Black Belt Ranking Requirements

These are the katas you will need to master before you advance to the next black belt level. Beyond the mastering of these katas, your overall attitude and respect for the art and your fellow practitioners will be the governing factors in your advancement.

Shodan

  • Bassai Dai *
  • Seieinchin *
  • Matsumora Rohai *
  • Sanchin
  • Jitte
  • Jiin
  • Jion
  • Gekkisai Ichi
  • Gekkisai Ni
  • Itosu Rohai Shodan
  • Saifa
  • Shiho-Kushanku

Nidan

  • Seipai *
  • Itosu Rohai Nidan
  • Itosu Rohai Sandan
  • Bassai-Sho
  • Kushanku-Sho *
  • Kushanku-Dai *
  • Wankan
  • Wanshu
  • Tensho
  • Annanko
  • Unnunku

Sandan

  • Chinto *
  • Chinte
  • Higaonna Seisun *
  • Awoyagi
  • Juroku
  • Wanduan
  • Matsumura Seisan
  • Niseishi
  • Shochin
  • Shinsei

Yondan

  • Ni-pai-po
  • Shisochin
  • Sanseiru
  • Unshu
  • Kururumfa

All kata marked with an ” * ” should be considered mandatory for tournament competition and will be asked for at competition.

Note: This list was revised April 2001 by Shihan Kei Tsumura, 8th Dan. The spelling of some of the kata are a phonetic interpretation.