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US JU-JITSU RANK REQUIREMENTS

Copyright: United States Ju-Jitsu Federation, 1999, 2000, 2001, Reno, NV
This publication may not be reproduced either whole or in part without the expressed written permission of the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation

US Ju-Jitsu Rank Requirements PDF Version


FOREWORD

Technical Excellence in Martial Arts training is one of USJJF's top priorities. As Leaders in the Martial Arts, it is our sacred responsibility to ensure that all of our students receive the best possible "Mentoring" both in technique and philosophy of the Martial Arts.

Martial Art Training is the cornerstone of knowledge and the basis for credible self-defense skill and the perfection of human character. Training in a comprehensive taxonomy of Ju-Jitsu Skills is the "Key" by which the USJJFs Members develop their Martial Art Proficiency and exercise the collective capabilities required in self-defense or competition. Martial Art Training builds Character Development and, when necessary, prepares the Ju-Jitsuka to "Win" if or when confrontation (or combat) cannot be avoided.

While Senior Yudansha determine the direction and goals of training, it is the Dojo Sensei (& Assistant Sensei) who ensure that every training activity or class is well planned and rigorously conducted. These Rank Requirements are designed to guide and assist the Sensei to accomplish his or her goals in teaching the US JU-JITSU system. The US JU-JITSU Rank System is divided into sixteen separate divisions of training to include:

1. Posture and Stances

Tachi Waza

2. Body Movement

Taisabaki Waza

3. Striking Techniques

Ate Waza

4. Kicking Techniques

Geri Waza

5. Blocking Techniques

Uke Waza

6. Vital Point Techniques

Atemi Waza

7. Joint Locking Techniques

Kansetsu Waza

8. Combination Techniques

Renraku Waza

9. Strangulation Techniques

Shime Waza

10. Holding Techniques

Osae Waza

11. Breakfall Techniques

Ukemi Waza

12. Throwing Techniques

Nage Waza

13. Self-Defense Techniques
(counter, escapes, avoidance)

Goshinjitsu Waza
(Kaeshi, Fusegi, Furimi)

14. Formal Exercise

Kata

15. Free Practice

Randori

16. Sparring

Kumite

The United States Ju-Jitsu Federation, along with the Ju-Jitsu International Federation, has established the training doctrine & guidance. The Dojo Sensei should apply these guidelines and assist the USJJF Leadership in the further development & conduct of US JU-JITSU Training. These US JU-JITSU Rank Requirements provide the training & promotion guidelines for USJJF Sensei & students in the areas of martial art history, traditions, techniques, strategy & terminology. From these Rank Requirements, the USJJF will formulate and publish a comprehensive training manual and videos for the US JU-JITSU System.

Our duty as USJJF Leaders is to provide challenging and realistic Martial Arts Training for all of our Members. The National Federation will do its part, and I encourage all US JU-JITSU Sensei to study, understand, and teach the techniques, as well as the Budo Philosophy presented in this manual and on the USJJF Official Website. Sensei at every level must redouble their commitment to accurate & comprehensive US JU-JITSU Training, remembering, that Technical Excellence is a "Top Priority" in the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation.

I wish to express my most sincere appreciation to Hanshi George E. Anderson, our Federations Founder, for his extensive contributions and insight in producing this updated US JU-JITSU Rank System. I would also like to recognize and give thanks to Sensei Robert M. Carver, our Vice-President & Webmaster for all of his technical input on Ju-Jitsu and his outstanding efforts to make the US JU-JITSU Rank System accessible to all interested Ju-Jitsuka through the USJJFs Official Website. And in closing, I also want to express my sincere thanks to all Members of our Central Technical Committee for their input and support in producing this most comprehensive ju-jitsu training guide.

Bruce R. Bethers, 8th Dan, Shihan
President and CEO
United States Ju-Jitsu Federation
Ju-Jitsu North American Union


Table of contents

NEW STUDENT, (WHITE BELT)
JUKYU (Yellow Belt -10th CLASS)
KUKYU (Yellow Belt - 9th CLASS)
HACHIKYU (Blue Belt - 8th CLASS)
SHICHIKYU (Blue Belt - 7th CLASS)
ROKYU (Green Belt - 6th CLASS)
GOKYU (Green Belt - 5th CLASS)
YONKYU (Purple Belt - 4th CLASS)
SANKYU (Purple Belt - 3rd CLASS)
NIKYU (Brown Belt - 2nd CLASS)
IKKYU (Brown Belt - 1st CLASS)
SHODAN (Black Belt, 1st Degree)
NIDAN (Black Belt, 2nd Degree)
SANDAN (Black Belt, 3rd Degree)
YONDAN (Black Belt, 4th Degree)
GODAN (Black Belt, 5th Degree)
ROKUDAN (Black Belt, 6th Degree)
SHICHIDAN (Black Belt, 7th Degree)
HACHIDAN (Black Belt, 8th Degree)
KUDAN (Black Belt, 9th Degree)
JUDAN (Black Belt, 10th Degree)


USJJF CENTRAL TECHNICAL COMMITTEE:

