St.Catharines Wado Kai Karate

Colour Belt Grading Requirements

All club grading requirements reflect the minimum standards set by the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation grading standards.

TO YELLOW BELT:

Progress stripe:
25 hours active training
1 interclub tournament
Power Kata
Final grade:
Additional 25 hours active training
1 SKF sanctioned tournament
Pinan Shodan

TO ORANGE BELT:

Progress stripe:
25 hours active training
1 interclub tournament
Chonan Kata
Final grade:
Additional 25 hours active training
1 SKF sanctioned tournament
Pinan Nidan

TO GREEN BELT:

Progress stripe:
25 hours active training
1 interclub tournament
Chonan Shodan
Final grade:
Additional 25 hours active training
1 SKF sanctioned tournament
Pinan Sandan

TO BLUE BELT:

Progress stripe:
30 hours active training
1 interclub tournament
Tekki Shodan
Final grade:
Additional 30 hours active training
1 SKF sanctioned tournament
Pinan Yodan

TO BROWN BELT:

Progress stripe:
40 hours active training
1 interclub tournament
Shopei
Final grade:
Additional 40 hours active training
1 SKF sanctioned tournament
Pinan Godan

Minimum Age 12 yrs old

Please Note:

All Tournaments can credit you with 2 hours of active training:
1 hour for participating in kata
1 hour for participating in kumite.

Included in these minimum requirements there are basic stances, strikes, blocks, kicks, and terminology requirements that must be met.

No student shall be held back from a grading if the instructors of this club feel they meet these requirements however, this outlines the minimum requirements for each belt level and the minimum time requirements do not necessarily mean that each student will be graded within the minimum times set. To be graded within these minimum times the student shall not just be an average student, but outstanding at their present rank. Attitude and weekly workout efforts are also taken into great consideration for grading.

BLACK BELT GRADING REQUIREMENTS

Brown and Black Belt evaluations:

All students will be evaluated at the St.Catharines Wado Kai Karate Club prior to recommendation to any Black Belt level.

All students will be evaluated at the SKF Headquarters at the Welland dojo prior to recommendation to any Black Belt level.

All students will do a trial run at an actual SKF Black Belt Grading prior to recommendation to any Black Belt level.

All students will organize the curriculum and teach a minimum of 4 full classes covering all basics, kata, and kumite techniques required for their own grading.

TO FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT
SHODAN:

150 to 225 hours active training
1 interclub tournament
2 SKF Black Belt Clinics
2 SKF sanctioned tournaments
Pre-evaluations as noted
Teisho
Kushanku

Minimum Age 16 yrs old

If these requirement are met before the age of 16, a rank of SHODAN HO (red belt) will be awarded. This is equivalent to a Junior Black Belt.

TO SECOND DEGREE BLACK BELT
NIDAN:

2 years active training
2 SKF Black Belt Clinics per year
2 SKF sanctioned tournaments per year
Pre-evaluations as noted
Nahanchin
Seisan
Minimum age 19 years old

TO THIRD DEGREE BLACK BELT
SANDAN:

3 years active training
2 SKF Black Belt Clinics per year
2 SKF sanctioned tournaments per year
Pre-evaluations as noted
Gensho Shodan
Chinto
Minimum age 25 years old

TO FOURTH DEGREE BLACK BELT
YODAN:

4 years active training
2 SKF Black Belt Clinics per year
2 SKF sanctioned tournaments per year
Pre-evaluations as noted
Wanshu
Minimum age 30 years old

TO FIFTH DEGREE BLACK BELT
GODAN:

5 years active training
2 SKF Black Belt Clinics per year
2 SKF sanctioned tournaments per year
Pre-evaluations as noted
Perfection of the mandatory katas previously listed
Willing to actively participate within the organization where required
All SKF rules and regulations apply
Must apply 1 year in advance to the head of the SKF grading committee.

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