Grading

The FSKA Bracknell karate grading curriculum follows the program established by 10th Dan, FSKA Chief Instructor Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi.

All gradings for kyu grades (colour belts) are taken with Sensei Russell Peters. There is no set timetable for these gradings, rather they are done whenever each student is ready to progress to the next level.

Gradings are carried out as a normal part of the class, and as such, are relatively informal. The cost of grading is currently £25, and the new coloured belt will be presented at the end of the class if the student is successful.

All exams for black belts are taken only with Shihan Kyle Funakoshi. Dan gradings take place each year after the FSKA weekend seminar in Crawley, Sussex or Online with Shihan Kyle Funakoshi.

10th Kyu Examination Requirements Yellow Belt
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KIHON

Zenkutsu dachi           1.         Lunge punch                                       Oi zuki                                     4xfwd & back

(front stance)             2.         Rising block                                        Age uke                                   4xfwd & back

  1. Outside block                                      Ude uke                                   4xfwd & back
  2. Inside block                                         Uchi uke                                  4xfwd & back
  3. Down block                                         Gedan barrai                          4xfwd & back
  4. Front snap kick                                   Mae geri keage                       4xfwd & back

KATA

Taikyoku Shodan

 

KUMITE

5-step sparring                                  Gohon kumite

Face punch                                          Jodan zuki

Body punch                                         Chudan zuki

9th Kyu Examination Requirements Orange Belt

8th Kyu Examination Requirements Blue Belt

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KIHON

Zenkutsu dachi           1.         Lunge punch                                       Oi zuki                                     4xfwd & back

(front stance)             2.         Rising block                                        Age uke                                   4xfwd & back

  1. Outside block                                      Ude uke                                   4xfwd & back
  2. Inside block                                         Uchi uke                                  4xfwd & back
  3. Down block                                         Gedan barrai                          4xfwd & back

Kokutsu dachi            6.         Knife hand block                                Shuto uke                                 4xfwd & back

(back stance)

Zenkutsu dachi           7.         Front snap kick                                   Mea geri keage                       4xfwd & back

(front stance)             8.         Front thrust kick                                  Mae geri kekomi                     4xfwd & back

Kiba dachi                  9.         Side snap kick                                     Yoko geri keage                      4xfwd & back

(side stance)             10.         Side thrust kick                                   Yoko geri kekomi                    4xfwd & back

KATA

9th kyu:          Heian Shodan

                                                8th kyu:          Heian Nidan

 

KUMITE

5-step sparring                                  Gohon kumite

Face punch                                          Jodan zuki

Body punch                                         Chudan zuki

7th Kyu Examination Requirements Green Belt

6th Kyu Examination Requirements Green Belt White stripe

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KIHON

Zenkutsu dachi           1.         Double punch                                      Nidan zuki                               4xfwd & back

(front stance)             2.         Rising block, reverse punch               Age uke, gyaku zuki                 4xfwd & back

  1. Outside block, reverse punch             Ude uke, gyaku zuki                4xfwd & back
  2. Inside block, reverse punch                Uchi uke, gyaku zuki               4xfwd & back
  3. Down block, reverse punch                Gedan barrai, gyaki zuki        4xfwd & back

Kokutsu dachi            6.         Knife hand block, spear                      Shuto uke, nukite                     4xfwd & back

(back stance)                          hand thrust                                          (zenkutsu dachi)

Zenkutsu dachi           7.         Front snap kick                                   Mea geri keage                       4xfwd & back

(front stance)             8.         Front thrust kick                                  Mae geri kekomi                     4xfwd & back

  1. Round house kick                               Mawashi geri                          4xfwd & back
  2.          Back kick moving backwards             Ushiro geri                              4xfwd & back

without turning

Kiba dachi                11.         Side snap kick                                     Yoko geri keage                      4xfwd & back

(side stance)             12.         Side thrust kick                                   Yoko geri kekomi                    4xfwd & back

KATA

7th kyu:          Heian Sandan

                                                6th kyu:          Heian Yondan

 

KUMITE

3-step sparring                                  Sanbon kumite

Face punch                                          Jodan zuki

Body punch                                         Chudan zuki

5th Kyu Examination Requirements Purple Belt

4th Kyu Examination Requirements Purple Belt White Stripe

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KIHON

Zenkutsu dachi                   1.             Triple punch                                                         Sanbon zuki                                          4xfwd & back

(front stance)                       2.             Rising block, double punch                               Age uke, nidan zuki                             4xfwd & back

  1. Outside block, double punch                            Ude uke, nidan zuki                            4xfwd & back
  2. Inside block, double punch                               Uchi uke, nidan zuki                           4xfwd & back
  3. Down block, double punch                               Gedan barrai, nidan zuki                   4xfwd & back

