SSWU Dan Grading Syllabus

1st dan

2 Kata + 2 Bunkai from each Kate
Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Juroku, Sanchin, Tensho, Naihanchi Shodan, Bassai Dai, Matsukaze, Seienchin, Kosokun Dai
Kumite – 2 bouts or lppon Kumite (at the discretion of grading officer)

2nd dan

2 Kata + 2 Bunkai from each Kata
WANSHU, ANNANKO, JITTE, SEISAN
Kumite – 2 bouts or lppon Kumite (at the discretion of grading officer)

3rd dan

2 Kata + 3 Bunkai from each Kata
SHISOCHIN, SHINPA, JION, NISEISHI
Kumite – 2 bouts or lppon Kumite (at the discretion of grading officer)

4th dan

2 Kata + 3 Bunkai from each Kata
JIIN, MATSUMURA ROHAI, TOMARI BASSAI, KURURUNFA
Kumite – 2 bouts or lppon Kumite (at the discretion of grading officer)

5th dan

2 Kata + 3 Bunkai from each Kata
SEIPAI, NIPAIPO, UNSHU, GOJUSHIHO.
Kumite – 2 bouts or lppon Kumite (at the discretion of grading officer)

6th – 8th Dan

Choice of 2 kata from the SSWU Senior Kata List chosen by candidate.
Demonstration of 3 bunkai from each kata.
Candidate will be required to write a thesis – subject advised by SSWU.
The character and attitude of the candidate becomes more important at this level and is also taken into consideration before being accepted to grade.

SSWU DAN GRADING PROCEDURE

The SSWU provide various opportunities for dan gradings.

Under our rules it is possible for member groups and associations to carry
out gradings from 1 st – 3 rd dan according to their own dan grading
programme if they wish. The only stipulation is that the grading officer must
be a minimum of TWO grades above the candidate for the grade to be
recognised.

Grades of 4 th dan and above will take place in front of a SSWU panel.

The SSWU has a dan grading panel consisting of senior grade members.
The panel come together at various SSWU seminars and events organised
by SSWU member countries or associations.
On such occasions the possibility exists for dan gradings to take place.

All applications to grade in front of the SSWU panel will need to be notified
to the SSWU Assistant General Secretary prior the exam.
Grades 1 st – 3 rd dan a minimum of 1 month before.
Grades of 4 th dan & above a minimum of 6 months before.

For grades of 6 th dan & above a thesis will be required from the candidate.
The subject matter will be chosen by the panel and notified 3 months
before the exam. The thesis should be completed and returned to the
Assistant General Secretary at least 2 weeks before the exam.

All applications to grade in front of SSWU panel MUST be submitted by the
HEAD of the member group or association.
Applications cannot be accepted from individual members.

To avoid misunderstandings and disappointment, good and effective
communication is vital at all times during the application process.
All time frames should be adhered to.

IMPORTANT

All references relating to grading in front of the SSWU panel must be
submitted to the SSWU Assistant General Secretary and to no one
else. Detailed grading information will be sent upon receipt of an
application

NEW MEMBER COUNTRIES / ORGANISATIONS

The chief instructor of all new member countries or organisations will be asked to provide proof of their grading history.

The DC has to make a decision on whether that person should have their present grade ratified by requesting them to perform the relevant SSWU grading within a period of 18 months of joining the association in front of the SSWU dan grading panel.

Senior Kata List

Kata Kata Kata Kata Kata
Wanshu Annanku Jitte Matsumura Bassai Kaishu Sanchin
Seisan Shisochin Jion Tomari Bassai Rohai Shodan
Niseishi Shinpa Matsumura Rohai Bassai Sho Pachu
Jiin Kururunfa Superrinpei (Bechurin) Bassai Dai Paiku
Seipai Nipaipo Unshu Gekisai Dai Ni Heiku
Gojushiho Kosokun Sho Kosokun Dai Gekisai Dai Ichi Rohai Nidan
Kosokun Shiho Chatanyara Kushanku Matsukaze (Wankan) Myojo Anan Dai
Sanseru Naihanchi Nidan Naihanchi Sandan Papuren (Long – Version) Anan
Chinto Sochin Saifa Papuren (Short – Version) Seienchin
Hakutsuru (Hakkaku) (Hakucyo) Chinte Aoyagi (Seiryu) Rohai Sandan