Category Archives: Existing Students

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11/6/2016 – Congratulations to Dr. Elrod for promoting to 4th keup, Ms. Serrian for promoting to 5th keup, and Mr. Pierce-Tomlin and Ms. Hamilton for promoting to 8th keup in Hapkido!

9/20/2016 – Congratulations to Ms. McCloskey for promoting to 7th kyu!

7/16/2016 – Congratulations to Dr. Nagata for promoting to 7th kyu and to Carlos, Curt, and Aziz for promoting to 8th kyu!

7/31/2016 – Congratulations to Ms. Powell for promoting to 1st kyu and Mr. Lash for promoting to 6th kyu!  Congratulations to Mr. Pierce-Tomlin for competing at Superfights!

7/13/2016 – Congratulations to Ms. Hamilton for promoting to 6th kyu!

5/15/2016 – Congratulations to Ms. McCloskey and Dr. Nagata for promoting to 8th kyu!

4/23/2016 – Congratulations to Sensei Dawkins for promoting to Nidan and to Sensei Serrian for promoting to Shodan!

3/17/2016 – Congratulations to Mr. Cramb, Mr. Stephen, and Ms. Hamilton for promoting to 7th kyu!

8/15/15 – Congratulations to Sensei Blumreich and Bishop for promoting to Nidan and to Sensei Elrod for promoting to Shodan!  Congratulations to Ms. Serrian for promoting to 1st kyu and to Mr. Richardson and Mr. Hamilton for promoting to 8th kyu!

4/28/15 – Congratulations to Dr. Elrod for 1st in kata, Ms. Serrian for 1st in point sparring, 2nd in weapons, and 2nd in kata, Dr. Sharma for 1st in weapons, 1st in kata, and 2nd in point sparring, Ms. Gao for 1st in kata and 2nd in weapons, Mr. Cheesborough for 2nd in kata, and Ms. Sleeman for 1st in kata at the WYKKO Traditional Tournament!

3/26/15 – Congratulations to Dr. Sharma for promoting to 3rd kyu, Mr. Fiero for promoting to 5th kyu, Mr. Turpin for promoting to 6th kyu, and Ms. Sleeman for promoting to 8th kyu!

1/19/15 – Congratulations to Ms. Serrian for promoting to 2nd kyu and to Ms. Francis, Mr. Lash, and Mr. Cheesborough for promoting to 7th kyu!

12/18/14 – Congratulations to Susan for promoting to 1st kyu and to Timothy for promoting to 6th kyu!

11/4/14 – Congratulations to Hali for placing 1st in Forms and Grappling and 3rd in Semi-Knockdown, Ajay for placing 1st in Point Sparring and 3rd in Forms, Krystina for placing 2nd in Forms, Susan for placing 2nd in Forms, and Megan Powell for placing 3rd in Point Sparring!

10/23/14 – Congratulations to Hali for promoting to 3rd kyu, Ajay for promoting to 4th kyu, Xiaoyao for promoting to 5th kyu, Ludo for promoting to 6th kyu, and Carl, Emma, April, and Craig for promoting to 8th kyu!

8/29/14 – Congratulations to Jason for promoting to 4th kyu, Eddie for promoting to 5th kyu, Katie and Timothy for promoting to 7th kyu, and John for promoting to 8th kyu!

7/14/14 – Congratulations to Dala for promoting to Senior Instructor and thanks to Ben and Megan for their outstanding service!

6/30/14 – Congratulations to Megan for promoting to 3rd kyu, Phil and Hali for promoting to 4th kyu, Ryan and Xiaoyao for promoting to 6th kyu, Jason and Ludo for promoting to 7th kyu, and Tony for promoting to 8th kyu!

5/4/14 – Congratulations to Susan for promoting to 2nd kyu and Jacob for promoting to 7th kyu!

4/14/14 – Congratulations to Jason, Timothy, Colleen, and Ludo for promoting to 8th kyu!

3/25/14 – Congratulations to Megan for promoting to 4th kyu, Jason, Phil, and Hali for promoting to 5th kyu, Ryan and Xiaoyao for promoting to 7th kyu, and Krystina for promoting to 8th kyu! Congratulations to Daniel and Susan for promoting to Assistant Instructor!

12/25/13 – Congratulations to Jaim and Daniel for promoting to 1st kyu, Susan for promoting to 3rd kyu, and Ryan, Xiayao, Mandy, Andrew, and Jacob for promoting to 8th kyu!

11/11/13 – Congratulations to Stephanie, Ajay, and Megan for promoting to 5th kyu and Hali, Jason, and Phil for promoting to 6th kyu!

7/22/13 – Congratulations to Susan and Dave for promoting to 4th kyu, Stephanie, Ajay, Eddie, and Megan for promoting to 6th kyu, Hali, Jason, and Phil for promoting to 7th kyu, and Heather for promoting to 8th kyu!

4/10/13 – Congratulations to Dala and Ben for promoting to 1st kyu, Susan for promoting to 5th kyu, Eddie, Zak, and Megan for promoting to 7th kyu, and Hali and Phil for promoting to 8th kyu!

4/8/13 – Congratulations to Daniel for placing 3rd in weapons and point sparring, Ben for placing 1st in point sparring and 2nd in kata, weapons, and semi-knockdown, Eddie for placing 3rd in kata, Dala for placing 1st in kata, weapons, and self-defense, Stephanie for placing 2nd in kata, Ajay for placing 1st in kata and point sparring and 2nd in semi-knockdown, Zak for placing 3rd in kata, Jaim for placing 1st in kata and 2nd in point sparring, Megan for placing 3rd in kata and 2nd in point sparring and semi-knockdown, Jason for placing 2nd in kata, and Susan for placing 3rd in kata and 2nd in weapons at the 2013 Traditional Tournament!

