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 HACHIJI DACHI

1. CHUDAN CHOKUZUKI

2. JODAN AGE UKE

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE

4. MAEGERI (HEISOKU DACHI, GEDAN KAKIWAKE)

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

You can see a video of this kihon by clicking on this link.

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. CHUDAN JUNZUKI

2. JODAN AGE UKE

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE

4. KOKUTSU SHUTO UKE

5. MAEGERI (ZENKUTSUDACHI, GEDAN KAKIWAKE)

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

You can see a video of this kihon by clicking on this link.

8th Kyu Yellow Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】IDOU KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JODAN AGE UKE (step in)

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE (step in)

4. GEDAN BARAI (step in)

5. KOKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

【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. CHUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JODAN AGEU UKE (step back)

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE (step in)

4. CHUDAN UCHI UKE (step back)

5. KOUKUTSU SHUTOU UKE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. YOKOGERI KEAGE (in HEISOKU DACHI, right and left alternating)

8. YOKO GERI KEKOMI (in HEISOKU DACHI, right and left alternating)

【KATA】 HEIAN SHODAN

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

6th Kyu Green Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JODAN AGE UKE (step back)

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE (step in)

4. CHUDAN UCHI UKE (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. CHUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JOUDAN AGE UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

4. CHUDAN UCHI UKE, CHUDAN 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 (JODAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUDAN JUNZUKI – right and left, CHUDAN MAEGERI – right and left, GEDAN KAKIWAKE – right and left)

4th Kyu Purple Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

3. JODAN AGE UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

4. CHUDAN SOTO UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

5. CHUDAN UCHI UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

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

7. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

8. YOKO GERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

9. YOKO GERI KEKOMI (in ZENKUTSU DACH) (step in)

【KATA】 HEIAN YONDAN

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

3rd Kyu Brown Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. CHUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

3. JODAN AGE UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

4. CHUDAN SOTO UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

5. CHUDAN UCHI UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

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

7. MAEREGI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

8. YOKO GERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

9. YOKO GERI KEKOMI (in ZENKUTSU DACH) (step in)

【KATA】 HEIAN GODAN

【KUMITE】 JIYU IPPON KUMITE (JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN MAEGERI – right and left)

2nd Kyu Brown Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN GYAKU ZUIKI (step in)

2. JODAN AGE UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

4. CHUDAN UCHI UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

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

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (step in)

7. MAWASHI GERI (step in)

8. YOKO GERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

10. YOKO GERI KEKOMI (in ZENKUTSU DATCH) (step in)

【KATA】 TEKKI SHODAN

【KUMITE】 JIYU IPPON KUMITE (JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN MAEGERI, CHUDAN YOKO GERI KEKOMI, MAWASHI GERI right and left)

1st Kyu Brown Belt

3 months training – 26 classes

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

2. JODAN AGE UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE, YOKO ENPI (ZENKUTSU DACHI changing stance to KIBA DACHI) (step in)

4. CHUDAN UCHI UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

5. KOKUTSU SHUTO UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step in)

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (on the spot, step in)

7. MAWASHIGERI (step in)

8. YOKO GERI KEAGE (in KIBA DACHI, right and left) (step in)

9. YOKO GERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

【KATA】 BASSAI DAI

【KUMITE】 JIYU IPPON KUMITE (JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN MAEGERI, CHUDAN YOKOGERI KEKOMI, MAWASHIGERI) right and left

* 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. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

2. JODAN AGE UKE, GYAKU ZUKI (step back)

3. CHUDAN SOTO UKE, YOKO ENPI, YOKOURA KENUCHI, GYAKUZUKI (ZENKUTSU DACHI changing stance to KIBA DACHI changing stance to ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

4. CHUDAN UCHI UKE, KIZAMI ZUKI, GYAKU ZUKI (KOUKUTSU DACHI to ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step back)

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

6. MAEGERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (on the spot, step in)

7. MAWASHI GERI (step in)

8. YOKO GERI KEAGE (KIBA DACHI – right and left) (step in)

11. YOKO GERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSU DACHI)

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

【KUMITE】 JIYU IPPON KUMITE (JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN MAE GERI, CHUDAN YOKO GERI KEKOMI, MAWWASHI GERI – right and left side)

* Inform your choice of JOUDAN or CHUDAN for MAWASHI GERI

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. CHUDAN JUNZUKI (step in)

2. JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN GYAKU ZUKI (step in)

3. SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

4. AGE UKE, SOTO UKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

5. UCHI UKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOKUTSU DACHI to ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

6. KOKUTSHU SHUTOU UKE, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

7. MAE GERI (GEDAN KAKIWAKE) (on the spot, step in)

8. YOKO GERI KEAGE, YOKO GERI KEKOMI (KIBA DACHI, alternate feet)

9. YOKO GERI KEKOMI (ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

10. MAWASHI GERI, YOKO URA KEN UCHI, CHUDAN GYAKU ZUKI (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. KIZAMI ZUKI, JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUUDAN GYAKUZUKI (step in)

2. AGE UKE, CHUDAN SOTO UKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

3. UCHI UKE, KIZAMI ZUKI, GYAKU ZUKI (KOKUTSU DACHI to ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

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

5. MAE GERI, GYAKUZUKI, YOKO GERI KEKOMI, GYAKUZUKI, MAWASHI GERI, GYAKUZUKI (alternate feet ) (step in)

6. USHIRO GERI (step in)

7. MAE GERI, YOKO GERI KEKOMI, USHIO GERI (ZENKUTSU DACHI same feet right and left)

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

【KUMITE】 JIYU KUMITE

Yondan – 4th Degree Black Belt

3 years of training at Sandan

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. KIZAMI ZUKI, SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

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

3. UCHI UKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOKUTSU DACHI, ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

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

5. MAE GERI, JUNZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

6. KIZAMI MAWASHI GERI, YOKO GERI KEKOMI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

7. MAE GERI, YOKO GERI KEKOMI, USHIRO GERI (ZENKUTSU DACHI same feet right and left)

【KATA】 Student’s favourite KATA (Question and Answer session)

【KUMITE】 JIYU KUMITE

Godan – 5th Degree Black Belt

4 years training at Yondan

【KIHON】 IDO KIHON Moving basics

1. KIZAMI ZUKI, SANBON RENZUKI (step in)

2. AGE UKE, SOTO UKE (with same arm), GYAKUZUKI (step back)

3. UCHI UKE, KIZAMIZUKI, GYAKUZUKI (KOUKUTSU DACHI, ZENKUTSU DACHI) (step in)

4. KOKUTSU SHUTOU UKE, KIZAMI MAE GERI, ZENKUTSU NUKITE (step back)

5. MAE GERI, JODAN JUNZUKI, CHUDAN GYAKUZUKI (step in)

6. YOKO GERI KEKOMI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

7. MAWASHI GERI, GYAKUZUKI (step in)

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

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

【KUMITE】 JIYU KUMITE

Rokudan – 6th Degree Black Belt

6 years of training at Godan

【KIHON】 Specified by examiner

【KATA】 from HEIAN SHODAN to TEKKI SANDAN, BASSAI DAI, KANKU DAI, ENPI, or JION – specified by examiner   Student’s favourite KATA (Question and Answer Session)

【KUMITE】 JIYUU KUMITE

– Question and Answer Session on technique

– Submit a report on technique on the exam day (Submitted one week in advance)

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.