- Rank Requirements/Expectations
Belts of advancement:
1. White - 8thKyu
2. Yellow - 7thKyu
3. Orange - 6th Kyu
4. Green - 5th Kyu
5. Blue - 4rd Kyu
6. Brown - 3rd Kyu Sankyu Brown Belt
- 2 nd Kyu (Nikyu) Brown Belt w/ 1 stripe
- 1st Kyu Ikkyu Brown Belt w/ 2 stripes
7. Black (Shodan)
8. Subsequent degree rankings
There are certain requirements that must be met prior to consideration for promotions. There are no one or two year Black belt wonders. All candidates will be required to serve "time in grade" (class hours of practice/training or individual practice with Rick Torres, Sensei, Chris Garcia, Sensei or other qualified Mudansha/Yudansha student or instructor). Candidates must also have technical proficiency of the techniques required for the belt level that they are testing for. The instructor will determine when the student is ready for testing and will approach the student with ample time for preparation prior to the test.
All students must show proficiency in the following areas:
Attitude- Your attitude is crucial in any endeavor that you pursue in life. If you maintain a positive attitude it will help you to succeed and be more satisfied with your accomplishments. A negative attitude serves to only keep you imprisoned to excuses and to blame others for your lack of success. It is also contagious as a virus and can only infect in a negative manner those who are around you. Honor, integrity and respect are our tenets of belief. Help others to convert their liabilities into assets in order to help them succeed also. That way we all will share success. Respect and assist upper and lower level classmates when requested.
Follow directions, pay attention and refrain from talking when techniques are being demonstrated by Sensei or other.
Attendance - If you are not there you cannot learn. Many classes, build on what was taught the week before . If you are absent, consult with the instructor prior to class so you can be brought up to speed. You can also ask for assistance by another classmate.
1. Kata (prearranged movements)- All students will be required to learn a series of kata (movements only) and must be able to demonstrate them with proficiency.
2. Waza - All practitioners must be familiar with the concept of waza. This is the actual application of kata.
All waza are composed of three parts:
A. Loosening up or distraction technique (punch, block, kick, distraction or nerve attack technique)
B. Throw/take down- primarily a Judo, Ju-jitsu or Aikido throw
C. Submission-joint lock/manipulation, arm bar, leg locks, finger locks or other forms of body pins, come-a-longs, pain compliance techniques, or finishing blows.
3. Randori- all students will be expected to participate in randori (freestyle) giving and receiving of techniques in slow to moderate speed(beginner to intermediate level mudansha). This is an excellent learning tool to apply what you have learned. Randori should never be performed outside of the supervision of an instructor until the level of brown belt is achieved. Randori will be utilized to complement your Ju-Jitsu and Judo training. Kumite (sparring) will be utilized to develop your striking, counter striking, blocking and kicking skills.
4. Weapons - All students will be exposed to weapons training beginning at the yellow belt level. If a student acts irresponsible during these training sessions they will not be allowed to train. Weapons are not toys and should be treated with the utmost respect, for your safety, as well as your training partner(s).
Weapons training in Aikijujitsu is based on the premise that the weapon is merely an extension of your body (hand, arm, etc.). The majority of the techniques taught will be defensive in nature, although some training will involve offensive techniques (Philipino Escrima Stick Fighting). Weapons of choice will be the Balisong Knife (Butterfly knife), regular knife(tanto), esgrima stick and the cane, but you will learn others such as the Bo and Jo, Yawara , sai, tonfa, etc..
It is the expectation of Torres Sensei that by the time you reach Brown Belt level 2nd stripe (Ikkyu), you should already possess knowledge in the following areas:
1. JUDO- at this level you should be proficient with the traditional (classical) Go Kyo of Kodokan Judo. This is the standard syllabus of Judo throwing techniques which include 40 throws (you will learn more) (Nage Waza = tachi waza -standing techniques/sutemi waza- sacrifice throws ). The syllabus also includes Shime Waza techniques (12 strangulation techniques ) and Kansetsu Waza techniques (10 joint techniques). You should also be proficient in Randori (freestyle) and Katame Waza also known as Newaza (grappling skills).
2. Aikido - At this level you should be proficient with the basic techniques of Aikido as follows:
A. Shiho-nage ("Four -directions throw")
B. Ikkajo Osae ("1st. control")
C. Nikajo Osae ("2nd.control")
D. Sankajo Osae ("3rd. control")
E. Yonkajo Osae ("4th. control")
F. Sokumen-irimi-nage (side approach body throw)
G. Shomen-irimi-nage (front approach body throw)
H. Hiji-jime (elbow locks)
I. Tenchi-nage (Heaven and earth throw)
J. Kote Gaeshi (outward wrist twist)
All of these techniques should be able to be demonstrated from various attacks and directions.
You will learn more, such as projection throws, concepts of open and closed circuit appplications, Ki development, etc.
3. Ju-Jitsu- At this level you should have a high degree of proficiency in the art of Ju-Jitsu. You should possess the skill level to be able to test to Brown Belt second stripe within the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu System. This is one step below the Black Belt. Shodan testing will be performed through the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai and Torres Sensei or Professor George Kirby.
Ju-Jitsu is composed of basically 40+ techniques. Variations of techniques is endless and is only limited by the practitioners creativity and skill level. This is what makes Ju-Jitsu the Art that it is. All candidates will be required to demonstrate proper Kata, Waza, Randori and weapons skills (defensive in nature).
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. 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.
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