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Introduction: The technical [mat] requirements for promotion to yudansha [black belt] grades, as taught in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, are listed below. You should be aware that there are also numerous non-technical criteria including - but not limited to -- teaching and communicating abilities [written and verbal], observation in a teaching environment, completion of training seminars [if available] and other areas that can be found in the Budoshin Yudanshakai Black Belt Handbook, which is available to qualified black belt candidates. The handbook contains everything you need to know to be evaluated for the yudansha grades. The technical criteria below have been approved &/or accepted by the American Ju-Jitsu Association as well as numerous other national and international groups.
     Thanks to Michael Langewisch, Sandan, for designing the layout for most of the material on this page. Thanks to Bruce Geyman, Nidan, for providing the impetus to get me to complete & post the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu kata references.



Black Belt  Syllabus -- Kata

Below is a core list of techniques, in alphabetical order, required for dan grade promotional advancement up through 5th dan [godan].  This is only a partial list of the techniques presented in the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu syllabus.  Please keep in mind that each kata and waza listed below will have several variations, some with similar or different names.  The longer you study the more variations you will learn.  Waza are freestyle techniques and should include a defensive response and/or loosening-up techniques, the actual kata, and a submission or comealong (as applicable).

Shodan Kata: Budoshin Ju-Jitsu References:

JB = Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art [Expanded ed]

JI = Jujitsu: Intermediate Techniques of the Gentle Art

JN = Jujitsu Nerve Techniques

BB = Budoshin Jujitsu [Big Book]