2/28/13 – Congratulations to Jaim and Daniel for promoting to 2nd kyu, Ajay and Stephanie for promoting to 7th kyu, and Jason for promoting to 8th kyu!

12/11/12 – Congratulations to Susan for promoting to 6th kyu and Megan, Zak, Hannah, and Johnathan for promoting to 8th kyu!

11/12/12 – Congratulations to Ben for promoting to 2nd kyu, Leo for promoting to 4th kyu, and Stephanie and Eddie for promoting to 8th kyu! Congratulations to Daniel for placing 2nd in breaking and randori and 3rd in semi-knockdown, Ben for pacing 1st in kata, point sparring, and randori and 2nd in grappling, Ken for placing 2nd in grappling, Leo for placing 3rd in point sparring and breaking, Megan for placing 3rd in breaking and 2nd in grappling, Robert for placing 1st in grappling, Jonathan for placing 2nd place in Kata, 3rd in point sparring, and 3rd in grappling, Hannah for placing 3rd place kata, 2nd place in point sparring, and 1st in grappling, and Susan for placing 3rd in kata!

10/12/12 – Congratulations to Dala for promoting to 2nd kyu!

9/3/12 – Congratulations to Daniel for promoting to 3rd kyu, Dave for promoting to 5th kyu, and Susan for promoting to 7th kyu!

7/30/12 – Congratulations to Matthew for placing 2nd in men’s middleweight knockdown, Henry for placing 2nd in point and semi-knockdown, and Russell for placing 2nd in point and 3rd in men’s lightweight knockdown!

7/5/12 – Congratulations to Ryan for promoting to 2nd kyu, Ben and Jaim for promoting to 3rd kyu, and Sarah and Henry for promoting to 5th kyu!

6/12/12 – Congratulations to Graham for promoting to 4th kyu and Zach for promoting to 6th kyu!

4/12/12 – Congratulations to Daniel for placing 3rd in Kyuki-Do sparring; Zach for placing 1st in breaking and 2nd in forms; Graham for placing 1st in forms and 2nd in point sparring; Matthew for placing 3rd in heavyweight Kyuki-Do sparring and 3rd in heavyweight grappling; Ben for placing 1st in forms, 1st in heavyweight semi-knockdown, 1st in heavyweight grappling, and 3rd in point sparring; Dave for placing 2nd in breaking and 3rd in point sparring, Russell for placing 1st in Kyuki-Do sparring and 2nd in lightweight grappling, and Sarah for participating in the 2012 Athens Tournament!

3/28/12 – Congratulations to Daniel for placing 3rd in point sparring; Graham for placing 1st in forms and 2nd in weapons; Matthew for placing 2nd in point sparring; Ben for placing 1st in point sparring, 2nd in semi-knockdown, 2nd in self-defense, and 3rd in weapons; Ryan for placing 3rd in weapons and kata, and Sarah for participating in the 2012 WYKKO Traditional Tournament!

11/30/11 – Congratulations to Jaim for promoting to 4th kyu, Ben for promoting to 5th kyu, Zach for promoting to 8th kyu, Russell for promoting to Instructor, and Matthew for promoting to Senior Instructor

10/7/11 – Congratulations to Jen, Leo, and Daniel for promoting to 5th kyu, Ben and Graham for promoting to 6th kyu, Sarah, Dave, and Henry for promoting to 7th kyu and Ben for promoting to Assistant Instructor!

8/25/11 – Congratulations to Sensei Goetze for promoting to Shodan!

6/6/11 – Congratulations to Dala and Ryan for promoting to 3rd kyu, Daniel for promoting to 6th kyu, Ben and Graham for promoting to 7th kyu, and Joseph, Madalyn, Dave, Sarah, and Henry for promoting to 8th kyu!

3/29/11 – Congratulations to Ken for 2nd place self defense; Sherrie for 1st place self defense, 1st place point sparring, 2nd place weapons; Russell for 3rd place forms, self-defense, point sparring, and kumite; Matthew for 1st place kata, point sparring, kumite, 2nd place weapons, Dala 1st place kata, 1st place weapons, 2nd place self defense; Mike for 2nd place kata; Daniel 1st place point sparring, 2nd place kumite, 3rd place kata; Ben 1st place kata, point sparring; Graham 2nd place kata point sparring; Dave 1st kata, 2nd point sparring, 1st kumite, and Tom and Sara for participating!

3/4/11 – Congratulations to Matthew for promoting to 1st kyu, and Mike and Jaim for promoting to 5th kyu!

1/1/11 – Congratulations to Alex for promoting to 2nd kyu, Leo and Jen for promoting to 6th kyu, Daniel for promoting to 7th kyu, and Ben and Graham for promoting to 8th kyu!

10/4/10 – Congratulations for Trey for promoting to 8th kyu and Ryan for promoting to 4th kyu!

8/31/10 – Congratulations to Sherrie for placing 1st in point sparring, 3rd in kata, and 3rd in weapons; to Matthew for placing 1st in point sparring, 1st in kata, 2nd in weapons, and 1st in semi knockdown; to Alex for placing 2nd in point sparring, 3rd in kata, 3rd in weapons, 2nd in semi knockdown, and 1st in self defense; to Leo for placing 2nd in point sparring, 1st in kata, and 1st in semi knockdown, to Jen for placing 3rd in point sparring and 3rd in kata, and to Daniel for placing 3rd in point sparring, kata, and semi knockdown!

8/9/10 – Congratulations to Russel for promoting to 1st kyu, Matthew for promoting to 2nd kyu, Alex for promoting to 3rd kyu, Dala for promoting to 4th kyu, and Leo and Jen for promoting to 7th kyu!

