Judo Yellow Belt (Rokyu) Requirements

Ne-Waza (Techniques on the Ground)

  • Two Stripe White Belt in BJJ (Covers most groundwork requirements)
  • How to Pin Kesa Gatame
  • How to Escape Kesa Gatame (2)
  • How to Pin Yoko Shiho Gatame (Judo Side Control)
  • How to Pin Tate Shiho Gatame (Judo Mount)
  • How to Pin Kami Shiho Gatame (Judo North South)

Tachi-Waza (Standing Techniques)

  • 4 Throws
  • Must have throws for when opponent moves forward and away
  • 2 Combinations (Can be throw to throw, or throw to pin, or throw to submission)
  • 2 Throw Defenses
  • 1 Counter Throw
  • 2 Ways to Grip


1. Attention!: Kiyotsuke
2. Bow: Rei
3. Begin!: Hajime
4. Stop!: Matte
5. Practice hall for judo: Dojo
6. Teacher: Sensei
7. Sitting on knees: Seiza
8. Sitting crossed legged: Anza
9. Following foot walking: Tsugi Ashi
10. Normal walking: Ayumi Ashi
11. Judo uniform: Judogi/Gi
12. Judo practitioner or player: Judoka
13. Person performing technique: Tori
14. Person receiving technique: Uke
15. Left: Hidari
16. Right: Migi
17. Falling methods or ways: Ukemi
18. Falling methods to the rear: Koho Ukemi
19. Forward rolling falling: Zempo Kaiten Ukemi
20. Free practice: Randori
21. Formal prearranged routine practice: Data
22. Tournament: Shiai
23. (Straw, Japanese) judo mats: Tatame
24. Holddown! (referee's call): Osae Komi
25. Holddown broken! (referee's call): Toketa
26 One point! (referee's award): Ippon
27 Almost ippon!(referee's award, 1/2 point): Waza Ari
28 Near wazaari! (referee's award: Yuko
29 Near yuko! (referee's award): Koka
30 That is all! (referee's call): Sore made
31 Sixth class (kyu) judo rank: Rokyu/Rokkyu
32 Yes!: Hai
33 No!: Iie
34 Please: Onegai Shimasu
35 Thank you: Domo Arigato

General Info

1. What is the name of your club? Tennessee BJJ and Judo Club
2. Name of Instructor? Rick Sparks
3. What is the name of your judo organization? USJA-United States Judo Association
4. Who was the founder of judo? Dr. Jigoro Kano
5. What is the name of the school he founded? The Kodokan
6. What is the date of the founding of Kodokan Judo? 1882
7. What was unarmed combat called in Japan before judo? Jujitsu
8. How long had unarmed combat martial arts been practiced in Japan? About 600 to 1000 years
9. Name the three parts of unarmed combat in:
a. Throwing Techniques / Nage Waza
b. Grappling Techniques / Katami Waza
c. Striking Techniques / Atemi Waza
10. Name the three parts of a judo throw in English and Japanese.
a. Offbalance/ Kuzushi
b. Entry / Tsukuri
c. Completion / Kake
11. List the belt ranks in order by color: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Black