Kyokushin Sabakido Technical Syllabus


Even in Japan, the Technical Syllabus is designed as a guide to help instructors set standards for what level of student is able to perform which techniques, and for the pace at which a dojo introduces them, holds examinations, etc. Accordingly, the Technical Syllabus  is not a set of regulations; it is a set ofrecommendations. It is true that if you are a high level student who plans to test in Japan at one of the International Instructors’ Seminars, it would be a good idea for you to be acquainted with the material listed for your level, as well as all the material listed for the levels below it. Kyokushin Sabakido, however, understands that there are many variations to how and when instructors introduce various techniques and skill sets, and that this is part of the inherent innovation in which a style of karate can find improvements. Of course it can also find losses, so it’s up to the individual instructor to pay close attention to the recommended guidelines suggested below, by Honbu, to set the pace of the training in his/her dojo so that his/her students of a given rank, can perform according to an international suggested standard.

A version of the Kyokushin sabakido Technical Syllabus is presented here, but please note the date, 2009. Thy syllabus is regularly updated, but those changes happen in Japanese, and the translation of such a long document often causes the English version to lag behind. As stated above, however, the syllabus is a set of recommended guidelines. Accordingly, even this 2009 version is a good approximation.


Kyokushin Sabakido Technical Syllabus

Kyokushin Sabakido-International Honbu

Kyu and Dan Grading Regulations



  1. 1.      Grading Frequency


  1. Grading in each Branch (or dojo) location should be held no more than four times per year.
  2. In special cases, exceptions may be made with permission from Honbu (Branch Chief or Country Representative).


  1. 2.      Qualification of Examiners


  1. Three Judges should be present at Kyu Grading. One of the three must hold 3rd Dan or higher and must be authorized by the Branch Chief (or CR) to conduct the Grading.
  2. It is permitted to hold 1st and 2nd Dan Grading in each branch (or dojo), and three judges should be present. One of the three must hold 4th Dan or higher and must be authorized by Kancho. In situations where such conditions do not exist, Branch Chief (or DO) must invite Kancho, Fuku-Kancho (vice-chairman), Honbu Chief, Vice-Honbu Chief, or other Shihan appointed by Kancho.
  3. Grading for 3rd Dan or higher must be held at Honbu (with the exception noted below) and will be held once per year. Grading to 5th Dan or higher is possible only when Kancho administers the Grading personally. For candidates who are absolutely unable to attend a grading at Honbu, Gradings from 3rd to 5th Dan may be held at overseas branches only when one of the following is present: Kancho, Fuku-Kancho (vice-chairman), Honbu Chief, or Vice-Honbu Chief, or other Shihan appointed by Kancho.
  4. Gradings for 6th Dan or higher can only be held at Honbu with all of the following present: Kancho, Fuku-Kancho (vice-chairman), Honbu Chief, and Vice-Honbu Chief.
  5. An exception to numbers 2 through 4 above can be made in special cases where a rank-authorizing camp or seminar is sponsored by Honbu, and Kancho, Fuku-Kancho (vice-chairman), Honbu Chief, and Vice-Honbu Chief are all present.


  1. 3.      Belt Sequence and Color


  1. All Dan belts and certificates will be issued by Honbu. The sequence of rank (Kyu and Dan) shall be as follows:


Orange Belt                  10th and 9th Kyu

Blue Belt                        8th and 7th Kyu

Yellow Belt                   6th and 5th Kyu

Green Belt                    4th and 3rd Kyu

Brown Belt                   2nd and 1st Kyu

Black Belt                     1st Dan or higher


  1. Honorary Dan promotions can only be authorized by Kancho and Kyokushin Sabakido Executive Committee.
  2. Concerning Shihan titles (Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi): Shihan title (three levels) is independent of Dan level. The title Shihan (Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi) cannot be used by any instructor without a Shihan License sanctioned by Honbu. However, only in countries other than Japan, the title Shihan could be awarded when the person gets fifth dan, taking into account that the person cannot use the title of Renshi, Kyoshi or Hanshi without taking the proper grading as mentioned below. Shihan status supersedes Dan level, and those with Shihan status hold seniority over even higher Dan levels without a Shihan License. During training, Shihan License holders should line up at the very front of the dojo. Examination for Shihan License is independent of Dan Grading and must be administered at a Honbu-sanctioned promotion in which Kancho, Fuku-Kancho (vice-chairman), Honbu Chief, and Vice-Honbu Chief are all present.


  1. 4.      Requirements for Kyu Promotion


  1. Grading for 10th Kyu may be taken by any beginner who has trained for at least two months at the branch location where the Grading is to be administered. Grading for 10th Kyu will focus on the following requirements: Dojo etiquette, Dojo Oath, Basic Technique (Kihon), Zenkutsudachi Ido-geiko, and Taikyoku 1.                               
  2. Each branch (or dojo) location shall hold regular Kyu Gradings in strict accordance with the requirements given in the Kyu Grading Syllabus. Kyu Gradings will focus on the following requirements: Dojo etiquette; Dojo Oath; Basic Technique (Kihon); Ido-geiko for Zenkutsudachi, Kokutsudachi, Sanchindachi, Kibadachi and Shikodachi; Kata including Taikyoku 1 to 3, Pinan 1 to 4, Sanchin, Yantsu, Kumite; and additional examinations of strength, stamina, flexibility and jumping ability. Pin-an-Ura Kata and Tsukino-kata should be considered additional training exercises but should not be considered requierements for promotion.