Curriculum

Our training incorporates traditional karate, basic clinch fighting, sweeps, take downs, and throws. Each class includes solo training (kihon and kata), impact training (hitting and kicking target shields), and partner training (self-defense drills, bunkai drills, kata-based sparring, sweeps, take downs, and throws). For rank promotion purposes, we follow the Shorin Ryu curriculum listed below. The Shorin Ryu Karate Academy is a charter Shorin Ryu Karatedo International (SRKDI) dojo; therefore, any student who becomes an SRKDI member and earns rank in our club will have his/her rank recognized in Okinawa. (Note: as a member of the club, you are not required to test for rank, but it is encouraged.) Moreover, as an SRKDI member, all yudansha ranks (black belt ranks) can also receive an Okinawan yudansha rank certificate through the International Shogen-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai, which has a formal relationship with SRKDI.

Below is a basic outline of the key curricular elements for each rank, from 6th Kyu (the first rank in our curriculum) to 1st Dan (1st degree black belt):

RO KYU (6th KYU: WHITE BELT W/ GREEN STRIPE)

3 months of training

Kihon:

  • Walking stance
  • Front stance
  • Side stance
  • Lunge punch
  • Reverse punch
  • High block
  • Chest block
  • Low block
  • Front kick
  • Side kick
  • Fighting stance and guard 

Arm Training #1

Kata:

  • Fukyugata 1

Bunkai Drills:

  • Fukyugata 1 bunkai drills

Self-Defense Drills:

  • Basics of self-protection (lecture information)
    • Situational awareness
    • What you can control
    • What you cannot control
    • Understanding types of violence
    • Understanding fighting and its consequences
  • Wrist releases and follow-ups
  • Choke defenses and follow-ups

Introduce Basic Fall Skills

Basic Throws:

  • Sweeps
  • Winding Throws
  • Neck Throws

Readings:

  • The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine

GO KYU (5th KYU: WHITE BELT W/ 2 GREEN STRIPES)

6 months of training

Kihon:

  • Open-hand high, chest, and low blocks
  • Inside chest block
  • Block-punch combinations in shizentai-dachi and zenkutsu-dachi
  • Upper elbow strike in zenkutsu-dachi
  • Cross (middle) elbow strike in jigotai-dachi
  • Downward elbow strike in zenkutsu-dachi
  • Round kick (mawashi geri)
  • Shovel kick
  • Cat stance (Nekoashi-dachi)
  • Open-hand chest blocks in cat stance
  • Jab in fighting stance

Arm Training #2:

Kata:

  • Fukyugata 2
  • Oyo Tan Ren

Bunkai Drills:

  • Fukyugata 2 bunkai drills

Self-Defense Drills:

  • One and two handed Lapel grab releases and follow-ups
  • Wrist releases and follow-ups
  • Choke defenses and follow-ups

Yakusoku Kumite #1 and #2

Basic Fall Skills
Basic Throws:
  • Sweeps
  • Winding Throws
  • Neck throws

Readings: 

  • The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate by Gichin Funakoshi

YON KYU (4th KYU: GREEN BELT)

12 months of training

Kihon:

  • Open-hand low blocks in cat stance
  • Jab-reverse in fighting stance
  • Elbow strikes in fighting stance
  • Front kick in cat stance
  • Hook kick
  • Inside crescent kick
  • Outside crescent kick
  • Knee strikes

Kata:

  • Pinan 1-2

Leg Training #1:

Bunkai Drills:

  • Pinan 1-2 bunkai drills

Self-Defense Drills:

  • Bearhug releases and follow-ups
    • Under the arms and over the arms
    • From the Front and the rear
  • Headlock release
  • One and two handed Lapel grab releases and follow-ups
  • Wrist releases and follow-ups
  • Choke defenses and follow-ups

Yakusoku Kumite #3

Throws:
  • Hip throw
  • Cross buttocks throw

Break Falls

Basic Sparring

Readings:

  • Karate-Do: My Way of Life, by Gichin Funakoshi 

SAN KYU (3rd KYU: BROWN BELT)

18 months

Kihon:

  • Jab-hook in fighting stance
  • Jab-uppercut in fighting stance
  • Ridge hand strikes
  • Palm-heel strikes
  • Punch-kick combinations in fighting stance
  • Various kicking combinations
  • Axe-heel kick
  • Spinning back kick
  • Spinning hook kick

Leg Training #2:

Kata:

  • Pinan 3-5

Bunkai Drills:

  • Pinan 3-5 bunkai drills

Self-Defense Drills:

  • Blunt weapon defense and follow-ups
    • Using blunt weapons in self-defense
  • Bearhug releases and follow-ups
    • Under the arms and over the arms
    • From the Front and the rear
  • Headlock release and follow-ups
  • One and two handed Lapel grab releases and follow-ups
  • Wrist releases and follow-ups
  • Choke defenses and follow-ups

