The testing syllabus (downloadable as PDF) from the International Karate Daigaku is what generally gets followed, although testing instructors may ask for different combinations on occasion.
IKD Testing Syllabus in Video Format
NEW! IKD Testing Syllabus Videos and playlists on YouTube. Covering testings from White to Yellow through to Brown to Black, basics are performed by 5th dan Sensei Phil Harris of Heijoshin Karate, and various kumite elements performed by Sempai Dawn Muir and Sempai Jill Lampi of Charleswood Karate.
Kyu Rank Testings
Charleswood Karate holds a testing for kyu ranks (colored belts) every three months, near the end of the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer sessions. Students who practice diligently at least three times a week and received a full kyu in their recent grading are likely to be ready to test for the next level at the end of each session, but always check with your Sensei to see if you are ready.Students should train “on their own” as well. A few minutes every day goes a long way.
Dan Rank Testings
Sensei Ron is accredited with the IKD to conduct black belt testings up to Nidan without any additional testing panel members needed. However, black belt testings are generally held during special weekend training seminars twice a year, or at the end of advanced training camps. Students who intend to test for any grade of black belt are strongly encouraged to let Sensei Ron know, then dedicate a minimum of three to six months to preparing for their specific testing. During this time period, setting the goal of training four or more classes a week for both mental AND physical conditioning is ideal. Students testing for any degree of black belt are responsible for choosing their own partners for Bunkai and practicing outside of regular class time, rather than relying on the general training program to prepare them. Training time between Dan ranks is measured in years, not months. Train hard!
More About Testing And Certification
Certificates are presented to passing students at the end of the next class they attend after testing. Belts are pre-ordered and can be purchased from Sensei Ron. Grading regularly helps set achievable goals towards a higher objective – a black belt – but this again is just a step toward the regular training for the most noble cause – health and well-being. Special classes are similar to regular classes, but other clubs from Manitoba may participate, and there could be as many as 100 students in a class. Most classes are broken up between white to purple belts and brown to black belts. All students are encouraged to attend the seminar but it is understood for the younger and newer students up to orange belt level that the benefit is not great and they can just attend testing if they wish. All brown and black belts must attend every seminar, even if they are not testing. Achieving a new rank includes more than showing the proper techniques at testing – spirit, respect, commitment, and personal improvement are all considered.