Black Belt Testing - Nidan

 

The theme of the Nidan test is Application.

This is ability of the candidates to apply what they have learned in a more combative environment.

Candidates should be able to think on their feet, move, and perform Shuyokan Ryu techniques regardless of whether they are formal techniques or effective moves made up on the spot.

At this level, the candidate should have a repertoire of techniques to use in a variety of situations. The candidate may perform any technique appropriate for the situation and must demonstrate the effectiveness and power of the technique in a proficient manner.

Uke will attack using any of the attacks indicated within the testing group. Attacks will be at full combat speed.

 

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Permission to Test

Test Administrator calls the Nidan Candidate
Candidate Introduces Self, States Qualifications and Requests Permission to Test
Sensei Acknowledges

 

Kata

  Student performs two Katas from the following list:
     Hula O Pohaku Koa – Walu Ekaihi
     Hula O Pohaku Koa – Walu Elua
     Shuyokan Jo Kata – 22 Moves
     Student-created Kata

Each Kata is performed three (3) times. Once at a normal speed without Uke(s),
once at walking speed with Uke(s) and once at combat speed with Uke(s).

1. Student performs 1st Kata
2. Student performs 2nd Kata

 

Ground Techniques

  3. Round House Punch, Soto Makikomi, Katami Waza #1
4. Front Strike, Ippon Seoinage, Katami Waza #2
 

Empty Hand Attacks

  5. Grabbing Technique       
6. Grabbing Technique
7. Striking Technique
8. Striking Technique
 9. Punching Technique
10. Punching Technique
11. Choking Technique
12. Choking Technique
 

Weapon Attacks - One on One (Uke Has Weapon)

  13. Club Technique       
14. Club Technique
15. Knife Technique
16. Knife Technique
17. Gun Technique
18. Gun Technique
 

Weapon Defense - Two on One (Shite has Weapon)

  19. Weapon Defense      
20. Weapon Defense
21. Weapon Defense
22. Weapon Defense
 

Freestyle

  Two on One (Both Ukes Have Weapons)
Two on One (All Empty Hand) - Exhaustive
 

 

General

The Nidan test is a formal test designed to allow the judges to evaluate the ability of the candidate. The test will be conducted by a Test Administrator.

Sensei will assign Ukes for the test at the time of the examination. Shite should practice for the examination with several different Ukes. Ukes may be changed anytime during the test.

 

Permission To Test

When requested, the candidate should state their name, current rank, time in grade, training hours in rank and the rank for which they are testing. This will be followed by a formal request to test. Sensei will acknowledge.

 

Kata

Following the permission to test, the candidate will request the name of the first of two Katas to be performed. Sensei will respond. Upon completion of the first Kata, the candidate will request the name of the second Kata. Sensei will respond.

 

Ground Techniques

The candidate will perform both techniques indicated on the test sheet. Ukes will initiate the attacks at their own discretion.

 

Empty Hand Techniques

The Test Administrator shall announce the type of attack (i.e., a grabbing attack). Uke shall initiate the attack at their own discretion from a distance of approximately 10-15 feet. A second attack shall be made immediately, and as fast as possible. The Test Administrator shall then announce the next attack. The table below indicates the acceptable attacks for each category.

 

Weapon Attack Techniques

Test Administrator requests Sensei to select first weapon attack. Uke picks up weapon and immediately attacks until told to stop (Matte). Test Administrator stops attacks and requests Sensei to select second weapon attack. Uke picks up weapon and immediately attacks until told to stop (Matte).

 

Weapon Defense Techniques

Test Administrator requests Sensei to select first weapon defense. Shite picks up weapon and returns to the center of the mat. Uke immediately attacks empty hand until told to stop (Matte). Test Administrator requests Sensei to select second weapon defense. Shite picks up weapon and returns to the center of the mat. Uke immediately attacks empty hand until told to stop (Matte).

 

Freestyle

The Test Administrator requests Sensei to select weapons for Ukes. As soon as the weapons are selected, attacks will be initiated. Should Shite capture a weapon from an Uke, Shite may use that weapon for defense. Sensei shall stop the freestyle (Matte). An exhaustive second free-style may be ordered at Sensei's discretion.

 

Empty Hand Techniques

 

Weapon Attacks

Club

  Front Strike
Side Strike
Backhand Strike
Shoulder Grab & Attack

Knife (Left or Right Hand)

  Under Chin
Inside Throat
Outside Throat
Front Strike
Side Strike
Jab

Gun (Left or Right Hand)

  Under Chin
Front (High or Low)
Back (High or Low)
 

Freestyle

Weapon Choices

  Baseball Bat, Club, Cane, Jo, Knife, Stick
(unless otherwise directed)

Grabbing

  Single Wrist
Cross Wrist
Both Wrists
Behind Single Wrist
Behind Both Wrists
Rear Bear Hug (Under Arms)
Rear Bear Hug (Over Arms)
Front Both Shoulders (pull in close)

Striking

  Front
Side
Backhand Side
Elbow
Alternating Strikes (left-right-left-right)

Punching

  Face
Body
Roundhouse
Shoulder Grasp - Face
Behind Shoulder Pull - Face
Combination Jabs (Boxing-style) Left- & Right-hand
Front Snap Kick with Straight Punch

Choking

  Straight Arm
Rear Neck Lock
Side Head Lock
Read Neck with Wrist Grab

 

  1. All time in grade requirements and training hours must be documented and presented at the time of testing.
  2. The Shuyokai Nidan Test must be performed either at the Shuyokan Ryu Hombu dojo, at the Shuyokai dojo under the supervision of a representative from the Hombu dojo, or upon prior approval of Hombu, on DVD for review by Sensei Dye and a board of black belts at the Hombu dojo.
  3. As least 50% or more of the techniques performed on this test must be Shuyokan Ryu techniques. The balance may be made up of Shuyokai techniques.
  4. The Test Administrator shall direct all activities of the candidate relating to positioning, attacks and defenses. Candidates shall focus on the directions and pay particular attention to the tempo of the test.
  5. When requested, and in a manner customary to the Shuyokai dojo, the candidate should a state their name, current rank, time in grade, training hours in rank and the rank for which they are testing. This will be followed by a formal request to test. Sensei will acknowledge.

 


Shuyokan Sayings

"It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required. --- Sir Winston Churchill"