Yakusoku Kumite #4

Basic Throws
  • Shoulder throw
  • Inner and outer reaping throws

Sparring 

Kata-based Sparring

Readings:

  • Bunkai Jutsu by Iain Abernethy

NI KYU (2nd KYU: BROWN BELT WITH ONE BLACK STRIPE)

24 months

Kihon:

  • Various combinations (strikes, elbows, knees, kicks) out of fighting stance
  • Spinning outside crescent kick
  • Various kicking combinations including spinning kicks 

Kata:

  • Naihanchi 1-2

Bunkai Drills:

  • Naihanchi 1-2

Self-Defense Drills:

  • Knife defense
    • Using bladed weapons in self-defense
    • Knife avoidance
      • shielding and getting to the side of the attacker
      • getting away
  • Blunt weapon defense and follow-ups
    • Using blunt weapons in self-defense
    • Avoiding strike by backing up
    • Lunging in to close gap (timed when weapon is in centerline—when you move in the weapon will have moved away)
    • Go for eyes or throat
    • Or, control weapon hand/arm and attempt takedown and disarm
  • Bearhug releases and follow-ups
    • Under the arms and over the arms
    • From the Front and the rear
  • Headlock release and follow-ups
  • One and two handed Lapel grab releases and follow-ups
  • Wrist releases and follow-ups
  • Choke defenses and follow-ups

Yakusoku Kumite #5

Break Falls

Basic throws
  • Double leg lift throws
  • Tackles

Basic wrist and arm locks

Sparring

Kata-based sparring

Readings:

  • Facing Violence by Rory Miller

IK KYU (1st KYU: BROWN BELT WITH TWO BLACK STRIPES)

30 months

Kihon:

  • All techniques should be sharp, snappy, focused, and demonstrating speed, power, and control
  • Stances should be strong, precise, and consistent

Kata:

  • Naihanchi 3

Bunkai Drills:

  • Naihanchi 3

Self-Defense Drills:

  • Knife defense
    • Using bladed weapons in self-defense
    • Knife avoidance
      • shielding and getting to the side of the attacker
      • getting away
    • Knife disarm
      • when you cannot escape or backed into corner
      • shielding
      • grasping attacking arm
      • close the gap
      • takedown
      • get away
  • Blunt weapon defense and follow-ups
    • Using blunt weapons in self-defense
    • Avoiding strike by backing up
    • Lunging in to close gap (timed when weapon is in centerline—when you move in the weapon will have moved away)
    • Go for eyes or throat
    • Or, control weapon hand/arm and attempt takedown and disarm
  • Bearhug releases and follow-ups
    • Under the arms and over the arms
    • From the Front and the rear
  • Headlock release and follow-ups
  • One and two handed Lapel grab releases and follow-ups
  • Wrist releases and follow-ups
  • Choke defenses and follow-ups

Yakusoku Kumite #6

Break falls

Basic throws

Basic wrist and arm locks

Sparring

Kata-based sparring

Readings: 

  • Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller

SHODAN (1ST DAN: BLACK BELT)

36 months

Kihon:

  • All techniques should be sharp, snappy, focused, and demonstrating speed, power, and control
  • Stances should be strong, precise, and consistent

Kata:

  • Ananku
  • Wankan

Bunkai Drills:

  • Ananku
  • Wankan

Self-Defense Drills:

  • Knife defense
    • Using bladed weapons in self-defense
    • Knife avoidance
      • shielding and getting to the side of the attacker
      • getting away
    • Knife disarm
      • when you cannot escape or backed into corner
      • shielding
      • grasping attacking arm
      • close the gap
      • takedown
      • get away
  • Blunt weapon defense and follow-ups
    • Using blunt weapons in self-defense
    • Avoiding strike by backing up
    • Lunging in to close gap (timed when weapon is in centerline—when you move in the weapon will have moved away)
    • Go for eyes or throat
    • Or, control weapon hand/arm and attempt takedown and disarm
  • Bearhug releases and follow-ups
    • Under the arms and over the arms
    • From the Front and the rear
  • Headlock release and follow-ups
  • One and two handed Lapel grab releases and follow-ups
  • Wrist releases and follow-ups
  • Choke defenses and follow-ups
  • All drills performed with speed, power, intent to stop/incapacitate opponent yet with control

Yakusoku Kumite #7

Break Falls

Basic Throws

  • Shoulder wheel throw (in preparation for Wanshu)

Basic wrist and arm locks 

Sparring

Kata-based sparring

Readings: 

  • The Little Black Book of Violence by Lawrence A. Kane
  • Tales of Okinawa’s Great Masters by Shoshin Nagamine
Share

Find Us On Facebook!

Order T-Shirts!

Location:

Shorin Ryu Karate Academy
Grove City YMCA
543 E. Main St. Ext
Grove City, PA 16127

724.458.9781

SRKDI Affiliated Dojo

Books and DVDs