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Rank requirements
  The rank structure is divided into two categories. These are the kyu ranks and dan ranks. Kyu ranks rise from the lowest 10th kyu to 1st kyu. Dan ranks progress from 1st dan (shodan) upwards. The U. C. Karate Club belt system is as follows.

The link leads to the description of the requirements you are expected to meet if you are of the rank named. To become a purple belt / 4th kyu, for example, look at the green belt requirements.

All beginning students start at 10th kyu.
9th kyu White Belt
8th kyu Yellow Belt
7th kyu Yellow Belt
6th kyu Green Belt
5th kyu Green Belt
4th kyu Purple Belt
3rd kyu Brown Belt
2nd kyu Brown Belt
1st kyu Brown Belt
1+ kyu, Black Belt candidate
1st Dan (Shodan) Black Belt

  In addition there is a +/- system within each kyu. For example, a 7- is below a 7, and a 7 is below a 7+, which is below a 6-. (One should think of a 7+ as a very strong 7 and a 7- as a weaker 7.)

  The kyu examinations occur on two consecutive class periods, depending on class size. On the day(s) of the exam, students are expected to arrive early and warm up on their own. The committee of judges includes the Head Instructor, a panel of senior Black Belts, and a caller. Participants are evaluated on their proficiency, knowledge, effectiveness of techniques, spirit, and class participation. Promotionals can be stressful and therefore are a good test of how one performs under pressure.

  There is no set period of time for advancement through the ranks. Advancement depends upon the individual's dedication and effort, and it becomes increasingly more difficult as the student progresses. Some time after a student has practiced diligently for a number of years and has achieved the rank of 1+, Sensei Abe may ask him or her to take the examination for Black Belt.

