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The Grading System in
Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do

Grades 
 
 

Kyu's 10-1

Mokuroku 1-9

10. Jukyu........white belt

1. Shodan...black belt 1st degree

9. Kukyu.........white belt

2. Nidan...black belt 2nd degree

8. Hachikyu.....white belt

3. Sandan...black belt 3rd degree

7. Shichikyu....white belt

4. Yondan...black belt 4th degree

6. Rokyu.........green belt

5. Godan...black belt 5th degree

5. Gokyu.........green belt

6. Rokudan...black belt 6th degree

4. Yonkyu.......green belt

7. Shichidan...black belt 7th degree*

3. Sankyu.......brown belt

8. Hachidan...black belt 8th degree*

2. Nikyu..........brown belt

9. Kudan...black belt 9th degree**

1. Ikkyu..........brown belt

10. Judan...black belt 10th degree**


NOTE:

* May wear red and white belt.
**May wear red belt.
 

The first 5 grades of black belt represent skill and physical application of the art. Grades above that represent outstanding accomplishments and devotion to the art. 

Grade Requirements of the New York Seibukan 

  • Ku-Kyu (9th Kyu):
    Student must know basic punch & block and leg & body exercises, and begin to assimilate into the class format. 
  • Hachi-Kyu (8th Kyu):
    Student must know Seisan kata.
  • Shichi-Kyu (7th Kyu):
    Student must know
    Seiuchin kata.
  • Ro-Kyu (6th Kyu)--Green Belt:
    Student must know
    Naihanchi kata.
  • Go-Kyu (5th Kyu)--Green Belt:
    Student must know
    Wansu kata.
  • Yon-Kyu (4th Kyu)--Green Belt:
    Student must know
    Chinto kata.
  • San-Kyu (3rd Kyu)--Brown Belt:
    Student must know
    Sanchin kata.
  • Ni-Kyu (2nd Kyu)--Brown Belt:
    Student must know
    Kusanku kata.
  • Ik-Kyu (1st Kyu)--Brown Belt:
    Student must know
    Sunsu kata.
  • Sho-Dan--1st Degree Black Belt:
    Student must know Kusanku-Sai & Tokomine-No-Kun
    kata.

The above grade requirements are just a guide.
Students must also be proficient in the following for their respective grade:
1.Ippon Kumite
 
2.Jiyu Kumite
3.Goshin-Waza
4.Terminology 

Students are judged and graded on an individual basis, as the Martial Arts are an individual strive for Perfection. No two students' training/ proficiency are alike. As students increase in grade, they are judged more on attitude, courtesy and demeanor. 
Decisions in regard to grade are ultimately made by the chief instructor, as his decision is final.

NOTE: These are the requirements for the New York Seibukan. This may vary slightly, from one Dojo to another. 

There are no testing or promotion fees! 

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