- Blue Belt Requirements
Blue Belt Requirements
The rank of Blue Belt is considered to be the true transition belt that prepares you for your higher grade Mudansha ranks (Brown Belt Kyu's). This is the stage where the concept of Mushin becomes more tangible to you as a practitioner. Your ability to flow should become more obvious to you as well as the examiner. Balance and technique should display a higher degree of proficiency in the execution of techniques. Emphasis will be placed on Ki flow during execution or reception (Tori and Uke) of techniques whether in Kata, Waza, Randori, Newaza or Kumite. The paradox of relaxation and technique vs. power and strength, has been studied much more in depth. Focus during testing will he on students ability to flow between these two concepts but to rely more on relaxation and technique in order to get the job done with regard to execution.
During your training at this level you were expected to study more in depth the concepts of KyuSho Jitsu (pressure point fighting). Students will be expected to display anatomical meridians and activation and striking points on the body. We find that as we develop this knowledge it does away with excess in our striking techniques and creates a high level of efficiency. You must demonstrate focused disorientation strikes as well as knock out point sequences for self protection and defense. Students must display the strike, push and rub points on the arms and hands at this level.
Your Judo training continues with the addition of more throws from the Kodokan Go Kyo (syllabus). Students should have developed more pinning and strangulation techniques during Newaza practice. You have also studied the application of strangulation techniques incorporated into throws and sacrifice techniques (Tachi waza and Sutemi waza). Students must demonstrate transition from the Sutemi Waza (sacrifice throws) category into Katame Waza (Ne- Waza) techniques. You should be able to flow from a sacrifice throw into ground play strategies.
Jujitsu training revolved around the requirements for Purple belt in the Budoshin System. All students have been expected to learn applicable Kata and Waza techniques stated in the Budoshin student handbook. These requirements are mandatory for your promotion to the rank of Blue belt in Kyu Shin Ryu. You may also test for your Purple Belt rank in the Budoshin system at this level (strongly encouraged but not required).
Aikido training will revolve around learning the Ikkajo (1'st control and variations) and Nikajo (2'nd control and variations). Much emphasis is placed on Ki flow, relaxation and execution of these techniques in proper manner. Understanding the relationship of Tori and Uke, with regard to giving and receiving the techniques will be critical during testing.
Weapons of choice at this level of training was the Bo (long staff) and the Jo (short staff). Students will be required to demonstrate striking and blocking techniques as well as defensive maneuvers, some of which will lead to submissions via joint or limb manipulation and/or pressure point applications. No formal Kata is required during testing. Waza application knowledge is mandatory (defenses against kicks, punches, and weapons) is required during testing. You may choose to demonstrate with either Jo or Bo.
Blue Belt Required Techniques
The following techniques are required prior to receiving advancement to Blue Belt
Wave Attacks and Strikes
At this level, the large arsenal of strikes at your disposal should be delivered with a higher degree of accuracy and control. The emphasis at this level remains in combining these strike into "Wave Attacks". A wave attack is defined as a series of no less than six strikes in sequence that involve the fist, open hand, elbows, fingers, etc., targeted at varied points on the body. This may be classified also as Te- Waza techniques if you or the attackers hands are involved. Wave attacks (as stated previously) are used for a variety of purposes such as hitting vital points (kyusho points), disrupting kuzushi points, distraction as preparation for a follow up technique such as a throw, joint lock/manipulation, or as a means to disable the attacker with crushing blows (power strikes).
You must be able to demonstrate wave attacks with no less than EIGHT strikes in
sequence at this level.
You will continue in the application of the following strikes:
- one inch power punch
- one inch palm heel strike - three inch power punch - three inch palm heel strike - The above will be learned while utilizing one hand
independently or in unison with the other hand simultaneously for doublepower strikes.
You will now Add:
- Gingitzu pressure point (tsubo) rub and strikes (KyuSho Jitsu).
KyuSho Jitsu strikes to the arms and hands will be our primary focus at this level. Students must be able to identify a total of at least eight points on the arms and hands, and the effects of singular or combined Kyusho strikes on the body.
