- Brown Belt Requirements
BROWN BELT REQUIREMENTS
Your diligent training has now taken you to a level where some practitioners never arrive. A Brown Belt is considered the highest level Mudansha grade in the Dojo. This is the phase where your Shodan internship begins. The expectation placed on you at this level will
be very great. You are now one of the leading examples of the embodiment of the Kyu Shin Ryu and Budoshin philosophies. Much emphasis is placed on your character as well as your ability to execute techniques with a high degree of proficiency. At this level you should be able to execute all the techniques from White belt through Blue belt on demand and without hesitation. You should have an increased grasp of the Japanese terminology and be able to execute without English translation. Your testing will reflect this. You have now also joined the
ranks of possible future Kyu Shin Ryu and/or Budoshin Instructors.
There are 3 levels of Brown Belt:
Sankyu (no stripe), Nikyu (1 stripe) & Ikkyu (2 stripes). The Ikkyu ranking is the most senior of Brown Belt ranking and is considered the highest level Mudansha prior to promotion to Yudansha Grades (Shodan and consequent Dan ranking). All Brown belts will be required to serve a minimum of 10 to 12 months of time in grade internship prior to approval for Shodan testing. Stripe testing will be done at 3-4 month intervals by Lead Sensei as long as class attendance and performance is up to par. All Brown Belt candidates are expected to display honorable behavior both in and out of the Dojo, as this is reflective of our code. This level of training will demand much more knowledge in the area of your Judo, Jujitsu and Aikido skills. You should be able to flow between these style with ease and be able to transition from soft to hard and from hard to soft in your technique execution,as needed, or on demand. Brown belts in the Dojo will be expected to take on a higher degree of instructional responsibility with lower grade Mudansha. Thisrequires that all Brown belts be up to speed on all lower level techniques. Brown belts will also provide feedback to Lead Sensei regarding other practitioner lower level Mudansha promotions. There will also be an increase of individualized instruction between the Brown Belt and the Lead Sensei (advanced techniques of Kyusho Jitsu, newaza, randori, kumite and Kappo).
Brown Belt Required Techniques
At this level, the large arsenal of strikes at your disposal should be delivered with a continued degree of higher accuracy and control. The emphasis at this level remains in combining these strike into "Wave Attacks". 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 TEN coordinated movements in sequence at this level. Eight strikes, two kicks and one takedown are expected in the sequence.
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 applied utilizing one hand independently or in unison with the other hand simultaneously for double power strikes.
You will now add:
- Gingitzu pressure point rub and strikes (Kyusho Jitsu).
Kyusho Jitsu strikes to the torso (frontal and rear) and legs and feet will be our primary focus at this level. Students must be able to identify a total of at least ten points on the torso and legs and the effects of singular or combined kyusho strikes on these parts of the body. Must demonstrate proper immobilization and knock out sequencing. Other concepts of activation and sequencing will be learned for Shodan.
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 eight strikes (punches, kicks or both combined). These defenses must be spontaneous and not pre-arranged
(YOUR ATTACKER WILL NEVER TELL YOU HIS OR HER
You will continue to apply the concept of how a block is a strike when applied in conjunction with Kyusho Jitsu principles. You will see increased hidden meanings to many of the blocking applications you have learned.
Primary targets will be the torso, legs and feet.