George E. Anderson, Kudan, (Committee Chairman)
Jim Harrison, Kudan
Gene LeBell, Kudan
T. R. McClanahan, Kudan
Bruce R. Bethers, Hachidan
Joseph F. Connolly, Hachidan
George A. Hamm, Hachidan
Ernest G. McPeek, Hachidan
Toshiaki Takikawa, Hachidan
James A. Caldwell, Shichidan
Michael Dunphy, Shichidan
Patrick Hickey, Shichidan
Carl Wilcox, Shichidan
Robert M. Carver, Rokudan
John F. Chatwood, Rokudan


US JU-JITSU Rank Requirements

NEW STUDENT, (WHITE BELT)

General Requirements:

  1. This rank is assigned to individuals of good moral character who have been accepted as a student by an officially recognized US JU-JITSU instructor/Examiner of the USJJF

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Basic knowledge of dojo rules, procedures and hygiene.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

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JUKYU (Yellow Belt -10th CLASS) Tenth Class:

General Requirements:

  1. This rank is assigned to individuals of good moral character who have been accepted as a student by an officially recognized US JU-JITSU Instructor/Examiner of the USJJF.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Basic knowledge of dojo rules, procedures and hygiene.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  5. Must be Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  6. Minimum time in grade & training requirement as a White Belt, two months.

General Knowledge:

  1. Origin of Ju-Jitsu (China)

  2. Translation of "Ju-Jitsu" (The Gentle Art)

  3. Known length of Ju-Jitsus history. (2,000 years)

  4. Official National System of Ju-Jitsu as taught by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation. (US JU-JITSU)

Understand Fundamentals of:

English

Japanese

Pronounced

1. Formal Exercise

Kata ka-tah

2. Natural Posture

Shizen Hontai shee-zehn han-teye

3. Defensive Posture

Jigohontai jee-goh hon-teye

General Terminology & Phases

English Japanese Pronounced

1. Teacher

Sensei sehn-say

2. Bow

Rei ray

3. Please work with me

Onegai Shimasu Oh-neguy-ee shee-mas

4. Thanks you very much

Arigato Gozaimashita ah-ray-got-toe gozimas-ta

5. Attention

Kiostuke kee-os-kaa

6. Technique

Waza wa-za

7. Stop

Matte ma-teh

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

TAISABAKI Body Movements

1. Natural Walking

Ayumi Ashi Ah-yoo-mae ah-shee

2. Sliding Step

Tsuri Ashi soo-reei ah-shee

ATE WAZA Striking Techniques:

1. Knife Hand Strike Shuto Uchi shoo-toh oo-chee

2. Hammerfist Strike

Tettsui-Uchi
or
Kentsui-UchI
teht-soo-ee oo-chee

kehnt-soo-ee oo-chee

3. Forefist Punch

Seiken-Zuke say-kehn zoo-keh

GERI WAZA Kicking Techniques:

1. Front Kick Mae Geri mah-eh geh-ree

2. Side Kick

Yoko Geri yoh-koh geh-ree

UKE WAZA Blocking Techniques:

Knife Hand Block Shuto Uke shoo-toh oo-keh

ATEMI WAZA Vital Point Techniques

(Students will point out each of the below "Targets" & know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Vital Spots of the Body

Kyusho Kee-yoo-shoh

2. Temple

Kasumi kah-soo-mee

KANSETSU WAZA Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Arm Lock

Ude Gatame oo-day ga-ta-mee

2. Arm Entanglement

Ude Garami oo-deh ga-ra-meh

SHIME WAZA Choking Techniques:

(Not Applicable. Begins at Rokyu Level.)

OSAE WAZA Holding Techniques:

Scarf Hold (& Escape Kesa Gatame keh-sah gah-tah-meh

UKEMI WAZA Breakfalling Techniques:

1. Basic Rear Breakfall Koho Ukemi koh-hoh oo-keh-mee
2. Basic Side Breakfall Yoko Ukemi yoh-koh oo-keh-mee

NAGE WAZA Throwing Techniques:

1. Advanced Foot Sweep De Ashi Harai deh-ah-she-hah-rahee
2. Major Outer Reaping O Soto Gari oh-soh-toh-gah-ree

GOSHINJITSU Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a "Basic" self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include a block, escape or counter with take-down or throw, followed by a control hold or strike.)

  1. Single Punch (upper & mid body)

  2. Single Normal Wrist Grab (2ea)

  3. Single Lapel Grab (2ea)

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KUKYU (Yellow Belt - 9th CLASS) Ninth Class:

General Requirements:

  1. This rank is assigned to individuals of good moral character who have been accepted as a student by an officially recognized US JU-JITSU Instructor/Examiner of the USJJF.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Basic knowledge of dojo rules, procedures and hygiene.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  5. Must be Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  6. Minimum time in grade & training requirement as Jukyu, three months.