White Belts / Yellow Belts.
  At the white belt level the student should learn intent. Although the student may not be able to perform the techniques exactly, he or she should begin to understand their purpose and to manifest that understanding. One does not do the movements as tricks nor just for exercise, but rather each movement has a meaning as an attack or defense. The white belt student should learn to perform the techniques as if really attacking or defending. The facial expression and focus in the eyes should show concentration and an understanding of the purpose of the movements.
  • Kihon
    • Kihon no tsuki (basic punches)
      • Sonoba-zuki
      • Jun-zuki
      • Gyaku-zuki
      • Jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
    • Kihon no keri (basic kicks)
      • Maegeri: chudan, jodan
      • Mawashigeri: chudan
      • Sokuto: chudan
    • Kihon no uke (basic guards)
      • Jodan-uke
      • Gedan-barai
      • Soto-uke
      • Uchi-uke
      • Shuto-uke (in Cat Stance)
  • Kata
    • Kihon no Kata (basic Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Pinan Kata (advanced Katas) No. 1
  • Kumite
    • Kiso Kumite No. 1 and 2
    • Jiyu Kumite for yellow belts only.
  • Karate Terms
    • Dojo - Practice hall
    • Karate gi - Karate uniform
    • Seiza - Kneel
    • Rei - Bow
    • Shomen-ni rei - Bow of respect for the dojo and the activity of Karate
    • Sensei-ni rei - Bow of respect for the teacher
    • Yoi - Ready, get ready
    • Yame - Stop or finish, return to ready position
    • Naore - Return to attention position
    • Hajime - Begin
    • Mawate - Turn around
    • Mokuso - Meditate
    • Kiai - Yell
    • Kyu - Class, ranking
    • Kata - Pre-arranged form
  • Other Skills and Knowledge
    • Standing bow
    • Kneeling
    • Kneeling bow
    • Wearing a Karate-gi
    • Tying a belt
    • Basic etiquette and protocol
    • Warming up on one's own
    • Counting to ten in Japanese
    • Basic practice responsibilities (such as sweeping the floor)
Green Belts
  The green belt student begins to work to perfect both technique and form: for example, solid stances and good control of the body. In addition the student should develop a strong spirit and show enthusiasm in class. This enthusiasm will provide a good example for the White Belts and push the Upper Belts.
  • Kihon
    • Kihon no tsuki (basic punches)
      • Sonoba-zuki
      • Jun-zuki
      • Gyaku-zuki
      • Jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
      • Kette jun-zuki
      • Kette gyaku-zuki
    • Kihon no keri (basic kicks)
      • Maegeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Mawashigeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Sokuto: chudan, jodan
    • Kihon no uke (basic guards)
      • Jodan-uke
      • Gedan-barai
      • Soto-uke
      • Uchi-uke
      • Shuto-uke (in Cat Stance)
  • Kata
    • Kihon no Kata (basic Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Pinan Kata (advanced Katas) No. 1 through 3
  • Kumite
    • Kiso Kumite No. 1 and 2
    • Kihon Kumite No. 1 and 2
    • Jiyu Kumite: basic attacks, basic defenses
  • Karate Terms
    • Zenkutsudachi - Forward stance
    • Kibadachi - Horse riding stance
    • Shikodachi - Square stance
    • Gedan-barai - Lower block
    • Jodan-uke - Upper block
    • Soto-uke - Outside block
    • Uchi-uke - Inside block
    • Shuto-uke - Knife-hand block
    • Sonoba-zuki - Punching in place
    • Jun-zuki - Forward punch
    • Gyaku-zuki - Reverse punch
    • Jun-zuki no tsukomi - Deep forward punch
    • Gyaku-zuki no tsukomi - Deep reverse punch
    • Maegeri - Front snap kick
    • Mawashigeri - Round-house kick
    • Sokuto - Side-thrust kick
    • Kette_______-zuki - Kick and punch
    • Jodan - Upper
    • Chudan - Middle
    • Gedan - Lower
    • Shodan - First
    • Nidan - Second
    • Sandan - Third
    • Yondan - Fourth
    • Godan - Fifth
  • Other Skills and Knowledge
    • Basic organizational responsibilities (i.e., work on the flyer campaigns, and exhibition participation)
Purple Belts
  The Purple Belt ought to have especially good spirit and enthusiasm. He or she also should now combine power with correct form, good balance, and speed.
  • Kihon
    • Kihon no tsuki (basic punches)
      • Sonoba-zuki
      • Jun-zuki
      • Gyaku-zuki
      • Jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
      • Kette jun-zuki
      • Kette gyaku-zuki
    • Kihon no keri (basic kicks)
      • Maegeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Mawashigeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Sokuto: chudan, jodan
    • Kihon no uke (basic guards)
      • Jodan-uke
      • Gedan-barai
      • Soto-uke
      • Uchi-uke
      • Shuto-uke (in Cat Stance)
  • Kata
    • Kihon no Kata (basic Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Pinan Kata (advanced Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Advanced Kata Naihanchi
  • Kumite
    • Kiso Kumite No. 1 and 2
    • Kihon Kumite No. 1, 2 and 3
    • Jiyu Kumite: anticipation and feinting
