- Budoshin Ranking Requirements/Expectations
With Kyu Shin Ryu being an ecclectic Art we found ourselves with an opportunity to not only have an effective martial system but to play a role in the preservation of the Arts that we assimilated in to our system. In addition to the Kyu Shin Ryu system practitioners are given the opportunity to train in certain Arts in their pure form. This is done to preserve the Arts but it is also done for the benefit of the practitioners themselves. To put it in persprective read the following quote: "A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must fin for himself." -Bruce Lee.
Let us point you toward some more truth.
Budoshin Ju-Jitsu System Ranking (optional)
Enrique "Rick" Torres is a Sandan (Third Dan) in the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu system. He is a member in good standing of the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai as well as a member of the American Ju-Jitsu Association. Promotion evaluations for Shodan and Nidan on Mr. Torres were performed by Professor George Kirby, who bestowed the Shodan and Nidan ranks to Mr. Torres. If the Student is diligent, as he or she progresses through the ranks they may also qualify for rank testing in the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu art system. Budoshin is the art taught and propagated by Professor George Kirby (10th Dan, Kudan, Hanshi) who is the current foremost practitioner of the system (system Grandmaster). This style is more classical in nature asopposed to the more eclectic approach of Kyu Shin Ryu. Professor Kirby is the direct student of Professor Jack Seki (now deceased) whose training occurred in Japan with such instructors as Jigoro Kano (Judo founder) and Master Seki (Ju-Jitsu Master who was also Prof. Seki's father). Ranking and testing requirements are different but your training in Kyu Shin Ryu should prepare you for the requirements needed as they correlate with techniques in the Budoshin system also. Remember, Kyu Shin Ryu evolution occurred from Ju-Jitsu also. That is why there is a strong emphasis on Ju-Jitsu for self defense techniques. Students desiring to secure these rankings should become membersof the Budoshin Yudanshakai as well as the American Ju-Jitsu Association. All students are encouraged to become members of the American Ju-Jitsu Association.
Membership in both these organizations is required at the Brown Belt Level.
There are two required Budoshin Ju-Jitsu texts for students:
1. "Ju-Jitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art"
2. "Ju-Jitsu: Intermediate Techniques of the Gentle Art"
Both these books are authored by Professor Kirby and can be secured through any major bookstore or bought directly from the Budoshin Yudanshakai. Website is WWW.BUDOSHIN.COM.. This website has detailed history of Budoshin, it's heritage, and biographies on the instructors. There is also a question and answer section(Kokoro) for those needing questions answered. This website also has some very interesting links to other martial art websites. Discuss Budoshin ranking with your Instructor. Handouts for requirements will be provided. A full series of video training tapes (white to black belt requirements) by Prof. Kirby is also available for order through the Budoshin Yudanshakai.
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