6/21/10 – Congratulations to Ryan for best attendance, Sherrie for student of the year, and Tom for contributor of the year!

6/14/10 – Congratulations to Jaim for promoting to 7th kyu and Daniel for promoting to 8th kyu!

6/1/10 – Congratulations to Matthew and Ryan for promoting to Assistant Instructor!

3/29/10 – Congratulations to Erik and Robert for promoting to 1st kyu, Brandon and Matthew for promoting to 3rd kyu, and Mike for promoting to 6th kyu!

12/12/09 – Congratulations to Ryan for promoting to 7th kyu, Russell for promoting to 2nd kyu, and Alex for promoting to 4th kyu!

11/20/09 – Congratulations to Ryan for promoting to 6th kyu!

10/5/09 – Congratulations to Erik for promoting to 2nd kyu, Matthew for promoting to 4th kyu, and Alex, Dala, and Michael for promoting to 5th kyu!

9/30/09 – Congratulations to Sherrie for promoting to Shodan! Congratulations to Robert for promoting to 2nd kyu, Brandon to 4th kyu, and Sangwook to 8th kyu!

7/30/09 – Congratulations to Ryan and Mike for promoting to 7th kyu!

5/26/09 – Congratulations to Michael and Sherrie for Best Attendance 2009, Russell for Student of the Year, and Sherrie for Outstanding Contributor! Congratulations to Sangwook and Steve for promoting to 8th kyu!

5/12/09 – Congratulations to Mike for 3rd in kata and semi-knockdown, Cydney and Ryan for competing, Erik for 2nd in self-defense 3rd in kata, Alex for 1st in point sparring 3rd in semi-knockdown, Dala for 1st in kata 3rd in weapons 3rd in point sparring, Sherrie for 1st in self-defense 1st in point sparring 1st in weapons 1st in kata 2nd in semi-knockdown, Robert for 3rd in self-defense 3rd in weapons 1st in point sparring, Brandon for 2nd in weapons 2nd in kata 4th in point sparring, Sensei Davis for 1st in point sparring, Russel for 1st in kata 2nd in weapons 3rd in point sparring, Matthew for 2nd in point sparring 2nd in semi-knockdown!

4/17/09 – Congratulations to Cydney for promoting to 4th kyu, Dala, Alex, and Michael for promoting to 6th kyu, and Ryan and Mike for promoting to 8th kyu!

2/27/08 – Congratulations to Robert and Russell for promoting to 3rd kyu, Buz and Erik for promoting to 4th kyu, Brandon for promoting to 5th kyu, and Matthew and James for promoting to 6th kyu! Congratulations to Erik for being promoted to an Assistant Instructor!

12/22/09 – Congratulations to Sherrie for promoting to 1st kyu, Cydney for promoting to 5th kyu, and Dala, Alex, and Michael for promoting to 7th kyu!

12/17/08 – We will be accepting new students in January!

10/29/08 – Congratulations to Russell for promoting to 4th kyu!

10/1/08 – Congratulations to Buz and Erik for promoting to 5th kyu; James, Ryan, and Matthew for promoting to 7th kyu; Alex, Michael, Dala for promoting to 8th kyu! Our biggest test ever!

8/22/08 – Congratulations to PJ for promoting to 3rd kyu and Robert for promoting to 4th kyu!

8/1/08 – Congratulations to Sherrie, Robert, and Matthew for winning 1st place in point, semi-knockdown, and semi-knockdown at Superfights!

7/25/08 – Congrations to Cydney for promoting to 6th kyu!

6/17/08 – Congratulations to PJ for winning 1st place in breaking, Russell for winning 3rd place in breaking, Austin for winning 3rd place in breaking, and Robert for winning 1st place in breaking at this years’ Summer Camp!

6/16/08 – Congratulations to Sherrie for promoting to 2nd kyu, Russell for promoting to 5th kyu, Brandon for promoting to 6th kyu, and Matthew and James for promoting to 8th kyu!

5/13/08 – Congratulations to Sherrie, Ken, Russell, Brandon, and Austin for earning medals at the Traditional Yoshukai Tournament! Congratulations to Buz and Erik for promoting to 6th kyu, Austin for promoting to 7th kyu, and Ryan and Daniel for promoting to 8th kyu!

3/26/08 – Congratulations to PJ for promoting to 4th kyu, Russell for promoting to 6th kyu, Cydney for promoting to 7th kyu, and Brandon for promoting to 7th kyu!

2/11/08 – Note new schedule! Congratulations to Robert for promoting to 5th kyu and Erik for promoting to 7th kyu!

12/10/07 – Congratulations to Sherrie for promoting to 3rd kyu, Russell for promoting to 7th kyu, and Brandon for promoting to 8th kyu! Winter break schedule in effect.

10/2/07 – Congratulations to PJ for promoting to 5th kyu and Russell for promoting to 8th kyu! Now accepting new students. Knife-fighting class October 11th. Next test: October 25th.

9/28/07 – Congratulations to PJ for winning first place in open hand kata in Panama City!

9/11/07 – Sunday judo classes start October 7th 3-4pm

9/1/07 – Knife-fighting class September 10th. Next Test: September 30th

8/14/07 – Congratulations to Sherrie for promoting to 4th kyu and to Buz for promoting to 7th kyu! Congratulations also to Sherrie for winning 1st place in point sparring and 3rd place in Japanese semi-knockdown and to PJ for winning 1st place in point sparring at the Dothan fight competition!

7/8/07 – Congratulations to PJ Campanella for promoting to 6th kyu blue belt and to Robert Bishop for promoting to 7th kyu yellow belt. Congratulations also to PJ for winning 1st place at the summer camp breaking competition!

