Shodan Test

Kagawa Sensei Matsui-sanOn November 8th, 2015, I took my first ever Shodan (First Degree Black Belt) Test.  What comes below is what I had to do for my test.

You can read about my other belt tests here:  Shotokan, First Ever Belt Tests, Multiple Belt Test, 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test, Karate in England, 4th Kyu to 2nd Kyu Belt Test, and 2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu Belt Test

1st Kyu (3rd Brown) to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) kihon (techniques)

  1. Zenkutsu-dachi Gedan Gamae
    1. Lunge step forward sanbon-zuki (step forward three times)
    2. Jodan age-uke, mae-geri, gyaku-zuki (step back three times)
    3. Chudan soto-uke, kiba-dachi enpi, zenkutsu-dachi ura-zuki gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)
    4. Koukutsu-dachi, shutou-uke, front leg mae-geri, nukite (step back three times)
    5. Gedan barai, nekoashi-dachi chudan uchi-uke, zenkutsu-dachi ura-zuki, yori-ashi gyaku-zuki (step forward three time)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Same leg mae-geri, mawashi-geri, gyakuo-zuki (step forward three times)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Ushiro-geri, gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Turning, stepping forward ura-ken, gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae from zenkutsu-dachi
      Same leg yoko-geri ka-age ke-komi (step forward three times)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Jodan soto-uke, sideway inward yori-ashi gedan baria, front leg mae-geri, gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)

    1st Kyu (3rd Brown) to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) kumite

    1. Jodan oi-zuki / Jodan age-uke
    2. Chudan oi-zuki / Chudan soto-uke
    3. Mae-geri / Gedan barai
    4. Yoko-geri / Chudan soto-uke
    5. Mawashi-geri / Chudan uchi-uke
    6. Ushiro-geri / Gedan barai

    1st Kyu (3rd Brown) to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) kata

    Heian Godan

    Junro Godan

    Tokui kata – Empi

    Sadly, I did not pass this test.  My kihon and my kumite were good, but my kata lacked what is called kime, which is like spirit/force, but that’s ok, because I will pass the test the next time.  Don’t you all worry.

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2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu Belt Test

Jiyu Ippon KumiteDon’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.

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4th Kyu to 2nd Kyu Belt Test

Belt Test Class May 10, 2015To continue sharing of my journey in Shotokan Karate, you can read Shotokan Karate, First Ever Belt Test, Multiple Belt Test, 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test, and studying Karate in England.

On May 10th, 2015, I had another belt test.  This one was to go from fourth (4th) Kyu to second (2nd) Kyu, which is I went from second (2nd) purple to second (2nd) brown.  I only have one more Kyu level, under black belt level, to test, and then I will be testing for my Shodan, first (1st) degree black.  I think I was the most nervous for this test then I have been since my first test.  I felt I wasn’t fully sure about my Kihon, techniques.  Well, I knew the techniques, but I wasn’t sure about what they were in Japanese.  Have a look, and you can see how I did.

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Karate In England

JKS EnglandI always enjoy going to England.  I love seeing the people we see, I love London and I have a growing affection for Hucknall and Nottingham.  For me, there is just something special about it.  I don’t go that often as it is expensive, but I do enjoy it when I’m there.

WeaponsThis time was special for a few reasons.  First, I had ordered a pair of foam-padded nunchaku, a pair of wooden nunchaku and a pair of tonfa, all of which were delivered to Mum’s house in Hucknall.  As a matter of fact, when we got to Mum’s house, I opened them up from their packaging and played with them a little bit.

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5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test

Chudan Oi-zuki - KihonTo continue sharing of my Shotokan Karate, you can read my post about Shotokan Karate, my post about my First Ever Belt Test and my Multiple Belt Test.

 
On February 8th, 2015, I did another belt test.  This time I tested 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu, which is I tested from 5th level to 4th level in Shotokan Karate.

The first part of the test was Kihon which means techniques.  Here is what I had to do for Kihon this time:

From another angle.

