JODO

Requirements

INTRODUCTION

TIME REQUIREMENTS

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

RANK

BELT

TOTAL HOURS

MINIMUM AGE

TIME IN GRADE

TOTAL TIME

Green

Brown

Brown

Brown/Black

Black

Black

Black

Black

Black

Red & White

20

40

60

80

100

200

400

600

800

1100

14

14

14

14

16

18

20

22

25

29

2 months

2 months

2 months

2  months

2 months

1 year

2 years

2 years

2 years

3 years

3 months

5 months

8 months

10 months

1 year

2 years

4 years

6 years

8 years

11 years

Yonkyu

Sankyu

Nikyu

Ikkyu

Shodan

Nidan

Sandan

Yondan

Godan

Rokudan

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

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