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SCKF Shinsa Notes

  • SCKF head instructors and kodansha sensei attended a workshop on 3/7/10 to review new SCKF shinsa regulations and criteria.

  • Starting in 2010, applicants testing for 4kyu shall demonstrate basic skills at the shinsa (see notes below)

  • Starting in 2013, applicants testing for yudansha ranks will use the two-person rei procedure (see notes below)

Kihon test for 4kyu applicants
  • applicants testing for 4kyu shall demonstrate basic skills at the shinsa
    • opening reiho (rei and sonkyo)
    • kirikaeshi: two times (a standard repetition)
    • three men-uchi
    • three kote-uchi
    • three do-uchi
    • two kote-men-uchi
    • closing reiho (sonkyo and rei)

  • applicants requesting 6kyu and 5kyu shall be tested on the above sequence at the dojo by the dojo instructors

  • notes
    • motodachi will be provided by SCKF, and will lead opening and closing reiho
    • tachiai will announce kamae, the kirikaeshi and uchikomi sequences, and soremade
    • for kirikaeshi, motodachi will block sayu-men
      • at the October 2015 shinsa, motodachi did not block sayu-men
    • kenshi will go through on all basic strikes
      • prior to October 2014, kenshi did not go through on kote-uchi, and kote-men uchi was performed 3 times
      • when going through, kenshi will pass the motodachi's left side (motodachi will step to their own right to allow kenshi to go straight)

Two-person rei procedure for yudansha applicants
  • applicants testing for 1dan and above will bow in for jistugi using the same procedure used in AUSKF kodansha examinations
    • as one person finishes jitsugi, the new person times their entry so as to perform their opening rei at the same time as the closing rei of the person completing jitsugi
    • the new person enters at the side closest to the examiners (so that the examiners can see their number)

  • example for a group of four applicants A,B,C,D, with examiners at the top
    1. applicants A and B
      • A is on right side of examiners, B is on left
      • A and B begin with normal reiho
        A  x  B 
      • tachiai calls "hajime"
      • A and B perform jitsugi until tachiai calls "yame"
      • C prepares to enter on the left side of A
    2. applicants A and B finish and applicants B and C start
      • tachiai calls "sore made", A and B sonkyo etc
      • as A stands and starts taking 5 steps back, C steps in
      • the stepping is timed so that C stands on the left side of A, ready to rei
      • A, B, and C rei at the same time
        C
        A  x  B 
      • A withdraws while B and C take 3 big steps in, sonkyo, etc
      • tachiai calls "hajime"
      • B and C perform jitsugi until tachiai calls "yame"
      • D prepares to enter on the right side of B
    3. applicants B and C finish and applicants C and D start
      • tachiai calls "sore made", B and C sonkyo etc
      • as B stands and starts taking 5 steps back, D steps in
      • the stepping is timed so that D stands on the right side of B, ready to rei
      • B, C, and D rei at the same time
              D
        C  x  B 
      • B withdraws while C and D take 3 big steps in, sonkyo, etc
      • tachiai calls "hajime"
      • C and D perform jitsugi until tachiai calls "yame"
      • A prepares to enter on the left side of C
    4. applicants C and D finish and applicants D and A start
      • tachiai calls "sore made", C and D sonkyo etc
      • as C stands and starts taking 5 steps back, A steps in
      • the stepping is timed so that A stands on the left side of C, ready to rei
      • A, C, and D rei at the same time
        A
        C  x  D 
      • C withdraws while D and A take 3 big steps in, sonkyo, etc
      • tachiai calls "hajime"
      • D and A perform jitsugi until tachiai calls "yame"
      • if this is the final group of the division, A and D end with normal reiho
        A  x  D 
    The procedure for a group of five applicants A,B,C,D,E is the same, except in item 4 participant E steps in to be on the left side of C to perform jitsugi with D, and an item 5 is added where participant A goes to the other side of the court and steps in to be on the right side of D to perform jitsugi with E.

    The procedure for a group of three applicants A,B,C is the same, except in item 3 participant A goes to the other side of the court and steps in to be on the right side of B to perform jitsugi with C.

  • if another group follows in the same division (say A,B,C,D is followed by J,K,L,M), both J and K will perform the two-person rei procedure to start their group as A and D finish their group
    • A and D perform jitsugi until tachiai calls "yame"
    • J prepares to enter on the left side of A
      K prepares to enter on the right side of D
    • tachiai calls "sore made", D and A sonkyo etc
    • as A and D stand and start taking 5 steps back, J and K step in
    • the stepping is timed so that J stands on the left side of A and K stands on the right side of D, ready to rei
    • A, D, J, and K rei at the same time
      J     K
      A  x  D 
    • A and D withdraw while J and K take 3 big steps in, sonkyo, etc

 


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