Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Syllabus: 1st Dan


Technical program from 1st Kyu to 1st Dan
Brown Belt 2 Stripes to Black Belt
Ichikyu to Shodan

  • Participate in YKKF activities accumulating a minimum sum of 100 credits within 4 years of the date of examination (v.CEN 21.10.2015/p.odg.6)
  • Certified attendance at a Danshinsa Keiko , with the National Technical Director, within 12 months of the date of examination (v.CEN 20.07.2016/p.odg.20)
  • Minimum 40 hours of teaching assistance recorded within one year of the date of examination, marked and critiqued by a YKKF teacher
  • This exam can only take place during the YKKF International Symposium unless valid reason is presented to the National Technical Commission.

Students who do not comply with specified regulations will not be admitted to the examination.

  • Sanchin-Ni
  • Tokui Kata
  • A kata from previous levels chosen by the commission
  • Sanchin-Ichi Testing – except under 16
Kihon Waza
  • At the discretion of the Technical Commission
Renshu Waza
  • At the discretion of the Technical Commission
Kumite Ippon Yokosoku Kumite: The sequence of techniques should be presented with left and right attacks.

Uke Tori
1. Attack Jodan Tsuki Free defence
2. Attack Chudan Tsuki Free defence
3. Attack Gedan Tsuki Free defence
4. Attack Mae Geri Free defence
5. Attack Mawashi Geri Jodan Free defence
6. Attack Yoko Geri Chudan Free defence
7. Attack Ura Mawashi Geri Jodan Free defence
8. Attack Mawari Ushiro Geri Chudan Free defence
9. Attack Mawari Ura Mawashi Geri Jodan Free defence
10. Free attack without annoucement Free defence

Yokusoku Kumite against multiple opponents

Jiyu Kumite: against multiple opponents
Except U14.
Approved protection is obligatory

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Exercises – except U16
  • Futari Kata at the discretion of the Technical Commission
  • Free demo of a maximum of 2 minutes.
    Choreography, music, posture, control, following Budo concept.
Ukemi Waza
  • At the discretion of the Technical Commission
  • Basic knowledge of the history of Okinawa Goju-Ryu karate,martial arts and own Dojo.
  • Presentation of a thesis (min. 40 pages) on a subject regarding martial arts and approved by the Chief Instructor. 2 printed copies and in Word format.
  • Written and Theory Exam
  • Recite “Oath of a YKKF Black Belt”. (v.CEN 20.07.2016/p.odg.19)
For transition to a Dan rank you will need to consider 3 fundamental values to achieve the rank:

  • the value of morale and spirit
  • technical merit
  • actual combat

The deficiency of one or more of these values could result in failure to achieve the Dan rank.



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