Printable Course Guide – Print Friendly Version

Printable Course Guide

Shodan Black Belt Training Usually Includes Some or All of the Following. Every dojo has a different program and schedule of skills training:

Shodan Rank (1st degree black belt) Suggested Skills:

Junan Taiso – “Body Conditioning”

Kamae – “Postures”

Taihenjutsu – “Body Movement / Body Position Changing Techniques”
Ukemi – “Breakfalls”
Kaiten – “Rolls”
Shiho Tenchi Tobi – “The Four Ways of Heaven/Earth Leaping”
Kiten – “Flips”
Kuten – “Handsprings”

Dakentaijutsu – “Striking Techniques”
Hoken Juroppo Ken – “The Sixteen Secret Fists”
Keri – “Kicking”
Uke Nagashi – “Receiving Flow”
Shinobi Aruki – “Silent Walking”

Tai Sabaki – “Body Movement/Evasion”

Ashi Sabaki – “Leg/Foot Movement/Evasion”

Zanshin – “Awareness”

Kihon Happo – “The Eight Basic Ways”
Koshi Kihon Sanpo – “The Three Basic Ways of Striking”
Torite Goho Gata – “The Five Forms of Grappling”

San Shin No Kata – “The Three Hearts Forms”

Hajutsu Kuho – “The Eight Techniques and Nine Ways”
Tehodoki – “Wrist Escapes”
Taihodoki – “Body Escapes”

Gyaku Waza – “Reversal Techniques”

Nage Waza – “Throwing Techniques”

Jime Waza – “Choking Techniques”

Kuzushi – “Off Balancing” with Physical and Mental Techniques

Weapons – Shinken Mutodori Gata – “Sword Evasion Skills” and Other Weapons

Kyusho – Weakness Points Used to Create Pain, Confusion and Distraction

Metsubishi – Deceptive Distraction (Physical and Psychological)

“Angle/Distance/Timing” – The Three Most important Elements of All Motion

Taijutsu – “Body Technique” refers to directing the momentum of your entire body into every maneuver, not just the limb(s) that seem to be the most obvious parts of the anatomy used during any given move. When properly using taijutsu, the entire body moves to increase the power applied to any motion.

About translation: Japanese phrases are subtle and are interpreted in various ways among different instructors. These translations are not intended for scholarly study but will give you an acceptable sense of the meaning of the Japanese words as they apply to understanding the movements.

Kyusho Chart