Don’t forget to read about more about my journey in Shotokan Karate: Shotokan, First Ever Belt Test, Multiple Best Test, 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test, 4th Kyu to 2nd Kyu Belt Test, and studying Karate in England.
On August 9th, 2015, I had my final Kyu (below black belt) level belt test. This was to go from second (2nd) Kyu or (2nd) brown belt. I actually felt very comfortable with testing this time. I knew all my techniques for my kihon, I got to work with another student for my kumite and all the katas I thought I would be asked to do I knew well. They aren’t prefect, but I know them pretty well. Have a look below and see how I did.
Kihon 2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu:
1. From Zenkutsu-dachi
A. Sanbon-zuki (step forward 3 times)
B. Jodan Age-uke, Mae-geri, Gyaku-zuki (step backward 3 times)
C. Chudan Soto-uke, Kiba-dachi Enpi (step forward 3 times)
D. Koukutsu-dachi Shutou-uke, Nukite (step backward 3 times)
E. Gedan Barai, Nekoashi-dachi, Uchi-uke, Zenkutsu-dachi, Ura-zuki, Gyaku-zuki (step forward 3 times)
2. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
A. Same leg Mae-geri, Mawashi-geri (step forward 3 times)
3. Mawate Gedan-gamae
A. Ushiro-geri (step forward 5 times)
4. From Kiba-dachi
A. Changing legs Yoko Ke-age, Ke-komi (step foward 3 times)
5. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
A. Jodan Shutou-uchi, Turning & stepping forward Enpi, Returning & stepping back Uchi Jodan Shutou-uchi (step forward 5 times)
6. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
A. Yori-ashi Gyaku-zuki, Step forward Gedan Barai, Yori-ashi Gyaku-zuki, Gedan-gamae (step forward 5 times)
Next was Jiyu Ippon Kumite:
1. Jodan Oi-zuki / Jodan Age-uke
2. Chudan Oi-zuki / Chudan Soto-uke
3. Mae-geri / Gedan Barai
4. Yoko Ke-komi / Chudan Soto-uke
5. Mawashi-geri / Chudan Uchi-uke
6. Ushiro-geri / Gedan Barai
Finally, I had to execute three (3) katas:
The first kata that I had to perform was Heian Godan:
The second kata that I had to perform was Junro Godan:
Finally, that last kata I had to perform was Tokui Kata, which loosely means kata of my choice. I decided to perform Bassai-dai:
Here is the playlist of what I did for this belt test.
Thanks for following me along with my journey into Shotokan Karate. I hope you keep following.
Always Remember: In any activity, give your fullest effort.
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