Grading System

Doshi-Kai Belt Ranks are awarded simply to represent level of ability and to mark personal progress. They are given to honor hard work put forth and the level of ability demonstrated, not the worth of the individual or how much better one student is than another. Colored belts are not considered to be the final destination in Doshi-Kai, whereas mental and physical development could be. The Belt Rank is considered a good way of showing a milestone of personal progression.

Adult Kyu Rank Requirements
Kyu RankBeltRequirements
10th White Beginner.
9th Yellow Stripe After 30 workouts – eligible for 9th kyu.
Kihon, Heian Shodan, Kihon Ippon Kumite, Sanbon Kumite (Jodan Oizuki and Chudan Oizuki).
8th Yellow After 30 workouts – eligible for 8th kyu.
Kihon, Heian Shodan, Kihon Ippon Kumite, Sanbon Kumite (Jodan Oizuki and Chudan Oizuki).
7th Orange After 30 workouts – eligible for 7th kyu.
Kihon double combinations, Kata (Heian Shodan, Nidan and Sandan), Kihon Ippon Kumite, Sanbon Kumite (Jodan Oizuki, Chudan Oizuki and Chudan Maegeri).
6th Blue After 40 workouts – eligible for 6th kyu.
Kihon double combinations (Tai-Sabaki), Kata (Heian 1-5), Ippon Kumite (Jiyugamae), Sanbon Kumite (Jodan Oizuki, Chudan Oizuki and Chudan Maegeri).
5th Green After 40 workouts – eligible for 5th kyu.
Kihon and triple Kihon combinations (Tai-Sabaki), Kata (Heian 1-5, Tekki 1, Bassai Dai), Ippon Kumite (Jiyugamae), Sanbon Kumite (Maegeri, Mawashigeri & Yokogeri), Jiyu Kumite.
4th Purple After 50 workouts – eligible for 4th kyu.
Kihon and quadruple Kihon combinations (Tai-Sabaki), Kata (Up to Tekki 2, Kwanku Dai, Jite), Jiyu Ippon Kumite, Sanbon Kumite (Maegeri, Mawashigeri and Yokogeri: Kime each time), Jiyu Ippon Kumite, Jiyu Kumite.
3rd Brown After 75 workouts – eligible for 3rd kyu.
Kihon triple and quadruple combinations: Jiyu gamae, Tai-Sabaki, Kata (Up to Tekki 3, Empi, Hangetsu), Sanbon Kumite, Jiyu Ippon Kumite, Sabaki Ippon Kumite (17 Hon: Maete x 5, Maete-Gyakuzuki x 4, Maegeri x 4, Mawashigeri x 2, Yokogeri x 2), Jiyu Kumite.
2nd Brown After 75 workouts – eligible for 2nd kyu.
Kihon triple and quadruple combinations, Kata (Up to Gankaku), Sanbon Kumite, Jiyu Ippon Kumite, Sabaki Ippon Kumite (17 Hon: Maete x 5, Maete-Gyakuzuki x 4, Maegeri x 4, Mawashigeri x 2, Yokogeri x 2), Jiyu Kumite.
1st Brown After 75 workouts – eligible for 1st kyu.
Kihon triple and quadruple combinations, Kata (Up to Jion), Sanbon Kumite, Jiyu Ippon Kumite, Sabaki Ippon Kumite (17 Hon: Maete x 5, Maete-Gyakuzuki x 4, Maegeri x 4, Mawashigeri x 2, Yokogeri x 2), Jiyu Kumite.
Shodan Requirements
1 After 100 workouts – eligible for Shodan.
2 Kihon: Should be able to perform correct stances, correct distribution of weight, etc.
Should be able to explain basic techniques – how to use hips, back foot, transfer weight, etc.
3 Kata: Knowledge of meanings and applications of the movements in 15 Katas.
4 Kumite: Knowledge of sen, go-no-sen & sen sen-no-sen.
Should be able to take sen in jiyu kumite.
5 Instruction Ability: Assist with teaching classes.
6 Bo: Kihon Koubou, Kihon Kumite, Kata (Shushi-no-Kon-Sho).
7 Kihon Katame-Waza / Nage-Waza: 5 basic holding (joint) techniques, Shiho-nage, Sukui-nage, Irimi-nage, Kote-gaeshi, etc.

Example of Kihon Triple Combinations
1 Oi-zuki, mae-te-zuki or uraken, gyaku-zuki.
2 Oi-zuki, uke, gyaku-zuki.
3 Gyaku-zuki, mae-te-zuki or uraken, gyaku-zuki.
4 Uke, mae-te-zuki or nuki-tsuki or uraken, gyaku-zuki.
5 Keri, uke, gyaku-zuki.
Example of Kihon Quadruple Combinations
1 Oi-zuki, uke, mae-te-zuki or nuki-tsuki or uraken, gyaku-zuki.
2 Uke, gyaku-zuki, mae-te-zuki or uraken, gyaku-zuki.
3 Uke, keri, mae-te-zuki or uraken, gyaku-zuki.
4 Keri, uke, mae-te-zuki or nuki-tsuki or uraken, gyaku-zuki.

Students must fulfill the attendance requirement in order to go for promotion.

New members with previous experience (Shotokan or other styles of Karate) will wear a white belt for at least 30 workouts. At the next promotion they will then be ranked at the appropriate level under Doshi-Kai’s ranking system.

Those who show substantial progress because of their diligence and commitment will be eligible for a double or triple promotion as “Batsugun”.

***Kyu Requirements and belt colors for students under 18 years of age are below.***

Grading requirements for youth students

KyuNew BeltMinimum Time RequiredKata RequiredKumiteAdvanced & Special Trainings
10th Kyu to 9th KyuYellow30 ClassesTaikyoku Shodan

Heian Shodan

1-on-1 Kumite
9th Kyu to 8th KyuOrange30 ClassesHeian Nidan1-on-1 Kumite
8th Kyu to 7th KyuBlue30 ClassesHeian Sandan1-on-1 Kumite
7th Kyu to 6th KyuGreen30 ClassesHeian Yondan1-on-1 Kumite
6th Kyu to 5th KyuPurple Stripe30 ClassesHeian Godan1-on-1 Kumite
5th Kyu to 4th  KyuPurple30 ClassesTekki Shodan2-on-1 Kumite1 Special Training
4th Kyu to 3rd KyuBrown60 ClassesBassai Dai

Hanshi-no-kata

2-on-1 Kumite2 Advanced Trainings
3rd  Kyu to 2nd KyuBlack Stripe60 ClassesTekki Nidan

Kanku Dai

Bo Sho

2-on-1 Kumite Self Defense 12 Advanced Trainings
2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu2 Black Stripes60 ClassesTekki Sandan

Jitte

2-on-1 Kumite Self Defense 22 Advanced Trainings
1st Kyu to Jr Shodan Jr. Black Belt (Striped Belt)60 ClassesHangetsu2-on-1 Kumite Self Defense 32 Advanced &
1 Special Trainings

*Please see your kyu booklet for Kihon requirements.