Wado Kai Syllabus Karate

Wado Kai Karate belts grading system is broken down into units known as Kyu grades. A cross-section of exercises is required in order to progress to the next level.

Children under 16 are split up into sub Kyu grades known as Mon grades.

In order to train you must have a current license.  Get in contact with us for an application form.

Wado Kai Karate at Stadium Karate

Breakdown

There are 8 grades to be completed as part of the Wado Kai karate belts grading system before training for black belt.  The time required to do this varies.

Normally a student training twice weekly can expect to reach black belt within 5 years.  However, it is possible for students who train harder and more often to achieve this in as little as 2 or 3 years.

Each of the following techniques must be performed numerous times as part of the Wado Kai Karate belts grading system. This is to ensure your sensei is satisfied that you are proficient in the subject area.

  • Kihon Waza covers basic techniques.
  • Renkei Waza focuses on combination techniques. These build on the basic techniques and assess your ability to put them to more effective use.
  • Ippon Kumite is one-step-sparring. You will be partnered and perform short combinations of attack and defence with your partner. Your attack and defence of the following areas will be assessed during this process:
    • Jodan on the head.
    • Chudan Uke, the torso. 
    • Maegeri Uke, against kicks.

Kihon Kumite (‘Basic’ Sparring)

Kumite, focuses on a pre-arranged sequences of moves. This exercise focuses on relying on body shifting or deflection.  In addition, a simultaneous counterattack is required rather than explicit blocks used in previous exercises.

Kata  Katas are pre-arranged sequences of moves.

Wado Kai Karate Belts grading System

Below is the Wado Kai Karate belts grading system structure, starting with 9th Ryu.  Click each individual grade for the belt requirements.  If you have any queries regarding progression when transferring from a different club or country, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss.

Grading is governed by the Official National Amateur Karate Association of Ireland.

9TH KYU (Red Belt)

Kihon waza, dachi/tsuki/keri/uke

Basic techniques, stance, punch, kick, block

  1. Shiko, achi dachi/sonoba zuki
    (low, wide stance/punch)
  2. Shiko, achi dachi/jodan uke
    (low, wide stance/upper block)
  3. Shiko, achi dachi/gedan barai
    (low, wide stance/downward sweep)
  4. Zenkutsu dachi/jodan uke/gyakazuki
    (forward stance/upper block/opposite punch)
  5. Kokutsu dachi/gedan barai/gyakazuki
    (backward stance/downward sweep/opposite punch)
  6. Kamae dachi/maegeri chudan
    (fighting stance/front kick)
  7. Kamae dachi/sokuto fumikomi
    (fighting stance/side kick)
  8. Kamae dachi/maegeri chudan/gyakazuki chudan
    (fighting stance/front kick/step back/opposite punch)

 

8TH KYU (Yellow Belt)

Kihon waza, zuki/keri

  1. Junzuki, mawatte jodan uke
    (straight punch, turning upper block)
  2. Gyakazuki, mawatte gedan barai
    (opposite punch, turning downward sweep)
  3. Maegeri chudan (front kick)
  4. Surikomi maegeri chudan (one step front kick)
  5. Sokuto fumikomi (side stamping kick)

Renraku waza (combination techniques)

  1. Maegeri chudan-tobikomizuki jodan
    (front kick-snap punch)
  2. Surikomi maegeri chudan-tobikomizuki jodan
    (one step front kick-snap punch)
  3. Maegeri chudan-gyakazuki chudan
    (front kick-opposite punch)
  4. Surikomi maegeri chudan-gyakazuki chudan
    (one step front kick-opposite punch)

Kata

Pinan nidan

 

7TH KYU (Orange Belt)

Kihon-tsuki/keri

  1. Kette junzuki
  2. Kette gyakazuki
  3. Chudan mawashigeri
  4. Chudan sokuto

Renraku waza (combination tech)

Maegeri-mawashigeri-gyakazuki
Surikomi maegeri-mawashigeri-gyakazuki

Sanbon gumite

Chudan soto uke
Ghudan uchi uke
Chudan maegeri uke gohonme (5)
Chudan maegeri uke ropponme (6)

Kata

Pinan shodan

 

6TH KYU (Green Belt)

Kihon waza tsuki-keri

  1. Junzuki no tsukomi
  2. Gyakazuki no tsukomi
  3. Tobokomizuki
  4. Surikomi mawashigeri chudan
  5. Surikomi sokuto chudan

Renraku waza

  1. Maegeri chudan-sokuto fumikomi-gyakazuki
  2. Surikomi maegeri chudan-sokuto chudan-gyakazuki

Sanbon gumite

  1. Jodan uke nihonme (no. 2)
  2. Jodan uke yonhonme (no. 4)
  3. Maegeri uke sanbonme (no.3)
  4. Maegeri uke yonhonme (no. 4)

Ohyu gumite

Ipponme

Kata

Pinan sandan

Jiyu kumite

 

5TH KYU (Blue Belt)

