The 3 colour's of our insignia signify the following principles of our teachings. Hakama are sometimes worn at 1st Kyu.
White - Metal - ..Innocence,Purity,Placidity.
Red - Fire ..Passion,desire,Sacrifice.
Black - Water..Power,Mystery,New beginnings.
Grading's are held twice a year but junior & intermediate grades at a higher level may only grade once a year, dependent on competency.ALL students who wish to take a grading must have a good attendance rate to be eligible. Black belt grading's are also held twice a year but students taking a Dan grading must have an attendance rate of 85%. A panel known as 'Joseki' are present during grading's; which consists of at least 2 executive instructors. Non executive instructors are invited to attend the sitting. Some higher grade levels in the Mon & Chukan no categories need time & commitment evaluations with a period of at least 6 months syllabus training,this is at the discretion of the BSKJJA committee. Student's are mock graded 4 weeks before their grading to see if they would be eligible and competent to take it.If they need longer to study syllabus then they miss a grading until the next available one.The grading pass rate is at least 60% to qualify in obtaining their belt.
Mon Grade Syllabus - Age 5 to 9 Years
Mon grades have the opportunity to be awarded 1 of 3 sleeve clips for highest pass rate, outstanding attendance or ground fighting.Only one student during the grading can achieve 1 of 3 clips. Gold stars are awarded to demonstrate the pass rate of a grading.These are applied to the junior certificates as follows:
No star - Standard 1 star - Good 2 stars - Exceptional.
8th Mon - Red - 6 months syllabus (9th Chukan no)
7th Mon - Yellow - 6 months syllabus (8th Chukan no)
6th Mon - Orange - 6 months syllabus (7th Chukan no)
5th Mon - Green - 6 months syllabus (6th Chukan no)
4th Mon - Purple - 6 months syllabus (5th Chukan no)
3rd Mon - Blue - 6 to 12 months syllabus (4th Chukan no)
2nd Mon - Brown - 12 to 18 months syllabus (3rd Chukan no)
Junior students do not study joint lock or choking applications until they are situated in the chukan no category. Provisionally at brown belt the junior student has to obtain much more syllabus knowledge before they are eligible to take Shodan at the minimum age of 12 years old; therefore the student moves into the intermediate section at 3rd Chukan no. Students may well be at a lower grade when they move into the intermediate section where they will then take the relative striped belt nearest to their most recent grade.
Chukan No Grade Syllabus - Age 9 to 14 Years
Intermediate students have the opportunity to be awarded 1 of 3 sleeve clips for demonstration of outstanding attendance, Bushido knowledge or ground fighting.Only one student during the grading can achieve 1 of 3 clips. Tabs are awarded to demonstrate the pass rate of a grading.These are attached to the students obi as follows:
No Tabs - Standard 1 Tab - Average 2 Tabs - Good 3 Tabs- Exceptional.
8th Chukan no - Red/White stripe minimum 6 months syllabus.
7th Chukan no - Yellow/White stripe minimum 6 months syllabus.
6th Chukan no - Orange/White stripe minimum 6 months syllabus.
5th Chukan no - Green/White stripe minimum 6 months syllabus.
4th Chukan no - Purple/White stripe - minimum 6 months syllabus.
3rd Chukan no - Blue/white stripe - 6 to 12 months syllabus.
2nd Chukan no - Brown/white stripe - 12 to 24 months syllabus.
1st Chukan no - Brown - 12 to 24 months syllabus.
Shodan - Black belt no tab - Minimum 24 months syllabus required.
Shodan black belt in this category is primarily for student's aged 12 years old; However at 14 there is a selection process in which the student has the opportunity to apply to become a 'Kohai'; but they have to be nominated & elected by the BSKJJA committee. Full knowledge of chukan no syllabus required to take Shodan.
Kyu Grade Syllabus (Young & adult senior) - Age 14 Years +
Tabs are awarded on Kyu belts to demonstrate the pass rate of a grading.These are attached to the students obi as follows:
No Tabs - Standard 1 Tab - Average 2 Tabs - Good 3 Tabs - Exceptional.
8th kyu - Red
7th kyu - Yellow
6th kyu - Orange
5th kyu - Green
4th kyu - Purple
3rd kyu - Blue
2nd kyu - Brown
1st kyu - Brown/black stripe.
Shodan - Black belt no tab - 6 to 12 months syllabus required.
In order for the student to be eligible to take Shodan they are required to have full knowledge of Kyu grade syllabus.
Black Belt Yudansha Ranks.
Shodan (non titled rank) - Age 12+.
Shodan (Dai Senpai) - Age 16 - 18 (elected)
Shodan - 1st Dan (Sensei) - Age 18 (elected)
Nidan - 2nd Dan - Age 18 + - 2 Years after Shodan.
Sandan - 3rd Dan - Age 21 + - 3 years after Nidan.
Yondan - 4th Dan - Age 25 + - 4 years after Sandan.
Godan - 5th Dan - Age 30+ - 5 years after Yondan
Rokudan - 6th Dan - Awarded for service.
Shichi/nanadan - 7th Dan - Awarded for service.
Hachidan - 8th Dan - Awarded for service.
Kudan - 9th Dan - Awarded for service.
Judan - 10th Dan - Awarded for service.
Dan ranks up to and including 5th Dan are achieved through physical grading's. Subsequent to this they are accredited with further Dan awards for time served where the minimum time required is 4 years between each grade.
