This is a summary of the BAA Kyu Grading Syllabus.
|6th Kyu – White Belt|
Ukemi – side and back breakfalls
|Randori-no-kata 1–5 (left or right, candidate’s choice)||Kakarigeiko – single attacker, with open-handed attack which must include Shomen-ate and Yokomen-uchi.|
|5th Kyu – Yellow Belt (Minimum of 40 hrs of practice)|
Tandoku-undo (Sections 1–3)
Ukemi – Forward roll
|Randori-no-kata 1–10 (left or right, candidate’s choice)||Kakarigeiko – single attacker with or without Tanto, to include Shomen and Yokomen (Aigamae|
and Gyakugamae) attacks.
|4th Kyu – Orange Belt (more than 3 months at 5th Kyu recommended)|
Ukemi – Kote-gaeshi, supported
Shikko – Forward/Turning
|Randori-no-kata 1–14 (performed left or right, examiner’s choice).|
Suwari-waza – 2 techniques (candidate’s choice, both students kneeling).
|Kakarigeiko – grasp attacks, Aigamae and Gyakugamae.|
Tanto Kakarigeiko – single attacker with Tanto.
|3rd Kyu – Green Belt more than 3 months at 4th Kyu recommended|
|Ukemi – Sumi-otoshi, supported.||Randori-no-kata|
Randori-no-kata-no-ura-waza (1 – 5)
Suwari-waza – 4 techniques (candidate’s choice, both students kneeling).
|Kakarigeiko – Multiple attackers e.g. Ninindori, with variation of attack, open-handed.|
Hikitategeiko – Single attacker with Tanto. Passive – no counters
|2nd Kyu – Blue Belt (more than 6 months at 3rd Kyu recommended)|
|Ukemi (floating/falling leaf)||Randori-no-kata|
Shichi-hon-no-kuzushi (1–7) to show balance disturbance, circular movement and control (no break falls)
Hikitategeiko – Single attacker with Tanto – ‘active’ (with counters).
|1st Kyu – Brown Belt (more than 9 months at 2nd Kyu recommended)|
Koryu-dai-Yon (1–14) to show balance disturbance, circular movement and control.
Kuzushi – demonstration of a variety of balance disturbances for randori.
Koryu-dai-san Suwari-waza Section A (8 techniques)
|Hikitategeiko – Empty-handed (Toshu)|
- At all levels after 6th Kyu, previous syllabus will be required at the discretion of the examiners.
- Duration, intensity and quantity of the ‘Application’ sections will be at the discretion of the examiners.
This is a summary of the techniques in the above katas.
Details for the exact requirements for each Kyu grade can be found on the BAA website.