotokan karate organisation to which we are affiliated. The table below shows the requirements for each grading, from beginner through to 4th Dan. Each grading focuses on the three aspects of Shotokan karate — kihon (basics), kata (predetermined forms) and kumite (sparring). Gradings occur at the end of each academic term, and we usually require that you complete 24 hours of training before each grading.

Grade

Kihon

Kata

Kumite

Beginner to 9th kyuBeginner to 9th kyu
  • Jodan and chudan oi tsuki
  • Jodan age uke
  • Chudan soto uke
  • Mae geri
Kihon Kata (video)
Gohon kumite (basic five step sparring)
  • Jodan oi tsuki
  • Chudan oi tsuki
9th kyu to 8th kyu9th kyu to 8th kyu
As previous gradings, plus:
  • Chudan uchi uke
  • Shuto uke (from kokutsu dachi)
  • Yoko geri keage (from kiba dachi)
  • Yoko geri kekomi (from kiba dachi)
Heian Shodan (video)
As previous grading
8th kyu to 7th kyu8th kyu to 7th kyu
As previous gradings, plus:
  • Age uke, gyaku tsuki
  • Soto uke, gyaku tsuki
  • Uchi uke, gyaku tsuki
Heian Nidan (video)
(and all previous katas)
As previous grading
7th kyu to 6th kyu7th kyu to 6th kyu
As previous gradings, plus:
  • Sambon tsuki
  • Shuto uke, nukite
Heian Sandan (video)
(and all previous katas)
Kihon ippon kumite (basic one step sparring)
  • Jodan oi tsuki
  • Chudan oi tsuki
6th kyu to 5th kyu6th kyu to 5th kyu
As previous gradings, plus:
  • Age uke, gyaku tsuki, gedan barai
  • Soto uke, empi uchi, uraken
  • Uchi uke, kizame tsuki, gyaku tsuki
  • Shuto uke, nukite
Heian Yondan (video)
(and all previous katas)
Kihon ippon kumite
  • Attacks as previous grading, plus chudan mae geri
5th kyu to 4th kyu5th kyu to 4th kyu
As previous gradings, plus:
  • Soto uke, empi uchi, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Shuto uke, mae kizami geri, nukite
  • Yoko geri kekomi (from zenkutsu dachi)
  • Mawashi geri
Heian Godan (video)
(and all previous katas)
Kihon ippon kumite
  • Attacks as previous grading, plus chudan yoko geri kekomi
4th kyu to 3rd kyu4th kyu to 3rd kyu
As previous gradings, plus:
  • Soto uke, empi uchi, uraken, gyaku tsuki, gedan barai
  • Uchi uke, kizame tsuki, gyaku tsuki, gedan barai
  • Ushiro geri
Tekki Shodan
(and all previous katas)
Kihon ippon kumite
  • Attacks as previous grading, plus jodan mawashi geri
3rd kyu to 2nd kyu3rd kyu to 2nd kyu
As previous gradings, plus, from free-style kamae:
  • Mae geri, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki
  • Yoko geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Mawashi geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Ushiro geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
Bassai Dai (video)
(and all previous katas)
Ju ippon kumite (semi-free one step sparring)
  • Jodan oi tsuki
  • Chudan oi tsuki
  • Chudan mae geri
  • Chudan yoko geri kekomi
  • Jodan mawashi geri
  • Chudan ushiro geri
2nd kyu to 1st kyu2nd kyu to 1st kyu
As previous gradings, plus:
  • Kizami tsuki, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki
  • Mae geri, yoko geri, mawashi geri, ushiro geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
Bassai Dai (video)
(and all previous katas)
As previous grading
1st kyu to 1st Dan1st kyu to 1st Dan
From free-style kamae:
  • Kizami tsuki, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki
  • Mae geri, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki
  • Yoko geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Mawashi geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Ushiro geri, uraken gyaku tsuki
  • Mae geri, yoko geri, mawashi geri, ushiro geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Mae geri, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki, step back gedan barai, gyaku tsuki, yoko geri kekomi, uraken, [oi tsuki OR gyaku tsuki]
  • Same leg, mae geri, yoko geri, ushiro geri
Bassai Dai (video)

Examiner chooses one of
Ju ippon kumite
  • Jodan oi tsuki
  • Chudan oi tsuki
  • Chudan mae geri
  • Chudan yoko geri kekomi
  • Jodan mawashi geri
  • Chudan ushiro geri
Ju kumite (free-style kumite)
1st Dan to 2nd Dan1st Dan to 2nd Dan
  • Kizami tsuki, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki
  • Mae geri, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki
  • Yoko geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Mawashi geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Ushiro geri, uraken gyaku tsuki
  • Mae geri, same leg yoko geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Mae geri chudan, same leg mawashi geri jodan, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Mawashi geri jodan, same leg yoko geri kekomi chudan, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Mae geri, yoko geri, mawashi geri, ushiro geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
  • Mawashi geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki, step back gedan nagashi uke, gyaku tsuki, ushiro geri, uraken, oi tsuki
  • Same leg, mae geri, yoko geri, ushiro geri, mawashi geri
Candidate chooses one of
  • Nijushiho (video)
  • Kanku Sho (video)
  • Bassai Sho
  • Jitte
  • Tekki Nidan
Examiner chooses one of
  • Bassai Dai (video)
  • Jion
  • Empi
  • Kanku Dai
  • Hangetsu
Ju ippon kumite
  • Any five attacks, not pre-arranged
Ju kumite (free-style kumite)
2nd Dan to 3rd Dan2nd Dan to 3rd Dan
Any 1st or 2nd Dan combinations, plus:
  • Kizami tsuki, gyaku tsuki, mawashi geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki, step back gedan barai, gyaku tsuki, rear leg mae geri and step back, ushiro geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki
Candidate chooses one of Examiner chooses one of
  • Nijushiho (video)
  • Kanku Sho (video)
  • Bassai Sho
  • Jitte
  • Tekki Nidan
Kaishi ju ippon kumite (attacker blocks and counters defender's counter attack)
  • Jodan oi tsuki
  • Chudan oi tsuki
  • Chudan mae geri
  • Chudan yoko geri kekomi
  • Jodan mawashi geri
  • Chudan ushiro geri
Ju kumite (free-style kumite)
3rd Dan to 4th Dan3rd Dan to 4th Dan
Any 1st or 2nd Dan combinations, plus:
  • Kizami tsuki, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki, ren tsuki, step back age uke, soto uke, gedan barai and uchi uke with same arm, kizami tsuki, gyaku tsuki, four turning gyaku tsuki attacks, turn behind with haito uchi, mawashi geri, uraken, gyaku tsuki, rear leg mae geri and step back, yoko geri keage to side and return to stance, and finally step forward with mawashi geri, ushiro geri, uraken and gyaku tsuki
Candidate chooses one of
  • Ji'in
  • Meikyo
  • Gojushiho Dai
  • Wankan
  • Tekki Sandan
Examiner chooses one of
Kaishi ju ippon kumite (attacker blocks and counters defender's counter attack)
  • Any five attacks, not pre-arranged
Ju kumite (free-style kumite), and demonstration of between 3 and 5 favourite kumite combinations