Kyu Exams

Points on the Kyu exam contents

  • The syllabus is set based on the idea of a man with 1st dan (The contents are what a 1st dan person should be able to do)
  • You will fail if you cannot perform well more than 3 items out of the kyu exam contents.
  • In the exam, Nage-waza(throwing techniques) and Osaekomi-waza (pinning techniques) are mentioned only in Japanese, other items may be explained in English as well. 
  • Examiners may give second chance on the day for 6th, 5th and 4th kyu exams, but there is no second chance on the day for 3rd, 2nd and 1st kyu exams.
  • In NAGE-WAZA(throwing techniques), examiners ask to perform techniques from standing and/or from moving (pushing, pulling, sides or rotation).
  • This can also be referred for making practice programs
  • Contents of Kyu exam should be related to practice programs, meaning,  practitioners should put the best effort on regular practice, they should not practice for the exam (Of course practice programs are designed to be good for Kata and competitions)
Judo founder Jigoro KANO
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Wearing Judogi

  • Tying OBI
  • The right side tucked under the left
  • Wearing JUDOGI properly

Reihou (manners)

  • KIWOTUKE (Come to attention)
  • SEIZA (formal sitting)
  • ZAREI (sitting bow)
  • RITSUREI (standing bow)

Ukemi (Breakfalls)

  • USHIRO-UKEMI(backward breakfall)[sit]
  • YOKO-UKEMI (side breakfall)[sit]
  • MAE-UKEMI (front breakfalls) [on knee]
  • UKEMI-ASHI (breakfall legs)

Mat Excercise

  • Forward roll

Knowledge

  • Origin country of Judo
  • Founder of Judo

Japanese Terminologies

  • DOJO
  • REI
  • HAJIME
  • MATE
  • OBI
  • JUDOGI
  • Wearing JUDOGI and REIHOU in 6th kyu

REIHOU(Manners)

  • ANZA (sitting quietly)

UKEMI (Breakfalls)

  • USHIRO-UKEMI (backward breakfalls) [standing]
  • YOKO-UKEMI (side breakfall)[standing]
  • MAE-MAWARI-UKEMI (forward roll breakfall) [on knee]

Mat Exercise

  • Backward roll

SHISEI (Stance)

  • SHIZEN-HONTAI (open-leged natural stance)
  • MIGI-SHIZENTAI (right stance)
  • HIDARI-SHIZENTAI (left stance)

KUMIKATA (Grip & Stance)

  • MIGI-GUMI (right grip)
  • HIDARI-GUMI (Left grip)

TAI-SABAKI (move)

  • MAE-SABAKI (front move)
  • MAE-MAWARI SABAKI (front rotation move)

Newaza Exercise

  • WAKI-JIME (pressing arms to sides)
  • EBI (shrimp)
  • GYAKU-EBI (reverse shrimp)
  • ASHI-MAWASHI (leg circling)
  • ASHI-KERI (push-kick)

Japanese Terminologies

  • UKE
  • TORI
  • JUDOKA
  • Wearing JUDOGI and REIHOU in 5th kyu

REIHOU (Manners)

  • Manners at a match

UKEMI (Breakfalls)

  • MAE-MAWARI-UKEMI (forward roll breakfall) [standing] staying down

TAI-SABAKI (move)

  • USHIRO-SABAKI (back move)
  • USHIRO-MAWARI SABAKI (back rotation move)
  • FURIKO-SABAKI (swing rotation move)

KUZUSHI (Breaking Balance)

  • HAPPOU NO KUZUSHI (8 directions kuzushi)
  • KAJI-SABAKI-KUZUSHI (handle sabaki kuzushi) [Left & Right]
  • SODE-SABAKI-KUZUSHI (sleeve sabaki kuzushi) [Left & Right]
  • ERI-SABAKI-KUZUSHI (lapel sabaki kuzushi) [Left & Right]

ASHI-WAZA (Leg Throw)

  • HIZA-GURMA

KOSHI-WAZA (Hip Throw)

  • O-GOSHI

TE-WAZA (Hand Throw)

  • IPPON-SEOI-NAGE

OSAE-KOMI-WAZA (Pinning)

  • KESA-GATAME
  • YOKO-SHIHOU-GATAME
  • KAMI-SHIHOU-GATAME

Japanese Terminologies

  • TACHIWAZA
  • NEWAZA
  •  ONEGAISHIMASU
  • ARIGATOU-GOZAIMASHITA
  • UCHIKOMI
  • RANDORI
  • OSAEKOMI
  • TOKETA
  • Wearing JUDOGI and REIHOU in 4th kyu