V = Budoshin Jujitsu Black Belt Home Study Course   [8-dvds or mp4 files] [1st number is volume #, 2nd number is technique # on dvd or mp4 file]
Mae, Ushiro, Yoko Ukemi (Forward, Rear, Side Roll Fal]l JB-35, 36, 38, 40, 42
Ago No Maki Shimi Waza (Chin-Turn – reversing a headlock on the ground) JI-216, BB-585, V6-6
Ashi Makikomi (Foot Winding Throw – foot stomp to face on ground) BB-790*
Ashi Tatake (Foot-hook Body-roll Elbow-strike – for kick to side on ground) BB-789*
Ashi Tatake (Leg-Strike Rear Takedown) JB-50, JI-180, 200, BB-293, 786, 789, V1-8, V4-15, V5-8
Ashi Waza (Leg, Ankle, or Foot Technique) JI-202, BB-790, 808, V2-3, V6-4
Ashi Yoko Nage (Foot-Twist Winding Throw) JB-50; JI-96, 202, BB-357, V4-7
Atama Makikomi (Head Winding Throw [Key turn]) JB-116, BB-766, V1-9
Atama Otoshi (Hair Grab Drop Throw) JI-152, BB-781, V4-10
Eri Nage (Lapel Wheel Throw) JB-120; BB-276, V3-14
Hane Goshi (Inner Sweeping Hip Throw) JB-74, BB-5, V3-12
Harai Goshi (Outer Sweeping Hip Throw) JB-60, 78,  BB-4, V3-1
Hidari Te Nage (Left Hand Throw) ~L 16
Hiji Waza (Elbow Technique) JB-104, 110, 112, 114, BB-509, 552, 599, 736, V2-12, V4-6, 12, V5-1, V8-20
Hiki Yoko Nage (Sleeve Pivot Throw) JB-96, BB-126, V3-7
Hiki Waza [Mae Ushiro Nage] (Pulling Technique [Forward Rear Throw] JI-124, BB-30, V4-1
Ippon Seoi-Nage (One Arm Hip Throw) JB-46, BB-6, V1-12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1Q5nbekumA
Juji (Cross Block)  JB-64, V1
Kao Tatake (Face Attack – not a strike or hit) JB-52, JI-156, BB-783, V4-18
Koshi Nage (Hip Throw) JB-46, BB-2, V1
Kubi Nage (Neck Throw) JB-72, BB-28, V2-1
Kubi Shimi Waza [Neck Strangling Technique] JB-72, 76, 109, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uftdM3pQ3bI
Kyuko Nage [Quick-Pull Throw] JI-124; V4-1
Mae Ude Maki [Sutemi Waza] JI-110/112, BB-178, V6-12
Mae Yubi Nage (Forward Finger Throw) JB-80; JI-150, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZyy1--podc
Makikomi (Body Winding Throw) JB-82, BB-8, V3-9
Obi Nage (Belt Throw) JI-88; BB-643, V4-8
Osoto Gari (Outer Sweeping Rear Throw) JB-70, BB-51, V2-4
Ouchi Gari (Inner Sweeping Rear Throw) JB-86, BB-560, V4-4
Senaka Hiki Nage (Reverse Throw – Shoulder Pull Throw) JI-178, BB-785, V4-14
Shimi Waza [Pain/Strangling Technique] JB-56, 88, 98, JI-121, BB-121, 664, V1-10, V2-6
Shioku Waza (Nerve Technique) JB-54, 92, 118, JI-134, 147, JN-180, BB-134, 543, 606, V1-6, 12, V2-2, 5, 11
Sutemi/Suwari Waza (techniques from formal kneeling position) JB-58, 64, JI-127, 164/166,  BB-3, 13, 548, V6-9, 10, 11
Tai Otoshi (Body Drop Throw) JB-48, 52, JI-144, BB-7, 251, 408, V1-3, V2-9, 10
Te Nage (Hand Throw) JB-58, JI-118, 154, BB-3, 116, 664, V1-6, V4-2, 19
Te Nage [Suwari/Sutemi Waza]  
Te No Tatake (Blocking Hits) JB-48, V1
Te Tatake (Hand Striking Techniques, various) JB-46, V1
Tekubi Shimi Waza (Wristlock Technique) JB-46, 48, 90, 98, 122, JI-164/166, 168, BB-121, 548, 615, V2-6, V4-5, V6-9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91WjsLtBcYQ
Tekubi Shimi Waza [Suwari/Sutemi Waza] JB-90/80, BB-557/342, V2-15
Tekubi Yoko Nage (Wrist Side Throw) JI-102, 131, BB-118, V3-5
Tomoe Nage (Stomach/Circle Throw) JB-76, BB-11, V3-3
Ube Makikomi (Thumb Winding Throw) jb-94, bb-293, v3-11
Ude Guruma (Armbar – reverse an attempted figure-4 armbar submission on ground) JI-218, BB-586, V6-7
Ude Guruma (Corkscrew) JB-64, BB-13, V2-7
Ude Guruma  (Shoulder Lock Comealong) JB-102, BB-565, V2-8
Ude Guruma (Shoulder Lock Hip Throw) JB-122, BB-522, V4-16
Ude Guruma Makikomi (Armbar Winding Throw) JB-64, 68, 106, BB-219, V2-14, V4-9
Ude Guruma Makikomi [Suwari/Sutemi Waza] JB-68, BB-44, V2-13
Ude Guruma Ushiro (Armbar Shoulderlock Rear Takedown) JB-66, 100, 102, BB-76, V3-2
Ude Guruma Ushiro (Shoulderlock Rear Takedown) JB-100, BB-653, V1-11
Ude Makikomi (Winding Armbar Takedown) JI-132, BB-48, V4-3
Uki Otoshi (Floating Drop Throw) JB-78; JI-176; BB-259, 784, V3-8, V4-13
Ura Nage (Kneelock Rear Throw – on ground pulled by legs) BB-791*
Ura Nage (Rear Throw) JB-84, JI-80, 116, 122, 136, 204, BB-567, 621, 791, V4-11, 17, 21, V5-4
Ushiro Nage (Leg Lift Rear Throw) JB-50, 84; BB-562, V3-6; V7-8
Yubi Nage (Finger Throw) JB-60, JI-150, BB-342, 576, V2-15
   
Notes:  
1. The techniques listed above and below are in alphabetical order, NOT necessarily the order in which they are taught. Refer to the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Student Handbook for the actual instructional sequence.
2. Techniques with grey brackgrounds are not specifically listed on the shodan exam but may serve as alternate techniques in some cases.
3. There may be examples of multiple variations of the same technique listed in the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu reference column [3rd column].
4. References with an asterisk [*] are described only in the "Big Book"; not any other resource.
Nidan Kata:
Nawa No Ude Makikomi [Winding Arm Throw with Rope Bind] BB-66
Kubi Shioku Yoko Nage/Atama Shioku [Nerve Attack Side Throw and Head Scissor Submission] JN-130, BB-180, V7-1
Atemi Waza [Striking Technique] BB-220
Hiji Tatake Kubi Nage [Elbow Strike Neck Throw] BB-388
Ude Maki [Arm Wind] BB-491
Hiki Guruma/Karada Tatake [Pulling Wheel Throw with Sternum/Chest Crush submission] BB-475/584
Ushiro Nage [Leg Block Rear Throw] BB-747, V7-7
Ushiro Nage [Leg-Lift Rear Throw]  BB-748, V7-8
Kubi Shimi Nage/Shimi Waza [Neck-Choke Throw]  BB-758
Kubi Shioku Waza [Neck Attack Rear Throw] BB-799
   