  • Other Skills and Knowledge
    • Knowledge of how to lead warm-ups
    • More advanced organizational participation (i.e., the coordination of flyer campaigns and other basic organizational activities)
    • Advanced protocol and etiquette
3rd Kyu and 2nd Kyu Brown Belts
  The student at this level improves his or her basic techniques by learning to relax. He or she learns confidence and poise as well as technique and how to focus and concentrate power.
  • Kihon
    • Kihon no tsuki (basic punches)
      • Sonoba-zuki
      • Jun-zuki
      • Gyaku-zuki
      • Jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
      • Kette jun-zuki
      • Kette gyaku-zuki
      • Kette jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Kette gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
    • Kihon no keri (basic kicks)
      • Maegeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Mawashigeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Sokuto: chudan, jodan, gedan
    • Kihon no uke (basic guards)
      • Jodan-uke
      • Gedan-barai
      • Soto-uke
      • Uchi-uke
      • Shuto-uke (in Cat Stance)
  • Other techniques
    • Tobikomi-zuki
    • Nagashi-zuki
  • Kata
    • Kihon no Kata (basic Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Pinan Kata (advanced Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Advanced Kata Naihanchi, Kushanku
  • Kumite
    • Kiso Kumite No. 1 and 2
    • Kihon Kumite No. 1 through 4
    • Jiyu Kumite: timing, use of distance, breathing, relaxation, technical control, concentration of power
  • Karate Terms
    • Sempai - Senior student
    • Kohai - Junior student
    • Hiki-te - Pulling hand back
    • Kime - Definition
    • Zanshin - Awareness
    • Ipponken - One-knuckle fist
    • Uraken - Backfist
    • Ashi barai - Foot sweep
    • Tobikomi-zuki - Sliding forward punch
    • Nagashi-zuki - Sliding sideways punch
  • Other Skills and Knowledge
    • Teaching basic techniques and Katas
    • Most advanced club organizational participation
    • Knowledge of how to lead warm-ups
1st Kyu Brown Belts
  At this level, the brown belt student should demonstrate profound commitment, dedication, and self-motivation in his or her training.
  • Kihon
    • Kihon no tsuki (basic punches)
      • Sonoba-zuki
      • Jun-zuki
      • Gyaku-zuki
      • Jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
      • Kette jun-zuki
      • Kette gyaku-zuki
      • Kette jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Kette gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
    • Kihon no keri (basic kicks)
      • Maegeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Mawashigeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Sokuto: chudan, jodan, gedan
    • Kihon no uke (basic guards)
      • Jodan-uke
      • Gedan-barai
      • Soto-uke
      • Uchi-uke
      • Shuto-uke (in Cat Stance)
  • Other techniques
    • Tobikomi-zuki
    • Nagashi-zuki
  • Kata
    • Kihon no Kata (basic Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Pinan Kata (advanced Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Advanced Kata Naihanchi, Kushanku, Seishan
  • Kumite
    • Kiso Kumite No. 1 and 2
    • Kihon Kumite No. 1 through 4 and first half of 5
    • Jiyu Kumite: rhythm, controlling the flow of energy
  • Karate Terms
    • Seishandachi - Pigeon-toed with heel and toe on one line
    • Tate seishandachi - Forward seishandachi
  • Other Skills and Knowledge
    • Teaching basic techniques and Katas
    • Most advanced club organizational participation
1+ -- Black Belt Candidate
  The student at this level, besides general proficiency, must develop an understanding of the significance of the techniques and the perception of the correspondences between basic techniques, the advanced versions' found in Katas, and the free-form versions used in sparring. He or she should be able to communicate this understanding and perception and thus effectively teach.
  • Kihon
    • Kihon no tsuki (basic punches)
      • Sonoba-zuki
      • Jun-zuki
      • Gyaku-zuki
      • Jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
      • Kette jun-zuki
      • Kette gyaku-zuki
      • Kette jun-zuki no tsukomi
      • Kette gyaku-zuki no tsukomi
    • Kihon no keri (basic kicks)
      • Maegeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Mawashigeri: chudan, jodan, gedan
      • Sokuto: chudan, jodan, gedan
    • Kihon no uke (basic guards)
      • Jodan-uke
      • Gedan-barai
      • Soto-uke
      • Uchi-uke
      • Shuto-uke (in Cat Stance)
  • Other techniques
    • Tobikomi-zuki
    • Nagashi-zuki
  • Kata
    • Kihon no Kata (basic Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Pinan Kata (advanced Katas) No. 1 through 5
    • Advanced Kata Naihanchi, Kushanku, Seishan
  • Kumite
    • Kiso Kumite No. 1 and 2
    • Kihon Kumite No. 1 through 5
    • Jiyu Kumite: Fluidity, Creativity, Spontaneity
  • Kaisetsu
    • Oral examination on any aspect or combination of aspects of Karate
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