Trainee & Assistant Instructor Ranks & Titles
Senior & intermediate Shodan grades are non titled ranks unless however an intermediate has trained towards becoming a Dai Senpai at shodan or a senior has trained to become an Instructor at 1st Dan (which entitles them to run a class or club unsupervised). It is often assumed in Martial Arts that as soon as a student gains a Black belt or Shodan then they are automatically associated with the title of Sensei. At the Academy, this is not so as the Sensei rank is presented at 1st Dan through appointment to a particular student who has trained towards becoming an instructor once they have achieved black belt. During the Shodan the examination consists of a physical grading and a dissertation is submitted prior to the grading. As for a cadet instructor & instructor examination as well as a physical grading, the candidate is expected to sit a written and oral exam. The dissertation is mandatory and part of the exam for all black belts. At Nidan (2nd Dan) grade all black belt non instructors are accredited with the title of 'Sensei Dai' and are addressed as 'Sensei' by mon, chukan no & kyu grades. Tasshi ranking is for the position of expert assistant instructor under the jurisdiction of 'Shogo' ranked instructors. Sensei Dai and Tasshi do not need instructor indemnity but must have DBS and a 1st aid certificate.
There are 3 Shogo titles at the Academy which can be awarded to instructors for achievements, at the minimum black belt grade of 3rd Dan, in recognition for dedication, commitment and teaching contributions at the Academy at the discretion of the Shihan.
The Shihan Dai ranks are known as the deputy chief instructor and are accredited with the responsibility of overseeing the running of the Academy subsequent to the Shihan should he be unavailable. The Shihan Dai title encompasses master ranking and is awarded to instructors who have achieved the appropriate Dan grades. Students and other black belts address these ranks by their title or as 'Sensei'. Not all Dan grade instructors receive these Shogo titles. Shidoshi titles - low Master - are presented with a Japanese tanto along with a certificate to signify the ranking received. Instructors adorn their own gi of choice. During Kobudo practice a kimono with a tasuki, hakama and on occasion indoor tabbi boots are worn.
Kohai - 2nd Chukan no - Trainee cadet instructor (14 to 16)
Brown belt with red stripe.
Senpai - 1st Kyu - Trainee Instructor (18+)
Black & brown split length belt.
Sensei Dai - Nidan to Godan - Assistant instructor
Black belt 2 to 5 red tabs - Addressed as Sensei by all non black belts.
Tasshi (Sensei) - Godan to Judan - Expert/senior assistant instructor
Red & white block panel belt - Addressed as Sensei by all non black belts.
Instructor & Senior Instructor Ranks
Dai Senpai - Shodan - Cadet instructor (16 to 18)
Black belt, white stripe.
Sensei - Shodan 1st Dan & Nidan - Instructor
Black belt 1 or 2 red tabs.
Shidoin (Sensei) - Sandan & Yondan - Senior instructor
Black belt with red stripe.
Master Titles and Ranks
Shidoshi Sensei - Godan & Rokudan - Low Master
Red & black split length belt.
Shihan Dai Renshi - Shichidan & Hachidan - Deputy in Chief - Middle Master
Red belt with black stripe.
Shihan Dai Kyoshi - Kudan & Judan - Deputy in Chief - Senior Master
Red belt with black stripe.
Menkyo Shihan - Chief Instructor of the Ryu
Addressed as either Sensei or Shihan; This title means Chief instructor of the Academy and is designated to only one person in the ryu. This ranking presides over all BSKJJA instructors and holds the authority to award the Shogo of Shidoin, Shidoshi and the Shihan Dai titles. The Shihan is licensed to award grades up to and including 10th Dan.It is distinct from other other ranks & independent of the grading system at the Academy. Subsequent Dan's are awarded to this rank by the Shihan of the Association; And can also be awarded by an International Jujitsu Governing Body. This ranking has 4 specific shogo accolades encompassed by the Shihan title.
Menkyo signifies antiquity and means 'License of transmission' and Menkyo Kaiden means 'complete license of transmission'. These titles can only be passed down by the Menkyo Shihan & Menkyo Kaiden and this is known as 'Lineage'.
Menkyo Shihan Renshi - Chief Master - Godan
Red & black panel belt, black kanji.
Menkyo Shihan Kyoshi - Chief Senior Master - Rokudan
Red & black panel belt, gold kanji.
Teacher of teachers
Menkyo Shihan Hanshi - Grand Master - Shichidan & Hachidan
Red (top) & black (reverse) 2 tone belt.
Master teacher of teachers
Menkyo Kaiden Shihan Soke - Senior Grand Master - Kudan & Judan
Red & black / gold trim belt.
Great Master teacher of teachers
Teaching & Coaching Qualifications
Assisting in the instruction of syllabus for the Junior , intermediate & senior grades.
Instruction of the junior,intermediate and senior grades in syllabus. Must have instructor indemnity, first aid, DBS & CPP.
Instruction of junior, intermediates & senior grades. Knowledge of the BSKJJA syllabus, kata and kobudo. Must have instructor indemnity, first aid, DBS & CPP.
Complete knowledge of the BSKJJA syllabus. Competent to demonstrate & instruct in free style technique.Full knowledge of all kata and kobudo.Able to show instruction in all areas of Kempo Jujitsu to all levels. Must have instructor indemnity, first aid, DBS & CPP.
Complete knowledge of the BSKJJA syllabus. Competent to demonstrate & instruct in free style technique.Full knowledge of ALL kata and kobudo.Able to show instruction in all areas of Kempo Jujitsu to all levels. Must have instructor indemnity, first aid, DBS & CPP.
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