4/10/07 – Congratulations to PJ for promoting to 7th kyu and Brendan, Robert, and Kevin for promoting to 8th kyu!

5/21/07 – Congratulations to Ken for promoting to 3rd kyu, Sherrie for promoting to 5th kyu, and Buz for promoting to 8th kyu!

5/5/07 – Congratulations to Sherrie, PJ, and Brendan for bringing home 3 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze medal in the 7 competitions they participated in at the WYKKO tournament May 5th!

Terminology by Rank

8th kyu

  • Five precepts of Yoshukai Karate
  • Yoshukai – Strive for Excellence
  • Japanese Headquarter – Kitakyushu City, Japan
  • US Headquarter – Dothan, Alabama
  • World Director: Kaicho Katsuoh Yamamoto (Judan – 10th degree)
  • US Directors: Master Hiroaki Toyama (Hachidan), Master Mike Culbreth (Hachidan)
  • Twenty-Seven Movements – Nijushichi No Kata
  • First Basic Form – Kihon Kata Shodan
  • Instructor – Sensei
  • Karate School – Dojo
  • Karate Uniform – Dogi
  • Belt – Obi
  • Bow – Rei
  • Yell – Kiai
  • Prepare – Yoi
  • Fist to Hip – Tsuki
  • Finish – Yame
  • Attention – Kiyotsuke


7th kyu

  • Second Basic Form – Kihon Kata Nidan
  • Third Basic Form – Kihon Kata Sandan
  • Front Stance – Zenkutsudachi
  • Defensive Straddle Stance – Boubi Shikodachi
  • Offensive Straddle Stance – Kougeki Shikodachi
  • Upper Block – Jodan Uke
  • Inside Center Block – Chuudan Uchi Uke
  • Outside Center Block – Chuudan Soto Uke
  • Down Block – Gedan Uke
  • Fist – Seiken
  • Upper Punch – Jodan Zuki
  • Center Punch – Chuudan Zuki
  • Down Punch – Gedan Zuki
  • Front Kick – Mae Geri
  • Round Kick – Mawashi Geri
  • Side Kick – Yoko Geri
  • Begin – Hajime
  • Relax – Yasume
  • Empty Hand – Karate


6th kyu

  • Year Yoshukai was Founded: 1963
  • Year Yoshukai was brought to the US: 1967
  • Year WYKKO was founded: 2000
  • Highest ranked US instructor: Master Toyama (Hachidan- 8th degree)
  • West Coast Director: Shihan Gerry Blanck (Shichidan- 7th degree)
  • Yoshukai Byword – Patience – Nin
  • Fourth Basic Form – Kihon Kata Yondan
  • Advancing and Retreating – Zenshin Kotai
  • Ready Stance – Uchihachijidachi
  • Attention Stance – Musobidachi
  • Forward Stance – Mae Dachi
  • Scissor Stance – Hasamidachi
  • Knifehand Block – Shuto Uke
  • Palm Heel Block – Shotei Uke
  • Ridgehand Block – Haito Uke
  • (Upper/Center/Down) Same Side Punch – (Jodan/Chuudan/Gedan) Jun Zuki
  • (Upper/Center/Down) Reverse Punch – (Jodan/Chuudan/Gedan) Gyaku Zuki
  • Knife Hand – Shuto
  • Inward Knife Hand – Ura Shuto
  • Backfirst – Uraken
  • Palm Strike – Shotei
  • Ridge Hand – Haito
  • Elbow Strike – Embi
  • Knee – Hiza Geri
  • Hammer Fist – Tsutsuken
  • Jump Front Kick – Nidan Geri
  • (Inside/Outside) Crescent Kick – (Uchi/Soto) Ko Geri
  • Flying Side Kick – Tobi Yoko Geri
  • Black Belt Rank – Yudansha
  • Right – Migi
  • Left – Hidari


5th kyu

  • Five precepts of Yoshukai Karate in Japanese
  • Four Ways – Shiho Hai
  • Basic Nunchaku Form – Kihon Kata Nunchaku
  • One Legged Stance – Ippon Ashidachi
  • Parallel Stance – Heikodachi
  • Immovable Stance – Fudodachi
  • Elbow Block – Embi Uke
  • Knee Block – Hiza Uke
  • Back Hand – Haisho
  • Bent Wrist – Koken
  • Spear Hand – Nukite
  • Hook Kick – Kake Geri
  • Forward Spinning Side Kick – Zenpou Yoko Geri
  • Shin Kick – Sune Geri
  • Ball of Foot – Koshi
  • Instep – Haisoku
  • Blade of Foot – Sokuto
  • Heel – Kakato
  • Tail of Nunchaku – Shiri
  • Grip of Nunchaku – Nigiri
  • Head of Nunchaku – Atama
  • Joint of Nunchaku – Tsunagi
  • Good Morning – Ohayo
  • Good Afternoon – Konnichiwa
  • Good Evening – Konban Wa
  • Thank You – Arigato
  • Goodbye – Sayonara
  • Yes – Hai
  • No – Iie
  • Stop – Matte
  • Turn – Mawatte
  • Close eyes – Mokuso
  • Open Eyes – Kaimoku
  • Ready – Kumae
  • Ready weapons – Kumae-te
  • Falling – Ukemi
  • Yudansha – Shodan and Nidan (1st & 2nd degree)
  • Sempai – Sandan (3rd degree)
  • Shihan-Dai – Yondan (4th degree)
  • Shihan – Yondan through Shichidan (5th degree to 7th degree)
  • Kaicho – President (Master Toyama & Master Culbreth)
  • Soke – Founder (Master Yamamoto)


