Kata Development and Certification Committee

last updated 28 Apr 2017

Members

John Anderson

Frances Glaze

Mike Purcell

Tom Sheehan

George Tsubota

Peggy Whilden

The Kata Development and Certification Committee

  1. Duties
    The Kata Development and Certification Committee shall be responsible for the promotion of the study of katas (forms), and of the criteria for certifying kata instructors and conducting kata competition. The Board of Kata Examiners shall be established to examine and certify kata instructors in accordance with the procedures developed.The committee shall schedule and conduct clinics, programs, training course or seminars/workshop to educate and disseminate the organized standards of internationally-acceptable katas. Also, the Committee shall provide such assistance and guidance to its members as many be necessary to conduct its affairs and promote it programs.
  2. Composition
    1. The Kata Development and Certification Committee shall consist of not less than (10) members, and selection is intended to demonstrate a fair representation across the continental United States.
    2. The Board of Kata Examiners shall consist of not less than five (5) members to include the chairperson. Each member of the board shall maintain Current Corporation membership, minimum rank of 6-dan for male and 5-dan for female, and such other requirements as deemed necessary to establish and maintain the certification program.
  3. Certification
    1. Under the credentials of the Board of Kata Examiners, the Committee shall establish the certification program for kata instructors which criteria shall address the various classes and categories.

Eiko Shepherd, National Kata Technical Advisor

USJF Kata Instructor Certification Test Procedures

  1. The certification test program manager must have received prior approval for conducting the certification test from the Chairperson.
  2. Examiner Requirements for Certification Testing
    1. Examiner Requirements for Class A Certification Testing
      1. A minimum of THREE (3) Class A kata instructors who must hold the certification for the kata which the testing is for;
      2. and a minimum of ONE (1) examiner is a member of the USJF Board of Kata Examiners;
      3. Or a minimum of TWO (2) members of the USJF Board of Kata Examiners can conduct the certification test (but only for the kata in which the examiners are certified.)
    2. Examiner Requirements for Class B Certification Testing
      1. A minimum of TWO (2) Class A kata instructors who must hold the certification for the kata which the testing is for;
      2. Or a minimum of ONE (1) member of the USJF Board of Kata Examiners can conduct the certification test alone (but only for the kata in which the examiner are certified.)
    3. Examiner Requirements for Class C Certification Testing
      1. A Class A kata instructor can conduct the certification test alone (but only for the kata in which the examiner are certified.)
  3. The examiner or examiners must conduct a clinic prior to the certification testing.
  4. The grading of candidates (Certification criteria)
  5. Fees
      1. Testing Fee - $10.00 per candidate, regardless of how many kata they are testing for.Make a check payable to USJF.
      2. Registration Fee
        1. Class A - $20.00
        2. Class B - $15.00
        3. Class C - $10.00

    (Note: $5.00 from the Certification Registration Fee goes to the Register’s yudanshakai)

  6. Forward a summary of certification test result, funds, application forms and score sheets, one-page essays and a list of the clinic participants to the chairman within a week from the certification date.

USJF Kata Instructor Certification Criteria

  1. The USJF Kata and Certification committee will be certifying kata instructors in Nage No Kata, Katame No Kata, Kime No Kata, Kodokan Goshinjitsu, Ju No Kata, Itsutsu No Kata and Koshiki No Kata.
  2. There will be three classes of kata instructor with the following rank requirements:
    1. Class A Instructor - Yondan and above
    2. Class B Instructor - Shodan, Nidan and Sandan
    3. Class C Instructor - Shodan, Nidan and Sandan
  3. The certification test will consist of a kata demonstration both as tori and uke, an essay about kata and an oral examination.
  4. Test criteria:
    1. A score will be given for the total kata demonstration or for individual techniques and total them at end.
      1. Class A Instructor - Display a greater skill and shows a close to perfect execution in terms of a high degree of spirit, harmony, timing, smoothness and skill. (Note: Scoring must be 8 and higher)
      2. Class B Instructor - Display more skill, beginning to have more harmony, shows correct timing and smoothness. (Note: Scoring between 7 and 7.99)
      3. Class C Instructor - Class C Instructor – Basically correct technique without any major errors. (Note: Scoring between 6 and 6.99)
    2. Essay (one page)
      1. Candidates write about what is kata, why we need to study kata, history of kata, etc.
      2. Write explanation of the kata that candidate is taking test for.
    3. Oral Examination
      1. Questions to be asked by Kata Examiners at the test.
  5. Standardization Publications:
    1. Kodokan Judo, by Jigoro Kano (1986 first edition), published by Kodansha International
    2. Kodokan Kata books and Instructional Kata Video Tapes, published by the Kodokan

Criteria for Scoring

10 Pefect – Perfect execution of the technique with uke and tori showing skill, timing, smoothness, sprit and control, as well as progressive movement of kuzushi, tsukuri and kake.

9 Almost Perfect – Displays and shows a close to perfect execution (lacking somewhat in smoothness or sprit)

8 Very Good – Displays a greater degree of skill and spirit shows smooth execution with harmony and correct timing.

7Good – Displays more skill, beginning to have harmony, shows smoothness and correct timing.

6 Average – Basically correct technique without any major or minor errors.

5 Below Average – a few minor errors, but generally correct technique.

4 Poor – A few major errors, and several minor errors.

3Very Poor – Numerous mistakes, poorly performed

Note: 2 and below Criteria for Scoring are used for scoring individual technique.

2 Completely wrong movements within the technique

1 Numerous major and minor errors, unrecognizable movements and technique, gross lack of skill.

0 Skipped technique, wrong side technique (i.e. right or left side) or totally unrelated technique.

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