promotions

Promotions are based off on individual progression and dedication. Students will be monitored and promoted when their instructors believe they are ready for the next level. Karate techniques, as well as, attitude and interest in the art are all taken into account when deciding promotions. Parents who have more questions about promotions, please feel free to email us at novaokinawankarate@gmail.com.

Students are expected to work on the material under their current belt in order to be promoted to the next level. Use the testing rubric as a guide when practicing your katas.

White Belt

Kata: 

  • Kihon Kata 1, 2, 3

 Skills Development:

  • Ready Stance (Heisoku dachi)

  • Front Kick (Mae geri)

  • Step, Punch (Oi Zuki)

 

White Belt, Yellow Tip

Kata: 

  • Kihon Kata 4 and 5

Skills Development:

  • Outside Block (Soto-uke)

  • Inside Block (Uchi-uke)

  • High Block (Age-uke)

 

Yellow Belt

Kata:

  • Kihon Kata 6

Charts:

  • One

Skills Development:

  • Round House Kick (Mawashi geri)

  • Back Stance (Kokutsu dachi)

 

Yellow Belt, Green Tip

Kata:

  • Naihanchi Shodan

Charts:

  • Two

Bunkai:

  • Kihon Kata 4,5

Skills Development:

  • Side Kick ( Yoko geri keage)

  • Back Kick (Ushio geri)

 

Green Belt

Kata:

  • Naihanchi Nidan

Charts:

  • Three

Skills Development:

  • Swim Block (Nagashi Uke)

  • Naihanchi Stance (Naihanchi-dachi)

 

Green Belt, Blue Tip

Kata:

  • Naihanchi Sandan

  • Pindan Shodan

Kumites:

  • One

  • Two

Bunkai:

  • Naihanchi Shodan

Skills Development:

  • Backfist Strike (Uraken Uchi)

  • Knifehand Strike (Shuto Uchi)

 

Blue Belt

Kata:

  • Pinan Nidan

Kumites:

  • Three

  • Four

Bunkai:

  • Pinan Shodan

Skills Development:

  • Spear-hand strike (Nukite)

  • Hammer-fist strike (Tettsui)

 

Blue Belt, Purple Tip

Kata:

  • Pinan Sandan

Kumites:

  • Five

  • Six

Bunkai:

  • Pinan Shodan Oiyo

Skills Development:

  • Body Conditioning (Kote Kitae)

  • Cross block and cover (kagite)

 

Purple Belt

Kata:

  • Pinan Yodan

Kumites:

  • Seven

  • Eight

Bunkai:

  • Pinan Sandan

Skills Development:

  • Forward Stance (Zenkitsu-dachi)

  • Forward Rolll (Ukemi)

 

Purple Belt, Brown Tip

Kata:

  • Pinan Godan

Kumites:

  • Nine

  • Ten

Bunkai:

  • Pinan Yodan

Skills Development:

  • Kindehand Strike (Shuto Uchi)

  • Falls

 

Brown Belt

Kata:

  • Passai Sho

  • Kusanku Sho

Kumites:

  • Eleven

  • Twelve

Bunkai:

  • Pinan Yodan Oiyo

Skills Development:

  • Horse Riding Stance (Shiko-dachi)

  • Throws

 

Brown Belt, Black Tip

Kata:

  • Passai Dai

  • Kusanku Dai

Kumites:

  • Thirteen

  • Fourteen

Bunkai:

  • Passai Sho

Skills Development:

  • Ability to teach lower ranking students

Junior Black Belt

Kata:

  • Chinto

Kumites:

  • Fifteen

  • Sixteen

Bunkai:

  • All

Skills Development:

  • Jump Kick (Tobi Mae geri)

 

Black Belt

Kata:

  • Goju Shi Ho

Kumites:

  • All

Bunkai:

  • All

Skills Development:

  • All

Black belt testing will be conducted by a panel review of  senior instructors. The awarded black belts will be confirmed and certified by Grandmaster Seigi Shiroma through Sempai Robert (7th dan). Additional information regarding the process and requirements for the black belt testing will be provided as requested. 

Recognition stripes

These stripes will be given to students who demonstrate the character and behavior associated with that stripe. Stripes do not follow belt promotions, so once you are promoted you will be able to receive the recognition stripe again. These recognition stripes do not affect when someone will be promoted. They are a visible means of recognizing the student character.
Compassion Stripe - White
This is given to those students who are genuinely kind and sincere to the other students and instructors in the dojo.
Dedication Stripe - Orange
This is given to the students who show hard work and commitment to the art of Okinawan Karate.
Attention Stripe - Black
This is given to students who are consistently engaged and focused, both during and before/after class. 
Helpful Stripe - Red
This is given to the students who provide their assistance around the dojo without being asked. They help clean our dojo and explain concepts and techniques to other students to benefit them.

Charts

Chart #1

   1. Front Kick - Back leg only.

   2. Side kick - back leg only.

   3. Step, punch (step back, outside block).

   4. Step, punch (step back, inside block).

   5. High/low punch.

   6. Front kick, high low punch.

   7. Step, middle punch (nagashi uke).

   8. Front kick, middle punch (nagashi uke on both).

   9. Step, high punch (kagite block).

   10. Front kick, high punch (nagashi uke, kagite).

   11. Kotekitae

Chart #2

   1. Front kick, side kick – opposite leg

   2. Front kick, high roundhouse–opposite leg

   3. Front kick, back kick – opposite leg

   4. Front kick, step behind side kick – same leg

   5. Front kick, step front middle roundhouse – same leg

   6. Front kick, middle punch, kotekitae

Chart #3

   1. High/low punch same hand, high/low punch opposite hand, block high/low

   2. Front kick, high/low punch same hand, high/low punch opposite hand, block high/low

   3. Front kick, side kick, high (tate zuki)/low punch same hand, high/low punch opposite hand, block high/low

   4. Front kick, back kick, high (ura zuki)/low punch same hand, high/low punch opposite hand, block high/low

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