Kokutsu dachi                     6.             Knife hand block, (front leg)                             Shuto uke, mae ashi mae                    4xfwd & back

(back stance)                                       front snap kick, spear hand thrust                    geri keage, nukite (zenkutsu

                                                                                                                                                dachi

Zenkutsu dachi                   7.             Outside block, (side stance),                             Ude uke, empi uchi                             4xfwd & back

(front stance)                                       elbow strike                                                          kiba dachi

KICKS (alternating legs)

Zenkutsu dachi                   8.             Front snap kick, front thrust kick                     Mae geri keage, mae geri                  2xfwd & back

(front stance)                                                                                                                       kekomi                                                  

  1. Front snap kick, round house kick                   Mae geri keage, mawashi                  2xfwd & back

geri

  1.              Front snap kick, side thrust kick                       Mae geri keage, yoko geri                 2xfwd & back

kekomi

  1.              Round house kick, back kick                            Mawashi geri, ushiro geri                 2xfwd & back
  2.              Side thrust kick, back kick                                Yoko geri kekomi, ushiro                   2xfwd & back

geri

 

Kiba dachi                        13.             Side snap kick, side thrust kick                         Yoko geri keage, yoko geri                 2xfwd & back

(side stance)                                                                                                                         kekomi

Zenkutsu dachi               14.             Front snap kick, round house kick,                  Mae geri keage, mawashi                  1xfwd & back

(front stance)                                       side thrust kick, back kick                                 geri, yoko geri kekomi

                                                                                                                                                ushiro geri

  1.              Front snap kick, lunge punch                            Mae geri keaeg, oi zuki                      4xfwd & back
  2.              Reverse punch, front snap kick                         Gyaku zuki, mae geri keage              4xfwd & back
  3.                    Front snap kick, side snap kick                         Mae geri keage, yoko geri                 5 sets each leg

                                                                                                                                                keage

KATA

5th kyu:                Heian Godan

                                                                4th kyu:                Tekki Shodan

 

KUMITE

                                                               1-step sparring (right & left)                          Ippon kumite

Face punch                                                           Jodan zuki

Body punch                                                          Chudan zuki

Front snap kick                                                    Mae geri keage

Round house kick                                                Mawashi geri

Side thrust kick                                                    Yoko geri kekomi

Back kick                                                              Ushiro geri

3rd, 2nd & 1st Kyu Examination Requirements

1st Kyu Brown Belt 2nd Kyu Brown single white 3rd Kyu double white

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KIHON

Free style stance        1.         Jab                                                       Kizami zuki                              6xfwd & back

Kamae                        2.         Back fist strike                                    Uraken uchi                            6xfwd & back

  1. Reverse punch                                    Gyaku zuki                              6xfwd & back
  2. Lunge punch                                       Oi zuki                                     4xfwd & back
  3. Lunging reverse punch                       Oi-gyaku zuki                          4xfwd & back
  4. Jab, lunge punch                                 Kizami zuki,oi zuki                  4xfwd & back
  5. Jab, reverse punch                              Kizami zuki, gyaku zuki           4xfwd & back
  6. Lunge punch, half-step, reverse          Oi zuki, half step gyaku          3xfwd & back

punch                                                  zuki

  1. Jab, lunge punch, half step, reverse    Kizami zuki, oi zuki, half         2xfwd & back

punch                                                  step, gyaku zuki

  1.          Any punch combination                      Tsuki combination                   1xfwd & back
  2.          Front snap kick, lunge punch              Mae geri keage, oi zuki           6xfwd & back
  3.          Reverse punch, front snap kick           Gyaku zuki, mae geri keage    6xfwd & back
  4.          Reverse punch, round house kick       Gyaku zuki, mawashi geri       6xfwd & back
  5.          Reverse punch, side thrust kick          Gyaku zuki, yoko geri             6xfwd & back

kekomi                                     6xfwd & back

  1.          Back kick, reverse punch                    Ushiro geri, gyaku zuki           6xfwd & back
  2.          Any kick combination                         Geri combination                    1xfwd & back

Stationary kick        17.         Front snap kick, side snap kick,          Mae geri keage, yoko geri      5 sets each leg

back kick                                             keage, ushiro geri

KATA

3rd kyu:         Bassi Dai

2nd kyu:         Bassai Dai, Jion

1st kyu:          Bassai Dai, Jion, Kanku Dai

 

KUMITE

Free-step sparring (right & left)      Jyu ippon kumite

Face punch: (jab, reverse                    Jodan: kizami zuki, gyaku zuki, oi zuki,                                                     punch, lunge punch)                           (nagashi uke*)

