Technical Information

IKD Exam Syllabus​

The IKD released the official Kyu and Dan Examination Syllabus in 2012. This booklet outlines what is required of all students for each level of rank advancement. The IKD requires that students testing for a Black Belt perform Bunkai for specified katas. Also anyone testing 4th Dan and higher must be familiar with all 26 Shotokan katas.

IKD Shiai Tournament Rules

The IKD has a unique set of tournament rules. The organization is budo karate and our tournament rules emphasis this fact. The IKD holds events in Individual Kata & Kumite and Team Kata, Kumite, Bunkai & Enbu. IKD Officials wear a black haori over their karate gi. All officials must pass a training course. Events are held regionally, nationally and internationally.

IKD Diplomas

The karate belt system shows the progress of a karateka throughout their study of the art. With each new rank a certificate is issued. Here you can view the credentials that are issued by the IKD with each rank.

The Kyu certificates are issued for student moving through the ranks from white to brown belt. The Dan certificates are for students who achieve first black belt and above. The students who achieve 5th Dan and above will receive a diploma with a gold IKD logo.

Distinguished Service Awards are accompanied by a certificate similar to the Dan Diplomas. Also dojo certificates are issued to certified dojos similar to Dan Diplomas.

In 2016, the IKD announced plans to issue certificates to qualified Instructors, Examiners and Judges. These will be similar to the IKD Dan Diplomas.

IKD Forms

Here are some of the IKD registration forms. Make sure you have the latest form.


Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai’s autobiography, Shu-Ha-Ri is now available. To purchase your copy contact

IKD Seminars

During the 2017 IKD Honbu World Camp, the first IKD Scientific seminars took place. Here are notes from one of those seminars.

IKD Instructor, Examiner & Judge Qualifications

The IKD Kenshusei Program and Judge Certification program prepare qualified Instructors, Examiners and Tournament officials. 

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