Junior 4th Degree Promotion Requirements
  Minimum Age: 8 Years Minimum time at Jr. 3rd Degree:  6 months  
  Typical time at Jr. 3rd Degree: 6-9 months  
     
  The formal part of the promotion consists of 1/2 written and 1/2 performance. The written is made up of General Information and Vocabulary while the performance is the actual demonstration of throws, hold-downs, arm-bars, chokes, and various other techniques.  Click on the hyperlinks below to hear the names in Japanese.  
     
 

General Information

 
 

Junior Ranks (under 17 years old)

 
 
  10th Degree Purple Obi
  9th Degree Blue with Purple Stripe Obi
  8th Degree Blue Obi
  7th Degree Green with Blue Stripe Obi
  6th Degree Green Obi
  5th Degree Orange with Green Stripe Obi
  4th Degree Orange Obi
  3rd Degree Yellow with Orange Stripe Obi
  2nd Degree Yellow Obi
  1st Degree White with Yellow Stripe Obi
 
     
     
 

Judo History

 
  Judo was formalized as a sport in 1882 by Jigoro Kano who opened the Kodokan (School for the study of the way) in Tokyo, Japan.  Judo was first introduced as an Olympic sport in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan.  
     
  Unarmed combat in Japan was called Ju-Jitsu, which means "The Gentle Art" and was practiced for about 600-1000 years before Judo was created.  
     
     
 

Two Slogans Of Judo

 
  Seiryoku Zenyo - Maximum Efficient Use of Mind and Body
Jita Kyoei - Mutual Benefit and Welfare
 
     
  You must know these 2 slogans of Judo!!  
     
     
 

Count To 10 In Japanese

 
 
Ichi - One San - Three Go - Five Shichi - Seven Ku - Nine
Ni - Two Shi - Four Roku - Six Hachi - Eight Ju - Ten
 
     
     
 

Name The 3 Elements Of A Successful Judo Throw

 
  Kuzushi - Balance                      Tsukuri - Entry                       Kake - Execution  
     
     
 

Name The 3 Parts Of Unarmed Combat

 
 
Striking Techniques Atemi Waza
Throwing Techniques Nage Waza
Grappling Techniques Ne Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 2 Divisions Of Throwing Techniques

 
 
Standing Techniques Tachi Waza
Sacrifice Techniques Sutemi Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 3 Divisions Of Standing Throwing Techniques

 
 
Hand Techniques Te Waza
Hip/Waist Techniques Koshi Waza
Foot/Leg Techniques Ashi Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 2 Divisions Of Sacrifice Throwing Techniques

 
 
Straight Sacrifice Techniques Ma Sutemi Waza
Side Sacrifice Techniques Yoko Sutemi Waza
 
     
     
 

Happo No Kuzushi (Eight Directions of Off-Balancing)

 
 
Hidari Mae Sumi Ma Mae Migi Mae Sumi
     
Hidari Yoko (from Uke's perspective) Migi Yoko
     
Hidari Ushiro Sumi Ma Ushiro Migi Ushiro Sumi
 
     
     
 

Vocabulary

 
 
Judo The Gentle Way   Kiotsuke Attention
Rei Bow   Judoka Judo Players
Ukemi Falls   Guruma Wheel
Soto Outside   O Major
Gari Reap   Koshi or Goshi Hip
Sensei Teacher   Uchikomi Practice without throwing
Hiza Knee   Uke Receiver of a technique
Kata Shoulder   Matte Stop
Tori Giver of a technique   Seoi Shoulder
Gatame or Katame Lock/Hold   Kake Execution of a technique
Ippon (tournament call) One Point!   Nage Throw
Hajime Begin   Seiza Sitting on Knees
Anza Sitting Cross-legged   Kesa Scarf
 
     
     
 
Obi Belt   Ashi Foot/leg
Uchi Inside   Ko Minor
Ju Gentle   Do Way
Kuzure Modified/Broken   De Advanced
Maitta I surrender   Dan Black Belt Grade
Waza Technique   Judogi Judo Uniform
Hidari Left   Migi Right
Kyu Student Ranks   Kuzushi off-balancing
Waza Ari 1/2 Point   Kumi Command to Grip Gi
Ayumi Ashi Normal Way of Walking   Tsugi Ashi Following Foot Way of Walking
Nami Normal   Dojo Practice hall
 
     
     
 
Randori Free Practice   Harai or Barai Sweep
Eri Collar/Lapel   Uki Floating
Tai Body   Te Hand
Otoshi Drop   Tsurikomi Lift-pull
Sasae Propping   Yoko Side
Juji Cross   Ude Arm
Shiho 4 Corners   Ushiro Rear
Osaekomi Hold Down   Shime or Jime Choke/Strangle
Gyaku Reverse   Zempo Kaiten Ukemi Forward Rolling Fall
Hai Yes   Kami Upper
Iie No      
 
     
     
 
Tai Sabaki Body Turning   Sumi Corner
Shiai Contest   Okuri Sliding
Hon Fundamental/Basic   Toketa Hold Down Broken
Yuko Major Minor Point   Tatami Straw Mats
Koka Minor Minor Point   Yoshi Continue
Kumikata Forms of Gripping   Hansoku Make Disqualification
Sore Made That's All!   Sono Mama Don't Move!
Waza-ari Awasete Ippon 2 half points equal 1 point   Happo No Kuzushi Eight Directions of Off-Balancing
Domo Arigato Thank you!   Chui Major-Minor Penalty
Tate Vertical or Upper   Morote Two Hands
Keikoku 1/2 Point Penalty   Shido Minor-Minor Penalty
 
     
     

Performance Requirements

 
 

Techniques

Quantity Required

  Throws 16
  Throwing Combinations 8
  Throwing Defenses 6
  Counter Throwing 3
  Kumi Kata 7
  Grip Breaking 2
  Hold Downs 8
  Hold Down Escapes 8
  Chokes (12 & older) 10
  Miscellaneous 15
     
  Kata (Choose 1)  
  Nage No Kata First Set
  Katame No Kata First Set
  Renraku No Kata First Set