General Knowledge:

  1. US JU-JITSU, "The Official USJJF National Ju-Jitsu System".

  2. Brief overview of the development of US JU-JITSU and its historical origins. Refer to the USJJF Official Website: www.usjujitsu.net

  3. Basic martial arts etiquette, (same as #2).

Understand Fundamentals of:

English

Japanese

Pronounced

Body Movement/Pivoting

Tai Sabaki tehee sah-bah-kee

General Terminology & Phases

English

Japanese

Pronounced

1. Master Teacher

Shihan shee-han

2. Place of Honor

Kamiza kah-mee-zah

3. Shout (Union of Energy)

Kiai kee-ahee

4. Place of Learning

Dojo doh-joh

5. Throwing

Nage nah-geh

6. Vital Point Techniques

Atemi Waza ah-teh-mee wah-zah

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

TAISABAKI (Body Movement)

1. Pivoting (90o)

Taisabaki tah-ee-sah-bah-kee

2. Pivoting (180o)

Taisabaki tah-ee-sah-bah-kee

ATE WAZA Striking Techniques:

1. Palm Heel Strike Teisho Uchi tay-soh oo-chee
2. Elbow Strike Empi Uchi
Or
Hiji Ate
ehm-pee oo-chee

hee-jee ah-tay

GERI WAZA Kicking Techniques:

(Improved ability of the following techniques)

1. Front Kick

Mae Geri mah-eh geh-ree

2. Side Kick

Yoko Geri yoh-koh geh-ree

UKE WAZA Blocking Techniques:

1. Outside Block Soto Uke soh-toh oo-keh
2. Inside Block Uchi Uke oo-chee oo-keh

ATEMI WAZA Vital Point Techniques

(Students will point out each of the below "Targets" & know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Nose

hana hah-nah

2. Ear

Mimi me-me

KANSETSU WAZA Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Pressing Wrist Lock

Kote Jime koh-teh jee-meh

2. Ebow Press

Ude Osae oo-deh oh-sah-eh

SHIME WAZA Choking Techniques:

(Not Applicable. Begins at Rokyu Level.)

OSAE WAZA Holding Techniques:

Reverse Scarf Hold Ushiro Kesa Gatame oo-shee-roh keh-sah gah ta-meh

UKEMI WAZA Breakfalling Techniques:

Rolling Breakfalls Zempo Ukemi zehm poh oo-keh-mee

NAGE WAZA Throwing Techniques:

1. Major Hip Throw

O Goshi oh-goh-shee

2. Major Inner Reap

O Uchi Gari oh-oo-chee-ga-ree

GOSHINJITSU Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a "Basic" self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include a block, escape or counter with take-down or throw, followed by a control hold or strike.)

Improved ability of the previous requirements.

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HACHIKYU (Blue Belt - 8th CLASS) Eighth Class:

General Requirements:

  1. This rank is assigned to individuals of good moral character who have been accepted as a student by an officially recognized US JU-JITSU Instructor/Examiner of the USJJF.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Basic knowledge of dojo rules, procedures and hygiene.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  5. Must be Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Kukyu, three months.

General Knowledge:

Purpose of Warming Up (Jumbi Undo) and Cooling Off (Shumatsu Undo).

Understand Fundamentals of:

English

Japanese

Pronounced

1. Off Balancing

Kuzushi koo-zoo-shee

2. Fitting or Closing

Tsukuri soo-kur-ee

3. Execution

Kake kah-kay

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronouced

1. Hand Techniques Ate Waza ah-teh wah-zah

2. Foot Techniques

Ashi Waza ah-shee wah-zah

3. Grappling

Katame kah-tah-meh

4. Break-Falling

Ukemi oo-keh-mee

5. Begin

Hajime hah-jee-meh

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

1. Spear Hand

Nukite noo-kee-teh

2. One-Knuckle Fist Strike

Ippon-Ken Uchi ee-pohn ken

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

Back Kick Ushiro Geri oo-shee-roh geh-ree

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

1. Knife Hand Block

Shuto Uke shoo-toh oo-keh

2. Upper Block

Jodan Uke joh-dahn oo-keh

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques
(Student will point out each of the below "targets" & know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Windpipe Hichu hee-chu
2. Groin Kinteki Ken-teh-kee

KANSETSU WAZA Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Elbow Lock Wake Gatame wah-keh gah-tah-meh
2. Major Outer Press O Soto Osae oh-soh-toh oh-sah-eh

SHIME WAZA Choking Techniques:

(Not Applicable. Begins at Rokyu Level.)

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Shoulder Hold (& Escape) Kata Gatame kah-tah ga-tah-meh

UKEMI WAZA Breakfalling Techniques:

Improved ability of the previous techniques

NAGE WAZA Throwing Techniques:

1. Knee Wheel Throw

Hiza Guruma hee-zah-goo-roo-mah

2. Foot Stop Throw

Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi sah-sai soo-ree koh-mee ah-shee

3. Floating Hip Throw

Uki Goshi oo-kee goh-shee

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a "Basic" self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold or strike.

  1. Front Choke (2ea)

  2. Rear Choke (2ea)

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SHICHIKYU (Blue Belt - 7th CLASS) Seventh Class:

 General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Must be Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Hachikyu, three months.

