Sensei Kimura 9th Dan
1941 - 1995
This website is dedicated to the memory of Sensei Kimura, and to the promotion of Kimura Shukokai Karate in the United States of America.
Black Belt Requirement
1. SUGGESTED MINIMUM KATA, AGES AND YEARS OF TRAINING FOR BLACK BELT GRADING.
1st Degree Black belt: Shodan- 12 to 18 years old with at least 5 years steady practice and improvement. Adult Over 18 years old at least 3 years with preference to 4 years (trained as adult at least 2 of the 4 years).
Kata: 5 pinans; Jion: Matsukazi; Jiin; Annanku; Seienchin; Basai Dai; Sanchin.
2nd Degree Black belt: Nidan- 16 to 18 years old with at least 7 years steady practice. Adult Over 18 with at least 6 years steady practice and improvement.
Kata: Shihokosukun; Kurumfa; Tomari No Basai; Seipai.
3rd Degree Black belt: Sandan-Over 23 only, if trained at least 10 years.
Kata: Shisochin; Kosukundai; Tensho.
4th Degree Black belt: Yondan- Over 28 only, if trained at least 15 years.
Kata: Supaempei; Nipaipo.
5th Degree Black belt: Godan Over 35 only, if trained at least 20 years.
Kata: Chatanyara Kunsanku, Unsu, Chinto.
6th Degree Black belt: Rokudan-Over 45 only, if trained at least 25 years.
Kata: perfection of bunkai to all kata.
The above will take into consideration not only skills but contribution to the association, continued participation in training sessions/tournament/teaching/dojo/ other administrative things.