4th kyu

  • Patch – Yata no Kagami (truth, goodness, beauty)
  • Yoshukai – Association of Continued Improvement
  • Thirteen Hands – Seisan
  • First Basic Nunchaku Form – Kihon Kata Shodan Nunchaku
  • Cat Stance – Neko Ashidachi
  • Sword (Kneeling) Stance – Iai Dachi
  • (Upper/Lower) Crosshand Block – (Jodan/Gedan) Juji Uke
  • Back Hand Block – Haisho Uke
  • 2 Finger Spear Hand – Nihon Nukite
  • Head Strike – Zutsuki
  • Axe Kick – Kakato Otoshi
  • Back Spinning Side Kick – Ushiro Yoko Geri
  • Do you understand? – Wakarimasu ka
  • I understand – Wakarimasu
  • How are you? – O genki desu ka
  • I am fine – Genki desu
  • Punching Board – Makiwara


3rd kyu

  • Yoshukai Motto – Make efforts and you will achieve – Rikki Hitatsu
  • First Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Shodan Bo
  • Horse Stance – Kibadachi
  • Hourglass Stance – Sanchin dachi
  • Back Stance – Kokutsudachi
  • Wedge Block – Kakiwake Uke
  • Flying Knee – Tobi Hiza Geri
  • Chasing Punch – Oizuki
  • Spinning Crescent Kick – Ushiro Ko Geri
  • Tornado Kick – Tobi Mawashi Ko Geri
  • (Front/Back) Spinning Hook Kick – (Zenpou/Ushiro) Kake Geri
  • Back Kick – Ushiro Geri
  • Center of Bo – Shin
  • Shoulder of Bo – Kata
  • Striking Area of Bo – Monouchi
  • Point of Bo – Yari
  • The way – Michi
  • Kneel down – Seiza
  • Stand up – Kiritsu
  • Line up – Seiretsu
  • Breaking – Tameshiwari
  • Art of catching a sword with your hands – Shinkinshirahidori


2nd kyu

  • Yoshukan – Precursor to Yoshukai, Training Hall of Continued Improvement
  • Twenty-Four Steps – Niseishi
  • Second Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Nidan Bo
  • Advancing and Retreating Sai – Zenshin Kotai Sai
  • Bear Hand – Kumade
  • Jump Round Kick – Nidan Mawashi Geri
  • Jump Spinning Hook Kick – Tobi Ushiro Kake Geri
  • Jump Spinning Crescent Kick – Tobi Ushiro Ko Geri
  • Full Point – Ippon
  • Half Point – Wazari
  • Judge’s Decision – Hantei
  • Change feet – Kaete
  • Technique – Waza


1st kyu

  • Vision of the Crane Small- Rohai Sho
  • Third Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Sandan Bo
  • Fighting to the Four Directions Sai – Shiho Hai Sai
  • Chasing Kick – Oigeri
  • Head of Sai – Tsukagashira
  • Grip of Sai – Nigiri
  • Nail of Sai – Tsume
  • Striking Area of Sai – Monouchi
  • Point of Sai – Yari
  • Leg – Ashi
  • Hand – Te
  • Karate student – Seito
  • Front of dojo – Shomen
  • Heaven and Earth Posture – Zenshi-no-kamae

Kanji

Rikki Hitastu
Rikki Hitastu

 

 

 

 

Michi
Michi

 

 

 

 

 

Yoshukai
Yoshukai

 

 

 

 

Karate
Karate

 

 

 

 

 

Patience
Patience

 

 

 

 

 

Shodan

  • Special Black/White Belt – Madara Obi
  • Continued Improvement – Yoshu
  • Vision of the Crane Minor Sai – Rho Hai Sho Sai


Nidan

  • Vision of the Crane Large- Rohai Dai
  • Endless/Infinity – Mugen
  • Twisting Body Motion – Tenshin
  • To Breach a Fortress – Bassai
  • Fighting to the East – Chinto
  • Ending the Morning Mist – Shounnokon


Sandan

  • Monks of Peace – Sochin
  • Rolling Palms – Tensho
  • Head of Tonfa – Atama
  • Grip of Tonfa – Nigiri
  • Tail of Tonfa – Shiri


Yondan

  • Thirty-Four Hands – San Shi Ryu


Godan

  • Tiger Eyes – Ru San
  • Dragon Mountain – Ryu San
  • Dragon in the Sky – Un Ryu
  • Inspired by Kung Shang K’ung – Kusanku

Terminology

Five Precepts    

Reigi o omonzubeshi               “Respect and manners”
Taido o imashimubeshi           “Be prudent in action”
Gengo o tsutsushimubeshi      “Be prudent in speech”
Iki o sakan ni subeshi             “Keep high spirited”
Seiketsu o mune to subeshi     “Keep yourself clean”

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The number in parenthesis indicates the kyu for which the term is required to be known verbally.  The student will be required to know the term in a written form at one kyu below the kyu at which they must know it verbally.  For example, (7th) means that one must know this term verbally in order to test for 7th kyu (or 2nd degree yellow belt) and be able to write it in order to test for 6th kyu (1st degree blue belt).  Students begin taking written exams at 6th kyu.  An 85% must be made on the exam in order to earn the promotion.