Body punch: (jab, reverse                   Chudan: Kizami zuki, gyaku zuki, oi zuki,

punch, lunge punch)                           (nagashi uke*)

Front kick                                            Mae geri (naiwan gedan uke**)

Round house kick                               Mawashi geri (uchi uke)

Side thrust kick                                   Yoko geri kekomi (naiwan gedan uke**)

Back kick                                            Ushiro geri (naiwan gedan uke**)

 

*nagashi uke = sweeping block

**naiwan gedan uke = downward inside forearm block

Shodan Examination Requirements

Black Belt

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KIHON

Free style stance        1.         Kizami zuki                                                                                          6xfwd & back

Kamae                        2.         Uraken uchi                                                                                        6xfwd & back

  1. Gyaku zuki                                                                                          6xfwd & back
  2. Oi zuki                                                                                                 4xfwd & back
  3. Oi-gyaku zuki                                                                                      4xfwd & back
  4. Kizami zuki, oi zuki                                                                             4xfwd & back
  5. Kizami zuki, gyaku zuki                                                                       4xfwd & back
  6. Oi zuki,half step, kizami zuki                                                              2xfwd & back
  7. Oi zuki, half step, uraken uchi                                                            2xfwd & back
  8.          Oi zuki, half step, gyaku zuki                                                              2xfwd & back
  9.          Gyaku zuki, step forward, gyaku zuki                                                 4xfwd & back
  10.          Gyaku zuki, step forward, uraken uchi                                               4xfwd & back
  11.          Kizami zuki, oi zuki, half step, gyaku zuki                                          2xfwd & back
  12.          Zuki combination                                                                                1xfwd & back
  13.          Mae geri keage, oi zuki                                                                       6xfwd & back
  14.          Gyaku zuki, mae geri keage                                                                6xfwd & back
  15.          Gyaku zuki, mawashi geri                                                                   6xfwd & back
  16.          Gyaku zuki, yoko geri kekomi                                                             6xfwd & back
  17.          Ushiro geri, gyaku zuki                                                                       6xfwd & back
  18.          Mae geri keage, oi zuki, half step, gyaku zuki                                    2xfwd & back
  19.          Geri combination                                                                                1xfwd & back

Stationary kick        22.         Mae geri keage, yoko geri keage, mawashi geri, ushiro geri             5 sets each leg

Focus pencil             23.         Gyaku zuki

KATA

                                    Pre-Shodan 1:             Bassai Dai, Jion, Kanku Dai, Hangetsu

                                                Pre-Shodan 2:             Bassai Dai, Jion, Kanku Dai, Hangetsu, Empi

                                                Pre-Shodan 3:             Bassai Dai, Jion, Kanku Dai, Hangetsu, Empi, Tekki Nidan

                                                Shodan:                      All katas for  pre-shodan 3 plus the application of the katas

KUMITE

Competitive:              Jyu kumite (tournament style) Shobu Ippon

Non competitive:        Jyu ippon kumite

Nidan Examination Requirements

Black Belt

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KIHON

Kamae                         1.         Kizami zuki                                                                                          6xfwd & back

  1. Uraken uchi                                                                                        6xfwd & back
  2. Gyaku zuki                                                                                          6xfwd & back
  3. Oi zuki                                                                                                 4xfwd & back
  4. Oi-gyaku zuki                                                                                      4xfwd & back
  5. Kizami zuki, oi zuki                                                                             4xfwd & back
  6. Kizami zuki, gyaku zuki                                                                       4xfwd & back
  7. Oi zuki,half step, kizami zuki                                                              2xfwd & back
  8. Oi zuki, half step, uraken uchi                                                            2xfwd & back
  9.          Oi zuki, half step, gyaku zuki                                                              2xfwd & back
  10.          Gyaku zuki, step forward, gyaku zuki                                                 4xfwd & back
  11.          Gyaku zuki, oi zuki                                                                              4xfwd & back
  12.          Gyaku zuki, kizami zuki, gyaku zuki                                                    4xfwd & back
  13.          Gyaku zuki, kizami zuki. oi zuki                                                          4xfwd & back
  14.          Kizami zuki, oi zuki, gyaku zuki, oi zuki, gyaku zuki                          1xfwd & back
  15.          Mae geri keage, oi zuki                                                                       4xfwd & back
  16.          Mawashi geri, oi zuki                                                                          4xfwd & back
  17.          Mawashi geri, gyaku zuki                                                                   4xfwd & back
  18.          Ushiro geri, uraken uchi                                                                     4xfwd & back
  19.          Mae geri keage, oi zuki, half step, gyaku zuki                                    2xfwd & back
  20.          Zuki, geri combination                                                                        1xfwd & back

