Virginia Dojo Testing Requirements up through Black Belt

Following are the testing requirements up to First Degree Black Belt (Shodan)

Testing Requirements

To test for the following rank, you must know the following:

7th Kyu White Belt, Yellow Stripe

2019 Virginia Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate at karate kaikan

Kihon Kata 1 – 5
Naihanchin Shodan
Chart 1

6th Kyu Yellow Belt
Pinan Shodan, Pinan Nidan
Kumite 1 – 3
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5th Kyu Yellow Belt, Green Stripe
Pinan Sandan, Pinan Yondan, Pinan Godan
Kumite 4 – 5
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4th Kyu Green Belt
Itosu Passai, 
Naihanchin Nidan
Kumite 6 – 10
Oyo-Bunkai – Naihanchin Shodan

3rd Kyu Green Belt, Brown Stripe
Kusanku Sho
, Naihanchin Sandan
Kumite 11 – 16
Bunkai – Pinan Shodan, Pinan Sandan, Pinan Yondan

2nd Kyu Brown Belt
Matsumura Passai
Oyo-Bunkai – Pinan Shodan, Pinan Yondan

1st Kyu Brown Belt, Black Stripe
Kusanku Dai
Bunkai – Pinan Godan, Itosu Passai

1st Dan Black Belt, Shodan

All Black Belt Tests are conducted by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan, President of the Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate Association.

See videos of Kata, Bunkai and Kumite Here

Additional Kata: GoJu ShiHo, Koryu Passai, Te Sho, Jion, Seisan


Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo


Roberto is an 8th Dan, Kyoshi, Karate Master, awarded by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu. Roberto began his martial arts journey in 1969 and started training with Sensei Iha in 1979.  He continues to train with Sensei Iha and is now one of Iha’s senior students.


Roberto focuses on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA. Many call the Alexandria Karate Dojo a Martial Arts Grad School because Roberto teaches proven effective often brutal, pressure points, joint locks and grappling applications that Sensei Iha taught him during 40+ years of instruction. While the applications may be brutal we ensure classes are both safe and fun.  See examples of traditional Kata, Kumite, & Bunkai here.

Roberto is a member of the Mid-West Beikoku Shidokan Karate Black Belt Promotion Board and the National Black Belt Promotion Board. Among his numerous awards are:

“Best Martial Arts Teachers in Alexandria” 2020:

“Best Martial Arts Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017;

“Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018;

“Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019; and “Best of” in 2018 and 2019

Virginia Dojo, 6416 Grovedale Dr., #302-B, Alexandria, VA 22310