Terminology by Rank


Yoshukai Terms

  • (8th) Five precepts of Yoshukai Karate
  • (8th) Yoshukai – Strive for Excellence
  • (8th) Japanese Headquarter – Kitakyushu City, Japan
  • (8th) US Headquarter – Dothan, Alabama
  • (8th) World Director: Kaicho Katsuoh Yamamoto (Judan – 10th degree)
  • (8th) US Directors: Master Hiroaki Toyama (Hachidan), Master Mike Culbreth (Hachidan)
  • (6th) Year Yoshukai was Founded: 1963
  • (6th) Year Yoshukai was brought to the US: 1967
  • (6th) Year WYKKO was founded: 2000
  • (6th) Highest ranked US instructor: Master Toyama (Hachidan- 8th degree)
  • (6th) West Coast Director: Shihan Gerry Blanck (Shichidan- 7th degree)
  • (6th) Yoshukai Byword – Patience – Nin
  • (5th) Five precepts of Yoshukai Karate in Japanese
  • (4th) Patch – Yata no Kagami (truth, goodness, beauty)
  • (4th) Yoshukai – Association of Continued Improvement
  • (3rd) Yoshukai Motto – Make efforts and you will achieve – Rikki Hitatsu
  • (2nd) Yoshukan – Precursor to Yoshukai, Training Hall of Continued Improvement


Forms (kata)

  • (8th) Twenty-Seven Movements – Nijushichi No Kata
  • (8th) First Basic Form – Kihon Kata Shodan
  • (7th) Second Basic Form – Kihon Kata Nidan
  • (7th) Third Basic Form – Kihon Kata Sandan
  • (6th) Fourth Basic Form – Kihon Kata Yondan
  • (6th) Advancing and Retreating – Zenshin Kotai
  • (5th) Four Ways – Shiho Hai
  • (5th) Basic Nunchaku Form – Kihon Kata Nunchaku
  • (4th) Thirteen Hands – Seisan
  • (4th) First Basic Nunchaku Form – Kihon Kata Shodan Nunchaku
  • (3rd) First Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Shodan Bo
  • (2nd) Twenty-Four Steps – Niseishi
  • (2nd) Second Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Nidan Bo
  • (2nd) Advancing and Retreating Sai – Zenshin Kotai Sai
  • (1st) Vision of the Crane Small or Sign of the White Heron Small – Rohai Sho
  • (1st) Third Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Sandan Bo
  • (1st) Fighting to the Four Directions Sai – Shiho Hai Sai
  • (Nidan) Vision of the Crane Large or Sign of the White Heron Large – Rohai Dai
  • (Nidan) Endless/Infinity – Mugen
  • (Nidan) Twisting Body Motion – Tenshin
  • (Nidan) To Breach a Fortress – Bassai
  • (Nidan) Fighting to the East – Chinto
  • (Nidan) Ending the Morning Mist – Shounnokon
  • (Sandan) Monks of Peace – Sochin
  • (Sandan) Rolling Palms – Tensho
  • (Yondan) Thirty-Four Hands – San Shi Ryu
  • (Godan) Tiger Eyes – Ru San
  • (Godan) Dragon Mountain – Ryu San
  • (Godan) Dragon in the Sky – Un Ryu
  • (Godan) Inspired by Kung Shang K’ung – Kusanku


Stances (tachi)

  • (7th) Front Stance – Zenkutsudachi
  • (7th) Defensive Straddle Stance – Boubi Shikodachi
  • (7th) Offensive Straddle Stance – Kougeki Shikodachi
  • (6th) Ready Stance – Uchihachijidachi
  • (6th) Attention Stance – Musobidachi
  • (6th) Forward Stance – Mae Dachi
  • (6th) Scissor Stance – Hasamidachi
  • (5th) One Legged Stance – Ippon Ashidachi
  • (5th) Parallel Stance – Heikodachi
  • (5th) Immovable Stance – Fudodachi
  • (4th) Cat Stance – Neko Ashidachi
  • (4th) Sword (Kneeling) Stance – Iai Dachi
  • (3rd) Horse Stance – Kibadachi
  • (3rd) Hourglass Stance – Sanchin dachi
  • (3rd) Back Stance – Kokutsudachi


Blocks (uke)

  • (7th) Upper Block – Jodan Uke
  • (7th) Inside Center Block – Chuudan Uchi Uke
  • (7th) Outside Center Block – Chuudan Soto Uke
  • (7th) Down Block – Gedan Uke
  • (6th) Knifehand Block – Shuto Uke
  • (6th) Palm Heel Block – Shotei Uke
  • (6th) Ridgehand Block – Haito Uke
  • (5th) Elbow Block – Embi Uke
  • (5th) Knee Block – Hiza Uke
  • (4th) (Upper/Lower) Crosshand Block – (Jodan/Gedan) Juji Uke
  • (4th) Back Hand Block – Haisho Uke
  • (3rd) Wedge Block – Kakiwake Uke
  • (1st) Zenshi-no-kamae – Heaven and Earth Posture


Strikes (atemi)

  • (7th) Fist – Seiken
  • (7th) Upper Punch – Jodan Zuki
  • (7th) Center Punch – Chuudan Zuki
  • (7th) Down Punch – Gedan Zuki
  • (6th) (Upper/Center/Down) Same Side Punch – (Jodan/Chuudan/Gedan) Jun Zuki
  • (6th) (Upper/Center/Down) Reverse Punch – (Jodan/Chuudan/Gedan) Gyaku Zuki
  • (6th) Knife Hand – Shuto
  • (6th) Inward Knife Hand – Ura Shuto
  • (6th) Backfirst – Uraken
  • (6th) Palm Strike – Shotei
  • (6th) Ridge Hand – Haito
  • (6th) Elbow Strike – Embi
  • (6th) Knee – Hiza Geri
  • (6th) Hammer Fist – Tsutsuken
  • (5th) Back Hand – Haisho
  • (5th) Bent Wrist – Koken
  • (5th) Spear Hand – Nukite
  • (4th) 2 Finger Spear Hand – Nihon Nukite
  • (4th) Head Strike – Zutsuki
  • (3rd) Flying Knee – Tobi Hiza Geri
  • (3rd) Chasing Punch – Oizuki
  • (2nd) Bear Hand – Kumade


Kicks (keri)