Notes:   
1. All techniques listed above can be found on the MP-4 video entitled Nidan & Sandan Kata at www.budoshin.com/dvdncd.htm 
2. If a technique does not have a reference number you will not be tested on it.
Sandan Kata:
Hidari Nage [Wrist-Press Over the Shoulder Hair-Pull Throw] BB-622
Tekubi Nage [Wristlock Spiral Throw] BB-631
Karada Tatake Ushiro Nage [Body Strikes with Rear Throw] BB-636*
Mae Ube Nage [Forward Thumb-Lock Throw] BB-685
Kao Tatake Ushiro Nage [Face Attack Rear Choking Throw] BB-706
Ushiro Nage [Leg Lift Rear Throw] BB-714
Ude Guruma Ushiro [Rear Armlock Takedown] BB-720
Tekubi Shimi Waza [Wristlock/Armlock Comealong] BB-721
Hiza Makikomi [Kneecap Winding Throw] BB-723
Ushiro Nage [Leg-Block Rear Throw] BB-726
   
Notes:   
1. All techniques listed above with a reference number [except those with an asterisk *] can be found on the MP-4 video entitled Nidan & Sandan Kata at www.budoshin.com/dvdncd.htm 
Yodan Kata:
Kubi Shimi Waza [Headlock Choke with Optional knee Drop] BB-733
Ude Guruma [Rear-Throw Armbar] BB-746
Yubi Shimi Waza [Finger-Brace Takedown] BB-752
Koshi Nage/Tai Otoshi [Armlock Hip Throw/Drop Throw] BB-754
Gyaku Koshi Nage [Reverse Hip Throw] BB-759
Hiji Waza [Elbow-Wrist Bend] BB-764
Karada Makikomi [Wristlock Body Winding Throw] BB-767
Hiji Makikomi [Elbow Wind Takedown or Forward Throw] BB-780
Sode Nage [Sleeve Pull Throw] BB-787
Shimi Waza [Headlock Standing Submission] BB-795*
   
Notes:   
1. All techniques listed above with a reference number [except those with an asterisk *] can be found on the MP-4 video entitled Yodan & Godan Kata at www.budoshin.com/dvdncd.htm 
Godan Kata:
Juji Te Hiki No Nage [Cross-Block Hand Pull Side Throw] BB-356
Ude Hiki Otoshi [Arm Pull Throw] BB-386, V5-6
Hidari Nage [Wrist-Press over the Shoulder Hair-Pull Throw] BB-622
Tekubi Maki [Wrist Turn Reverse Ground Defense] BB-806
Hana Shimi Waza [Nose Press]   BB-326 [variation], 816
Ude Shioku Waza [Forearm Nerve Attack] BB-822
Ago No Maki [Chin Turn Takedown] BB-826
Ude Tatake Mae Ube Nage [Forward Thumb Throw] BB-833
Ude Guruma Ushiro [Shoulderlock Rear Takedown] BB-851
Gyaku Shioku Gatame [Reverse Headlock] JN-145, BB-861
   
Notes:   
1. All techniques listed above can be found on the MP-4 video entitled Yodan & Godan Kata at www.budoshin.com/dvdncd.htm 

 

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Black Belt Syllabus  -- Waza

You should know at least 3-4 Ju-Jitsu techniques for each attack whenever possible.

Shodan/Nidan Waza

Hit (left-right or right-left, straight in or roundhouse, high or low)

Being Pulled (forward, backwards, sideways, one or two-handed pull)

Wrist Grab & Drag on Ground (by one or both wrists)

Mugging Attack (from rear: one hand over mouth, other arm pulled back, left or right)

Sucker-Punch (pull around from rear & hit, left or right)

Horizontal Club Attack ( left or right, forehand or backhand)

Handshake (one-handed, two-handed)

Armlock (left or right)

Wrist Grab (front, side or rear, either one)

Reversing a Throw

Body Grab (front, rear, side)

Lapel grab (left, right, one or two hands)

Headlock - Standing (forward or backward)

Football Tackle

Choke (front, side, rear, one/two-handed)

Kick to Head or Torso on Ground (kick from side)

Bear Hug (front, rear, low or high {just above elbows})

Rear Shoulder Grab (left, right, same side or opposite)

Rear Waist Grab

Combination Hold and Attack (Various)

Hair Grab (front, side, rear, one/two-handed)

Multiple Attackers (Usually Two)

Overhead Club (left or right, straight down or angle)

Knife Threat to Throat (around neck from front or rear, optional grab with other hand)

