The rank of Shodan may be given at one year if the total hours and technical requirements are met. The following recommended hours per week, if followed, will result in the total hours needed at the recommended time in grade and the total time in the art.
No person shall be deprived of a rank when the total hours and technical requirements are met, regardless of how long it takes to meet those hours. Not everyone can practice 3 to 4.5 hours per week. A student may be required to demonstrate all prior rank requirements if it is deemed necessary. This should only be used in the case of a person who has been absent from the art for a considerable length of time.
Red & White
Yonkyu — Warm-up excercises; vocabulary & commands; first 6 kihon
Sankyu — All of the above; all 12 kihon
Nikyu — All of the above; all 12 kihon in solo and paired forms; 1st & 2nd kata
Ikkyu — All of the above; 1, 2, 4& 6 kata using both sword and jo; basic teaching skills
Shodan — All of the above; increased skills, ability & teaching skills
Nidan — All of the above with advanced skill; first 8 kata both sword and jo
Sandan — Advancement of all skills especially in the areas of teaching and the application of the principles of our system and of jodo, kata movements 1 through 10 inclusive using both sword and jo
Yondan — This is a Ph.D level rank and the candidate must demonstrate extra-ordinary knowledge of all jodo principles, kata (1-12 inclusive) and technique
Godan — Assistant professor, advancement of all skills
Rokudan — Full professor, extraordinary teaching and leadership skill