General Knowledge:

  1. USJJF Belt Rank System by belt colors. (English & Japanese terminology for ranks through 10th Dan).

  2. Understanding of "Student Teacher" relationship in the Martial Arts. (Refer to the USJJF Website, www.usjujitsu.net)

Understand Fundamentals of:

  1. Understand the Philosophy of Ju-Jitsu. (Refer to USJJF Website, www.usjujitsu.net)

  2. Understand the "Six-Step Process" of learning Martial Arts. (Same as #1)

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronouced

1. Upper

Jodan joh-dahn

2. Middle

Chudan choo-dahn

3. Lower

Gedan geh-dahn

4. Stance

Dachi dah-chee

5. Holding

Osae oh-sah-eh

6. Strangling or Choking

Shime shee-may

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

KANSETSU WAZA Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Inward Wrist Lock

Kote Hineri koh-teh hee-neh ree

2. Outward Wrist lock

Kote Gaeshi koh-teh gah-ee-shee

SHIME WAZA Choking Techniques:

(Not Applicable. Begins at Rokyu Level.)

OSAE WAZA Holding Techniques

Side Quarters Hold (& Escape)

Yoko Shiho Gatame

yoh-koh sheehoh gah-tah-meh

UKEMI WAZA Breakfalling Techniques

Standing Side Breakfalling Tachi Ukemi tah-chee oo-keh-mee

NAGE WAZA Throwing Techniques:

1. Shoulder Throw Seoi Nage see-oh-ee nah-geh
2. Elbow Drop Hiki Otoshi hee-kee oh-toh-shee

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a "Basic" self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold or strike.

  1. Front Bear Hug Attack (arms free)

  2. Rear Bear Hug Attack (arms free)

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ROKYU (Green Belt - 6th CLASS) Sixth Class:

 General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Shichikyu, three months.

General Knowledge:

  1. Understanding the purpose of breakfalling. (Ukemi).

  2. Understand the importance of "Center" (Hara).

  3. Understanding of "Spirit" (Ki).

Understand Fundamentals of:

  1. Understand the basic concept of breaking your opponent's balance & controlling his off-balance. (Happo-No-Kuzushi).

  2. Understand the training concept of the "Attacker" (Uke) & the "Defender" (Tori).

  3. Introductory Randori skills (recommended as supplemental training).

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronounced

1. Joint-Locking

Kansetsu kan-seht-soo

2. Hand

Te teh

3. Foot (or Leg)

Ashi ah-shee

4. Sweeping

Harai ha-rahee

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

1. Uppercut Strike Uraken Shomen-Uchi oo-rah-kehn shoh-mehn-oo-chee
2. Backfist Strike Uraken Uchi oo-rah-kehn oochee

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

1. Groin Kick

Kin Geri Keehn-geh-ree

2. Cutting Kick

Fumi kiri foo-mee-keh-ree

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Palm Heel Block Shotei Uke Shoh-teh-ee oo-keh

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Student will point out each of the below "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Forearm Nerve

Shakutaku shah-koo-tah-koo

2. Eye

Me Meh

3. Knee

Hiza Hee-zah

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Circular Wrist Lock

Kote Mawashi Koh-teh mah-wah-shee

2. Leaf Turning Wrist Lock

Kanoa Gaeshi kah-noh-ah gai-eh-shi

3. Hand Mirror

Te Garami teh gah-rah-mee

4. Arm Wing Lock

Ude Henkan Gatame oo-deh hehn-kahn gah-tah-mee

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

Single Cross Lock (#1) Kata-Juji-Jime (Sho) kah-tah joo-jee jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Upper Quarters Hold (& Escape) Kami Shiho Gatame kah-mee shee-hoh gah-tah-meh

UKEMI WAZA - Breakfalling Techniques:

1. Standing Side Breakfalling

Tachi Ukemi tah-chee oo-keh-mee

2. Back Roll Breakfalling

Ushiro Zempo Ukemi oo-shee-roh zehm-poh oo-keh-mee

3. Basic Front Breakfalling

Mae Ukemi mah-eh oo-keh-mee

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Minor Outside Reaping Throw

Ko Soto Gari (koh-soh-toh-gah-ree)

2. Minor Inside Reaping Throw

Ko Uchi Gari (koh-oo-chee-ga-ree)

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Single Cross Wrist Grab

  2. Double Grab on One Arm

  3. Double Wrist Grab

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GOKYU (Green Belt - 5th CLASS) Fifth Class:

General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Rokyu, four months.

General Knowledge:

Understand the fundamentals of escapes (fusegi waza), counters (kaeshi waza) and combination (renroku waza) techniques.

Understand Fundamentals of:

  1. Understand the fundamental concept of "Movement Strategy" (fumiri waza and taibasaki waza) in Ju-Jitsu. (Refer to the USJJF Website: www.usjujitsu.net)

  2. Understand the fundamental "key" points of Ju-Jitsu techniques and how to perform with maximum efficiency. (same as #1)

  3. Introductory Kumite skills (recommended as supplemental training).

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronounced

1. Counter Technique

Kaeshi Waza kah-eh-shee wah-zah

2. Attacker (in training)

Uke oo-keh

3. Defender (in training)

Tori toh-ree

4. Repetition Fitting Practice

Uchi-Komi oo-chee-koh-mee

5. Escapes

Fusegi foo-see-gee

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

1. Fore-Knuckle Fist Strike

Hiraken-Uchi hee-rah-kehn oo-chee

2. Ridge Hand Strike

Haito-Uchi hahee-toh oo-chee

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

1. Roundhouse Kick

Mawashi Geri mah-wah-shee geh-ree

2. Inside Cresent Kick

Uchi Mikazuki Geri oo-chee mee-kah-zoo-kee geh-ree

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Hook Block

Kake Uke kah-keh oo-keh

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Student will point out each of the below "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Between The Eyes

