Japan Karate Association – Shotokan Karate

Learn how to defend yourself with Shotokan Karate

Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre is affiliated with the Japan Karate Association which is the oldest and largest karate association in the world! The Japan Karate Association is widely considered as the world’s leading body on Shotokan Karate.

Through our affiliation with the Japan Karate Association, we are able to offer you internationally recognised grades.

Sensei Mark travels to Tokyo Japan several times a year where he undergoes intense karate training at JKA headquarters.

You can see what a typical Japan Karate Association class at Bujutsu looks like in this video.

Many of the techniques taught at Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre were developed by Sensei Mark in response to common attacks he observed happening in the community and to attacks he and other police officers were being confronted with on the streets.

Bujutsu and Sensei Mark are members of the NSW Karate Federation and the Australian Karate Federation. In fact, we are the only school in our area who are members of the NSW Karate Federation and the Australian Karate Federation. This means that Bujutsu students have the ability to make the NSW Karate Team and the Australian Karate Team.

You never know when you might be faced with a situation that requires you to defend yourself. We teach our students how to defend themselves against a wide range of kicks, punches, knife and gun attacks. You’ll have the confidence to disarm an attacker. If you’re lucky you will never have to use your self defence skills, but having them could save your life.

         

Regardless of whether you are interested in competition or self defence, if you want to be the best, you have to train with the best.

A balance between traditional and modern

At Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, we focus on realistic training that can be applied to situations that you might find yourself in when on street. Sensei Mark has been graded by Japanese Sensei to 4th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. Our classes are Shotokan based, but have an emphasis on reality based self defence.

Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are also taught.

Increase your fitness

Another benefit of learning karate is the fitness aspect. Karate not only improves your mental ability, but it’s also a great way to increase your fitness level. Our classes contain a good balance between cardiovascular endurance and strength training. You will find yourself getting stronger, becoming more coordinated and flexible.

Kata

There are 27 Kata in the JKA Shotokan System. Video of the kata’s can be found here.

Karate Grading Syllabus

Our Karate grades are internationally recognised in thousands of dojos right around the globe.

10th Kyu White Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】In place basics in SHIZEN TAI

1. CHUUDAN CHOKUZUKI

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE

4. GEDAN BARAI

5. MAEGERI (HEISOKU DACHI, GEDAN KAKIWAKE)

* “GOREI” command (From right side in turn for each Waza)

9th Kyu Yellow and White Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】In place basics in SHIZEN TAI to ZENKUTSU DACHI and back to SHIZEN TAI

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE,

4. MAEGERI (ZENKUTSUDACHI, GEDAN KAKIWAKE)

* “GOREI” command (From right side two action in turn for each WAZA)

8th Kyu Yellow Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】IDOU KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE (step in)

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE (step in)

4. GEDAN BARAI (step in)

5. KOKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in HEISOKU DACHI, right and left 2 times each)

【KATA】 TAIKYOKYU SHODAN

【KUMITE】 GOHON KUMITE (JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN JUNZUKI)

7th Kyu Orange Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】IDOU KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE (step back)

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE (step in)

4. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE (step back)

5. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, stepping in, right and left)

【KATA】 HEIAN SHODAN

【KUMITE】 GOHON KUMITE (JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI)

6th Kyu Green Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE (step back)

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE (step in)

4. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE (step back)

5. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

8. YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

【KATA】 HEIAN NIDAN

【KUMITE】 KIHON IPPON KUMITE (JOUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left)

5th Kyu Blue Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

4. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, CHUUDAN GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

5. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

8. YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

【KATA】 HEIAN SANDAN

【KUMITE】 KIHON IPPON KUMITE (JOUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN MAEGERI – right and left, GEDAN KAKIWAKE – right and left)

4th Kyu Purple Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

4. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

5. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

8. YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

【KATA】 HEIAN YONDAN

【KUMITE】 KIHON IPPON KUMITE (JOUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN MAEGERI GEDAN KAKIWAKE – right and left, CHUUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI – right and left)

3rd Kyu Brown Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

4. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

5. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

6. MAEREGI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. REN GERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE CHUUDAN, JOUDAN) (step in)

8. MAWASHIGERI

9. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

10. YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

【KATA】 HEIAN GODAN

【KUMITE】 KIHON IPPON KUMITE (JOUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUDAN MAEGERI GEDAN KAKIWAKE – right and left, CHUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI – right and left)

2nd Kyu Brown Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

3. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE in ZENKUTSU DACHI, changing stance to KIBA DACHI, YOKO ENPI, YOKO URAKEN UCHI (step in)

4. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

5. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. REN GERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE, CHUUDAN, JOUDAN) (step in)

8. MAWASHI GERI (step in)

9. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

10. YOKOGERI KEKOMI (in ZENKUTSUDATI) (step in)

【KATA】 TEKKI SHODAN

【KUMITE】 JIYUU IPPON KUMITE (JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN MAEGERI, CHUUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI right)

1st Kyu Brown Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

3. JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

4. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, YOKO ENPI, YOKO URAKEN UCHI (ZENKUTSU DACHI changing stance to KIBA DACHI) (step in)

5. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

6. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

7. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

8. RENGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE CHUUDAN, JOUDAN) (step in)

9. MAWASHIGERI (step in)

10. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

11. YOKOGERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

【KATA】 BASSAI DAI, KANKU DAI, ENPI or JION (your choice)

【KUMITE】 JIYU IPPON KUMITE (JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN MAEGERI, CHUUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI, JOUDAN MAWASHIGERI) right

* Inform your choice of JOUDAN or CHUUDAN for MAWASHIGERI

Shodan – 1st Degree Black Belt

6 months training – 52 classes

Must be 12 years or older.