  1. Zenkutsu-dachi Gedan-gamae
    • Chudan Oi-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
    • Jodan Age-uke, Gyaku-zuki – stepping backward five (5) times
    • Chudan Soto-uke, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
    • Koukutsu-dachi Shutou-uke – stepping backward five (5) times
    • Gedan Barai, Nekoashi-dachi, Chudan Uchi-uke, Zenkutsu-dachi, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
  2. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Mae-geri – stepping forward five (5) times
  3. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Mawashi-geri – stepping forward five (5) times
  4. Kiba-dachi
    • Yoko Ke-age – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-age – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-komi – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-komi – steppubg forward four (4) times
  5. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Turning Ura-ken, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times

After that, we were tested on Kumite.  The Kumite that we did this time was called Kihon-Ippon-Kumite, which is five (5) techniques, one (1) step.  They are listed as follows:

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Multiple Belt Test

Receiving Purple BeltTo continue sharing of my Shotokan Karate, you can read my post about Shotokan Karate, and my post about my First Ever Belt Test.

On November 17th, I had another multiple level belt tests.  I tested to go from Orange belt (8th kyu) to Blue belt (7th kyu), from Blue belt (7th kyu) to Green belt (6th kyu) and lastly, from Green belt (6th kyu) to 1st Purple belt (5th kyu).  Overall, it was a busy day at the dojo.  Our Sensei was testing over 20 students ranging in level from White belt (10th kyu) to 1st Purple belt (5th kyu), and quite a few students this time were testing for more than one level.

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First Ever Belt Tests

To read more about my Karate Journey, you can read about my Shotokan, Multiple Belt Test and 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test.

roundhousesnapkick02I wrote recently about stating to study Shotokan Karate at Samurai Dojo, which I started in June of this year.

On August 10th of this year, the dojo did belt testing for all the adults that were ready to test, and I was one of them.  There were five (5) students testing for their Yellow Belt, five (5) testing for their Orange Belt, and one (1) testing for his Blue Belt.  There are different ranks in different in styles of karate, and in my opinion, no one system is any better than any other.  Below is listed the different belt ranks for Shotokan and Matsubayashi-Ryu:

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Shotokan

To read more about my Karate Journey, you can read about my First Ever Belt Test, Multiple Belt Test and 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test.

Japan Karate Shoto FederationI’ve recently decided to start again at the beginning of my Karate journey.  While living in Thailand, I’ve studied Muay Thai for about 6 months, and I studied Chen style Tai Chi for about 4 months.  While here, I’ve been here in Thailand, I’ve tried finding Matsubayashi-ryu or even Shorin-ryu, but the closest I can get for those is either New Zealand, China or Okinawa.  Outside of Muay Thai, what you mainly find here in Thailand is Taekwondo, which I’m not a very big fan of.  I had pretty much given up on going back to classes and started to relearn our katas from Osensei Shoshin Nagamine, which was OK for a while.  The problem being that with something like this, I’m not very good at learning on my own.  I had a few questions about some of the movements in the katas, and didn’t really have anybody to ask.  Some of the things came back to me as I worked through them, but not everything.

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Advanced Yoga Practitioner Course — Week 4

AYPCCert

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Day 7

We started off the day reviewing the Vayus. If you want to read the main information about the Vayus, you can look HERE. We talked about what the different Vayus represent. The Prana Vayu is the Master Vayu. Prana Vayu controls all the other Vayus. Samana Vayu, the equalizing force, is said to help with your will power. Vyana Vayu, the outward moving force, is said to help with your forgiveness. Udana Vayu, the upward moving force, is said to help with spiritually. Apana Vayu, the downward moving force, is to help you with letting things go.

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Advanced Yoga Practitioner Course — Week 3

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana 02Don’t forget to read my other posts about My Yoga Journey.

Day 5

We started off this class doing a bit of a review of what we learned so far to date in the Yoga Advanced Practitioners Course. We followed this a little talking a little bit about Prana Vayu. Prana Vayu are the forces at work in the body. They move inwards, outwards, upwards and downwards. We mainly focused on two (2) this day. They are as follows:

Udana Vayu – The Upward Force

Connecting to the inhale and concentrated physically from the navel up towards the throat. This acts as the force of speach, singing, vomiting, and is said to carry the soul on to other births after death. On a subtle level this relates to enthusiasm, effort, and mental growth. Udana is responsible forlifting up of your body and mentality on an energetic, directional level; both inside the body and inside your life. Two (2) different currents of energy are said to move upwards; prana and udana, but the movement patterns are slightly different. Udana rises up along the spine and acts as the force of speech, and is concentrated mostly in the upper chest and throat area. Udana is also the force by which kundalini rises and which the spirit leaves the body a few days ater the physical body dies. Prana which has it’s home in the head moves inwards through respiration and has a general movement of expanding and lifting.

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