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Promotions

Rank requirements and standards

All promotions are primarily based on 3 things :
1 knowledge
2 techniques
3 mental attitude

These can only be obtained through continuous learning, hard training and never ending improvement.  Applying these attributes leads to becoming a 'triple 
A Student'. That is a student who exhibits the right Attitude, Attendance and Ability, importantly in that order.

It is important to remember that Karate-do is an individual persuite. It is about improving oneself and you becoming a better person, mentally, physically
and spirituality (not as in religious but as in being a kind, caring and compassionate person). It is a personal journey, where primarily you compete against 
yourself.  

Thus grades are not comparitive, meaning it is incorrect to compare yourself against others, or worse others against yourself. Everyone is different, what
 might be very hard for you might come easily to someone else.   

As can be seen below, each grade has certain requirements that need to met. There are also certain standards that have to be upheld.  

Ancient quote: The path up a mountain is steep.  If it is not steep, it is not a mountain.

This can be interpreted to mean, any goal worth achieving, is worth working very hard to obtain.

Kyu and Dan grade times are with reasonable attendance and are to be used as a guide only. They are the minimum requirement before consideration 
for promotion.  As important as the time is, is your continual improvement of mental attitude. 

All written and oral test questions will come from the Isshin-Ryu syllabus.

Any member of OIKA Ryukyu Kobudo that does no attend training at any OIKA Dojo within one (1) year (excepting on those occasions beyond a member's 
control), shall re-apply for membership (without loss of Rank or Title) to continue training in OIKA Ryukyu Kobudo.

Over two (2) years of non-training and the member will re-test for their current grade prior to testing for their next grade.


Mudansha

Ku (9th) kyu - white belt - Time in grade 3 months, 24 lessons

Welcome, this is probably the hardest grade! 
It takes courage and commitment to walk into a Dojo


Hachi (8th) kyu  - yellow belt - Time in grade 3 months, 24 lessons
  • Dojo rules
  • Bo basics
  • Bo partner basics (11 Techniques)
  • Tsi-Yoi Bo kata (Power bo)
  • Mi-Yoshi Bo kata
  • First five movements of Bo-Bo Kumite
(Bunkai used on Bo katas are only for training and not for grading)


Shichi (7th) kyu - blue belt - Time in grade 3 months, 24 lessons
  • Improve all Bo basics
  • Tokumine-No-Kun Bo kata and bunkai (Bunkai Snr. Only)
  • Last five movements of Bo-Bo Kumite
  • Improve all previous requirements

Roku (6th) kyu - green belt - Time in grade 3 months, 24 lessons
  • Improve all previous kata and bunkai
  • Basics associated to Urashi Bo kata
  • Urashi Bo kata and bunkai
  • Bo-Bo kumite with movement and power
  • Imprive Bo-Bo partner basics

Go (5th) kyu - green belt 1 stripe - Time in grade 3 months, 20 lessons 
  • Improve on all previous bo basics and katas
  • All sai basics
  • Sai-Bo partner basics
  • Kyan-No-Sai kata
  • First five movements of Bo-Sai Kumite
(Bunkai is for instruction purposes only and not testing)


Yon (4th) kyu - green belt 2 stripes - Time in grade 3 months, 24 lessons
  • Improve all previous kata and bunkai
  • Nippon-Sai kata (Tsuken Shitahaku No Sai)
  • Last five movements of Bo-Sai Kumite
  • Improve Sai-Bo partner basics

San (3rd) kyu - brown belt - Time in grade 3 months, 24 lessons
  • Improve all previous kata and bunkai
  • Improve all partner basics
  • Nicho-Sai and bunkai
  • Bo-Sai Kumite with movement and power
  • Start teaching students to 7th kyu

Ni (2nd) kyu - brown belt 1 stripe - Time in grade 3 months, 24 lessons
  • Improve all previous basics, kata and bunkai
  • Kusanku-No-Sai kata and bunkai
  • Help teach classes to 5th kyu
Ik (1st) kyu - brown belt 2 stripes - 3 months, 24 lessons
  • Improve all previous kata and bunkai
  • Kama basics
  • Kama-Bo partner basics
  • Kama Hojo Undo (4 step moving)
  • Kanegawa-No-Nicho Gama Kama Kata
  • Help teach classes to 4th kyu
(Bunkai is for instruction purposes only and not testing)

Yudansha 

Sho (1st) Dan - Black Belt, 1 Red Stripe - Time in grade 2 years
Title : Sensei (Teacher)
Seniors must be 16 years of age or over.
Juniors must be 13 - 16 years of age. Junior belt, 1 yellow stripe covering red stripe.
Juniors will re-test for Senior rank. Time in grade starts from Senior promotion
  • Must show improvement in all previous basics, kata and bunkai
  • Kobo Nicho Gama kata and bunkai (Bunkai for snr. grades only)
  • Chatanyara-No-Sai kata and bunkai (Bunkai for snr. grades only)
  • Written 200 word essay on kobudo and masters.
  • Teach Kobudo classes to 2nd kyu. (About 10 classes)
  • Must have First Aid Certificate (Snr Only)

Ni (2nd) Dan - Black Belt, 2 Red Stripes - Time in grade 2 years
Title : Sensei (Teacher)
Seniors must be 18 years of age or over.
Juniors must be 15 - 16 years of age. Highest Junior grade. Junior belt, 1 yellow stripe.
Juniors will re-test for Senior rank. Time in grade starts from Senior promotion
  • Minimum 50 hours teaching to Sho-Dan level
  • All Tonfa basics and Bo-Tonfa partner basics
  • Tsi-Fa Tonfa kata
  • Toma-No-Tonfa kata
  • Hama-Higa Tonfa kata
  • Tonfa-Bo Kumite
  • Must do MAIA coaching course (NSW Only)
  • Must apply for Restricted Weapon Permit if operating a branch (NSW only)

San (3rd) Dan - Black Belt, 3 Red Stripes - Time in grade 3 years
Title : Sensei  (Teacher)
  • Minimum 50 hours teaching to Ni-Dan level
  • Teaching partner training of: Bo, Sai, Kama, Tonfa
  • Nunchaku Basics
  • Nunchaku Kihon kata
  • Shishi-No-Kun-No-Dai Bo kata and bunkai
  • Chiken Nu Eku (Kai) kata
  • Tokushin-No-Eku (Kai) kata and bunkai
  • Kobudo instructor certificate course (Optonal, Branch Dojo heads must do this Certificate course)

Yon (4th) Dan - Black or White & Red belt - Time in grade 4 years
Title : Renshi (Instructor/Shihan-Dai)

  • Minimum 50 hours teaching to San-Dan level
  • Nunchaku Fyukyu kata
  • Nunchaku Jitsu kata
  • Ishikawa no Kama kata
  • Ifuku No Eku kata
  • Fukyu No Tekko Kata

Go (5th) Dan - Black or Red & White belt - Time in grade 5 years
Title : Renshi (Instructor/Shihan)
  • One kobudo kata of chaice that is not in the syllabus (For demo only)

Roku (6th) Dan - Black or Red & Black Panel belt - Time in grade 6 years
Title : Renshi (Master/Shihan)

Nana (7th) Dan - Black or Red & Black Panel belt - Time in grade 7 years
Title : Kyoshi (Master/Shihan)

Hachi (8th) Dan - Black or Red & Black Panel belt
Title : Kyoshi (Master/Shihan)