GKR grading information

Black Belt Grading syllabus

GKR has rolled out a new black belt grading syllabus that will make gradings consistent across the world. Speaking to some people, this syllabus is almost identical to what you are already doing. I don't have a copy of the actual guideline sheets. but if you have a copy, it would be helpful. However, at the last Southern Zone grading, I wrote down EXACTLY what they went through. Please bear in mind, that the precise combinations may vary, so you should take this as indicative of the SORT of things you will be asked to do, rather than a technique-by-technique listing.

Personally, I'm very happy to see that the earlier katas have been re-instated. It's all too common to see people focus on their grade katas, and neglect the earlier ones. Of course, the counter argument is that learning to perform 8-15 katas beautifully is far less important than learning the lessons contained within them, and that competence in the martial aspects should be the objective, whilst maintaining them to an aesthetic ideal is a distraction from that goal...

Anyway, without further ado:


Warm up

Kihon and hand combinations

Stepping oi tsuki moving forwards and backwards
Stepping oy tsuki moving forwards, each step backwards a different one of the basic blocks
Stepping forwards then backwards - jodan age uke to gedan barai with front arm, then gyaku tsuki
Stepping forwards then backwards - uchi uke to gazami tsuki with front arm, then gyaku tsuki
Stepping forwards then backwards - soto uke to uraken with same arm, then gyaku tsuki
Stepping forwards and backwards doing shuto in kokutsu dachi
Stepping forwards and backwards - shuto in kokutsu dachi, switching to zenkutsu dachi and gyaku tsuki
Stepping forwards and back doing chuge uke in zenkutsu dachi
Stepping forwards and back doing mawashi uke in zenkutsu dachi
Stepping forwards and back in nekoashi dachi doing kake uke
Stepping forwards and back in nekoashi dachi but turning to the corners whilst doing kake uke
Standing in han zenkutsu dachi, jab reverse slowly then full intensity, then change legs and repeat
Standing in han zenkutsu dachi, jab with two foot shuffle, then lunge with front leg and gyaku tsuki
Black belts only, repeat but must take bigger steps. Browns stand and watch

Kicks

Very brief stretch (suggest you stretch off before grading)
Stepping mae geri kicking back leg when stepping forwards and with front leg when moving backwards
Stepping mawashi geri kicking back leg when stepping forwards and with front leg when moving backwards
Turn to side - stepping side kicks in both directions
Stand in zen kutsu, step up back kick (step across with front foot (left foot for example), step up with back (right) foot turning body 180 degrees so you are facing back of hall, do back kick with front (right) foot to the front of hall. MANY PEOPLE FAILED ASSESSMENT ON THIS SKILL!!!!
Stepping back leg mae geri, stepping back leg mawashi geri, step up side kick, step up back kick

Kata

Don't neglect your earlier katas!

The entire group did every kata up to the grade below their own, sitting out when their grade was reached, then each grade got up and did their grade katas in small groups whilst being very closely watched by the senior instructor and regional instructors

Kumite

The new syllabus pays more attention to the range of your skills - offensive, defensive, close, further away, structured, and free flowing.

All up - one side attacks, whilst the other defends only, then they change
All up - one side attacks, whilst the other defends and counters, then they change
All up - one side attacks with a minimum of 3 technique combinations, whilst the other defends, then they change
All up - Both sides start at arm's length, and they must fight jiu kumite at that range, not getting further away
Brown belts only - Jiyu kumite versus other browns and regional instructors
Black belts only - Jiyu kumite versus other blacks and regional instructors
Shodans and nidans only versus other blacks and regional instructors
Nidans only versus regional instructors, two rounds

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