Cross-Certification to Budoshin Ju-Jitsu


It has always been our philosophy that jujitsu is the same universally but that other instructors use different terminology for the same techniques and have different objectives.



The purpose of the Budoshin jujitsu cross certification program is to:

  1. Encourage competent instructors in other jujitsu ryu and disciplines to learn our terminology and our methods of teaching so that they

    1. Can be formally graded into an appropriate black belt level in Budoshin Jujitsu and

    2. will be able to formally teach Budoshin jujitsu, promoting their own students up to one level below their BJJY awarded grade.

  2. Increase the number of schools formally teaching Budoshin Jujitsu.


  1. The instructor/candidate wishing to receive his cross certification black belt will be required to:

  2. Secure your BJJY membership by clicking HERE.

    1. Your BJJY membership will include the Student and Black Belt Handbooks for your use and reference. You may also purchase them without a BJJY membership by clicking HERE.

  3. Provide a detailed cross-reference listing of our techniques and the same techniques in your system with your system’s terminology. This will help the black belt board do a comparative review of your qualifications in terms of technical background.

    1. You may download a copy of the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Cross Reference Form by clicking HERE so you can cross-reference your ryu of jujitsu or related martial art as best as possible. Completion of this form to the best of your ability is required for cross-referencing purposes.

    2. If the black belt board determines that you have a relative weakness in a particular area the board may concentrate the selection of techniques in your initial area of weakness to assure that you have a balanced Budoshin Jujitsu background essential to a well-qualified jujitsu instructor.

  4. Submit a resume detailing your prior training not only in jujitsu but also in any other martial arts and ranks earned in each of them.

  5. Pay any additional fee[s] [test set-up fee] and complete all necessary application paperwork prior to the examination.

    1. You must also have the following current and valid certifications:

      1. Basic First Aid

      2. CPR

      3. Concussion Awareness Training certification from

  6. Provide a sample video based on the techniques as requested by the examiner.

    1. If necessary, the black belt board may subsequently request an additional video [or videos] demonstrating specific techniques as determined by the examiner.

    2. The black belt board will review the video[s] and, based on the quality of the techniques, the board will recommend what rank the cross certification shall be awarded to you, the candidate.

    3. The black belt board may promote the candidate up to a maximum rank of godan in Budoshin Jujitsu.

  7. If all the criteria are met you will be awarded an appropriate yudansha certificate from the BJJY.

  8. You will need to provide a passport type photo [headshot] of yourself for the certificate. You can send it as an email attachment.

  9. You are also strongly encouraged to secure your calendar-year American Ju-Jitsu Association [AJA] membership and pay a nominal fee for your AJA certificate of rank. Details are available by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the bottom of the page.demons  


Martial arts ryu or systems that might be more easily considered include but are not limited to:

  1. Danzan ryu jujitsu

  2. Daito ryu jujitsu/aikijitsu

  3. Hakkoryu jujitsu

  4. Seki ryu jujitsu

  5. Other traditional Japanese jujitsu ryu (koryu or gendai)

  6. Taihojitsu

  7. Ketsugo

  8. San Soo [Shou] Kung Fu (southern Chinese Kung Fu)

  9. Hapkido

Instructors from the following martial arts/ryu may also be considered dependent upon their training backgrounds/certifications:

  1. Krav Maga

  2. Aikido

  3. Judo

  4. American/Street Judo

  5. Karate

  6. U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) or other comparable military training program

  7. Other martial arts which cover a broad integrated base containing the elements of judo, karate, and aikido found in traditional Japanese jujitsu.