Uto oo-toh

2. Chin

Ago ah-goh

3. Temple

Kasumi kahsoo-mee

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Thumb Lock

Yubi Gatame yoo-bee gah-tah-meh

2. Elbow Lock

Hiji Gatame hee-jee gah-tah-meh

3. Outward Elbow Twist Lock

Soto Ude Gaeshi soh-toh oo-deh gah-eh-shee

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

Reverse Cross Lock (#1)

Gyaku-Juji-Jime (Sho) Geeah-koo joo-jee jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Modified Scarf Hold (& Escape) Kuzure Kesa Gatame koo-zoo-reh keh-sah gah-tah-meh

UKEMI WAZA - Breakfalling Techniques:

1. Front Breakfalling

Mae Ukemi mah-eh oo-kehmee

2. Forward Roll Breakfalling

Zempo Kaiten Ukemi zehm-poh kahee-tehn oo-kehmee

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Hip Wheel Throw Koshi Guruma koh-shee-guh-roo-muh

2.  Lifting Pulling Hip Throw

Tsuri Komi Goshi tsoo-ree-koh-mee goh-shee

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Improved ability on all previous Goshinjitsu requirements

  2. Front Bear Hug Attack (arms locked)

  3. Rear Bear Hug Attack (arms locked)

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YONKYU (Purple Belt - 4th CLASS) Fourth Class:

General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Gokyu, four months.

General Knowledge:

  1. Know the sixteen major divisions of techniques in US Ju-Jitsu training:

1. Posture and Stances

Tachi Waza

2. Body Movement

Taisabaki Waza

3. Striking Techniques

Ate Waza

4. Kicking Techniques

Geri Waza

5. Blocking Techniques

Uke Waza

6. Vital Point Techniques

Atemi Waza

7. Joint Locking Techniques

Kansetsu Waza

8. Combination Techniques

Renraku Waza

9. Strangulation Techniques

Shime Waza

10. Holding Techniques

Osae Waza

11. Breakfall Techniques

Ukemi Waza

12. Throwing Techniques

Nage Waza

13. Self-Defense Techniques
(counter, escapes, avoidance)

Goshinjitsu Waza
(Kaeshi, Fusegi, Furimi)

14. Formal Exercise

Kata

15. Free Practice

Randori

16. Sparring

Kumite
  1. Know the Historical Development of Ju-Jitsu. (Provide a written essay w/bibliography on the history of Ju-Jitsu Development.)

Understand Fundamentals of:

  1. Understand the fundamental "key" points of Ju-Jitsu techniques and how to perform with maximum efficiency. (same as #1)

  2. Continued introductory Randori skills (recommended as supplemental training).

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronounced

1. Form Training

Kata kah-tah

2. Free Practice

Randori rahn-doh-ree

3. Dojo Etiquette

Reigisaho rahee-gee-sa-hoh

4. Continuation

Renraku Waza rehn-rah-koo wah-zah

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

Bear-Paw Strike

Kumade Uchi koo-ma-deh oo-chee

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

Heel Round Kick

Kakato Mawashi Geri kah-kah-toh mah-wa-shee geh-ree

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Pressing Block

Osae Uke oh-sah-eh oo-keh

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Student will point out each of the below "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Upper Arm

Udenarashi oo-deh-nah-rah-shee

2. Shin

Mukouzune moo-koh-zoo-neh

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Inward Elbow Twist Lock

Uchi Ude Gaeshi oo-chee oo-deh gah-eh-shee

2. Wrist Twisting Lock

Kote Hineri koh-teh hee-neh ree

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

Normal Cross Lock (#1)

Nami-Juji-Jime (Sho) nah-mee joo-jee jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Modified Scarf Hold (& Escape) Kuzure Kesa Gatame koo-zoo-reh keh-sah gah-tah-meh

UKEMI WAZA - Breakfalling Techniques:

Forward Roll Breakfalling

Zempo Kaiten Ukemi zehm-poh kah ee-tehn oo-keh-mee

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

Four Direction Throw

Shiho Nage shee-hoh nahgeh

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Side Choke (2ea)

  2. Double Lapel Grab

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SANKYU (Purple Belt - 3rd CLASS) Third Class:

General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Yonkyu, four months.

