The Exam Goreisha is responsible for coordinating the exam process. Like an orchestra conductor he/she must be aware of all aspects of the examination process including the physical layout, Examinees, Examiners and audience.

The Goreisha needs to create an atmosphere which gives the Examinees an opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities. Since people are naturally nervous when taking an exam, the Goreisha needs to prepare in advance and communicate clearly so there will not be any confusion during the exams.

Before the Exams

Preparation before the examination an essential aspect of a successful process.

The Goreisha:

  1. Obtains a list of Examinees at least two weeks before the examination is held.
  2. Determines structure of the examination. Selects subjects to be examined for each Examinee. If there are many examinations to be conducted, the Goreisha may have to eliminate some of the subjects and/or reduce the amount of repetitions. Examinees' movements may need to be combined. For example, toitsukihon and some katas can be performed in a group, not individually.
  3. Determines kumite partners.
  4. Estimates length of exams and communicates this to Gasshuku Manager.
  5. Checks with Exam Coordinator to ensure he/she is informed and prepared.
  6. Surveys the exam site and approves arrangement.
  7. Reviews examination structure with Examiners. This should be done in advance of the Gasshuku if time permits.

During the Examinations

The Goreisha has responsibility for conducting the examination. process. During the exams, the Goreisha should not send his/her energy to the Examinee for support. The Goreisha should also remain somewhat "aloof", and not provide too much support to the Examinees. This is a different gorei than one that is used during keiko.

During the exams, the Goreisha should be in constant "non-verbal" communication with the Examiners, looking for signals to continue a movement or cut short a performance.

The Goreisha needs to balance his/her verbal explanations with the understanding that Examinees are being tested on their ability to perform under pressure. This may be somewhat uncomfortable but is part of the process.

The Goreisha:

  1. Checks with Examiners and obtains approval regarding exam site arrangement.
  2. Explains to Examinees the sequence of examinations, seating arrangements and subjects to be examined. The order of examinations is Karate, Bo, Shintaido. (Refer to Appendix D & Appendix E for seating position for opening and closing bow and during examinations).
  3. Lines up Examinees in seiza to begin the exam process. The sequence of Examinees is as follows. From left to right facing the Examiners:
    • Lowest ranking Karate Examinee through highest ranking Karate Examinee
    • Lowest Bo Examinee through highest ranking Bo Examinee
    • Lowest Shintaido Examinee through highest ranking Shintaido Examinee
  4. Conducts first bow and formal opening statement for the examination.
  5. After formal rei, the Examinees remain in seiza until the Examiners stand up and return to the table.
  6. Positions the Examinee in a way that his/her technique will be easily seen by the Examiners (i.e. not too far away or too close. Give enough room to pass back and forth in front of the table).
  7. Concludes the examination with formal bow and closing remarks. The Examinees remain in seiza until they are excused by the Examiners and/or the Examiners stand up and return the to the table.

After the Examination

The Goreisha's job does not end after the final rei.


  1. Informs Examinees when feedback will occur.
  2. Attends Examiners' evaluation session and provides comments.