The next Rank Testing will be held on Saturday, November 11th, 2023 at the New York City dojo. Eligible kids (in all divisions – Juniors, Youth, and Teens) and eligible adults will have an opportunity to test for their next rank.
Originally, the next Rank Testing was scheduled for October 21, 2023 – however, due to the logistics of opening the dojo at 767 Lexington Avenue, the decision was made to push back testing three weeks to allow enough training time for potentially-eligible candidates. Please take advantage of these extra three weeks to prepare, train, and sharpen your karatedō!
Note that because Rank Testing is an all-day event, the regular class schedule is suspended on Saturday, November 11, 2023. No classes will be held at the dojo on that date, and no livestream classes will be held.
As with most testing days, on November 11th, the dojo opens at 11AM. All students testing are reminded to be prompt and arrive at the dojo in ample time for the start of their testing.
In addition, all students testing are reminded to be sure to wear a gi that has both a Goju shoulder patch and a Goju chest patch. Rank testing is a formal event and all Goju karateka are required to wear a gi that displays both patches to formal events. This applies to both kids and adults testing.
Don't have patches? Stop by the Front Desk at the NYC Dojo– they're available for a nominal cost (you'll need one for your shoulder and one for your chest: they're different). Please remember to sew them on: these patches aren't iron-on patches.
If you're testing, also please consider bringing a shinzen katami with you. If you don't know what this is, please read about that here.
Kids Rank Testing
Kids rank testing will begin at 11:30AM. This includes all divisions, including Teens (who will begin their written examination while younger kids begin their physical test). Teens will join the in-progress physical test once they've completed the written examination.
Kids in the Junior and Youth divisions do not take a written examination, but rather proceed to the general examination directly at 11:30AM.
Typically, the Kids Rank Testing event lasts until about 1PM, although kids in the Junior and Youth divisions finish their rank testing earlier.
Adult Rank Testing
Adult rank testing for kyu-belt rank students begins at 1PM, with a written examination for all adults who are testing. It is followed by a general examination. The entire event, for adults in the 10th through 2nd Kyu ranks, lasts about two hours total.
This is an all-ranks testing event. That means that all kyu-level students (10th through 2nd) are eligible to test, pending an invitation to do so, of course.
Come Support Our Young Karateka!
We strongly encourage everyone to attend the Kids Rank Testing: all the kids testing appreciate your support deeply! Family and friends are encouraged to come as well, especially family members! Rank testing is an important occasion for all of us, but its especially meaningful for kids who’ve worked so hard.
As per tradition, Adult rank testing is a closed event: no spectators are permitted.