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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)

  • Starting in 2022, applicants testing for 2kyu shall be prepared to perform kihon kata at the shinsa (see notes below)

Kihon kata (bokuto ni yoru kendo kihon waza keiko ho) for kyu applicants
  • applicants requesting 6kyu through 2kyu shall be tested on kihon kata as follows
    • 6kyu: kihon 1-2 (at the dojo)
    • 5kyu: kihon 1-4     "
    • 4kyu: kihon 1-6     "
    • 3kyu: kihon 1-9     "
    • 2kyu: kihon 1-9 (at the shinsa)

  • sequence of verbal commands and performance
    • "Bokuto ni yoru kendo kihon waza keiko ho"
      (perform beginning reiho from ritsu rei through separating to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon ichi: ippon uchi no waza. Men, kote, do, tsuki"
      (perform #1 then separate to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon ni: renzoku waza. Kote men"
      (perform #2 then separate to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon san: harai waza. Harai men"
      (perform #3 then separate to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon yon: hiki waza. Hiki doh"
      (perform #4 then separate to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon go: nuki waza. Men nuki doh"
      (perform #5 then separate to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon roku: suriage waza. Kote suriage men"
      (perform #6 then separate to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon nana: debana waza. Debana kote"
      (perform #7 then separate to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon hachi: kaeshi waza. Men kaeshi doh"
      (perform #8 then separate to 9 paces apart)
    • "Kihon kyu: uchiotoshi waza. Doh uchiotoshi men"
      (perform #9 then ending reiho)
  • see reference video

Kihon test for 4kyu applicants
  • applicants testing for 4kyu shall demonstrate basic skills at the shinsa
    • opening reiho (rei, sonkyo, kamae)
    • 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 (stand up from sonkyo), the kirikaeshi and uchikomi sequences, and soremade
    • for kirikaeshi
      • no taiatari; motodachi will step back to allow several steps after the initial men
      • motodachi will 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)
      • for kote-men: motodachi will raise kensaki to the left for kote, then move kensaki to the right for men (as in kihon kata #2)

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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