Black Belt 1st Dan Syllabus

This video is only a guide. Please see the written description for the full syllabus.

Throwing Techniques

  • Demonstrate any 15 throws of the examiners choice, from the (26) grading structure throwing techniques.

Counter Techniques

Demonstrate any counter technique as a result of uke attacking in the following throws:

  • Kouchi Gari – Minor inner reap
  • Ouchi Gari – Major inner reap
  • Osoto Gari – Major outer reap
  • Tai Otoshi – Body drop
  • Harai Goshi – Sweeping hip

The above counters are to be demonstrated effectively and with no hesitation. A committed attack from Uke will test Tori’s instinctive response to counter with an Ippon throw.

Groundwork Techniques

  • Demonstrate any 15 groundwork of the examiners choice, from the (22) grading structure groundwork techniques
  • Demonstrate the full groundwork wheel whilst uke tries to escape. Control of Uke must be evident. Uke must not escape. Tori must contain body contact.


  • Demonstrate complete set of Nage No Kata, or have proof of completion of a Nage no Kata course.

Required Qualifications

  • Coaching Level 1
  • Refereeing Level 1


  • Minimum 4 wins against similar grade or line up of mixed grades.
  • 1 draw allowed
  • 0 losses allowed
  • Score only by Wazari or Ippon

Please note that grading is an assessment of a students knowledge, skill and ability. Clearly, the objective is to win in contest. However, where winning through if a student wins through use of brute force and aggression, rather than a demonstration of skill, technique and understanding of judo the student may not be awarded their grade.