• Minimum age is 30 years old and at least 5 years at Godan rank.
  • Demonstrate/perform two Katas from candidate's style and skill appropriate to rank.
  • Demonstrate/Perform two Shitei (Mandatory) Katas from the current World Karate Federation (WKF) list of mandatory Katas with skill appropriate to rank. Demonstrate Bunkai of the Shitei Kata performed and respond to questions on the application and principles of the Kata.
  • Demonstrate either Jyu Kumite (Free Sparring) or Ippon Kumite (1 Step Sparring) at the option of the candidate. Pass Written Examination - 1-hour essay to one of five questions on general Karate principles and history. NOTE: If the candidate opts to demonstrate free sparring, then the Board of Examiners will select an opponent from the candidate pool to spar with the candidate under examination. The free sparring bout will not exceed two minutes running time, and will not be stopped and scored. The candidate must demonstrate control, skill, strategy and technique appropriate to the rank.If the candidate opts to demonstrate 1 step sparring, then the candidate shall bring a partner to demonstrate such sparring technique to the Examining Board. The candidate shall demonstrate not less than 6 no more than 10 attack and defense techniques, which must include varied punching attacks to the head and midsection, and varied kicking attacks to the head and midsection.
  • WRITTEN EXAMINATION QUESTIONS Each candidate for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Degree Dan Certification must answer one question from the following list. The chosen question must be answered in English and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Karate-do which is appropriate to the rank.

    1. Briefly state the history and technique of Shotokan style Karate
    2. Briefly state the history and technique of Goju style Karate
    3. Briefly state the history and technique of Wado style Karate
    4. Briefly state the history and technique of Shito style Karate
    5. Briefly compare the principles and techniques of any two styles of Karate stated in questions one through four above.