–KYU OR FUNDAMENTAL LEVELS–
Advancement is dependent on the individual’s character and proficiency of skills. Children take longer than adults to progress through the levels. For example: a child who is training from 2 ½ years of age may be eligible for the rank of black belt apprentice by the age of 10 to 12, while an adult may take 4 years. Realistically, goals must be set based on the abilities of each individual.
We follow our system of grading via three categories and standard kyu/dan system. Each of the weapon systems follow a similar fashion of Shokyu, Chukyu and Jokyu.
Mudansha (Shonin, Chunin and Jonin volumes – all kyu levels must be completed before black belt.
Ju Rohkkyu/16th level——————————Solid white belt/first 12 weeks of Ninpo
Ju Gohkyu/15th level————————-White belt/yellow stripe/12 weeks of Ninpo
Ju Yonkyu/14th level————————-White belt/orange stripe/12 weeks of Ninpo
Ju Sankyu/13th level—————————White belt/black stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
Ju Nikyu/12th level—————————Yellow belt/white stripe/12 weeks of Ninpo
Ju Ichikyu/11th level————————–Yellow belt/black stripe/12 weeks of Ninpo
Mukyu/10th level—————————-Orange belt/white stripe/12 weeks of Ninpo
Kyukyu/9th level——————————Orange belt/black stripe/12 weeks of Ninpo
Hachikyu/8th level—————————-Green belt/white stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
Nanakyu/7th level—————————-Green belt/white stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
Rohkkyu/6th level——————————-Blue belt/white stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
Gohkyu/5th level——————————–Blue belt/black stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
Yonkyu/4th level—————————–Purple belt/white stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
Sankyu/3rd level——————————Purple belt/black stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
Nikyu/2nd level———————————–Red belt/black stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
Ikkyu/1st level———————————Brown belt/black stripe/15 weeks of Ninpo
PHASING*———————————-Black belt/white striped/20 weeks phasing of Ninpo
*Phasing is transition period to research Mudansha once all requirements are completed and prepare for the black belt apprentice test.
“THERE IS NO FIRST ATTACK; THE ULTIMATE AIM OF MARTIAL ARTS LIES NOT IN VICTORY OR DEFEAT BUT IN THE PERFECTION OF THE SELF.”
–DAN OR MASTER LEVELS–
Shodan (Sempai/senior student/apprentice-eligible)
Black Belt 1st degree is achieved after 1 year training in black belt patterns.
Nidan (Assistant Sensei-eligible)
Black Belt 2nd degree after 1 ½ to 2 years of achieving Shodan.
Sandan (Sensei-eligible) master of weapons
Black Belt 3rd degree after an additional 1 ½ to 2 years after achieving Nidan.
Black Belt 4th degree (master apprentice); after an additional 1 ½ to 2 years
Black Belt 5th degree (mastership-eligible); an additional 2 years after Yondan.
Black Belt 6th degree (full master); after an additional 1 to 2 years after Godan.
Black Belt 7th degree (Doctor apprentice/master-teacher); after 2 years of Rohkudan.
Black Belt 8th degree (Doctor/master –teacher/co-creator); after 30 years of service.
Black Belt 9th degree (Lead Master –Teacher/next in line as grandmaster/head of system)
Judan (Shihan Cho/Saiko Hanshi/grandmaster-eligible)
Black Belt 10th degree (an honorary degree bestowed as the inheritor of the tradition)
No degrees are awarded, for it is reserved only for one grandmaster upon the death of
another, for a life time of work.
Kancho (usually reserved for the Soke)
President/Head of the family or tradition; overseer in charge of preserving the tradition.
All ranking is a measure of the person’s character, skills and a life-time of devotion to our tradition.