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Shotokan Karate 4th Kyu Belt


Karate Orange Belt 9th kyu

Karate Red Belt 8th kyu

To obtain this belt usually requires 4 months of continous training from purple belt. The next belt after this belt is brown belt.

Purple belt (white tag) requirements


Sanbon Zuki (step forward 5 times)
Age Uke, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step back 5 times)
Soto Ude Uke, Yoko Empi Uchi, Uranken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki (step forwards 5 times)
Uchi Ude Uke, Kizami Zuki Jodan, Gyaku Zuki (step backwards 5 times)
Shuto Uke from Kokutsu Dachi, Kizami Mae Geri Chudan, Nukite Uchi (step forwards 5 times)
Mae Geri Chudan, Mae Geri Jodan
Mae Geri Chudan, Oi Zuki, Gedan Barai
Yoko Geri Kekomi (step forwards 5 times)
Gyaku Zuki, Mawashi Geri, Gyaku Zuki, Gedan Barai (step forwards 5 times)
Yoko Geri Keage, step over Yoko Geri Kekomi in Kiba Dachi (5 times each side)
Yoko Geri Kekomi, step over Yoko Geri Keage in Kiba Dachi (5 times each side)


Kihon Ippon Kumite (One Step Sparring)
1 x Jodan, 1 x Chudan, 1 x Mae Geri Chudan, 1 x Yoko Geri Kekomi, 1 x Mawashi Geri Chudan (both sides, right and left)


Heian Godan
+Any previous Kata of the Examiner's choice.

Information on Karate terms

Kihon is a word (Japanese) that means "basics" or "fundamentals" and is used to refer to the basic techniques that are taught and practised as the foundation of most Japanese martial arts.

Kihon kata is prearranged partner drills. Here, two students face either other and alternate execution of a technique. This approach combines repetition with training in distancing. Targets for punching and kicking, such as bags, shields, or dummies, are also commonly used in kihon training to strengthen muscles, bones, and even skin.

Kumite is a word that basically means sparring. It is one of the three primary sections of karate training, along with kata and kihon. Kumite can be used to develop a particular technique or a skill or even used within a competition.

Kata is a word which is a way of describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements. There have been conflicting stories on why this has been created but the most commonly accepted explanatino is that it acts as a reference guide for a set of moves which can then be used in a sparring scenario. The main objective here is to try out different combinations of techniques in a safe manner.

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