Growth in technical knowledge, effective self-defense techniques, and rank progression in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu is based on 1] your cumulative knowledge and improvements in performance of kata [forms & techniques] such as hip throw, drop throw, hand throw, wristlock takedown, nerve attacks, shoulderlock takedown, etc., and 2] your ability to apply your learned skills to waza [self-defense] against attacks such as hits, chokes, body/wrist grabs, and weapon attacks. Previously learned forms and techniques are reviewed and applied to different self-defense situations as you progress in the art.
Your goal in going through this process is to 1] develop technique proficiency adequate to meet various rank/belt requirements and 2] to develop a personalized self-defense system based upon the skills you have learned and your physical capabilities.
You are not expected to be perfect in the execution of every technique taught even as you progress in rank, but you will improve in your overall technical proficiency regardless. You will get better as you progress in the art and you will find certain techniques that are more suited to your physical capabilities. You are also not expected to respond to street attacks in the exact same manner as any other student as your technical background, expertise, and training experience will help determine what you actually do in a random attack situation.
The specific belt rank requirements for each rank are specified in the Student Handbook [kyu grades 7-1] and the Black Belt Handbook [dan grades 1-10]. These handbooks are included for free as part of your Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai or Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo membership or they may be purchased on this website by clicking here.
Generally you will be evaluated for promotion in two areas, your mat skills and your knowledge/practice of appropriate rules of conduct for a person of the rank level you are aspiring to. In addition, the mat exam is broken down into two areas [kata and waza] as described in the first paragraph. Again, all of this information is in the Student and Black Belt Handbooks.
For a listing of all Budoshin Jujitsu black promotions please click HERE.
7 – White Belt [new]
0 [new student]
6 – Green Belt
14 kata or techniques
5 – Blue Belt
13 + review
4 – Purple Belt
13 + review
3 – 3rd Brown Belt
10 + review
10 random kata chosen out of 24
15 random waza chosen out of 25
2 – 2nd Brown Belt
9 [in addition to 27]
Same as above
1 – 1st Brown Belt
2 [in addition to 36]
Same as above or optional [recommended] 60 seconds of freestyle response to random
street-type attacks in lieu of waza requirement. [This 60-second
freestyle response is a
REQUIREMENT starting at shodan.]