The following is a generic list of the belt test requirements of the UH-Shotokan Karate Club. Some variations are possible at the actual time of testing.

Here is a link to the Shotokan Kata Videos that are available on the website of the University of Chicago Karate Club.

As you watch them, pay attention only to one element per playback: sequence of steps, proper techniques, timing and rhythm.

     
Yellow Belt (8th Kyu)
Kata Sparring (Kumite) Techniques (Kihon) Stance, Hips Rotation
Heian Shodan Three Steps of each attack Stepping forward and backward 0 deg facing front=North; 90 deg facing East or West
Heian Nidan Attack Punch face, stomach Front stance, hips 0 deg
  1. Punch face Rising block / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg
  2. Punch stomach Outside block / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg
  3. Front snap kick stomach Inside block / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg
  Defense Low level block / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg
  1. Rising block / reverse punch Knife hand block Back stance, hips 90 deg
  2. Outside block / reverse punch Front snap kick stomach Front stance, hips 0 deg
  3. Low level block / reverse punch Side thrust kick stomach Side stance, hips 90 deg

 

Green Belt (6th Kyu)
Kata Sparring (Kumite) Techniques (Kihon) Stance, Hips Rotation
Heian Sandan Three Steps of each attack Stepping forward and backward 0 deg facing front=North; 90 deg facing East or West
Heian Yondan Attack Triple punch (face 1st, stomach 2nd and 3rd) Front stance, hips 0 deg
  1. Punch face Backfist / reverse punch Front stance, hips 0 deg
  2. Punch stomach Rising block / front leg front kick Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg
  3. Front snap kick stomach Outside block / elbow strike Front stance, hips 45 deg / 45 deg
  4. Side thrust kick stomach Knife hand block / spear hand Back stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance, hips 0 deg
  5. Roundhouse snap kick face Low level block / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg
  Defense Side thrust kick Side stance, hips 90 deg
  1. Rising block / reverse punch Front snap kick stomach / stepping punch stomach Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  2. Outside block / reverse punch Roundhouse snap kick Front-Side-Front stance, hips 0-90-0 deg
  3. Low level block / reverse punch Double front kick stomach, face (rear leg 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg
  4. Outside block / reverse punch Double roundhouse kick stomach, face (rear leg, 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg
  5. Inside block / reverse punch    

 

Blue Belt (4th Kyu)
Kata Sparring (Kumite) Techniques (Kihon) Stance, Hips Rotation
Heian Yondan One Step of each attack and each defense Stepping forward and backward 0 deg facing front=North; 90 deg facing East or West
Heian Godan Attack    
  1. Punch face Triple punch (face 1st, stomach 2nd and 3rd) Front stance, hips 0 deg
  2. Punch stomach Rising block / front kick / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg / 0 deg
  3. Front snap kick stomach Outside block / backfist / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg / 0 deg
  4. Side thrust kick stomach Knife hand block / kick / spear hand Back stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance 0 deg / 0 deg
  5. Roundhouse snap kick face Double front kick (front leg 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  Defense Double roundhouse kick (front leg 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg
  1. Rising block / reverse punch Side thrust kick / roundhouse kick (front leg 1st) Side stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance 0 deg
  2. Outside block / reverse punch    
  3. Low level block / reverse punch    
  4. Outside block / reverse punch    
  5. Inside block / reverse punch    

 

Brown Belt (3rd Kyu)
Kata Sparring (Kumite) Techniques (Kihon) Stance, Hips Rotation
Heian Godan One Step of each attack and each defense Stepping forward and backward 0 deg facing front=North; 90 deg facing East or West
Tekki Shodan Attack    
  1. Punch face Triple punch (face 1st, stomach 2nd and 3rd) Front stance, hips 0 deg
  2. Punch stomach Rising block / front kick / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg / 0 deg
  3. Front snap kick stomach Outside block / elbow strike / backfist / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / Side stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  4. Side thrust kick stomach Inside block / lead hand punch / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg / 0 deg
  5. Roundhouse snap kick face Knife hand block / kick / spear hand Back stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance 0 deg
  Defense Double front kick stomach, face (front leg 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  1. Rising block / reverse punch Double roundhouse kick stomach, face (front leg 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  2. Outside block / reverse punch Front kick stomach / roundhouse kick face Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  3. Low level block / reverse punch Side snap kick / side thrust kick from side stance Side stance, hips 90 deg / 90 deg
  4. Outside block / reverse punch    
  5. Inside block / reverse punch    

 

Brown Belt (1st Kyu)
Kata Sparring (Kumite) Techniques (Kihon) Stance, Hips Rotation
One of: One Step of each attack and each defense Stepping forward and backward 0 deg facing front=North; 90 deg facing East or West
Bassai Dai Attack Same as 3rd Kyu, but improvement  
Kanku Dai 1. Punch face    
Enpi 2. Punch stomach Triple punch (face 1st, stomach 2nd and 3rd) Front stance, hips 0 deg
Jion 3. Front snap kick stomach Rising block / front kick / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg / 0 deg
  4. Side thrust kick stomach Outside block / elbow strike / backfist / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / Side stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  5. Roundhouse snap kick face Inside block / lead hand punch / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg / 0 deg
  Defense Knife hand block / kick / spear hand Back stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance, hips 0 deg
  1. Rising block / reverse punch Double front kick stomach, face (front leg 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  2. Outside block / reverse punch Double roundhouse kick stomach, face (front leg 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  3. Low level block / reverse punch Front kick stomach / roundhouse kick face Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  4. Outside block / reverse punch Side snap kick / side thrust kick from side stance Side stance, hips 90 deg / 90 deg
  5. Inside block / reverse punch    

 

Black Belt (Sho Dan)
Kata Sparring (Kumite) Techniques (Kihon) Stance, Hips Rotation
Tekki Shodan One step semi free sparring Stepping forward and backward 0 deg facing front=North; 90 deg facing East or West
One of: Attack    
Bassai Dai 1. Punch face    
Kanku Dai 2. Punch stomach Triple punch (face 1st, stomach 2nd and 3rd) Front stance, hips 0 deg
Enpi 3. Front snap kick stomach Rising block / front kick / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg / 0 deg
Jion 4. Side thrust kick stomach Outside block / elbow strike / vertical backfist / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / Side stance, hips 90 deg / 0 deg / Front stance, hips 0 deg
  5. Roundhouse snap kick face Knife hand block / kick / spear hand Back stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance, hips 0 deg
  Defense Inside block / lead hand jab punch / reverse punch Front stance, hips 45 deg / 0 deg / 0 deg
  1. Rising block / reverse punch Front snap kick stomach / front snap kick face Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  2. Outside block / reverse punch Double roundhouse kick stomach, face (front leg 1st) Front stance, hips 0 deg / 0 deg
  3. Low level block / reverse punch Double side thrust kick Side stance, hips 90 deg / 90 deg
  4. Outside block / reverse punch Front leg roundhouse kick stomach / same leg side thrust kick stomach / stepping and punching face Front stance, hips 0 deg / Side stance, hips 90 deg / Front stance, hips 0 deg
  5. Inside block / reverse punch    
  Free sparring    

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