Wrist Grab (two hands on 1 wrist, front, side, or rear)

Waist Grab (Various)

Foot Stomp to Face, on ground

Rear Nelson (before set, after set)

Clothing Grab (anywhere, one or two hands )

Knife Threat to Torso (front, side or rear)

Backhand Hit (left or right)

Reversing Opponent on Mat (various)

Double Hit (left-right or right-left, straight in or roundhouse)

Ground Defenses (apply standing techniques to ground situations)

Lapel Grab & Hit (left-right or right-left, straight in or roundhouse)

Escaping/Reversing Locks & Holds (not completely set)

Rear Forearm Choke (left or right arm)

Leg Grab & Drag on ground (one or both legs)

Kicks (left or right, 2 or more defenses)

Reverse for Headlock, on ground

Knife Attacks (various – 2 or more defenses)

Reverse for Attempted Fig.-4 Armbar, on ground

Rear Neck Grab (left, right or both hands)

Baton Attacks (left, right, hit, thrust, push)

Rear Two-Handed Choke

Gun Defenses (front, side, rear, torso, head)

Double Wrist Grab (front or rear)

Two-Man Carry (one grabbing feet/legs & the other grabbing wrists/arms)

Hit to Stomach (left or right, fist or backhand)

Attacks [any] While Seated in a Chair or on the Ground


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Black Belt Syllabus:  Other Areas of Measurement

In addition to the Kata & Waza portions of the mat exam competency in the following areas is required. Additional details for each grade can be found in the current edition of the BJJY Black Belt Handbook.

Shodan

General Response to Optional Oral Questions

Explanation of Techniques

Freestyle Kata demonstration

Defensive Tool Demonstration+

Nidan

Shodan Requirements [above]

Countering and Reversing Throws Demonstration [optional]

Countering and Reversing  Locks & Submissions Demonstration [optional]

Defensive Tool Demonstration [additional defensive tool]+

Sandan

Shodan/Nidan Requirements [above]

Ki Flow and Transitioning Demonstration

Defensive Tool Demonstration [additional defensive tool]+

Yodan

Sandan Requirements [above]

Body Kinetics Explanation & Demonstration

Defensive Tool Demonstration [additional defensive tool]+

Completion of AJA Black Belt Self-Evaluation & submission to sensei or examining board for review

Godan

Yodan Requirements [above]

Demonstration of Advanced Knowledge of the Art of Ju-Jitsu

Defensive Tool Demonstration [different defensive tool]+

Completion of AJA Black Belt Self-Evaluation & Submission to the AJA National Standards & Certification Board

Rokudan -Judan

Godan Requirements [above]

Demonstration of Advanced Knowledge of the Art of Ju-Jitsu

Completion of AJA Black Belt Self-Evaluation & Submission of the Self-Evaluation  to the AJA National Standards & Certification Board

Yudansha [Black] Belt & HonoraryTitle Formalities
Grade: Approx Time in Grade: Belt: Title: Misc:
Shodan
- 1st dan
1-2 years Black - 1 ½" red stripe optional sensei8 8 The head instructor of a dojo should always be addressed as "sensei" unless another title is used, regardless of the rank or the honorary titles the sensei may hold.
Nidan
- 2nd dan
2 years^ Black - 2 ½" red stripes sensei ^ instructor certification a prerequisite for promotion to nidan
Sandan
- 3rd dan
3 years Black - 3 ½" red stripes sensei  
Yodan
- 4th dan
4 years Black - 4 ½" red stripes sensei  
Godan
- 5th dan
4 years^^ Black - 5 ½" red stripe sensei ^^ Honorary title of renshi [superior teacher] may optionally be presented at any time during this grade, but not before 3 years after promotion to godan.
Rokudan
- 6th dan
honorary^^^ - refer to AJA NSCB criteria Black belt with kanji rank embroidered in gold or red/white checkered belt with kanji rank embroidered in black sensei ^^^ Honorary title of renshi [superior teacher] may optionally be presented at any time during this grade or concurrently with promotion to rokudan.
Shichidan
- 7th dan
honorary^^^^ - refer to AJA NSCB criteria Black belt with kanji rank embroidered in gold or red/white checkered belt with kanji rank embroidered in black professor ^^^^ Honorary title of kyoshi [master teacher] may optionally be presented at any time during this grade, but not before 3 years after promotion to shichidan.
Hachidan
- 8th dan
honorary*° - refer to AJA NSCB criteria Black belt with kanji rank embroidered in gold or red/white checkered belt with kanji rank embroidered in black professor *Honorary title of kyoshi [master teacher] may optionally be presented at any time during this grade or concurrently with promotion to hachidan.
°The honorary title of shihan may optionally be presented to a hachidan for being a person of high moral character, integrity, humility, and  scholarly abilities in addition to being an exceptional sensei. The optional issuance of the title of shihan may not be made before the candidate has held the rank of hachidan for at least 3 years. If the honorary title of shihan is accepted, the title of kyoshi shall be terminated.
Kudan
- 9th dan
honorary**° - refer to AJA NSCB criteria Black belt with kanji rank embroidered in gold or red/white checkered belt with kanji rank embroidered in black professor **Honorary title of shihan [model teacher] may optionally be presented at any time during this grade or concurrently with promotion to kudan.
°The honorary title of hanshi may optionally be presented to a kudan, at any time, for being a person of high moral character, integrity, humility, and scholarly abilities in addition to being an exceptional sensei. If the honorary title of hanshi is accepted, the title of shihan shall be terminated.
Judan
- 10th dan
honorary***° - refer to AJA NSCB criteria Black belt with kanji rank embroidered in gold or red belt with optional kanji rank embroidered in black professor ***Honorary title of shihan [model teacher] may optionally be presented at any time during this grade or concurrently with promotion to judan.
°The honorary title of hanshi may optionally be presented to a judan, at any time, for being a person of high moral character, integrity,  humility and scholarly abilities in addition to being an exceptional sensei. If the honorary title of hanshi is accepted, the title of shihan shall be terminated.
Additional Notes & Requirements
 

