South Pacific Islands







For JDK-SP the following Shorin Ryu Kata are required:

9th kyu white -
8th kyu red Pinan Nidan
7th kyu yellow Pinan Shodan
6th kyu Orange Pinan Sandan
5th kyu Green Pinan Yondan
4th kyu Blue Pinan Godan
3rd kyu Brown Naihanchi & Wansu
2nd kyu Brown Seisan & Anaku
1st kyu Brown Passai
1st dan Black Passai, Seisan, Toma no Kun
2nd dan Black Passai Sho, Tokumine no Kun
3rd dan Black Gojushiho, Toma no Sai
4th dan Black Chinto, Toma no Tonfa
5th dan Black Kusanku, Toma no Kama

Gradings after 5th dan up to 8th dan will be by kata selected by the panel, as well as other standard requirements outlined below, and will also be determined by experience and success in teaching.


8th kyu white -
7th kyu yellow Sanchin
6th kyu orange Gekisai Dai Ichi
5th kyu green Gekisai Dai Ni
4th kyu blue Saifa
3rd kyu brown Seiyunchin
2nd kyu brown Shisochin
1st kyu brown Sanseiru
1st dan black Sepai
2nd dan black Seisan
3rd dan black Kururunfa
4th dan black Tensho & Suparinpei


9th kyu white -
8th kyu red Heian Shodan
7th kyu yellow Heian Nidan
6th kyu orange Heian Sandan
5th kyu green Heian Yondan
4th kyu blue Heian Godan
3rd kyu brown Tekki Shodan & Enpi
2nd kyu brown Jion
1st kyu brown Bassai Dai
1st dan black Kanku Dai & Hangetsu
2nd dan black Kanku Sho & Nijushiho
3rd dan black Gojushiho Dai & Gankaku
4th dan black Sochin & Unsu

NB: The post-war Shotokan syllabus contains 26 kata. The kata here demarcated have been chosen because of their attractiveness or regular use in competition.


Individual dojo may teach kata from more than one style but may examine using kata from one style only.  Individual dojo may vary the kyu grade structures, provided all grades from 3 kyu onwards are synchronised against the syllabuses here outlined. 

All dan tests must include performance of mandatory kata, goshin jutsu self-defence sets, and kumite. 

Performance of kumite may be according to WKF, JKA Ippon, Mixed Martial Arts, or other specified formats, provided that both kumite partners are agreed and the referee is familiar with the format and its rules. 

All kumite must be conducted within bounds of sportsmanship and be free of malicious technique. Any technique must cease as soon as one of the two kumite partners indicates surrender. The surrender, e.g. by tapping out, supercedes any instruction to cease by the referee, i.e. testing has health and safety boundaries as experienced by the participants and is not a competition as such. 

All kumite participants must wear protective equipment as standard within their fighting format.

Other syllabus content, e.g. kihon specifications, are subject to individual dojo preferences. 


Notwithstanding the degrees of freedom for interpretation and creativity outlined above, the Jindokai will maintain a governance structure based on the principles of consultation and transparency in which the International President will be the Chief Instructor.

There will be National Presidents in each country who will be the national chief instructors. Both the International and National Presidents will be assisted by Councils of Advisors being the National Presidents and Shihans at international level, and the Shihans and dojo heads at national level. Each national group will, furthermore, establish constitutions and elect officers for the benefit of Jindokai members, the transparent control of subscription and other funds, affilation to governing bodies, insurance purposes, team selection, and pastoral care of members.

The International President will disseminate videos and DVDs of all kata requirements as the basic template for cultivation of the arts, notwithstanding local interpretations and creativity which, all the same, should not seek to recreate the arts to the extent that their foundational source is no longer recognisable. The Jindokai therefore seeks a disciplined creativity.