Testing for belt rank in Kyokushin karate is a rigorous process. Designed to strip away self-doubt and maximize self-awareness, Kyokushin grading pushes the body to its physical and mental limits. What is left is a clarity of mind and purpose, a strong sense of self, and a dedication to community.

Components

Power Test

Physical endurance, basic techniques

Kata

Traditional forms at basic and advanced levels

Weapons

Traditional weapons including nunchaku, bo, escrima, tonfa, and sai

Defense

Techniques against single and multiple attackers

Kumite

Fighting against consecutive attackers

Grade Levels

Fundamental

Beginner

Novice

Intermediate

Advanced

Student

Nidan | Black Belt 2

*Criteria based on IKO-Matsushima international standards and rank syllabus from Shihancho Gary Viccars.