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Kyu Syllabus

Kyu mean a senior student of 16 years or over who has attained a grade denoted by a coloured belt.  This syllabus, effective from 1st October 2013, supersedes all previously published syllabi. All previously taken theory examinations higher than the contest grade are no longer valid.

Within the WJA/BJA there are 6 Kyu grades which are indicted by the following coloured belts:

6th Kyu – Red Belt

5th Kyu – Yellow Belt

4th Kyu – Orange Belt

3rd Kyu – Green Belt

2nd Kyu – Blue Belt

1st Kyu – Brown Belt

The grade of the 9th Kyu can be awarded on completion of a course of elementary instruction. This award can be made by qualified BJA examiner or coach on completion of a course at a WJA/BJA Member Club.

A holder of a Mon grade may, within 12 months of becoming a senior, be assessed for a suitable Kyu grade.

 

Conditions

    • Candidates must have a current WJA/BJA licence (senior individual membership) which must be presented to the examiner when taking the examination.
    • A senior is graded in two parts

A/ Theory Section

For promotion within Kyu grades, theory can be taken before or after the contest requirements; it can be at the same event as the contests or can be a completely separate event.

In the theory section the candidate must be able to demonstrate certan judo techniques and answer successfully questions put by a qualified examiner on the meaning of the referees’ calls and signals. Such an examiner must be a BJA senior examiner, a BJA Examiner, a BJA Advanced Coach, a BJA Senior Coach or a BJA Club Coach authorised by an Area to examine the Kyu Grade Theory Syllabus. Such Club Coaches are permitted to examine up to one grade below the grade they hold themselves. They must record the maximum level to which they can promote a candidate in the Examiner’s Remarks’ column of the examination sheet when officiating at the grading.

When the candidate has successfully completed the theory section, the date and venue of the examination, the examiner’s signature and number will be recorded in the appropriate sections of the record book.

This is the only record of the candidate’s theory successes and therefore, if lost, the candidate will have to take the theory examination again.

B/ Contest Section

In The contest section the candidate is expected to complete in a number of contest (a minimum of two) under the direction of an authorised BJA Senior Examiner, or an authorised BJA Examiner.

Note that the examiner may also test and theory previously completed.

When the candidate has successfully completed the contest section the examiner will record the grade recommened in the candidate’s Record Book.

  • Only when successes have been recorded in both the theory and contest sections can the candidate wear the judogi belt of that grade.

Theory Section

 

Beginner – 9th Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

O-Goshi Matte
Kuzure-Kesa-Gatame Hajime
Ude-Garami Osae-Komi
Toketa

9th Kyu – 8th Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

Tsuri-Komi-Goshi Escape from between opponent’s legs and follow through into (any) hold-down Sono-Mama, Yoshi
O-Uchi-Gari Quote 2 Prohibited Acts Ippon, Waza-Ari

8th Kyu – 7th Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

Ippon-Seoi-Nage Turnover into hold from underneath Sore-Made
Ko-Uchi-Gari Quote 3 Prohibited Acts Yuko
Kuzure-Kami-Shiho-Gatame Yuko
Hadaka-Jime to be then linked on move Waza-Ari-Awasete-
Ippon

7th Kyu – 6th Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

O-Soto-Gari Quote 4 Prohibited Acts Hiki-Wake
Harai-Goshi Demostrate 2 types of arm-rolls Shido
Hon-Kesa-Gatame Chui
Okuri-Eri-Jime
Ju-Ji-Katame to be then linked on move

6th Kyu – 5th Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

Tai-Otoshi Demonstrate freeing of a trapped leg Keikoku
Uchi-Mata Quote 5 Prohibited Acts Hansoku-Make
Hon-Yoko-Shiho-Gatame Show sginals for passivity & re-adjustment of Judogi
Koshi-Jime
Waki-Gatame to be then linked on move

5th Kyu – 4th Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

Morote-Seoi-Nage Quote 7 Prohibited Acts Rei
Ko-Soto-Gari Dojo
Hiza-Gurma Judogi
Ushiro-Kesa-Gatame Judoka
Ju-Ji-Gatame to be then demonstrated as links

4th Kyu – 3rd Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

Tomoe-Nage Quote 7 Prohibited Acts Tachi-Waza
Sumi-Gaeshi N-Waza
Kata-Guruma Randori
Sangaku-Jime Shiai Kata
Hom-Tate-Shiho-Gatame
Ude-Gatame to be then linked on move

3rd Kyu – 2nd Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

O-Guruma Shime-Waza
Te-Guruma Kansetsu-Waza
Tani-Otoshi Tori
Makura-Kessa-Gatame Uke
Ju-Ji-Gatame to be then linked on move

2nd Kyu – 1st Kyu

Techniques

Addition

Referee’s Call

Sasae-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi
Harai-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi
Okuri-ashi-Barai
Yoko-Guruma
Hom-Tate-Shiho-Gatame
Kuzure-Tate-Shiho-gatame to be then linked on the move