Miscellaneous Info

Tairyoku
Shotokan
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As it was decided that members of TSKC wishing to take their Shodan grading should also take a written exam as well as the mandatory practical assessment, we thought it only right to provide the information that might be used to formulate the questions in the website. To these ends, the exam is based on information that EVERY JKA DAN grade should know. Below is a compilation of information that will assist you in passing the exam and ensure that you become a competent and knowledgeable DAN grade. This is information useful for every karateka.

Nuggets

The exact position of the blocking arm in Rising Head block is as follows:

Palm facing front
Fist is one fist higher than the elbow
Arm is 1 - 1½ fists away from forehead
Arm is above the head
Elbow is in line with shoulder, hip and knee
Arm is square, not pointing backwards
Straight wrist

The kyodo numbers of a kata relate to the actual count for the kata. You should know the number of moves in each of the Heian katas; Tekki Shodan and Bassai dai together with the numbers of the moves for each Kiai.

Please note the characteristics for the following kata:
Heian Sandan - Smooth transition (movement) between different stances
Heian Yondan - Demonstrate slow and fast moves with Kime
Tekki Shodan - Maintain stable kiba dachi stance throughout and have a flexible upper body

Katas
  • Kihon
    Kata

    # of moves: 20

    First kiai: 8

    Second Kiai: 16

    Video

    • Heian
      Shodan

      # of moves: 21

      First kiai: 9

      Second Kiai: 17

      N/A JKA 15

      • Heian
        Nidan

        # of moves: 26

        First kiai: 11

        Second Kiai: 26

        Video JKA 15

        • Heian
          Sandan

          # of moves: 20

          First kiai: 10

          Second Kiai: 20

          Video JKA 15

          • Heian
            Yondan

            # of moves: 27

            First kiai: 13

            Second Kiai: 25

            Video JKA 15

            • Heian
              Godan

              # of moves: 23

              First kiai: 12

              Second Kiai: 19

              Video JKA 15

              • Tekki
                Shodan

                # of moves: 29

                First kiai: 15

                Second Kiai: 29

                Video JKA 15

                • Bassai
                  Dai

                  # of moves: 42

                  First kiai: 19

                  Second Kiai: 42

                  Video JKA 15

                  • Jion
                     

                    # of moves: 47

                    First kiai: 17

                    Second Kiai: 47

                    Video JKA 15

                    • Empi
                       

                      # of moves: 37

                      First kiai: 15

                      Second Kiai: 36

                      Video JKA 15

                      • Kanku
                        Dai

                        # of moves: 65

                        First kiai: 15

                        Second Kiai: 65

                        Video JKA 15

                        • Kanku
                          Sho

                          # of moves: 48

                          First kiai: 6

                          Second Kiai: 48

                          Video

                          • Gankaku
                             

                            # of moves: 42

                            First kiai: 28

                            Second Kiai: 42

                            Video JKA 15

                            • Jitte
                               

                              # of moves: 24

                              First kiai: 13

                              Second Kiai: 24

                              Video JKA 15

                              • Chinte
                                 

                                # of moves: 33

                                First kiai: 28

                                Second Kiai: 32

                                Video NB.

                                • Hangetsu
                                   

                                  # of moves: 41

                                  First kiai: 11

                                  Second Kiai: 40

                                  Video JKA 15

                                  • Nijushiho
                                     

                                    # of moves: 34

                                    First kiai: 18

                                    Second Kiai: 33

                                    Video

                                    • Gojushiho
                                      Sho

                                      # of moves: 65

                                      First kiai: 57

                                      Second Kiai: 64

                                      Video

                                      • Tekki
                                        Nidan

                                        # of moves: 24

                                        First kiai: 16

                                        Second Kiai: 24

                                        Video JKA 15

                                        • Tekki
                                          Sandan

                                          # of moves: 36

                                          First kiai: 16

                                          Second Kiai: 36

                                          Video JKA 15