General Knowledge:

  1. Improved ability in previous rank requirements.

  2. Ability to teach the fundamental Ju-Jitsu skills.

  3. Ability to explain the general concepts & foundations of US JU-JITSU.

  4. Japanese terminology for all techniques required.

Understand Fundamentals of:

  1. Understand the basic concept of Body Movements - Dodging Technique - Furimi Waza. (Refer to the USJJF Website, www.usjujitsu.net)

  2. Continued introductory Kumite skills (recommended as supplemental training).

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronounced

1. Way of the Warrior

Bushido boo-shee-doh

2. Martial Arts

Budo boo-doh

3. The Way

Do Doh

4. Ranks below Black Belt

Mudansha moo-dahn-shah

5. Black Belt Grades

Yudansha yoo-dahn-shah

6. Standing Bow

Ritsurei reet-soo-reh-ee

7. Kneeling Bow

Zarei zah-rehee

8. Favorite Technique

Tokui Waza toh-koo-ee wah-zah

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

1. Improved ability in all previous Ate Waza

2. Chin Press Strike

Ago-Oshi Uchi ah-goh-oh-shee oo-chee

3. Neck Press Strike

Kubi Age Uchi koo-bee ah-geh oo-chee

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

1. Stamping Kick

Fumikomi foo-mee koh-mee

2. Reverse Roundhouse Kick

Gyaku Mawashi Geri Gee-ah-koo mah-wah-shee geh-ree

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

1. Improved ability in all previous Uke Waza.

2. Cross Block

Juji Uke joo-jee oo-keh

3. Ability to block punches, grabs & kicks in a simple on-step exercise (Ippon-Kumite).

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Student will point out each of the below "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Top of the Head

Tento ten-toh

2. Solar Plexus

Suigetsu soo-ee-geh-soo

3. Groin

Kin-Teki kehn-teh-ee-kee

4. Instep

Kori koh-ree

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

1. Single Cross Lock #2)

Kata-Juji-Jime (Ni) kah-tah joo-jee jeemeh

2. Reverse Cross Lock (#2)

Gyaku-Juji-Jime (Ni) geeah-koo joo-jee jee-meh

3. Normal Cross Lock (#1)

Nami-Juji-Jime nah-mee joo-jee jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Modified Upper Quarters Hold (& Escapes) Kuzure Kami Shiho Gatame (Sho & Ni) koo-zoo-reh ka-meh shee-hoh gah-tah-meh

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Entangled Armlock

Ude Garami (Sho & Ni) oo-deh gah-rah-mee

2. Cross Armlock

Juji Gatame (Sho & Ni) joo-jee gah-tah-meh

3. Wrist Press

Tekubi Osae teh-koo-bee oh-sah eh

4. Wrist Wrapping Lock

Kote Mawashi ko-teh mah-wah-shee

UKEMI WAZA - Breakfalling Techniques:

Forward Jumping Fall Zempo Tobi Ukemi zehm-poh toh-bee oo-keh-mee

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Gathering Foot Sweep

Okuri Ashi Harai oh-koo-ree ah-shee hah-rahee

2. Body Drop Throw

Tai Otoshi tahee oh-toh-shee

3. Sweeping Hip Throw

Harai Goshi ha-ra-hee goh-shee

4. Inside Thigh Throw

Uchi Mata oo-chee-mah tah

5. Mountain Storm Throw

Yama Arashi yah-mah ah-rah-shee

6. Elbow Lock Throw

Tenbin Nage tehn-bihn nah-gee

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Improved ability on all previous Goshinjitsu requirements

  2. Full Nelson

  3. Head Lock

  4. Hair Grab

  5. Basic Counter to Osoto Gari (throw)

  6. Basic Counter to Ogoshi (throw)

  7. Ability to demonstrate "Step Dodge" - Kaishin (kahee-shen)

  8. Ability to demonstrate "Side Dodge" - Yoko Furimi (yoo-koh foo-ree-mee)

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NIKYU (Brown Belt - 2nd CLASS) Second Class:

General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Sankyu, six months.

General Knowledge:

  1. Improved ability to teach fundamental Ju-Jitsu skills.

  2. Write an essay (approx. 500 words) on the historical significance of the transition of Bu-Jutsu to Budo.

  3. Understand basic First Aid for common Dojo injuries.

  4. Japanese terminology for all techniques required.

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronounced

1. Standing Technique

Tachi Waza tah-chee wa-za

2. Hand Technique

Te Waza teh wah-zah

3. Hip Technique

Goshi Waza goh-shuh-ee wa-za

4. Leg Technique

Ashi Waza ah-shee wah-zah

5. Sacrifice Technique

Sutemi Waza soo-teh-mee wah-zah

6. Avoidance or Dodge Waza

Furimi Waza foo-ree-mee wah-zah

7. To Spring

Hane hah-neh

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

Ability to demonstrate basic breaking skills with Ate Waza for hand & elbow techniques. NOTE: Proper "focus" (kime) & technique at this level is the primary concern regarding breaking skills (tameshiwari).

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

1. Outside Crescent Kick

Soto Mikazuki Geri soh-toh mee-kah-zoo-kee geh-ree

2. Improved ability in all previous Geri Waza, with ability to teach fundamentals of any previously required Geri Waza.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

1. Crossed Hand Block

Yoko Juji Uke yo-koh ju-jee oo-keh

2. Improved ability in all previous Geri Waza, with ability to teach fundamentals of any previously required Uke Waza.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Student will point out each of the below "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Improved ability in all previous Atemi Waza.