Defensive Tool Demonstration: A "defensive tool" demonstration involves the application of "empty hand" techniques to any traditional or modern defensive tool as a response to street attacks. The use of a prepared uke is preferred. You must demonstrate proficiency with a total of 4 defensive tools plus satisfactorily complete a gun safety course as part of your yudansha testing from shodan to godan; 1 defensive tool or the gun safety course at each belt level.

+Defensive Tool Demonstration/Gun Safety Course: You MUST satisfactorily complete a gun safety course and provide certification of such in place of a "defensive tool" demonstration as one of your rank requirements for any rank from shodan through godan. The reason this is required is to help you develop some familiarity of firearms. Most black belts have absolutely no idea how to handle a gun, what happens when it fires, or the respect and care with which a firearm must be treated. This does not require that you purchase or own a gun. Nor does this requirement infer that we're advocating such. Most professionally conducted gun-safety courses will provide you with a sidearm for training purposes. This course should help you develop a greater sense of respect of guns and what they can do from a self-defense point of view - from either end of the barrel. Law-enforcement and some active-duty military personnel may be exempt from this requirement if they have appropriate certification.

CAUTION!! A Word of Advice: There are no "quickie" black belts in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu. In a dojo situation it takes about 3-7 years to get a student to Shodan. There are three basic reasons for this lengthy process. First, there is a tremendous amount of technical knowledge & proficiency required for Shodan in any traditional style of Ju-Jitsu. Second, the sensei must know the student as a person inside & outside the dojo. Third, as a Shodan represents his sensei, the sensei wants to make sure that his black belts can adequately and competently teach the art because black belt grades are teaching grades in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu. In Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, the Shodan really begins to learn the art of Ju-Jitsu when he starts to teach.

     Actual mat testing requires that you know all kata & waza listed above well enough to instantly recall and perform 5-10 randomly selected kata [called out in Japanese only – Budoshin Ju-Jitsu terminology] and 5-10 randomly selected waza as requested by the examiner during the actual test. There is no forewarning of which kata or waza will be requested so the candidate must have sufficient mastery to instantly recall and execute any requested kata [at least 2 variations of the kata as a “complete” ju-jitsu technique] or waza [at least 2-3 different and effective responses demonstrating effective self-defense skills based upon ju-jitsu and showing “complete” ju-jitsu techniques], smoothly and correctly without any delay.

    There are also many other elements [theoretical & philosophical] that must be mastered as a prerequisite that should be evident in the written exam and oral exam required prior to the actual mat test.

Eyes Open! Please be aware that there may be other sensei fraudulently claiming to hold yudansha grades in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu and there may be other organizations fraudulently issuing yudansha grades in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu. If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of anyone claiming to be a blackbelt in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, please email the BJJY. You will receive a prompt reply.

     

Where Can the Nidan-Godan Kata Be Found? The kata for nidan/sandan [mp4 set] and yodan/godan [mp4 set] are available  at the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Store by clicking here. All of the techniques can be found in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, 6th ed., a.k.a. the "Big Book."

    

     

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