Stationary kick        22.         Mae geri keage, mae geri kekomi, yoko geri keage, yoko geri           5 sets each leg

kekomi, mawashi geri, ushiro geri

KATA

                                    Pre-Nidan 1:               Kanku Sho

                                                Pre-Nidan 2:               Kanku Sho, Bassai Sho

                                                Pre-Nidan 3:               Kanku Sho, Bassai Sho, Jitte

                                                Pre-Nidan 4:               Kanku Sho, Bassai Sho, Jitte, Chinte

                                                Pre-Nidan 5:               Kanku Sho, Bassai Sho, Jitte, Chinte, Tekki Sandan

                                                Nidan:                         All katas for  pre-nidan 5 plus the application of the katas

KUMITE

Competitive:              Jyu kumite (tournament style) Shobu Ippon

Non competitive:        Jyu ippon kumite

Sandan & Yondan Examination Requirements

Godan & Rokudan Examination Requirements

Black Belt

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KIHON

Kamae                                   1.             Kizami zuki, gyaku zuki                                                                                                      3xfwd & back

  1. Kizami zuki, oi zuki                                                                                                             3xfwd & back
  2. Gyaku zuki, step forward, gyaku zuki                                                                              3xfwd & back
  3. Gyaku zuki, step forward, uraken uchi                                                                            3xfwd & back
  4. Oi zuki, half step, kizami zuki                                                                                            2xfwd & back
  5. Oi zuki, half step, uraken uchi                                                                                          2xfwd & back
  6. Gyaku zuki, oi zuki                                                                                                              3xfwd & back
  7. Gyaku zuki, kizami zuki, gyaku zuki                                                                                 3xfwd & back
  8. Gyaku zuki, kizami zuki, oi zuki                                                                                        2xfwd & back
  9.             Kizami zuki, oi zuki, gyaku zuki, oi zuki, gyaku zuki                                                     1xfwd & back
  10.             Mae geri keage, oi zuki                                                                                                     4xfwd & back
  11.             Mawashi geri, oi zuki                                                                                                         4xfwd & back
  12.             Mawashi geri, gyaku zuki                                                                                                  4xfwd & back
  13.             Ushiro geri, uraken uchi                                                                                                    4xfwd & back
  14.             Mawashi geri, uraken uchi, half step, gyaku zuki                                                         2xfwd & back
  15.             Yoko geri keage, uraken uchi, half step, gyaku zuki                                                     2xfwd & back
  16.             Ushiro geri, uraken uchi, half step, gyaku zuki                                                             2xfwd & back
  17.             (Slide back leg forward) Mae ashi yoko geri keage, gyaku zuki                                4xfwd & back
  18.             (Slide back leg forward) Mae ashi mae geri keage, kizami zuki                                4xfwd & back
  19.             Kizami zuki, gyaku zuki, mawashi geri                                                                            2xfwd & back
  20.             Gyaku zuki, mawashi geri, gyaku zuki                                                                             2xfwd & back
  21.                       (Slide back leg forward) Mae ashi ura mawashi geri                                                  4xfwd & back
  22.             Ura mawashi geri (back leg)                                                                                             4xfwd & back
  23.             Ushiro mawashi geri                                                                                                          4xfwd & back
  24.             (slide back leg forward) Mae ashi mawashi geri, ushiro mawashi geri                   2xfwd & back
  25.             Mawashi geri (back leg) ushiro mawashi geri                                                               2xfwd & back

KATA

                                                Pre-Sandan 1:                      Gankaku

                                                                Pre-Sandan 2:                      Gankaku, Sochin

                                                                Pre-Sandan 3:                      Gankaku, Sochin, Nijushiho

                                                                Pre-Sandan 4:                      Gankaku, Sochin, Nijushiho, Wankan

                                                                Pre-Sandan 5:                      Gankaku, Sochin, Nijushiho, Wankan, Jiin

                                                                Pre-Sandan 6:                      Gankaku, Sochin, Nijushiho, Wankan, Jiin, Meikyo

                                                                Sandan:                                 All katas for pre-sandan 6 plus the application of the katas

Pre Yondan 1:                      Gojushiho Sho

                                                                Pre Yondan 2:                      Gojushiho Sho, Gojushiho Dai

                                                                Pre Yondan 3:                      Gojushiho Sho, Gojushiho Dai, Unsu

                                                                Yondan:                                All katas for pre-yondan 3 plus the application of the katas

KUMITE

Competitive:                        Jyu kumite (tournament style) Shobu Ippon

Non competitive:                Jyu ippon kumite