2. Liver

Inazuma ee-na-zoo-ma

3. Spleen

Tsukikage Soo-kee-kah-geh

4. Abdomen

Myojo mee-oh-joh

5. Base of Throat

Hichu hee-choo

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

1. Single Cross Lock (method 3)

Kata-Juji-Jime (San) kah-tah joo-jee jee-meh

2. Reverse Cross Lock (method 3)

Gyaku-Juji-Jime (San) gee-ah-koo joo-jee jee-meh

3. Naked Chokelock (method 1 & 2)

Hadaka-Jime (Sho & Ni) hah-dah-kah jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Modified Side Quarters Hold Kuzure Yoko Shiho Gatame koo-zoo-reh yoh-koh shee-hoh gah-tah-meh

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Entangled Armlock (method 3)

Ude Garami (San) oo-deh gah-rah-mee

2. Cross Armlock (method 3)

Juji Gatame (San) joo-jee gah-tah-meh

3. Knee Lock Press

Hiza Kansetsu Osae hee-zah kahn-seh-su sahee

UKEMI WAZA - Breakfalling Techniques:

1. Improved ability in all previous Ukemi Waza.

2. Ability to teach all previous Ukemi Waza.

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Minor Outside Dash Throw

Ko Soto Gake koh-soh-toh-gah-keh

2. Pulling Hip Throw

Tsuri Goshi soo-ree-goh-shee

3. Side Body Drop Throw

Yoko Otoshi yoh-koh oh-toh-shee

4. Leg Wheel Throw

Ashi Guruma ah-shee goo-roo-mah

5. Entering Throw

Irime Nage ee-ree-me nah-geh

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Improved ability on all previous Goshinjitsu requirements

  2. Ability to demonstrate "Backward Dodge" (Sorimi) (sohree-mee)

  3. Ability to demonstrate "Pull-In Dodge" (Hikimi) (hee-kee-mee)

  4. Ability to demonstrate "Circular Dodge" (Ryusui) (roo-soo-ee)

  5. Front Kick

  6. Side Kick

RANDORI WAZA

Intermediate Randori skills (recommended as supplemental training).

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IKKYU (Brown Belt - 1st CLASS) First Class:

General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. No age requirement.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Nikyu, six months.

General Knowledge:

  1. Ability to explain & demonstrate primary important points in the study of Ju-Jitsu (form, balance, center of gravity, concentration of power, speed, rhythm, timing, lower abdomen & hip control, as well as discipline of training).

  2. Understand the importance of the development of character.

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronouced

1. Good Morning

Ohayo Gozaimasu oh-hahee-yoh goh-zahee-mahsoo

2. Good Afternoon

Konnichi Wa koh-nee-chi wah

3. Good Evening

Konban Wa kohn-bahn wah

4. How Are You?

Ikaga Desu Ka ee-kah gah dehsoo kah

5. Good Bye

Sayo Nara sahee-yoh nah-rah

6. Sorry

Gomennasai Goh-mehn-nah-saheei

7. Excuse Me or
    Pardon Me

Sumimasen Soo-meh mah-sehn

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Ate Waza.

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

  1. Improved ability in all previous Geri Waza.

  2. Ability to demonstrate basic breaking techniques with Geri Waza.

NOTE: Proper focus (kime) & technique (waza) at this level is the primary concern regarding tameshiwari.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Improved ability to demonstrate & to teach all previous Uke Waza.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Student will point out each of the below "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Improved ability in all previous Atemi Waza.

2. Wrist

Tekubi tay-koo-bee

3. Elbow

Hiji/Empi hee-jee/em-pee

4. Behind the Bottom of the Ears

Dokuko doh-koo-koh

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

1. Naked Choklock (methods 3 & 4)

Hadaka-Jime (San & Yon) hah-dah-hah jee-meh

2. Single Wing Lock (methods 1, 2 & 3)

Kataha-Jime (Sho San) kah-tah-ha jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

1. Improved ability in all previous Osae Waza.

2. Vertical Upper Quarters Hold

Tate Shiho Gatame (sho & ni) tah-teh shee-hoh gah-tah-meh

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Entangled Armlock (method 4)

Ude Garami (Yon) oo-deh gah-rah-mee

2. Cross Armlock (method 4)

Juji Gatame (Yon) joo-jee gah-tah-meh

3. Stomach Armlock

Ude Hara Gatame oo-deh hah-rah gah-tah-meh

UKEMI WAZA - Breakfalling Techniques:

Improved ability in all previous Ukemi.

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Springing Hip Throw

Hane Goshi hah-neh goh-shee

2. Sweeping Lifting Pulling Foot Throw

Harai Tsuri Komi Ashi hah-rahee soo-ree koh-mee ah-shee

3. Circle Throw

Tomoe Nage toh-moh-ah nah-geh

4. Shoulder Wheel Throw

Kata Guruma kah-tah goo-roo-mah

5. Waist Throw

Koshi Nage koh-shee nah-geh

6. Wheel Throw

Kaiten Nage kah-ee tehn nah-geh

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Improved ability on all previous Goshinjitsu requirements

  2. Ability to demonstrate "Jumping Retreat" (Tobi Sagari)

  3. Ability to demonstrate "Sliding Retreat" (Hiraki Sagari)

  4. Roundhouse Kick (2 ea)

  5. Turning Kick (2 ea)

  6. Club Attacks (3 ea)

KUMITE WAZA

Intermediate Kumite skills (recommended as supplemental training).

