TSKUK / WTKO DAN GRADINGS

3rd Dan +

Febuary

1st / 2nd Dan

April

3rd Dan +

September

1st Dan / 2nd Dan

November

When are the gradings

TSKUK NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL COURSES

The TSKUK holds two national and two international courses each year and dates for these are available to view on our Calendar along with information of times and venues (please note, dates are subject to change).

The national courses are held in April (Southend, Essex) and in November (Norwich, Norwich). These courses give the opportunity for TSKUK students to grade for 1st or 2nd Dan.

The international courses held over a weekend in Southend and Norwich during February and September give TSKUK students a 3rd Dan + WTKO grading.

TSKUK Grading Stamps

Below is a table showing the seven TSKUK grading stamps available in 2017 / 2018.

SYLLABUS

Kihon

The most basic form of karate training, kihon consists of repeating individual techniques many times.

Kata

Kata (form) consists of a predefined sequence of karate defences and attacks against a number of imaginary opponents.

Kumite

Kumite (sparring) is the main training method in which techniques can be used against real opponents.

TSKUK / WTKO DAN GRADE SYLLABUS

Minimum Grading Requirements

Minimum 10 months training period, 80 lessons & 10 TSKUK official stamps (Compulsory) 3 stamps to be obtained within the 10 month period leading up to the grading. Minimum age requirements: 9 years old

Instructors authorisation

Students must demonstrate an upgrading of quality in stance, speed and power. Kata should be performed without mistakes and using tempo, continuation and transmission of power. Kumite should be accurate in offence and demonstrate effective defence and counter-attack.

KIHON (BASICS)
NB: All from gedan-barai (groin block)
1. Sanbonzuki X 3 Forward Steps (triple punch) / mawatte (turn) Gyaku-zuki (reverse punch ready)

2. Rotate forward 360’ gyaku-zuki chudan X 3 (reverse punch stomach level)

3. Step back age-uke mae-geri gyaku-zuki X 3 (head block / front kick – back leg kicks – reverse punch)

4. Step forward soto-uke in zenkutsu-dachi enpi uraken in kiba-dachi (outside block in front stance elbow strike back fist in horse stance) gyaku-zuki in zenkutsu-dachi X 3 (reverse punch in front stance)

5. Step back shuto-uke in kokutsu-dachi (knife hand block in back stance) mae-geri (front kick with front-leg) nukite in zenkutsu-dachi X 3 (spear-hand strike in front stance)

6. Step forward uchi-uke kizami-zuki gyaku-zuki, X 3 (inside block snap punch reverse punch) / mawatte (turn)

7. Mae-geri chudan mae-geri jodan nidan-geri X 3 (front kick stomach front kick head two-level jumping kick) / mawatte (turn)

8. Step forward mae-geri yoko-geri kekomi X 3 (front kick side thrust kick with same leg), / mawatte (turn)

9. From kiba-dachi (horse stance). Yoko-geri keage (side snap kick) change leg yoko-geri kekomi (side thrust kick) X 3

10. Mawashi-geri gyaku-zuki (roundhouse kick reverse punch) X 3, / mawatte (turn)

11. Ushiro-geri gyaku-zuki, (back kick reverse punch) X 3, / mawatte (turn)

12. Step forward double jodan shuto-uchi X 3 (head level knife hand-strike from outside then inside)

KATA (FORM)

Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion or Enpi (candidates choice) & Heian Shodan – Godan or Tekki Shodan Kata selected by the grading panel.

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Jiyu Ippon : One-Attack Semi-Free Sparring from Jiyu Kamae Jodan oi-zuki (head lunge punch). Chudan oi-zuki (stomach lunge punch). Mae-geri (front kick). Mawashi-geri (roundhouse kick). Ushiro-geri (back kick).

Jiyu Kumite: Free Sparring

Minimum Grading Requirements
Minimum 24 months training period, 192 lessons & 6 TSKUK official stamps (Compulsory)
(all stamps must be obtained after 1st Dan).

Minimum age requirements: 13 years old

KIHON (BASICS)

NB: All from jiyu kamae (free ready position)
1. Kizami-zuki Sanbonzuki X 3 Forward Steps (snap punch triple punch) / mawatte (turn)

2. Kizami-zuki mae-geri oi-zuki X 3 (snap punch front kick lunge punch stomach level)

3. Step back age-uke forward mawashi-geri uraken oi-zuki (head block / roundhouse kick back fist strike kick lunge punch stomach level) / mawatte (turn)

4. Ushiro-geri uraken gyaku-zuki X 3 (back kick back fist reverse punch) / mawatte (turn)

5. Gyaku mawashi-geri X 3 (inside roundhouse kick) / mawatte (turn)

6. Ura mawashi-geri gyaku-zuki X 3 (reverse roundhouse kick reverse punch) / mawatte (turn)

7. Facing examiner: mae-geri, yoko-geri keage, ushiro-geri X 3 (front kick, side kick, back kick same leg, do not put down) left and right side

8. Gyaku-zuki distance control (reverse punch with a target) X 10 each side

KATA (FORM)

Tokui kata – Favourite kata from WTKO sanctioned list (candidates choice) & Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion or Enpi Kata selected by the grading panel.

