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Syllabus – Nidan


Demonstrate to examiner’s request, your understanding of Japanese terminology as applied to karate and the application of all Shotokan basic techniques making use of available personnel.

Demonstration of full power controlled attack with hands or feet to a specified target at a variety of distances.

Examination of Teaching Ability (completed within 9 months prior to exam).

Write and deliver 3 month term outline plan of lessons for a mixed grade class. Include a balance of Kihon, Kumite and Kata.
– Kihon to include practice of Shotokan basic techniques and stances; basic drills for improving the former.
– Kumite to consist of pre-arranged Kumite, Jiyu Kumite and self defence and drills for improving aspects of former.
– Kata to consist of basic performance practise, appreciation of Bunkai and tournament Kata and drills for improving aspects of form.
– Include your methods of class motivation for each area.

Demonstrate the use of 5 appropriate strengthening exercises or training drills, as applicable to Karate stating which group of muscles is worked in each case.



Choice of one of the following Kata’s:

Candidate list:
Choose from, Gankaku, Hangetsu with Bunkai

Examiner list:
Nijushiho, Meikyo, Kanku Sho

Taikyoku Shodan / Heian Shodan / Heian Nidan / Heian Sandan / Heian Yondan / Heian Godan / Tekki Shodan / Bassai Dai / Kanku Dai / Enpi / Jitte / Jiin / Jion / Tekki Nidan


  • Kihon Ippon Kumite Set 1 to 7
  • Jiyu Ippon Kumite Set 1 to 5

Jiyu Kumite

Performed against five consecutive opponents of similar grade and standard. This Kumite should be performed non-stop and continue for the duration of 5 minutes.

Written and Oral Examination

  • Oral Examination – To test underpinning knowledge of associated subjects. i.e. Brief History, First Aid, General knowledge, Association Structure.
  • Written Element – Submit an essay of at least 500 (Juniors) / 1000 (Seniors) words detailing your thoughts on any aspect of Karate-Do.

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