Promotion Schedule and Fees In Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu

v6.1, effective April 25, 2017

Rank And Normal Promotion Schedule In Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu,
with Relevant Commentary

Ordinarily, students will be required to meet the following minimum time-in-rank requirements before testing for their next promotion. Students holding rank in other martial arts may, however, be able to advance at a faster pace. Holders of advanced black belt rank (Nidan or higher) in other recognized classical jujutsu systems may be considered for an entry level black belt rank (Shodan or Nidan, depending on their rank in their own jujutsu system) in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu if they fully satisfy FIVE conditions:

1. They will be required to study for at least SIX months with a recognized Wa Shin Ryu black belt Sensei holding the rank of 4th Dan, or higher, and a Chuden Menkyo Teaching License. SIX months is the minimum acceptable time. However, if the Sensei feels that the newcomer should have more time then he/she may require it at his/her discretion without receiving approval from the Soke.
2. They must agree to switch their allegiance and loyalty to Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu and the current Soke of the system.
3. They have been involved in continuous study in their own jujutsu system for at least 15 years.
4. It is the opinion of the Wa Shin Ryu Sensei recommending such a promotion that it is in the best interest of the system.
5. Recommendation must be counter-signed by the Soke of Wa Shin Ryu.

Promotion to black belt (and higher levels within the dan grades) requires more than just time in rank and attendance points. Students are expected to give back to the system through additional teaching and other contributions. They must show superior quality of movement and technique, and display the ability to create and innovate, think fast on their feet and have a sound grasp of the theory and terminology of the system.

These are "minimum requirements" for someone to be even considered for an entry level black belt rank in WSRJJ. However, there are no guarantees even for someone who meets all the "objective criteria". The larger question that both the recommending Sensei and Soke must address is: "Is such a promotion in the best interest of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu"? And, that is a final decision that only the current Soke of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu can make. Finally, it is important to understand that all black belt promotions up to and including NIDAN are probationary for ONE YEAR from the time of promotion. Students who fail to measure up in terms of Martial Maturity and Giri (system of duties and obligations) may be demoted back to a previous rank.

Rank and Normal Promotion Schedule (Minimum Requirements)

NOTE: Time in rank implies cumulative continuous active participation in scheduled jujutsu workouts under the direction of an authorized Wa Shin Ryu black belt. Private workouts with friends, in the absence of an authorized black belt, may be considered if a student keeps a detailed log of dates and activities. Students going up for Ikkyu, or a higher rank, are required to keep a detailed Jujutsu Training Diary (listing total points accumulated since their last promotion; event(s) participated in, Advanced Sat Seminars; demos and the like).

Students should be aware of the fact that if they skip a semester, or fail to make at least 70% of the workouts (including summers), they lose ALL their accumulated points from the previous semester. UNM Jujutsu and Sandia Budokan are on a three semester schedule and includes fall, spring and summer.

Finally, it is important to note that time in rank is a minimal precondition and does not guarantee readiness for testing to a higher rank.

  • To Rokkyu (Yellow): Minimum of 15 weeks in a beginning jujutsu course and 26 scheduled workouts

  • To Gokyu (Orange):Minimum of 15 weeks in jujutsu and 32 scheduled workouts

  • To Yonkyu (Green): Minimum of SIX months as a system registered Gokyu (4.5 months for early promotion), 42 scheduled workouts and 5 Advanced Sat Seminars

  • To Sankyu (Brown): Minimum of SEVEN MONTHS as a system registered Yonkyu, 58 scheduled workouts, ONE Special Event, 9 Advanced Saturday Seminars, Giri and Martial Maturity

  • To Nikyu (Brown): Minimum of EIGHT MONTHS as system registered Sankyu, 68 scheduled workouts, TWO Special Events, 12 Advanced Saturday Seminars (since previous promotion), Giri and Martial Maturity

  • To Ikkyu (Brown with black stripe): Minimum of NINE MONTHS as a system registered Nikyu, 80 scheduled workouts, THREE Special Events, 16 Advanced Sat Seminars, Giri and Martial Maturity.

  • To Shodan (Black): Minimum of 12-15 months in rank as a system registered Ikkyu, a minimum of 100 scheduled workouts, FOUR Special Events, 24 Advanced Saturday Seminars, Giri and Martial Maturity. Nine month probationary     period.

  • To Nidan (Black): Minimum of 1.5 yrs as a system registered Shodan (Advanced Student), a minimum of 150 workouts, 4 Special Events, 36 Advanced Saturday Seminars, Giri and Martial Maturity.

  • To Sandan (Black): Minimum 2.5 yrs as a system registered Nidan (Advanced Student), 245 workouts, 4 Special Events, 50 Advanced Saturday Seminars, Giri and Martial Maturity.

  • To Yodan (Red and Black): RENSHI: Minimum 3.5 yrs as a system registered Sandan (Skilled Technician), a minimum of approx 325 workouts, 80 Advanced Seminars, Giri and Martial Maturity

  • To Godan (Red and Black): RENSHI: Minimum 4.5 years as a system registered Yodan and a minimum of approx. 440 workouts(Advanced Skilled Technician) and 105 Advanced Seminars, Giri and Martial Maturity

  • To Rokudan (Red and White or black belt): KYOSHI: Minimum of 5.5 years as a system registered Godan, 525 workouts (Teacher) and 132 Advanced Seminars, teaching experience, leadership and a national reputation. Minimum age is 55 (more details in separate document)

  • To Shichidan (Red and White or black belt): KYOSHI: Minimum of 6.5 years as a system registered Rokudan. Minimum age is 60 years (Master Teacher, extensive teaching experience and a national reputation (see more details in separate document)

  • To Hachidan (Red and White or black belt): HANSHI: Minimum of 7.5 years as a system registered Shichidan (Master Teacher with a national reputation, leadership, extensive teaching experience, etc. Minimum age is 60 years

  • To Kudan (Red): HANSHI: Minimum 8.5 years as a system registered Hachidan (Master Teacher with a national/international reputation, etc. Minimum age is 65 years

  • To Judan (White silk belt with red stripe, or red belt, or red and white belt (blocks) or black belt): HANSHI: Minimum 9.5 years as a system registered Kudan (Master Teacher with an international reputation, extensive teaching experience, leadership, etc. Minimum age is 70 years.

    MENKYO KAIDEN (and SOKE, Headmaster of the System).

    The current Menkyo Kaiden SOKE (Headmaster) of the system must be at least a Rokudan in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu. This is an honor bestowed by the existing Headmaster, or Founder and no one else. In the event that the current SOKEpasses away without appointing a successor, a new SOKE will be voted on by the Members of the Board (BoD) of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu.

    Promotion Fees

    6. Beginner to Rokkyu (yellow)........ $25
    5. To Gokyu (orange)......................... $30
    4. To Yonkyu (green)........................ $35
    3. To Sankyu (brown)........................ $40
    2. To Nikyu (brown).......................... $45
    1. To Ikkyu (brown with black stripe).. $50
    1-5 Shodan to Godan ............... $100 (add $25 for each black belt rank up to Godan)
    To 6th and 7th Dan...................... $225 and $250
    To 8th and 9th Dan.......................$275 and $300
    To 10th Dan..............................$400

    Patches

    System Patch is $10
    Menkyo Shoden patch is $12
    Menkyo Chuden patch is $15
    Menkyo Kaiden patch is $20