Taro's Origami Method: Basic Folds and Mastery Levels (Kyu)
Taro's teachers ask students to master a series of "basic folds" that are fundamental to any possible end product. We have classified these basic folds or forms (kata) according to difficulty and lined up the levels of difficulty as separate kyu (levels). Students get to learn and master the sixth kyu-level (yellow) and work up to the first kyu (red). To advance to a higher level, students are tested in a variety of basic folds from both their current kyu and from any building up to it. The basic folds enable folding of future models and need to be mastered for future growth. We think that it is important for each student to grasp basic folds thoroughly.