Hachi-kyu
Nana-kyu
Roku-kyu
Go-kyu
Yon-kyu
San-kyu
Ni-kyu
Ik-kyu
Shodan

Curriculum Requirements

Proper practice leads to improved skill. Improved skill leads to proper advancement.
This is the discipline of growth. A belt means nothing without true progress.

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. All students and parents should note that
these requirements are generalized. Some skills come easily, while others are hard-earned. Each
student advances at his/her own pace. The dojo is a place of personal learning, not comparison.
Intermediary belt ranks may be utilized as students see progress between kyu ranks.

Parental feedback is important to young students’ progress as they’re expected to conduct themselves respectfully outside the dojo. The sensei need to see studentʼs effort, technical ability, and focus consistent with their rising rank. Please note that students are expected to learn to tie their
own belts, carry their gear bags, and take pride in their education, conduct, and home practice
to advance. Personal responsibility must be developed to use karate skills safely and
wisely.

Adult students have one-on-one accountability with their sensei. Etiquette and consistency are factors that should
be taken seriously.

At any age, if you are curious about promoting, ask a sensei what can be done to prepare for
the next rank. Typically, courteous students who give their best effort in class and make
corrections as needed promote regularly. As rank advances, time between ranks increases.
Evaluation is based on growth over time, not a single dayʼs performance.

Brown belts (san-kyu and up) should be very active in training and assisting in order to get the
practice time needed to prepare for black belt. Assisting allows advanced students the
opportunity to broaden their perspectives beyond their personal experience. In time, it brings
forth a sense of ownership for technical knowledge and instills the character and leadership
necessary for advanced ranks.

General fitness includes push-ups, sit-ups, plank, and stretching with proper form. All
exercises should be practiced (with modifications if necessary) until mastery. Home practice is
comprised of all exercises and skills that have not yet been mastered, particularly any correction
that is given in class. This habit is essential to training.

Students should approach the curriculum as basic technical information. Productive classwork
adds layers to these foundational basics. The challenge is for each student to realize Wado
concepts in each movement and train the mind, body, and spirit to use them consistently.

Gold - Hachi-kyu

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Front punch
junzuki
Jab
kozaimazuki
Reverse punch
gyakuzuki
Combination punch
renzuki

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Front kick (add shuffle-up)
maegeri (+surashi)

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
High block
jodan uke
Low sweeping block
gedan-barai
Low block
gedan uke

Stance Technique

tachi waza
Attention stance
musubi dachi
Ready stance
hachiji dachi
Open horse stance
shikodachi
Front punch stance
junzukidachi
Reverse punch stance
gyakuzukidachi

First Basic Kata
kihon kata no ichi
Renwaku Waza (Combination Techniques)
1, 2, 3, 4
Ukemi Waza (Receiving Techniques)
Breakfall
Additional Requirements
Correct belt tying
Knows left from right
Establishing daily practice habit with attention to posture, fitness, and technique

Orange Belt - Nana-kyu

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Kick - Front Punch
kette junzuki
Kick - Reverse punch
kette gyakuzuki

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Roundhouse kick (add shuffle-up)
mawashigeri (+suriashi)

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
Middle block
soto uke
Inside block
uchi uke
Mid-level block
chudan uke

Stance Technique

tachi waza
Front-facing cat stance
shomen nikoashidachi
Side-facing cat stance
hamni nikoashidachi

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Hammerfist
tetsui
Spearhand
yohan nukite

Pinan Nidan
Renwaku Waza
5,6
Sanban
Chudan uke 1, 2
Maegeri 1
Ukemi Waza
Forward roll
Additional Requirements
Three Target Levels – gedan, chudan, jodan
Maintain daily practice

Blue Belt - Roku-kyu

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Lunge punch
junzuki no tsukkomi
Kick - Lunge punch
kette junzuki no tsukkomi
Jumping lunge punch
tobikomizuki

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Side kick (add shuffle-up)
sokoto (+suriashi)

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
Open hand block
shuto uke

Stance Technique

tachi waza
Natural stance
shizentai dachi
Parallel stance
heiko dachi

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Backfist
uraken
Open hand strike
shuto
Ridge hand
haito
Elbow strike
empi
Palm strike
shotai

Pinan Shodan
Renwaku Waza
7, 8
Sanban Kumite
Jodan uke 1
Maegeri 2, 3

Additional Requirements
Proper posture through Ten Chi Jin

Purple Belt - Go-kyu

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Sweeping away punch
nagashizuki

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Hook kick
ura mawashigeri
Back kick
ushirogeri
Knee kick
hizageri
Kick to the side
yokogeri

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
Back of hand block
haishu uke
Elbow block
hiji (empi) uke

Stance Techniques

tachi waza
Natural stance
heisoku dachi
Full cat stance
maehanmi nekoashidachi
Reverse cat stance
gyaku nikoashidachi
Side-to-side seishan stance
yoko seishan

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Hook punch
kagizuki
Uppercut
uchizuki
Vertical punch
tate ken

Pinan Sandan
Pinan Yondan (first half)
Renwaku Waza
9, 10
Sanban Kumite
Jodan uke 2, 3, 4
Maegeri 4, 5, 6

Green Belt - Yon-kyu

Punching Techniques

tsuki waza
Lunge reverse punch
gyakuzuki no tsukkomi
Kick - Lunge reverse punch
kette gyakuzuki no tsukkomi

Kicking Techniques

keri waza
Double kick
nidangeri
Jumping front kick
maetobigeri

Blocking Techniques

uke waza
X block
juji uke
Hook block
kake uke

Stance Techniques

tachi waza
Back stance
kokusidachi
Reverse Cat stance, heels up
ryoashi tsumasakidachi

Pinan Yondan

Pinan Godan
Renwaku Waza
11, 12
Ohyo Kumite
1, 2

Green/Brown Belt - San-kyu

Stance Techniques

tachi waza
Neihanshi stance
neihanshidachi
Cross legged stance
kosadachi

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Groin rip
kiuteki
Pinan kata (all)
Wanshu
Renwaku Waza
13, 14
Ohyo Kumite 3, 4
Junior Brown Belt - Ni-Kyu

Stance Techniques

tachi waza
Neihanshi stance
neihanshidachi
Vertical seishan stance
tate seishan
Wide parallel stance
jigotai dachi

Striking Techniques

uchi waza
Middle knuckle strike
nakadaka
One finger strike
ippon ken

Kusanku
Renwaku Waza
15, 16
Ohyo Kumite
5, 6
Kihon Kumite
1

Brown Belt - Ik-Kyu

All previous kata
Neihanchi
Renwaku Waza
17, 18
Ohyo Kumite
7, 8
Kihon Kumite
2

Black Belt - sho-dan

Stance Technique

tachi waza
Crane stance
sagiashidachi
Half horse stance
hanshikodachi

Proficiency in all previous kata
One additional advanced kata
Renwaku Waza
19. 20