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.


To be considered to receive black belt cross certification in Budoshin Jujitsu you must:

  1. Secure your BJJY membership  by clicking HERE

  2. Provide a detailed cross-reference listing of our techniques and the same techniques in your system with its terminology to the best of your ability. 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 cross-reference form by clicking HERE

    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.

  3. Submit a 1-2 min video of you defending against random street attacks including knife and gun with no two attacks the same and from multiple attackers if possible.

  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. Be able, on request, to demonstrate any or all of the techniques and meet all other requirements on the Shodan-Godan exams detailed in this Black Belt Handbook using our terminology.

    1. Effective October 1, 2021, the black belt board may review your skill level either live via a Zoom conference or by a prescribed video, with strict security compliance measures to protect the credibility of the video. The black belt board will decide which evaluation method to be used. However, it will probably be via Zoom as it allows for more interaction and a more effective evaluation.

    2. The black belt board will review the demonstration and based on the quality of the techniques, the board will determine what rank, if any, shall be awarded to you.

    3. The black belt board may promote you up to a maximum rank of godan.

  6. Pay any additional fee[s] [test set-up fee currently at US$25] and complete all necessary application paperwork prior to the examination.

    1. You must also have the following current and valid certifications prior to any mat evaluation or testing:

      1. Basic First Aid
      2. CPR

      3. CAT [Concussion Awareness Training] via

    2. There may also be additional AJA membership and certification fees for AJA certification [very inexpensive.]



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.