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Testing Procedure at silverado Karate Dojo


Objective of Belt Testing

The purpose of the belt test is for students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of martial arts in the public and reviewed by the expert judges. Promotion of rank and new belt is given when a student successfully pass the test.

Eligibility for Belt Promotion 
Eligibility for belt promotion is determined by sensei/instructor’s assessment of each student’s experience and training progress. Consideration for belt promotion are based on student’s

  1. Outstanding attendance & work ethics and follow the dojo rules.
  2. Outstanding physical skill as well as knowledge of the art.
  3. Outstanding result in tournaments; both in form and sparring.

General Testing Guidelines

  • A minimum amount of time and classes must be attended in each testing cycle. See Minimum Time/Class Requirements for Belt Testing at the bottom of the page (Keep track)
  • Students will be given a testing notification at the beginning of each testing month.
  • Testing will usually take at least 1 hour. After a week of the test date, you will receive your new Belt, Diploma and new belt requirements
  • There is a testing fee according to the age and rank of the student


Note: not everyone will test every quarter. It is up to the Sensei to decide whether or not you are ready to test. Particularly at the intermediate and advanced ranks, it is not unusual to spend more than one quarter at the same rank.

Progress is indicated by rank and belt color

There are no hard and fast rules which dictate how long a student must practice before achieving any particular rank. With perseverance, acceptable attitude, and steady improvement, a dedicated student might be ready to receive the rank of brown belt (3rd kyu) after about two years, and black belt (1st degree) after about three years of constant training.


The student must demonstrate a working knowledge of the three phases of training: basics (kihon), forms (kata), and sparring (kumite). A student's rank should never be cause for disparagement by others or self deprecation any more than it should be cause for inordinate pride. The ideal evaluation should embrace the student's total gain in technique and self-mastery.


Students who want to be graded should practice each basic technique and kata at least five times each day outside of regular class for two weeks prior to grading, except it is advisable to keep the last day prior to examination free for relaxation.
Please be clean, well groomed, dressed in clean gi good condition and ready to go at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of kyu test. Usually there is a brief but intense practice prior to kyu test-do your best. The examination itself will consist of three parts; kihon (basic techniques), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).

In the first part of the kyu test, the student will be required to demonstrate approximately 10 repetitions of each basic technique (five in one direction, turn, and five back). The basic techniques are:



  • Age-uke (rising block-front stance)
  • Soto-uke (middle inside block-front stance)
  • Uchi-uke (middle outside block-front stance)
  • Gedan-barai (down block-front stance)
  • Shuto-uke (knife hand block-back stance)


  • Oi-zuki (lunge punch-front stance)
  • Gyaku-zuki (reverse punch-front stance)


  • Mai-geri (front kick-front stance)
  • Mawashi-geri (round kick-front stance)
  • Yoko-geri kekomi (side thrust kick-horse stance)
  • Yoko-geri keage (side snap kick-horse stance)
  • Ura-mawashi geri (round hook kick-front stance)
  • Ushiro-geri (back kick)
  • Ushiro-mawashi geri (back roundhouse kick)
  • Mikazuki-geri (crescent kick (inside to outside). Also called soto mikazuki geri)
  • Kakato otoshi-geri (rising kick to head with leg fully extended)


  1. Strong Spirit, clear mind, shows through eyes. Kiai!
  2. Low stance. Hips go in.
  3. Strong standing leg. Heel stays down.
  4. No power in shoulders. Strong pulling hand.
  5. Oi-zuki (lunge punch-front stance)
  6. Gyaku-zuki (reverse punch-front stance)

Rank Rank Name

Test Guide

Required Kata

Belt Color
10th Kyu Yu-Kyu

beginner - no testing

9th Kyu Ku-kyu

Heian Shodan 

8th Kyu Hachi-kyu Heian Nidan 
7th Kyu Shichi-kyu Heian Sandan
6th Kyu Roku-kyu Heian Yondan
5th Kyu Go-kyu Heian Godan

Sokugi Sono Ichi

4th Kyu Shi-kyu

Tekki Shodan

Sokugi Sono Ni 

3rd Kyu San-kyu

Basai Dai

Sokugi Sono San 

2nd Kyu Ni-kyu

Kanku Dai

Sokugi Sono Yon 

1st Kyu Ik-kyu

Jion or Empi

Sokugi Sono Go 

1st Dan Sho-dan Any Advance
2nd Dan Ni-dan Any Advance
3rd Dan San-dan Any Advance
Ages 5-17:
Novice = 7th kyu and under
Intermediate = 6th kyu - 3rd kyu
Advanced = 2nd kyu and up
Beginner = 1 year of training and under
Novice = 1 - 2 years
Intermediate = 2 - 3 years
Advanced = 3 years and up

TESTING LEVEL Minimum Classes Minimum Time
9th Kyu White to 8th Kyu Orange 16 Classes 3 months
8th Kyu Yellow to 7th Kyu Green 12 Classes 2 months
7th Kyu Orange 6th Kyu Green 24 Classes 3 months
6th Kyu Green to 5th Kyu Blue 32 Classes 4 months
5th Kyu Blue to 4th Kyu Blue 48 Classes 6 months
4th Kyu Purple to 3rd Kyu Brown 56 Classes 6 months
3rd Kyu Brown to 2nd Kyu Brown 60 Classes 6 months
2nd Kyu Brown to 1st Kyu Brown 68 Classes 6 months
1st Kyu Brown to 1st Dan 68 Classes 6 months
1st Dan to 2nd Dan 2 Years
2nd Dan to 3rd Dan 3 Years
3rd Dan to 4th Dan 4 Years
4th Dan to 5th Dan 5 Years
5th Dan to 6th Dan 6 Years



Silverado Shotokan Karate offers different belt systems according to four age groups in order to address the need of each group better. The belt system allows gradual, step by step and systematic presentation our comprehensive curriculum. We believe our belt system will enable our students to achieve success without getting overwhelmed. It also determines appropriate level you need to be in an official sports competition. Exceptional students with an outstanding work ethics, skills with outstanding competition accomplishments can sometime be accelerated in promotion of the ranks; ask our Silverado Shotokan Karate instructors for more details.


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