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Rank & Promotion

Requirements

Note regarding children’s ranks:  The standards for adults over the age of 16 differ from the standards for children’s ranks. Members who graduate from the Children’s Program into the Adult Program will have a placement test for rank assignment in the Adult Program.

White Belt with Stripe, 6th Kyu (Rokkyu)
Seiza: (a) Bowing/Rei (b) Rise from seiza (c) Shikko
Junbi Taiso: (a) Kokyu undo (b) Furitama (c) Torifune (d) Ikkyo undo
Hanmi: (a) Migi hanmi (b) Hidari hanmi (c) Ai hanmi (d) Gyaku hanmi
Ukemi: (a) Ushiro ukemi (1) back fall (2) back roll; (b) Mae ukemi
Tai sabaki: (a) Tenkan (b) Irimi
Attacks: (a) Tsuki (b) Shomenuchi (c) Yokomenuchi

Yellow Belt, 5th Kyu (Gokyu)
minimum 30 practice days after 6th Kyu

_____ Shomenuchi Ikkyo (omote & ura)
_____ Shomenuchi Iriminage
_____ Katatetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
_____ Kokyu Dosa

Yellow Belt with Stripe
minimum 30 practice days after 5th kyu

_____ Morotetori Kokyuho (omote & ura)
_____ Morotetori Iriminage

Orange Belt, 4th Kyu (Yonkyu)
minimum 40 practice days after 5th Kyu stripe

_____ Shomenuchi Nikyo (omote & ura)
_____ Katatori Nikyo (omote & ura)
_____ Tsuki Iriminage
Suwari waza:
_____ Shomenuchi Ikkyo & Nikyo (omote & ura)
_____ Katatori Nikyo (omote & ura)

Orange Belt, 4th Kyu with Stripe
minimum 25 practice days after 4th Kyu
_____ Shomenuchi Sankyo (omote & ura)
_____ Katatori Sankyo (omote & ura)
_____ Ushiro Ryotetori Sankyo (omote & ura)

Orange Belt, 4th Kyu with 2nd Stripe
minimum 25 practice days after 4th Kyu with Stripe

_____ Ushiro Ryotetori Kotegaeshi (omote & ura)
_____ Ryotetori Tenchinage (omote & ura)
_____ Ryotetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
_____ Tsuki Kotegaeshi

Green Belt, 3rd Kyu (Sankyu)
minimum 40 practice days after 4th Kyu with 2 Stripes

_____ Yokomenuchi Iriminage (2 variations)
_____ Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi (omote & ura)
_____ Yokomenuchi Shihonage (omote & ura)
_____ Tsuki Kaitennage (omote & ura)
Suwari waza:
_____ Shomenuchi Iriminage
Hanmi Handachi:
_____ Katatetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
_____ Randori (2 attackers)

Green Belt, 3rd Kyu with Stripe
minimum 40 practice days after 3rd Kyu

_____ Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo (omote & ura)
_____ Morotetori Iriminage (2 variations)
_____ Katatetori Kaitennage (uchi & soto mawari)

Green Belt, 3rd Kyu with 2nd Stripe
minimum 40 practice days after 3rd Kyu with Stripe
Must attend one seminar since 3rd Kyu

_____ Shomenuchi Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo, Yonkyo (omote & ura)
_____ Shomenuchi Shihonage (omote & ura)
_____ Shomenuchi Kaitennage (omote & ura)
Suwari waza:
_____ Shomenuchi Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo, Yonkyo (omote & ura)

Blue Belt, 2nd Kyu (Nikyu)
minimum 40 practice days after 3rd Kyu with 2 Stripes

_____ Katatori Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo, Yonkyo (omote & ura)
_____ Ushiro Ryotetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
_____ Ushiro Ryotetori Koshinage
_____ Ushiro Ryotetori Jujinage (omote & ura)
_____ Morotetori Nikyo (omote & ura)
_____ Randori (2 attackers)

Blue Belt, 2nd Kyu with Stripe
minimum 50 practice days after 2nd Kyu
_____ Randori (2 attackers)
Hanmi handachi:
_____ Shomenuchi Iriminage
_____ Katatetori Nikyo (omote & ura)
_____ Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi (omote & ura)

Blue Belt, 2nd Kyu with 2nd Stripe
minimum 50 practice days after 2nd Kyu with Stripe

_____ Must attend one seminar since 2rd Kyu
_____ Katatetori Jiyu waza
Hanmi handachi:
_____ Katatetori Shihonage (omote & ura)
_____ Katatetori Kaitennage (uchi & soto)

Brown Belt, 1st Kyu (Ikkyu)
minimum 60 practice days after 2nd Kyu with 2 Stripes

_____ Yokomenuchi Gokyo (omote & ura)
_____ Katatori Menuchi – 5 Techniques
_____ Yokomenuchi – 5 Techniques
_____ Morotetori – 5 Techniques
_____ Shomenuchi – 5 Techniques
_____ Ryotetori – 5 Techniques
_____ Randori (3 attackers)

Brown Belt, 1st Kyu with Stripe
minimum 60 practice days after 1st Kyu

_____ Koshinage – 5 Techniques
_____ Ushiro Ryotetori – 10 Techniques
_____ Tanto tori

Brown Belt, 1st Kyu with 2nd Stripe
minimum 60 practice days after 1st Kyu with Stripe

_____ Must attend two seminars since 1st Kyu
_____ Shomenuchi, Yokomenuchi, Katadori,
_____ Ushiro Ryotetori — Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo,
_____ Yonkyo, Iriminage, Kotegaeshi
_____ Ryotetori, Morotedori — Jiyu Waza
_____ Suwari Waza (all of above)
_____ Hanmi Handachi (all of above)

First Degree Black Belt, Shodan
minimum 60 practice days after 1st Kyu with 2 Stripes

_____ Must attend two seminars per year
_____ Unarmed techniques(zaho, hanmi-handachi waza, tachi waza) for shomen-uchi, yokomen-uchi (strikes), tsuki (thrusts), all forms of grasping shoulders, elbows, collar, wrists and
hands; all techniques from the ushiro ryotetori)
_____ Tachi tori
_____ Jo tori and Jo waza
_____ Henka waza
_____ Taninzugake (Grabbed by several attackers)
_____ Randori (Dynamic demonstration with multiple attackers)
_____ Essay

Second Degree Black Belt, Nidan
minimum 300 practice days and not less than 2 years after Shodan

_____ Must attend two seminars per year
_____ All Shodan Requirements Tanto tori and Tachi tori (2 attackers)
_____ Kaeshi waza
_____ Randori (5 attackers)
_____ Essay

Third Degree Black Belt, Sandan
minimum 400 practice days and not less than 3 years after Nidan

_____ Must attend two seminars per year
_____ Jiyu Waza for all prior techniques
_____ Randori
_____ Essay

Fourth Degree Black Belt, Yondan
minimum 500 practice days and not less than 4 years after Sandan

_____ Must attend two seminars per year
_____ More advanced understanding of making attacker powerless (Aite wo muteiko ni suru)