You will learn the principles of entwinement, interference, and separation as it relates to multiple attackers (2, 3 or 4+). You will also learn distraction and evasion strategies. Candidates should have a strong grasp of these concepts prior to Shodan ranking
Shime-Waza (Strangulation Techniques):
Katate-Jime - One Hand Choke
Ryote-Jime - Two Hand Choke
Sode-Guruma-Jime - Sleeve Wheel Choke
Tsukkomi-Jime - Thrust Choke
Newaza training will continue with advanced modifications to
transition and pinning strategies with emphasis on strangulation techniques for submission also combining arm bars, leg and ankle lock submissions
Kappo and Kyusho Jitsu Resuscitation:
Kappo is the art of resuscitation. This is not meant to be a healing art unto itself, but as a means of providing assistance to someone who has been injured during practice or other occurrence. Participants in Judo and Jujitsu practice may be choked out by an over zelous or careless partner. They may also be kicked or struck in the groin area by a partner
inadvertently, or as a result of an ill applied technique (Uchi Mata is a common culprit). It is essential that resuscitation or aid be applied quickly and effectively to avoid any permanent injury. Brown belt candidates
must be familiar with the four most commonly used Kappo methods. Your Sensei will provide you with detailed explanation on how and when to apply these techniques.
1. Sasoi Katsu- Inductive method
2. Eri-Katsu- Lapel Method
3. So-Katsu- Composite Method
4. Kogan-Katsu- Testicle Method (not meant for resuscitation but as treatment for a man whose testicles have been kicked into his pelvis region.)
5. Must also be knowledgeable regarding ressucitacion in the art of Kyusho Jitsu. Must demonstrate ability to restore Ki flow to the body and body parts, identify and use wake up points, and understand time limitations for resuscitation when knock out occurs in Uke.
This level of training will focus on learning to combine Suwari Waza (sitting techniques) and Tachi Waza (standing techniques) with finishing locks, pins, etc.. All techniques should be performed with proficiency both to right and left side of the body.
-Sokumen-Irimi-Nage- Side Approach Body Throw
-Katate-Mochi Sokumen-Irimi-Nage - One hand grasp; side approachbody throw
-Kata-Mochi Sokumen-Irimi-Nage - shoulder grasp; side approach bodythrow
-Shomen-Irimi-Nage - Front approach body throw
-Shomen-Uchi Shomen-Irimi-Nage - front blow; front approach body throw
-Hiji Jime - Elbow lock(s)
-Muni-Mochi Hiji Jime - Chest grab; elbow lock (from suwari waza position)
First and Second Stripe Requirements:
-Kokyu-Ho - Breathing method seen applied in Randori
-Tenchi Nage - Heaven and Earth throw
-Royote -Monchi Tenchi Nage - Both hands held; Heaven and earth throw
-Kote Gaeshi - outside wrist twist Aikido style
-Royote-Monchi Kote-Gaeshi - Both hands grab; outward wrist twist
-Shomen-Tsuki Kote-Gaeshi - Straight punch; outward wrist twist
Students at this level will be allowed to pick one of the following weapons with which to train:
Students must be able to demonstrate defensive as well as offensive qualities of the weapon and its proper use in combat an/or Martial arts application. Students must also submit a written essay of the weapons development, history, and combat application.
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 Brown belt requirements.
BUDOSHIN JU-JITSU TECHNIQUES:
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 submits or come-a-longs
Koshi Nage Single Hit
(Left or right, high or low)
Tai Otoshi Mugging attack
Ura Nage Club attacks (Various)
Ouchi Gari Kicks Shioku Waza Handholds(any)
Te Tatake Armlock
Te Nage Headlock
Ippon seoi Nage Reversing a throw
HaraiGoshi Being pulled (any direction)
Hane Goshi Doublehits
Tomoe Nage Hair Grabs
Uki Otoshi Knife Attacks
Yubi Nage Lapel Grab (single or double)
Makikomi Combination holds & attacks
Ude Guruma Football Tackle
Ude Guruma Ushiro Cross Choke
Osoto Gari Multiple Attackers (min. two)
Kubi Nage Bear hugs & waistgrabs
(arms free or pinned, high or low)
TeWaza Nelson (front & rear)
Ashi Waza Knife Threat
Hiji (Heji) Waza Chokes (various)
Shime Waza Handshakes
Hiki Waza Baton Attacks
Tekubi Shime Waza Reversing opponent on mat
Shoulder Grabs (front & rear)
Misc. Clothing Grabs
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