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%.
Mon Grade Syllabus
4 to 9 Years old
The syllabus for the junior grade differs from the intermediate grade syllabus,therefore when the junior student comes of the appropriate age they then move into the intermediate grade category where they study the next target belt - i/e 5th mon is equivalent to 6th chukan no so they will invariably train for 5th chukan no etc.
Gold stars are awarded to demonstrate the pass rate of a grading.These are applied to the junior certificates as follows:
No star - Pass 1 star - Good 2 stars - Exceptional.
8th Mon - White belt/red stripe
7th Mon - White belt/yellow stripe - eqv 8th Chukan no
6th Mon - White belt/orange stripe - eqv to 7th Chukan no
5th Mon - White belt/green stripe - eqv 6th Chukan no
4th Mon - White belt/purple stripe - eqv to 5th Chukan no
3rd Mon - White belt/blue stripe - eqv to 4th Chukan no
2nd Mon - White belt/brown stripe - eqv to 3rd Chukan no
Junior students do not study joint lock or choking applications.
Chukan No Grade Syllabus
9 to 14 Years old
The syllabus for the intermediates is similar to the kyu grade syllabus,therefore when the intermediate student comes of the appropriate age they then move into the kyu grade category where they study the next target belt - i/e 5th chukan no is equivalent to 5th kyu so they will invariably train for 4th kyu.
Coloured tabs awarded to demonstrate the pass rate of a grading.This tab is attached to one end of the students obi to signify the pass rate as follows:
No Tab - Pass. White tab - Standard. Red tab - Good. Black tab - Exceptional.
8th Chukan no - Red/white stripe
7th Chukan no - Yellow/White stripe
6th Chukan no - Orange/White stripe.
5th Chukan no - Green/White stripe.
4th Chukan no - Purple/White stripe.
3rd Chukan no - Blue/white stripe.
2nd Chukan no - Brown/white stripe.
1st Chukan no - Brown (with black stripe)
Shodan - Black belt no tab - Minimum age 12+
Kyu Grade Syllabus
Senior grades 14 Years plus
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 - Pass 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 with black stripe.
Shodan - Black belt no tab.
All black belt non instructors are known as 'Sensei Dai' from nidan up to and including judan; where they place white tabs at one end of their obi in relation to Dans achieved i/e nidan 2 white tabs, sandan 3 and so forth. However once they achieve godan and above they then adorn a black and white block panel belt.
Black belt non instructor grades
Shodan - Minimum age 12 years.
Nidan - 2nd Dan - minimum age 16.
Sandan - 3rd Dan - minimum age 21 - 3 years after nidan.
Yondan - 4th Dan - minimum age 25 - 4 years after sandan.
Godan - 5th Dan - minimum age 30 - 5 years after Yondan.
Rokudan - 6th Dan - 5 years after Godan.
Shichidan / Nanadan - 7th Dan - 5 years after Rokudan.
Hachidan - 8th Dan - 5 years after Nanadan.
Kudan - 9th Dan - 5 years after Hachidan.
Judan - 10th Dan - 5 years after Kudan.
Instructor Dan grade time scale
Shodan 1st Dan - Age 18 years.
Nidan - 2nd Dan - Age 21.
Sandan - 3rd Dan - Age 24.
Yondan - 4th Dan - Age 28.
Godan - 5th Dan - Age 30 - Time served.
Rokudan - 6th Dan - 4 years after Godan - Time served.
Shichidan / Nanadan - 7th Dan - 4 years after Rokudan - Time served.
Hachidan - 8th Dan - 4 years after Nanadan - Time served.
Kudan - 9th Dan - 4 years after Hachidan - Time served.
Judan - 10th Dan - 4 years after Kudan - Time served.
Apprentice, assistant and cadet instructor ranks
All instructors over 18 years of age have full indemnity, DBS, CPP and 1st aid. Assistant instructor grades including cadet instructors do not need indemnity or DBS as they are in training.
Deshi (4th kyu +) - Assisting with Mon grades & new starters.
Becomes Senpai at 1st kyu, instructor at 1st Dan.
Senpai - 1st Kyu - Assisting with all category students below black belt.
Dai Senpai - Shodan (14 - 16)
Adorning an instructor obi at 18.
Indemnity, DBS & 1st aid are mandatory. Signed CPP required.
Shodan 1st Dan & Nidan
Shidoshi or 'doshi
Yondan & Godan
Rokudan & Shichidan
Hachidan, Kudan & Judan.
Deshi - Junior assistant instructor - White belt with black stripe.
Senpai - Senior assistant instructor - Black & brown split length belt.
Dai Senpai - Cadet Instructor - Black belt with white stripe.
Sensei - Black belt instructor - Black belt 1 or 2 red tabs dependent on rank.
Shidoin - Senior black belt instructor - Black belt with red stripe.
Shidoshi - Master black belt instructor - Red belt with black stripe.
Renshi - Advanced master black belt instructor - Red & black split length belt.
Kyoshi - Senior master black belt instructor - Red & black block panel belt.
Kyoshi is the highest rank in the instructors positions. These ranks are classed as instructors of the ryu subordinate to the Menkyo Shihan. The position of chief instructor would be passed down through lineage should they retire.
The Chief Instructor of the Ryu
Menkyo Shihan means 'Professor' akin to gaining a Phd. This title is reserved for the position of the chief instructor of the ryu and can be addressed as either Sensei or Shihan or by rank. This is the top position of the Academy and presides over all BSKJJA instructors; holding the authority to award the shogo Shidoin, Shidoshi, Tasshi and Kyoshi titles; it also has the privilege & license to award grades up to and including 10th Dan.It is distinct from other ranks & independent of the grading system at the Academy. Subsequent Dan's are awarded to this rank by the Shihan or Soke of the Association; And can also be awarded by an International Jujitsu Governing Body. This title encompasses 5 Shogo ranks from 4th Dan (i/e Menkyo Shihan Joe Bloggs Renshi).
Menkyo signifies antiquity and means 'License of transmission' This title can only be passed down by the Menkyo Shihan and this is known as 'Lineage'.
Red and white block panel belt
Menkyo Shihan - Renshi
Red & black split length belt.
Advanced Master teacher
Menkyo Shihan - Kyoshi
Red & black block panel belt.
Senior Master teacher / Teacher of teachers
Menkyo Shihan - Hanshi
Shichidan & Hachidan
Red (top) & black (reverse) 2 tone belt.
Grand Master / Master of teachers
Menkyo Shihan - Soke
Kudan & Judan
Red belt with black trim or red belt with gold trim.
Senior Grand Master / Great Master of teachers
Teaching & Coaching Qualifications
Assisting in the instruction of syllabus for the Junior grades.
Instruction of the junior & intermediate 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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