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Curriculum

  • Full SZA pre-school to advanced grades curriculum/syllabus
    Content Amendments: 15 Feb 2020 [Correction 17 Feb 2020]

    • Pre-School (Dinky Yellow to Dinky Black)
    • Novice Grades (Pre-Yellow 1 to Orange 7th Kyu)
    • Lower Intermediate Grades (Green 1 to Blue 5th Kyu)
    • Higher Intermediate Grades (Purple 1 to Brown 1st Kyu, including Jnr Black 1-2)
    • Advanced Grades (Jnr Black 3 & Shodan to Godan)

Grading Requirements

Pre-Schoo/ to Blue 5th Kyu Gradings are held at dojo/club level by the Dojo Head or the Senior Instructor ( Sandan and above).
Purple 1 to Jnr Black/1st Kyu Gradings are held at regional level by a panel of Senior Examiners.
Dan Gradings are held at national level by a panel of Senior Examiners.

  • Dinky grades: 10 classes are required to attempt grading.
  • Pre-Yellow to 5th Kyu: 30 classes are required to attempt grading.
  • 4th to 1st Kyu: 40 classes are required to attempt grading.
  • Shodan: 60 classes, since last grading, are required to attempt grading. Candidates must be 16 years or older.
  • Nidan: 24 months on Shodan (160 classes attended) required to attempt grading.
  • Sandan: 36 months on Nidan (240 classes attended) required to attempt grading.

Criteria for SZA Awards

Shotokan-ZA colours will be awarded by the Organisation to individuals as described below.

a. Level 1: Junior Colours
These colours will be awarded to all juniors (under 18) selected to represent Shotokan-ZA at an International Championship and/or who won a gold medal at the SZA National Championship or another national tournament as approved by the Executive.

b. Level 2: Half Colours
These colours will be awarded to seniors (18 and older) who won a gold medal at the SZA National Championship or another national tournament as approved by the Executive.

c. Level 3: Full Colours
These colours may be awarded to seniors who have been selected to represent Shotokan-ZA at International Championships, or members who meritoriously distinguished themselves.


List of Kata

Kata [Nr of moves – 1st Kiai – 2nd Kia]
01. Heian Shodan [21-09-17] 09. Bassai Dai [42-19-42] 18. Chinte [33-09-32]
02. Heian Nidan [26-11-26] 10. Kanku Dai [65-15-64] 19. Unsu [48-36-48]
03. Heian Sandan [20-10-20] 11. Jitte [24-13-24] 20. Sochin [40-28-40]
04. Heian Yondan [27-13-25] 12. Hangetsu [41-11-40] 21. Nijushiho [33-18-32]
05. Heian Godan [23-12-19] 13. Enpi [37-15-36] 22. Gojushiho Dai [62-54-61]
06. Tekki Shodan [29-15-29] 14. Gankaku [42-28-42] 23. Gojushiho Sho [65-57-64]
07. Tekki Nidan [24-16-24] 15. Jion [47-17-47] 24. Meikyo [32-32]
08. Tekki Sandan [36-16-36] 16. Bassai Sho [27-17-22] 25. Wankan [25-25]
17. Kanku Sho [47-06-47] 26. Jiin [35-11-35]

Terms

A list of terms that are commonly used in a Karate Dojo.

  • Rej – Bow
  • Yoi – Ready
  • Hajime – Begin
  • Yame – Stop
  • Mawate – Turn
  • Naote – Relax
  • Gedan Barai Kamai – Step Into Ready Position
  • Sensei – Teacher
  • Sempai – Senior
  • Makiwari – Punching Board
  • Kime – Focus

Counting:

  1. ichi
  2. ni
  3. san
  4. shi
  5. go
  6. roku
  7. shichi
  8. hachi
  9. ku
  10. ju

Stances (Dachi)

  • Hachiji Dachi            – Open Leg Stance
  • Zenkutsu Dachi        – Forward Stance
  • Kokutsu Dachi          – Back Stance
  • Kiba Dachi                 – Straddle Stance
  • Neko Ashi Dachi       – Cat Stance
  • Heisoku Dachi          – Formal Attention (Toes Together)
  • Musubi Dachi           – Informal Attention (Toes Apart)
  • Hachinoje Dachi      – Open Leg Stance
  • Renoje Dachi            – L Stance

Punches

  • Gyaku-zuki     – Reverse punch
  • Oi-zuki            – Stepping/lunge punch
  • Nukite             – Finger thrust
  • Kezame-zuki  – Punch off leading foot

Strikes

  • Enpi-uchi        – Elbow strike
  • Uraken-uchi   – Back fist strike
  • Tettsui-uchi    – Bottom fist strike
  • Shuto-uchi      – Knife hand strike

Blocks

  • Age-uki           – Rising block
  • Ude-uki           – Forearm block
  • Gedan-berai   – Down ward block
  • Shoto-uke       – Knife hand block

Kicks (Geri)

  • Ren-Geri                     – Double Front (Multiple) kick (first with front foot followed by back foot)
  • Mae-Geri                    – Front kick
  • Ushiro-geri                 – Back-kick
  • Yoko-geri-kekomi     – Side thrust kick
  • Yoko-geri-keage        – Side snap kick
  • Mawashi-geri             – Roundhouse kick
  • Mikazuki-geri            – Crescent kick
  • Nidan-geri                  – Double jump kick (first with back foot followed by back foot)

Sparring (Kumite)

  • Gohon kumite             – 5 step sparring
  • Sanbon kumite           – 3 step sparring
  • Kihon Ippon kumite  – Basic 1 step sparring
  • Jiyu Ippon kumite     – Semi free sparring
  • Jiyu kumite                 – Free sparring
  • Yakusoko kumite       – Appointment sparring
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