Kihon waza tsuki-keri

  1. Kette junzuki
  2. Kette gyakazuki
  3. Kette junzuki no tsukomi
  4. Kette gyakazuki no tsukomi
  5. Nagashizuki
  6. Ushirogeri gedan
  7. Sokuto chudan
  8. Nidan geri jodan

Renraku waza

  1. Mawashigeri-ushirogeri- gyakazuki
  2. Surikomi sokuto fumikomi-ushirogeri gedan-uraken

Sanbon gumite

  1. Jodan uke ipponme (no. 1)
  2. Jodan uke sanbonme (no. 3)
  3. Maegeri uke ipponme (no. 1)
  4. Maegeri uke nihonme (no. 2)

Ohyu gumite

Nihonme

Kata

Pinan yodan

Jiyu kumite

 

4TH KYU (Purple Belt)

Kihon waza tsuki/keri

  1. Kette junzuki
  2. Kette gyakazuki
  3. Kette junzuki no tsukomi
  4. Kette gyakazuki no tsukomi
  5. Tobikomizuki
  6. Nagashizauki
  7. Mawashigeri jodan
  8. Sokuto jodan
  9. Ushirogeri chudan

Renraku waza

  1. Maegeri-nagashizuki-gyakazuki
  2. Surikomi maegeri-nagashizuki-mawashigeri chudan
  3. Maegeri-mawashigeri-ushirogeri-gyakazuki

Sanbon gumite

Candidates must be familiar with all 4 jodan uke techniques and also all 6 maegeri uke techniques as they will be asked to perform any 2 of each.

Ohyu gumite

Sanbonme

Kata

Pinan godan

Jiyu kumite

 

3RD (Brown Belt)

Kihon waza

  1. Kette junzuki
  2. Kette gyakazuki
  3. Kette junzuki no tsukomi
  4. Kette gyakazuki no tsukomi
  5. Tobikomizuki
  6. Nagashizuki
  7. Uroshigeri chudan
  8. Sokuto chudan

Renraku waza

  1. Surikomi maegeri-mawashigeri-ushirogeri-gyakazuki
  2. Maegeri-nagashizuki-gyakazuki-mawashigeri chudan
  3. Surikomi maegeri-sokuto fumikomi-ushirogeri-uraken

Ohyu gumite

Ipponme, nihonme, yohonme

Kihon kumite

Ipponme, nihonme, 1, 2

Kata

Kushanku

 

2ND KYU (Brown Belt)

Kihon waza tsuki/keri

  1. Kette junzuki
  2. Kette gyakazuki
  3. Kette junzuki no tsukomi
  4. Kette gyakazuki no tsukomi
  5. Tobikomizuki
  6. Nagashizuki
  7. Mawashigeri jodan
  8. Sokuto jodan
  9. Ushirogeri chudan
  10. Nidan geri jodan

Renraku waza

  1. Surikomi maegeri-nagashizuki-mawashigeri jodan
  2. Maegeri-mawashigeri-ushirogeri-gyakazuki
  3. Zenshinshite jodan-renzuki chudan-surikomi maegeri-nagashizuki-gyakazuki

Ohyu gumite

  1. Sanbonme
  2. Yohonme
  3. Gohonme

Kihon kumite

  1. Sanbonme
  2. Yohonme

Kata

Naihanchi

 

1ST KYU (Brown Belt)

Kihon waza

  1. Kette junzuki
  2. Kette gyakazuki
  3. Kette junzuki no tsukomi
  4. Kette gyakazuki no tsukomi
  5. Nagashizuki
  6. Surikomi mawashigeri jodan
  7. Ushirogeri chudan
  8. Surikomi sokuto jodan

Renraku waza

  1. Zenshinshite jodan-renzuki chudan-maegeri-mawashigeri-ushirogeri-gyakazuki
  2. Surikomi jodanzuki-renzuki chudan-surikomi maegeri-mawashigeri-ushirogeri-uraken jodan
  3. Zenshinshite jodan-renzuki chudan-maegeri-nagashizuki-gyakazuki-mawashigeri jodan

Ohyu gumite-  no. 5, no.6, no.7

Kihon kumite

Roponme, nanahonme, 6, 7

Kata

Chinto

 

1ST DAN (Black Belt)

Kihon waza tsuki/keri

  1. Kette junzuki
  2. Kette gyakazuki
  3. Kette junzuki no tsukomi
  4. Kette gyakazuki no tsukomi
  5. Nagashizuki
  6. Surikomi mawashigeri jodan
  7. Mawashigeri jodan
  8. Ushirogeri chudan
  9. Surikomi sokuto jodan

Renraku waza

  1. Surikomi jodanzuki-renzuki chudan-maegeri-tobikomizuki-gyakazuki-surikomi mawashigeri jodan-gyakazuki
  2. Zenshinshite jodan-renzuki chudan-maegeri-mawashigeri-ushirogeri-gyakazuki
  3. Tsugiashi jodan-renzuki chudan-maegeri-tobikomizuki-nagashizuki-mawashigeri jodan

Ohyu gumite

Numbers 1-4

Kihon kumite

Numbers 1-4

Kata

Kushanku, chinto/basai, pinan kata on day

Jiyu kumite