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The Shotokan Connect syllabus is here.

White to white + orange stripe (11th kyu)

  • yoi (ready)
  • rei (standing at start, kneeling at end)
  • tying belt
  • responses to instructor commands
  • making a fist
  • choku tsuki (standing punch)
  • step forward gedan barai (downward block)
  • step backward gedan barai
  • oi tsuki chudan (stepping punch to belly)
  • mawatte (turn)
  • kiai (shout)

White + orange stripe (11th kyu) to half white / half orange (10th kyu)

  • oi tsuki jodan (stepping punch to chin)
  • oi tsuki chudan (stepping punch to belly)
  • age uke (rising block)
  • mae geri (from morote yoko gedan barai) (front kick)
  • Kihon Kata (first 8 moves)
  • kihon ippon kumite right and left sides:
    • jodan oi tsuki (stepping punch), defend by age uke (rising block), counter with chudan gyaku tsuki (reverse punch to belly)

Half white / half orange (10th kyu) to full orange (9th kyu)

  • oi tsuki jodan
  • oi tsuki chudan
  • age uke
  • soto uke
  • mae geri (from kamae)
  • mawashi geri (from kamae)
  • Kihon Kata         
  • kihon ippon kumite (1-step) right and left sides  
    • jodan oi tsuki (stepping punch to chin), defend with age uke (rising block), counter with chudan gyaku tsuki (reverse punch to belly)
    • chudan oi tsuki (stepping punch to bely), defend with soto uke (outside block), counter with chudan gyaku tsuki (reverse punch to belly)

Note, although this says Yellow belt ippon kumite, this is the correct kumite for white belts too.

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Orange (9th kyu) to red (8th kyu)

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Red (8th kyu) to yellow (7th kyu)

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Yellow (7th kyu) to green (6th kyu)

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Green (6th kyu) to blue (5th kyu)

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Blue (5th kyu) to purple (4th kyu)

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Purple (4th kyu) to brown (3rd kyu)

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Brown (3rd kyu) to brown & white (2nd kyu)

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Brown & white (2nd kyu) to brown double white (1st kyu)

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Brown double white (1st kyu) to black (1st Dan)

For black belt grading, you must also do jiyu kumite (free sparring )

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