Dojo Terms and Instructions
Ranking and Testing Requirements
As we are affiliated with the Canada JKA Karate Federation (CJKF) and the Japan Karate Association (JKA), we follow the testing requirements of the JKA and CJKF (click here for CJKF testing details).
The nine ranks of colour belts (kyu) are: white, yellow, orange, green, purple (2 levels) , brown (3 levels).
Black belt levels (dan) follow the ranking system established by the Japan Karate Association (JKA). Please click here for the JKA Dan ranking description.
In the Dojo, several Japanese terms are used throughout the class. For beginners, it is not necessary to memories these, though it may help you to familiarize yourselves with them, as they will come up often. Please see the list on the left for basic terms. Scroll down for other info such as Dojo Kun, Kata, and testing requirements.
At the end of each class, five rules are recited as follows:
hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto
(Translation: Seek perfection of character)
hitotsu, makoto no michi o mamoru koto
hitotsu, doryōku no seishin o yashinau koto
(Endeavor in all training)
hitotsu, reigi o omonzuru koto
hitotsu, kekki no yū o imashimuru koto
(Refrain from violent behavior)
Heian Shodan 21
Heian Nidan 26
Heian Sandan 20
Heian Yondan 27
Heian Godan 23
Tekki Shodan 29
Tekki Nidan 24
Tekki Sandan 36
Bassai Dai 42
Kanku Dai 65
Bassai Sho 27
Kanku Sho 48
Gojushiho Dai 67
Gojushiho Sho 65