  • (7th) Front Kick – Mae Geri
  • (7th) Round Kick – Mawashi Geri
  • (7th) Side Kick – Yoko Geri
  • (6th) Jump Front Kick – Nidan Geri
  • (6th) (Inside/Outside) Crescent Kick – (Uchi/Soto) Ko Geri
  • (6th) Flying Side Kick – Tobi Yoko Geri
  • (6th) Forward Spinning Side Kick – Zenpou Yoko Geri
  • (5th) Hook Kick – Kake Geri
  • (5th) Shin Kick – Sune Geri
  • (4th) Axe Kick – Kakato Otoshi
  • (4th) Back Spinning Side Kick – Ushiro Yoko Geri
  • (3rd) Spinning Crescent Kick – Ushiro Ko Geri
  • (3rd) Tornado Kick – Tobi Mawashi Ko Geri
  • (3rd) (Front/Back) Spinning Hook Kick – (Zenpou/Ushiro) Kake Geri
  • (3rd) Back Kick – Ushiro Geri
  • (2nd) Jump Round Kick – Nidan Mawashi Geri
  • (2nd) Jump Spinning Hook Kick – Tobi Ushiro Kake Geri
  • (2nd) Jump Spinning Crescent Kick – Tobi Ushiro Ko Geri
  • (1st) Chasing Kick – Oigeri


Striking Areas

  • (5th) Ball of Foot – Koshi
  • (5th) Instep – Haisoku
  • (5th) Blade of Foot – Sokuto
  • (5th) Heel – Kakato
  • (5th) Tail of Nunchaku – Shiri
  • (5th) Grip of Nunchaku – Nigiri
  • (5th) Head of Nunchaku – Atama
  • (5th) Joint of Nunchaku – Tsunagi
  • (3rd) Center of Bo – Shin
  • (3rd) Shoulder of Bo – Kata
  • (3rd) Striking Area of Bo – Monouchi
  • (3rd) Point of Bo – Yari
  • (1st) Head of Sai – Tsukagashira
  • (1st) Grip of Sai – Nigiri
  • (1st) Nail of Sai – Tsume
  • (1st) Striking Area of Sai – Monouchi
  • (1st) Point of Sai – Yari
  • (1st) Leg – Ashi
  • (1st) Hand – Te
  • (Sandan) Head of Tonfa – Atama
  • (Sandan) Grip of Tonfa – Nigiri
  • (Sandan) Tail of Tonfa – Shiri


Karate Terms

  • (8th) Instructor – Sensei
  • (8th) Karate School – Dojo
  • (8th) Karate Uniform – Dogi
  • (8th) Belt – Obi
  • (8th) Bow – Rei
  • (8th) Yell – Kiai
  • (8th) Prepare – Yoi
  • (8th) Fist to Hip – Tsuki
  • (8th) Finish – Yame
  • (8th) Attention – Kiyotsuke
  • (7th) Begin – Hajime
  • (7th) Relax – Yasume
  • (7th) Empty Hand – Karate
  • (6th) Black Belt Rank – Yudansha
  • (6th) Right – Migi
  • (6th) Left – Hidari
  • (5th) Good Morning – Ohayo
  • (5th) Good Afternoon – Konnichiwa
  • (5th) Good Evening – Konban Wa
  • (5th) Thank You – Arigato
  • (5th) Goodbye – Sayonara
  • (5th) Yes – Hai
  • (5th) No – Iie
  • (5th) Stop – Matte
  • (5th) Turn – Mawatte
  • (5th) Close eyes – Mokuso
  • (5th) Open Eyes – Kaimoku
  • (5th) Ready – Kumae
  • (5th) Ready weapons – Kumae-te
  • (5th) Falling – Ukemi
  • (4th) Do you understand? – Wakarimasu ka
  • (4th) I understand – Wakarimasu
  • (4th) How are you? – O genki desu ka
  • (4th) I am fine – Genki desu
  • (4th) Punching Board – Makiwara
  • (3rd) The way – Michi
  • (3rd) Kneel down – Seiza
  • (3rd) Stand up – Kiritsu
  • (3rd) Line up – Seiretsu
  • (3rd) Breaking – Tameshiwari
  • (3rd) Art of catching a sword with your hands – Shinkinshirahidori
  • (2nd) Full Point – Ippon
  • (2nd) Half Point – Wazari
  • (2nd) Judge’s Decision – Hantei
  • (2nd) Change feet – Kaete
  • (2nd) Technique – Waza
  • (1st) Karate student – Seito
  • (1st) Front of dojo – Shomen
  • (Shodan) Checkered Belt – Madara Obi


Yudansha Titles
(5th)

  • Yudansha – Shodan and Nidan (1st & 2nd degree)
  • Sempai – Sandan (3rd degree)
  • Shihan-Dai – Yondan (4th degree)
  • Shihan – Yondan through Shichidan (5th degree to 7th degree)
  • Renshi – Rokudan (6th degree)
  • Kyoshi – Shichidan (7th degree)
  • Kaicho – President (Master Toyama & Master Culbreth)
  • Soke – Founder (Master Yamamoto)


Counting

  • Ichi
  • Ni
  • San
  • Shi
  • Go
  • Roku
  • Shichi
  • Hachi
  • Kyu
  • Juu
  • Juu Ichi
  • Juu Ni…
  • Ni Juu
  • Ni Juu Ichi…
  • San Juu
  • Yon Juu Ichi…
  • Hiyaku – One Hundred


Kanji (1st)

Rikki Hitastu
Rikki Hitastu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michi
Michi

 

 

 

 

 

Yoshukai
Yoshukai

 

 

 

 

Karate
Karate

 

 

 

 

 

Patience
Nin

Weapons

Bo vs. Sai
Bo vs. Sai

Yoshukai Karate is a martial art which employs a variety of weapons at the higher belt ranks.  Students learn the nunchaku at 1st degree blue. The basics of the bo are taught to 1st degree green belts, and the sai are taught at 2nd degree green belt.  Tonfa are learned when the student is a Nidan.  The katana is taught to Sandan ranked blackbelts.

