Grading

7-kyu (white belt – 15 classes)

Techniques to be demonstrated several times each at kotai/gōtai level.
Katatekosadori iriminage
Katatedori tenkan kokyunage (sayu undo)
Kokyu dosa

6th Kyu (white belt – 20 classes)

Techniques to be demonstrated several times each at kotai/gōtai and jūtai level
Shomenuchi iriminage
Yokomenuchi shihonage omote
Katatedori ikkyo katameru (omote and ura)
Kokyu dosa

5th Kyu (yellow belt – 25 classes)

Techniques to be demonstrated several times each at kotai/gōtai and jūtai level
Shomenuchi iriminage
Yokomenuchi shihonage omote
Munatsuki kotegaeshi katameru
Katadori ikkyo katameru (omote and ura)
Kokyu dosa

4th Kyu (orange belt – 30 classes)

Techniques to be demonstrated several times each at kotai/gōtai and jūtai level
Shomenuchi iriminage
Yokomenuchi shihonage omote
Munatsuki kotegaeshi katameru
Katatedori ikkyo katameru (omote and ura)
Katadori nikyo katameru (omote and ura)
Ushirotekubidori sankyo katameru
Kokyu dosa

3rd Kyu (green belt – 35 classes)

Techniques to be demonstrated at kotai/gōtai, jūtai and ryūtai level
Katadori ikkyo katameru (omote and ura)
Katadori nikyo katameru (omote and ura)
Katadori sankyo katameru (omote and ura)
Katadori yonkyo katameru (omote and ura)
Yokomenuchi (two arts)
Ryotedori (one art)
Kokyu dosa

2nd Kyu (brown belt – 45 classes)

Techniques to be demonstrated at kotai/gōtai, jūtai and ryūtai level
Katadori nikyo katameru (omote and ura)
Katadori sankyo katameru (omote and ura)
Katadori yonkyo katameru (omote and ura)
Ushirodori (one art)
Ushirotekubidori (three arts)
Ushirotekubidori kubishime (one art)

Taninzugake: demonstrate at least three arts (ryūtai) with one uke for one minute
Bukiwaza to include shomenuchi, yokomenuchi and munatsuki attacks
Katatedori • Yokomenuchi • Ushirotekubidori • Shomenuchi • Munatsuki
Tanto tori • Bokken tori
Sword of nine ways • Shooting star
Kokyu dosa

1st Kyu (brown belt with hakama – 70 classes)

Taninzugake: demonstrate at least four arts (ryūtai) with one uke for one minute.
Bukiwaza to include shomenuchi, yokomenuchi and munatsuki attacks.
Katatedori (kotai) • Yokomenuchi • Ushirotekubidori (two ukes) • Shomenuchi • Munatsuki
Tanto tori • Bokken tori
Sword of nine ways • Free wielding sword • Shooting star • Butterfly
Kokyu dosa

Shodan (black belt – 100 classes)

Demonstrate at least five arts (ryūtai) with one uke for one minute
Bukiwaza to include shomenuchi, yokomenuchi and munatsuki attacks
Katatedori • Yokomenuchi • Ushirotekubidori • Shomenuchi • Munatsuki
Tanto tori • Bokken tori
Sword of nine ways • Free wielding sword • Shooting star • Butterfly
Sanningake

Nidan (2 years, 200 classes)

Demonstrate at least five arts (ryūtai or higher) with one uke for one minute
Bukiwaza to include shomenuchi, yokomenuchi and munatsuki attacks
Katatedori • Ryotedori • Yokomenuchi • Ushirotekubidori • Shomenuchi • Munatsuki
Tanto tori • Bokken tori • Jo tori • Jo nage
Sword of nine ways • Free wielding sword • Shooting star • Butterfly
Yoningake

Sandan (3 years, 300 classes)

Demonstrate at least five arts (ryūtai or higher) with one uke for one minute
Bukiwaza to include shomenuchi, yokomenuchi and munatsuki attacks
Katatedori • Ryotedori • Katadori • Yokomenuchi • Ushirotekubidori • Shomenuchi • Munetsuki
Tanto tori • Bokken tori • Jo tori • Jo nage
Sword of nine ways • Free wielding sword • Shooting star • Butterfly
Goningake

Yondan (4 years, 400 classes)

ShuHaRi embu

 

For a commentary on the historical grading syllabus see here

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