UKEMI (Breakfalls)

  • MAE-UKEMI (front breakfalls) [standing]

Mat Exercise

  • Forward roll with opened legs
  • Backward roll with opened legs

ASHI-WAZA (Leg Techniques)

  • DE-ASHI-BARAI
  • O-UCHI-GARI
  • KO-UCHI-GARI

KOSHI-WAZA (Hip Throw)

  • HARAI-GOSHI

TE-WAZA (Hand Throw)

  • MOROTE-SEOI-NAGE

Others

  • HIKITSUKE

OSAEKOMI-WAZA (Pinning)

  • TATE-SHIHOU-GATAME
  • KATA-GATAME

SEITAI-SHITA MEKURI (Sweep from Hook Guard)

  • KATA-KERI-MEKURI (one-side push-kick sweep)

SEITAI-UE ASHI-KOE (Pass Guard)

  • ASHI-KOE [UCHI] (pass-guard from inside)
  • ASHI-KOE [SOTO] (pass-guard from outside)

KAME-TORI (Turnover against Turtle Guard)

  • SUMI-TORI-GAESHI (corner-pick turnover)
  • KATA-ERI-GAESHI (one-side grip turnover)

UTSUBUSE-TORI (Turnover against Prone Guard)

  • HIJI-AGE-GAESHI (elbow-pick turnover)

Japanese Terminologies

  • IPPON
  • WAZA-ARI
  • Wearing JUDOGI and REIHOU in 3rd kyu

ASHI-WAZA (Leg Throw)

  • O-SOTO-GARI
  • OKURI-ASHI-BARAI
  • SASAE-TSURIKOMI-ASHI [Left & Right]

KOSHI-WAZA (Hip Throw)

  • TURIKOMI-GOSHI

TE-WAZA (Hand Throw)

  • TAI-OTOSHI

OSAEKOMI-WAZA (Pinning)

  • USHIRO-KESA-GATAME
  • KUZURE-KESA-GATAME
  • KUZURE-KAMI-SHIHOU-GATAME

SHIME-WAZA (Choking)

  • OKURI-ERI-JIME
  • KATAHA-JIME
  • HADAKA-JIME

SEITAI-SHITA MEKURI (Sweep from Hook Guard)

  • TAGURI-MEKURI (arm hauling sweep)

KAME-TORI (Turnover against Turtle Guard)

  • UDE-TORI-GAESHI (arm-pick turnover)

UTSUBUSE-GAESHI

  • HIRA-ITA-GAESHI (frying pan turnover)

KANSETSU-WAZA (Joint Lock)

  • UDE-GARAMI (UE)
  • UDE-GARAMI (SHITA)

ASHI-NUKI (Undo Scissoring Guard)

  • ASHINUKI from KARAMI-ASHI (undo scissoring legs)

Knowledge

  • Philosophies of Judo
  • Location of the origin country

Japanese Terminologies

  • SHIDO
  • HANSOKU-MAKE
  • Wearing JUDOGI and REIHOU in 2nd kyu

UKEMI (Breakfalls)

  • MAE-MAWARI-UKEMI (forward roll breakfall) [standing] stand up

ASHI-WAZA

  • UCHI-MATA

KOSHI-WAZA

  • UKI-GOSHI
  • SODE-TURIKOMI-GOSHI

MA-SUTEMI-WAZA

  • TOMOE-NAGE

Others

  • HIKI-DASHI

OSAEKOMI-WAZA

  • OSAEKOMI-SEKAI-ISSHU (Osaekomi Around the World)

SHIME-WAZA

  • MAE-SANKAKU-JIME (front triangle)

KANSETSU-WAZA

  • UDE-HISHIGI-JUJI-GATAME

KAME-TORI

  • YOKO-SANKAKU-GAESHI (side-triangle turnover)

Knowledge

  • Established year of Judo

Japanese Terminologies

  • SONOMAMA
  • HIKIWAKE
  • REIHOU
  • NAGE NO KATA
  • Understand IJFs latest rules
  • Understand JBFs latest rules (rules for kids etc)
  • KATAME NO KATA
  • Understand IJFs latest rules
  • Understand JBFs latest rules (rules for kids etc)