Students at this level should have proficiency with all the previous blocks in the White through Orange belt requirements. Students must demonstrate defensive proficiency in blocking skills by being able to defend against a sequence of six strikes (punches, kicks or both combined). These defenses must be spontaneous and not pre arranged
(YOUR ATTACKER WILL NEVER TELL YOU HIS OR HER STRIKING SEQUENCE).
Demonstrate the concept of how a block is a strike when applied in conjunction with Kyusho Jitsu principles.
Primary targets will be the hands and arms.
JUDO TECHNIQUES- Sutemi waza (sacrifice throws)
-Yoko Otoshi- Side Drop
-Uke Waza- Floating Throw
-Yoko Wakare- Side Separation
-Tani Otoshi- Valley Drop
-Sumi Gaeshi- Comer Throw
Shime-Waza (Strangulation Techniques):
-Katate-Jime - One Hand Choke
-Ryote-Jime - Two Hand Choke
-Sode-Guruma-Jime - Sleeve Wheel Choke
Demonstrate transition and pinning strategies with emphasis on strangulation techniques for submission also combining arm bars, and leg lock submissions. This must be done for a period of 2-4 minutes
This level of training will focus more on Suwari Waza (sitting techniques). All techniques should be performed with proficiency both to right and left side of the body.
-Sankajo Osae - "3rd. Control" and variations
-Shomen-uchi Sankajo Osae- Straight blow; 3rd. control (standing)
-Shomen-uchi Sankajo Osae- Straight blow; 3rd. Control (sitting)
-Mune-Mochi Sankajo Osae- Chest grasp; 3rd. Control
-Yonkajo Osae "4th. Control" and variations
-Shomen-uchi Yonkajo Osae- Straight blow; 4th. Control (standing)
-Shomen-uchi Yonkajo Osae- Straight blow; 4th. Control (sitting)
Weapons of choice at this level will be the Bo(Long Staff)and Jo (Short Staff.
Students will be required to demonstrate striking and blocking techniques as well as defensive maneuvers, some of which will lead to submissions via joint or limb manipulation and/or pressure point applications. No formal Kata is required. Waza application knowledge is mandatory (defenses against kicks, punches, and weapons) and required during testing.
All Ju-Jitsu training continues to focus on the Kata and Waza requirements established in the Budoshin ranking system. Be advised that even if you choose not to test for Budoshin ranking you will still be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Kata and Waza requirements as part of your Aikijujitsu Blue belt requirements.
The following Kata (pre-arranged form) and waza (self defense applications) will be required for both your Aikijujitsu requirements as well as your Budoshin requirements.
Including 2-4 Including 2-4
submits or comealongs submits or comealongs
HaneGoshi Double Hit
(inner sweeping hip throw)
Tomoenage Lapel grab and hit
Uki Otoshi Handshake
(floating drop throw)
Ude Guruma Ushiro Rear Forearm Choke
(shoulderlock rear takedown)
Ude Guruma Makikomi Kick (2 defenses) (armbar winding throw)
Shioku Waza Knife Attack (2 defenses)
Tekubi Shime Waza Rear Neck Grab/Choke
(wrist lock techniques)
Te Nage Club Attack
Hiki Yoko Nage Double Wrist Grab
(sleeve pivot throw)
Eri Nage Hit to Stomach
(lapel wheel throw)
Ushiro Nage 2 freestyle attacks
2 Kime No Kata
Time in grade requirement:
20-50 hours of instruction plus training time (approximately 3-6 months if training 2 times a week) since your last promotion.
1. Can meet all Gokyu general knowledge requirements.
2. Can explain proper etiquette and behavior in dealing with higher ranks and Black Belts.
Scoring criteria for evaluation is outlined in your Budoshin Student Handbook. Familiarize yourself with it. This is how you will be evaluated for rank promotion. Upon passing on all the fore mentioned requirements you will be awarded the rank of Blue Belt
in Kyu Shin Ryu. If you choose to test only for Budoshin Mudansha rank you will be awarded the rank of Purple Belt under the Budoshin System, upon completion of the Ju-Jitsu requirements only.
NOTE: All students must wear the Belt rank awarded in the Kyu Shin Ryu System while in the Dojo. Budoshin rank will be displayed as a colored stripe under the Budoshin patch on the Gi top.
When out of the Dojo, the student may choose to wear the belt of rank from either system (or others) which they have earned
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