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

3. JOUDAN AGEUKE, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

4. CHUUDAN SOTOUKE, YOKOENPI, YOKOURA KENUCHI, GYAKUZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI changing stance to KIBA DACHI changing stance to ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

5. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, KIZAMI ZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (step back)

6. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

7. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

8. RENGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE CHUUDAN, JOUDAN) (step in)

9. MAWASHIGERI (step in)

10. YOKOGERI KEAGE (KIBADACHI – right and left) (step in)

11. YOKOGERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSUDACHI)

【KATA】 BASSAI DAI, KANKU DAI, ENPI or JION (your choice)

【KUMITE】 JIYU IPPON KUMITE (right JOUDAN JUNZUKI, right CHUUDAN JUNZUKI, right CHUUDAN MAEGERI, right CHUUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI, right CHUUDAN MAWASHI GERI – one side only)

* Inform your choice of JOUDAN or CHUUDAN for MAWASHIGERI

Nidan – 2nd Degree Black Belt

12 months of training at Shodan

  • note black belt grading times are calculated on training 4 nights a week.
  • if you train 2 nights a week it will take you 2 years.
  • if you train 1 night a week it will take you 4 years.

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

3. AGEUKE, SOTOUKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

4. UCHIUKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOKUTSU DACHI to ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

5. KOUKUTSHU SHUTOUUKE, KIZAMI MAEGERI, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

6. RENGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE CHUUDAN, JOUDAN) (step in)

7. YOKOGERI KEAGE, YOKOGERI KEKOMI (KIBA DACHI, alternate feet)

8. YOKOGERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

9. MAWASHIGERI (step in)

10. AGEUKE (step back), MAWASHIGERI, YOKOURA KENUCHI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

【KATA】 Student’s favorite KATA

【KUMITE】 JIYU KUMITE

Sandan – 3rd Degree Black Belt

2 year of training at Nidan

Must be 18 years or older

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. JOUDAN KIZAMI ZUKI, JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI (free Kamae) (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGEUKE, CHUUDAN SOTOUKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

3. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, KIZAMI ZUKI, GYAKU ZUKI (KOKUTSU DACHI to ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

4. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, KIZAMI MAEGERI, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

5. AGEUKE (step back), MAWASHIGERI, YOKOURA KENUCHI, CHUUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

6. MAEGERI, GYAKUZUKI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI, GYAKUZUKI, MAWASHIGERI, GYAKUZUKI (alternate feet ) (step in)

【KATA】 Student’s favorite KATA

【KUMITE】 JIYU KUMITE

Yondan – 4th Degree Black Belt

3 years of training at Sandan

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

2. AGEUKE, SOTOUKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

3. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOKUTSU DACHI, ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

4. SHUTOUUKE, KIZAMI MAEGERI, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

5. MAEGERI, JUNZUKI (step in)

6. MAEGERI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

7. YOKOGERI KEKOMI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

8. MAWASHIGERI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

9. MAEGERI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI, USHIROGERI (ZENKUTSU DACHI same feet right and left)

【KATA】 from HEIAN SHODAN to TEKKI NIDAN specified by examiner, Student’s favorite KATA

【KUMITE】 JIYU KUMITE

Godan – 5th Degree Black Belt

4 years training at Yondan

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

2. AGEUKE, SOTOUKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

3. CHUUDAN UCHIUKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOUKUTSU DACHI, ZENKUTSUDACHI) (step in)

4. SHUTOU UKE, KIZAMI MAEGERI, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

5. MAEGERI, JOUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI (step in)

6. YOKOGERI KEKOMI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

7. MAWASHIGERI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

8. MAEGERI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI, MAWASHIGERI, GYAKUZUKI (alternate feet) (step in)

9. MAEREGI, YOKOGERI KEKOMI, USHIROGERI (ZENKUTSUDACHI, with same foot, right and left)

【KATA】 from HEIAN SHODAN to TEKKI SANDAN – specified by examiner, Student’s favorite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】 JIYU KUMITE

Rokudan – 6th Degree Black Belt

6 years of training at Godan

【KIHON】 Specified by examiner

【KATA】 BASSAIDAI, KANKUUDAI, ENPI, or JION – specified by examiner   Student’s favorite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】 JIYUU KUMITE

– Question and Answer Session on technique

– Submit a report on technique on the exam day

Shichidan – 7th Degree Black Belt

7 years of training at Rokudan

Must be 50 years of age or older.

【KIHON】 Specified by examiner

【KATA】 Student’s favorite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】 JIYUU KUMITE

– Question and Answer Session on technique

– Submit a report on technique on the exam day

Hachidan – 8th Degree Black Belt

7 year training at Rokudan.

Must be 60 years of age or older.

Recommendation by Shihankai.

Kudan – 9th Degree Black Belt

8 years training at Hachidan

Recommendation by Shihankai.

Judan – 10th Degree Black Belt

9 years training at 9th Kudan

Recommendation by Shihankai.