General Rank Exam Info:
Feel free to take pictures anytime and do not hesitate to ask for a pose with
one of the Senseis, students, etc. Applause is greatly appreciated and appropriate
after each test procedure. A short description listed below will give you some
insight of criteria and scoring.
This is a combination of techniques designed in the defending against a prearranged
attack of 4 to 8 people. The kata requires a good deal of agility and strength.
The karate-ka has to demonstrate muscle control, contracting for strength on contact,
relaxing so he/she can move fluently into the next position. The student should also
maintain a certain degree of intensity during the performance without losing emotional
control. When the kata is completed, the performer should end up in the same place
that he/she started.
This will be a demonstration of the various blocks, strikes, kicks and basic combinations
done in a series of three. Points to look for are balance, speed, good posture and of course
strength. It is important that the karate-ka is always providing for themself a stance
that will stabilize them during execution of a technique, keeping proper angles within the
position of the hips, knees and feet so that the leverage created is properly directed toward
This is performed with 2 people. One person is attacking; the other is defending.
There will be various prearranged attacks. Students will react with blocks appropriate
for the attack and demonstrate basic application of the block and counter-attack.
Important points are target area, timing, distance and control of technique.
Karate-do Score Chart:
||4 Above average
||30 Day conditional|
||2 Below average