White I

White II

Gold Candidate

Junior Gold

Gold

Orange Candidate

Junior Orange

Orange

Blue Candidate

Junior Blue

Blue

Ninja Requirements

Curriculum requirements per rank are outlined below. Please note that these skills are cumulative,
with each rank building on previous knowledge. Students are responsible for all prior
requirements in addition to current skills. Class time is a factor, but skill set and attitude are
primary. Improvement is essential to progress.

Students are expected to learn to tie their own belt, carry their gear bags, and take pride in their
education, conduct, and home practice. Expecting the best from our students brings out their best
and sets them in good habit. That said, at these young ages, even the smallest steps are worth
rewarding. Students will advance at their own individual paces.

If you are curious about when your child may promote, ask a sensei what can be done to prepare
for the next rank. Especially for younger students, the parental thumbs-up is an important part of
promotion, signifying that their student is showing respect and growing outside the dojo. Be sure to
check in with your childʼs instructor regularly. The senpai may have additional input as they work
closely with students. In summary, promotion requires good attendance, noticeable gains in skills
and knowledge, and evidence of the traits of each rising rank (i.e. respect, leadership, classroom
etiquette).

KUMITE

Students officially begin freestyle sparring at Gold belt; however, from the beginning, we work drills on bags, shields, and partners. At Gold belt, students will need to purchase hand pads for partner work. The curriculum also includes some technical kumite forms. (i.e. renwaku waza (combination techniques), sanbon kumite (3-step partner drill).

White I

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Punch
zuki
Reverse punch
gyakuzuki

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Front kick
maegeri

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
High block
jodan uke

Stance Technique

tachi waza
Attention stance
musubi dachi
Ready stance
hachiji dachi
Fighting stance
kamae

First four (4) moves of First Basic Kata (kihon kata no ichi)

Attempts to follow classroom conduct

Daily practice could include technique, kata, pushups, situps, or stretching. At this level, we are looking for evidence of interest. Practice time may be a few minutes at a time.

Responds to commands

White II

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Advancing front punch
junzuki

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Advancing Front kick
maegeri

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
Low block
gedan-barai / gedan-uke

Stance Technique

tachi waza
Horse stance
shiko dachi
Front punch stance
junzuki dachi

First Half of First Basic Kata (kihon kata no ichi)
(with help)

Knows classroom protocol

Gold Candidate

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Jab-Reverse combo
kazaimazuki - gyakuzuki
Advancing forward punch (+turn)
junzuki (+mawatte)

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Front Kick (+shuffle-up)
maegeri (+suriashi)

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
High block-Reverse combo
jodan uke - gyakuzuki

First Half of First Basic Kata (kihon kata no ichi)
(unassisted)
Knows left from right

Junior Gold

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Advancing shuffle-up front kick (+reverse punch)
suriashi maegeri-gyakuzuki

First Basic Kata (kihon kata no ichi)
(with help)

Emergence of leadership in class

Gold

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Advancing reverse punch (+turns)
gyakuzuki (+mawatte)

First Basic Kata (kihon kata no ichi)
(unassisted)

Ties belt unassisted

Orange Candidate

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Advancing forward punch with kick
kette junzuki
Striking Techniques
uchi waza
Hammerfist
tetsui

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Roundhouse kick
mawashigeri

Stance Technique

tachi waza
Half side-facing cat stance
hamni nikoashidi dachi

First 5 moves of pinan nidan

Forward Roll

Junior Orange

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Advancing reverse punch with kick
kette gyakuzuki

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Shuffe-up roundhouse kick
suriashi mawashigeri

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Spearhand strike
yohan nukite

Half of pinan nidan 

Breakfall

Orange

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
Middle block
soto uke
Inner/Outer block
uchi uke

Stance Technique

tachi waza
Front-facing cat stance
shomen nekoashidachi

All of pinan nidan

Renwaku waza (Combination Techniques)

Kumite (sparring)

Blue Candidate

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Lunge punch
junzuki no tsukkomi

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Side kick (knife-edge)
sokuto

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
Open hand block
shuto uke

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Open hand block
shuto uke

First 6 moves pinan shodan

Junior Blue

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Kick-Lunge punch
kette junzuki no tsukkomi

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Palm strike
shotai/taisho
Ridge hand strike
haito

First half of pinan shodan

Blue

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Jumping lunging punch
tobikomizuki

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Elbow strike
empi

All pinan shodan

Renwaku waza

Readiness for Intermediate Kids class

Rank Tsuki waza
Punching
techniques
Keri waza
Kicking
techniques
Uke waza
Blocking
techniques
Tachi waza
Stance
techniques
Uchi waza
Striking
techniques
Kata
Form
White I
Zuki
Front punch
Gyakuzuki
Reverse punch
Maegeri
Front kick
Jodan uke
High block
Ki o tuske
Call to attention
Musubi dachi
Attention stance
Yoi
Call to ready
Hachiji dachi
Ready stance
Kamae
Fighting stance
First 4 moves
of First
Basic Kata
White II
Junzuki
Forward punch
(advancing)
Advancing
maegeri
Advancing front
kick
Gedan uke
Low block
Shikodachi
Horse stance
Junzuki dachi
Forward punch
stance
1/2 Kihon kata
no ichi (with help)
Gold
Candidate
Kazaimazuki-
Gyakuzuki Combo
Jab/Reverse
Junzuki
(+mawatte)
Advancing
forward punch
(+turns)
Suriashi
maegeri
Shuffle up
front kick
Gedan
ukeGyakuzuki
High block
Reverse punch
1/2 Kihon kata no ichi (unassisted)
Junior Gold
Advancing
suriashi
maegeri
(+gyakuzuki)
Advancing
shuffle up front
kick
(+reverse punch)
Kihon kata no ichi (with help)
Gold
Advancing
gyakuzuki
(+mawatte)
Kihon kata no ichi (unassisted)
Orange
Candidate
Kette junzuki
Advancing
forward punch
with kick
Mawashigeri
Roundhouse kick
Hamni
nekoashidachi
Side-facing cat stance
Tetsui Hammerfist
First 5 moves of Pinan Nidan
Junior Orange
Kette gyakuzuki
Advancing
reverse punch
with kick
Suriashi
mawashigeri
Shuffle up
roundhouse kick
Yohan nukite Spearhand strike
Half of Pinan Nidan
Orange
Soto uke
Middle block
Uchi Uke
Inside block
Shomen nekoashidachi Front-facing cat stance
All Pinan Nidan
Blue Candidate
Junzuki no tsukkomi
Lunge punch
Sokuto Knife edge of foot kick
Shuto uke Open hand block
Uraken Backfist
First 6 moves of Pinan shodan
Junior Blue
Kette junzuki no tsukkomi Advancing lunge punch with kick
Shotai Palm strike Haito Ridgehand
1/2 Pinan shodan
Blue
Tobikomizuki Jumping lunge punch
Empi Elbow strike
All Pinan Shodan