     Yoshukai places a strong emphasis on weapons training to supplement open-hand fighting techniques.  Our practitioners are accomplished weapons fighters as well as being accomplished open-hand fighters.  Students are expected to know the basics of the weapon, how to use it in a fight, and occasionally are called upon to incorporate them in sparring matches in addition to learning the formal kata for the weapons.

Katana (Japanese Swords) Being Cleaned
Katana (Japanese Swords) Being Cleaned

     In addition to the basic Yoshukai weapons, Athens Yoshukai occasionally offers instruction in a variety of other martial arts weapons for the benefit of the students.  Learning these weapons is not a requirement for rank advancement.

Promotion Requirements

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10th kyu to 8th kyu Yellow Belt
Ni-Ju Shichi No Kata (27 Movements)Karate Bishop Certificate
Kihon Kata Shodan
Basic Punches, Blocks, Kicks
Sparring
Ippon Kumite 1
Terminology
Combinations
Front kick, step forward, round kick, step forward
Round kick, skip sidekick
Step forward downblock in defensive straddle stance, reverse punch into front stance
Breaking – 1 hand and 1 foot

8th to 7th kyu Yellow Belt
Kihon Kata Nidan
Kihon Kata Sandan
Ippon Kumite 1 & 2
Terminology
Combinations
Front leg front kick, back leg front kick, step forward reverse punch
Round kick, step forward, skip sidekick, backfist
Slide forward jab, reverse punch
Breaking – 2 different foot techniques
Plus all requirements for previous rank

7th to 6th kyu Blue Belt
Kihon Kata Yondan
Zen Shin Kotai
Ippon Kumite 1-3
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Slide forward backfist, reverse punch, round kick
Step forward downblock in defensive straddle stance, reverse punch into front stance, spin forward side kick
Outside crescent kick, front kick, step forward
Breaking – 1 foot and 1 hand and 1 flying side kick or jump front kick
Plus all requirements for previous rank

6th to 5th kyu Blue Belt
Shihohai
Kihon Kata (Nunchaku)
Ippon Kumite 1-4
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Front foot round kick, skip side kick, reverse punch
Double round kick, step forward, skip hook kick
Slide forward jab, reverse punch, hook with forward hand, uppercut with back hand
Breaking – 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique, 1 jump front kick
Plus all requirements for previous rank

5th to 4th kyu Green Belt
Seisan
Kihon Kata Shodan (Nunchaku)
Ippon Kumite 1-5
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Knee block, back fist, reverse punch, front kick, jump front kick
Slide forward spearhand strike, grab, knee strike, front kick, step forward
Slide forward jab, reverse punch, ridge hand, back spinning side kick
Breaking – 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique, 1 back spinning kick (crescent, side, hook, etc.)
Plus all requirements for previous rank

4th to 3rd kyu Green Belt
Kihon Kata Shodan (Bo)
5 Self Defense Techniques
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations
Front kick, spinning back hook kick, round kick (all same foot)
Front kick, flying side kick, reverse punch
Slide back, downblock in defensive straddle stance, backfist, reverse punch into front stance, ridge hand, forward spinning hook kick
Breaking – 2 board back spinning side kick, 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique
Plus all requirements for previous rank

3rd to 2nd kyu Brown Belt
Niseishi
Kihon Kata Nidan (Bo)
Zen Shin Kotai (Sai)
5 Self Defense Techniques
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations
Slide forward, back fist, step forward, knifehand strike, back spinning backfist
Round kick, tornado kick, backfist, reverse punch
Slide back, outside center block in defensive stradde stance, back fist, reverse punch, front spinning hook kick/round kick, step forward
Breaking – 2 board side kick, 1 back spinning hook kick, 1 hand technique, 1 flying side or jump front kick
Plus all requirements for previous rank

2nd to 1st kyu Brown Belt
Rohai Sho
Kihon Kata Sandan (Bo)
Shihohai (Sai)
5 Self Defense Techniques
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations
Round kick, spinning crescent kick, backfist, reverse punch
Grab, step forward, elbow strike, step forward into scissor stance, rolling back fist
Front kick, back kick, forward spinning side kick (all with same leg without putting foot down)
Breaking – 2 board side kick, 1 back spinning kick, 1 flying side or jump front kick, 1 hand technique
Plus all requirements for previous rank

1st kyu to Shodan
Rohai Sho (Sai)
Yoshu (Nunchaku)
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 2 different hand techniques, 2 board stationary kick, 1 spinning back hook kick, 1 jump front kick
Plus all requirements for previous rank

Shodan to Nidan
Rohai Dai
Tenshin
Mugen
Bassai
Chinto
Rohai Dai (Sai)
Mugen (Sai)
Bassai (Sai)
Shounnokon (Bo)
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 2 different stationary kicks, 2 different spinning kicks, 1 jump kick, 1 hand technique
Plus all requirements for previous rank

Nidan to Sandan
Sochin
Yosei No Kata (Sai)
Yoshu Dai (Nunchaku)
Tensho (Tonfa)
Bo tai Sai 1-5
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 5 techniques
Plus all requirements for previous rank

Sandan to Yondan
San Shi Ryu
Bo tai Bo
Bo tai Sai 6
Iai 1-8
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 5 techniques
Plus all requirements for previous rank

Yondan to Godan
Ru San
Kusanku
Un Ryu Sai
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 5 techniques
Plus all requirements for previous rank