If you are a BJJY member you may test for rank below the grade of 3rd kyu [3rd brown belt] by submitting a video DVD [or mp4 file you can send via my Hightail dropbox] of you following the appropriate Mat Test sequence in the Student Handbook. I will do an audio evaluation [e-mail attachment to you for immediate feedback of your progress, indicating strengths, weaknesses, and areas that require particular attention]. A certificate of rank will be issued if you meet the belt rank criteria. As a BJJY member, you may submit up to three video evaluation per year for free as part of your membership benefits. There is a minimal charge for additional video evaluations.
The BJJY requires that you engage in a more formal testing format, starting with Sankyu, to make sure that you are progressing in the art a competent manner. This involves sending a pre-evaluation tape [which is waived if you’ve secured lower ranks from me] and answering questions on a short-answer written test. If the pre-evaluation and written test are satisfactory then you will be sent the formal mat test.
Formal testing is also required for all Black Belt candidates! You must satisfactorily complete a written essay response to a series of open-ended questions as a prerequisite for all dan grades prior to the mat testing. You must also have a current and valid first-aid and CPR certification from a verifiable provider, and concussion-awareness-training certification [from the CDC] prior to testing.There is a minimal charge for testing.
Complete testing requirements are in the Black Belt Handbook. BJJY and AJA certificates of rank are issued for all grades when the candidate meets the requirements and has a current BJJY and AJA membership. Also, all dan grades are recognized by the European Ju-Jitsu Union/Intercontinental Jujitsu Federation and other organization through mutual recognition agreements. International certificates will be issued for Rokudan [6th dan] and higher only.
You MUST be a current BJJY member to be evaluated or tested for any belt rank in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu.
Caution: So You Don’t Spin Your Wheels Please don’t submit a video showing you executing all the techniques demonstrated on my 8-DVD/MP4 series and that I will then send you a shodan Black Belt certificate. That will not happen. Earning a yudansha grade at any level in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, or any other reputable ryu of the art, requires a great deal more than the rote, memorized presentation of required kata & waza. Students who have worked through the Budoshin Jujisu belt ranks have no problems with these requirements as it’s been a simple progression of acquired skills for them. These requirements are presented in greater detail in the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Student and Black Belt Handbooks.
ALL TESTING REQUIREMENTS are available in the Student Handbook and the Black Belt Handbook. These are free with your BJJY membership [click HERE]. You may also purchase them separately [without your BJJY membership] by clicking HERE and scrolling down the page until you get to both handbooks. There are no secrets to success in Budoshin Jujitsu!
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 an instructor or promoting organization, please e-mail the BJJY. You will receive a prompt reply.