KUMITE (SPARRING)
Jiyu Kumite: Free Sparring

Minimum Grading Requirements

TSKUK authorisation

Minimum 36 months training period, 288 lessons & 6 TSKUK official stamps (Compulsory)
(all stamps must be obtained after 2nd Dan).

Minimum age requirements: 21 years old

KIHON (BASICS)

NB: All from jiyu kamae (Free ready position)

1. Kizami-zuki gyaku-zuki choku-zuki oi-zuki gyaku-zuki (gohon renzoku oi-komi – five tsuki one step plus yori-ashi) X 3 / mawatte

2. Step forward age-enpi (kokutsu-dachi), mawashi-enpi (zenkutsu-dachi), yoko-enpi (kiba-dachi) X 3 / mawatte.

3. Gyaku mawashi-geri mawashi-geri (same leg), mawatte.

4. Ura mawashi-geri gyaku-zuki, X 3 / mawatte.

5. Mae-geri oi-zuki, mawashi-geri uraken, ushiro-geri gyaku-zuki X 3

6. Facing examiner: mae-geri, yoko-geri keage, ushiro-geri, mawashi-geri X 3 (same leg, do not put down) left and right side

KATA (FORM)

Tokui kata – Favourite kata from WTKO sanctioned list (candidates choice) & Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion or Enpi Kata selected by the grading panel.

KUMITE (SPARRING)

Jiyu Kumite: Free Sparring

Minimum Grading Requirements

Minimum 48 months training period, 384 lessons & 6 TSKUK official stamps (Compulsory)
(all stamps must be obtained after 3rd Dan)

Minimum age requirements: 25 years old

TSKUK authorisation

KIHON (BASICS)

Examinee must have mastered all karate techniques, can understand their principles, apply them fully and be able to give general instruction. Questions will be asked in reference to a basic technique.

KATA (FORM)

Tokui kata – Favourite kata from WTKO sanctioned list (candidates choice) & Tekki Nidan, Tekki Sandan, Bassai-dai, Jion, Enpi, Kanku-dai, Hangetsu, Jitte Kata selected by the grading panel.

KUMITE (SPARRING)
Jiyu kumite or (by prior arrangement with examining board) either self-defense or detailed explanation of tokui-waza with a partner.

Minimum Grading Requirements

Minimum 60 months training period, 480 lessons & 6 TSKUK official stamps (Compulsory)
(all stamps must be obtained after 4th Dan)

Minimum age requirements: 30 years old

TSKUK authorisation

KIHON (BASICS)

Examinee must have attained an exceptionally high level of karate technique and displayed originality in their karate. Questions will be asked in reference to a basic technique.

KATA (FORM)

Tokui kata – Favourite kata from WTKO sanctioned list (candidates choice) & Bassai-sho, Kanku-sho, Jiin, Wankan, Chinte, Unsu, Sochin Kata selected by the grading panel.

KUMITE (SPARRING)
Jiyu kumite or (by prior arrangement with examining board) either self-defense or detailed explanation of tokui-waza with a partner.

Minimum Grading Requirements

Minimum 72 months training period, 672 lessons & 6 TSKUK official stamps (Compulsory)
(all stamps must be obtained after 5th Dan)

Minimum age requirements: 40 years old

TSKUK authorisation

KIHON (BASICS)

Examinee must have obtained an exceptionally high level of karate both in technique and soul. Questions will be asked in reference to a basic technique.

KATA (FORM)

Tokui kata. Examiner chooses from:Bassai-dai, Bassai-sho, Kanku-dai, Kanku-sho,  Jion, Jiin, Enpi, Hangetsu, Tekki Nidan, Tekki Sandan, Nijushiho, Gojushiho-sho, Gojushiho-dai, Meikyo, Jitte, Gankaku, Wankan, Chinte, Unsu, Sochin and ask questions about the examinee’s tokui kata.

KUMITE (SPARRING)
Jiyu kumite or (by prior arrangement with examining board) either self-defense or detailed explanation of tokui-waza with a partner.