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)
  2. Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Same leg mae-geri, mawashi-geri, gyakuo-zuki (step forward three times)
  3. Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Ushiro-geri, gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)
  4. Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Turning, stepping forward ura-ken, gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)
  5. Mawatte gedan-gamae from zenkutsu-dachi
      Same leg yoko-geri ka-age ke-komi (step forward three times)
  6. 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.


Thank you for reading.


Always remember:  Nothing worth having in life is easy.

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