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SHODAN (Black Belt, 1st Degree) 1st Level - Advanced Student:

General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. Minimum age - 16 years old.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Ikkyu, 9 Months.

  7. Normal time in grade requirement as Ikkyu, 12-16 Months

General Knowledge:

  1. Understand the relationship between Ju-Jitsu & physical/mental fitness.

  2. Understand the USJJF Rank System with the significance of each belt level.

  3. Write an essay (approx. 500 words) on your personal goals & objectives as they relate to your study of US JU-JITSU.

  4. Understand Basic Resuscitation Techniques (Kappo).

General Terminology & Japanese Phases

English

Japanese

Pronouced

1. Please

Dozo or
Kudasai
doh-zoh
koo-dah-sahee

2. Where?

Doko doh-koh

3. Good

Yoroshee/Jozu yoh-roh-shee/joh zoo

4. I

Watashiwa Wah-tah koo shee

5. My, or Mine

Watakushi wah-tah koo-shee

6. You

Anatawa ah-nah-tah-wah

7. Here

Koko koh-koh

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

Improved ability in all previous Ate Waza.

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

Improved ability in all previous Geri Waza.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Improved ability in all previous Uke Waza.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Student will point out each of the below "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

1. Improved ability in all previous Atemi Waza.

2. Spine between the shoulder blades

Katsusatsu kah-soo-sah-soo

3. Kidney

Denko dehn-koh

4. Coccyx

Bitei bee-teh-ee

5. Calf

Kusazuri koo-sah-zoo-ree

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

1. Sliding Lapel Lock (methods 1 & 2)

Okuri-Eri-Jime (Sho & Ni) Oo koh ree eh ree jee meh

2. Hell Necklock

Jigoku-Jime jee-goh-koo jee-meh

3. Two Hand Necklock

Ryote Jime ree-yoh-teh jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

1. Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Osae Waza.

2. Vertical Upper Quarters Hold (method 3)

Tate Shiho Gatame (San) tah-teh shee-hoh gah-tah-meh

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Leg Armlock

Ude Ashi Gatame oo-deh ah-shee gah-tah-meh

2. Escapes for all Kansetsu Waza thru San-Kyu Requirements.

3. Ability to use Kansetsu Waza in Self-Defense applications.

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Corner Throw

Sumi Gaeshi soo-mee gah-eh-shee

2. Valley Drop

Tani Otoshi tah-nee oh-toh-shee

3. Springing Winding Pulling Throw

Hane Makikomi hah-neh-mah-kee-koh-mee

4. Scooping Throw

Sukui Nage soo-koo-ee na-geh

5. Entering Throw

Irimi Nage ee-ree-mee na-geh

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Improved ability on all previous Goshinjitsu requirements

  2. Ability to demonstrate "Full-Turn Dodge" (Zen Tenkan)

  3. Ability to demonstrate "Half-Turn Dodge" (Hon Tenkan)

  4. Basic Knife Defense (3ea)

  5. Basic Defense Techniques for Two Attackers

RANDORI WAZA

Advanced Randori skills (recommended as supplemental training). 

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NIDAN (Black Belt, 2nd Degree) 2nd Level - Advanced Student:

General Requirements:

  1. Sound moral character.

  2. Minimum age - 18 years old.

  3. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  4. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  5. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  6. Minimum time in grade requirement as Shodan, one years.

  7. Normal time in grade requirement as Shodan, 1-2 years.

General Knowledge:

  1. Understand US Ju-Jitsu as a Way of Life.

  2. Ability to explain "What is Ju-Jitsu" in a comprehensive manner.

  3. Write an essay (approx. 500 words) on Vital Point Techniques as related to Martial Arts (Budo).

General Terminology & Japanese Phases:

English

Japanese

Pronouced

1. What is it?

Nan Desu Ka nahn-dehs-kah

2. To The Right

Migi mee-gee

3. To The Left

Hidari hee-dah-ree

4. It's Straight Ahead

Masugu Saki Mah soo goo sah-kee

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Ate Waza.

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Geri Waza.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Uke Waza.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Atemi Waza.

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

1. Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Shime Waza.

2. Sliding Lapel Lock (methods 3 & 4)

Okuri-Eri-Jime (San & Yon) oh-koo-ree eh-ree jee-meh

3. Triangular Necklock (method 1)

Sankaku-Jime (Sho) sahn-kah-koo jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Osae Waza.

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

1. Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Kansetsu Waza.

2. Escapes for all Kansetsu Waza thru Ik-Kyu.

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Changing Hip Throw

Utsuri Goshi oo-soo-ree goh-shee

2. Major Wheel Throw

O Guruma oh goo-roo-mah

3. Outside Winding Pulling Throw

Soto Makikomi soh-toh ma-kee-koh-mee

4. Floating Body Drop Throw

Uki Otoshi oo-kee oh-toh-shee

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold or strike.)

  1. Improved ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Goshinjitsu requirements.

  2. Basic Gun Defense (3 ea)

  3. Multi-Attacker Defenses (3 ea)

  4. Basic Defenses from seated position (4 ea)

  5. Working knowledge and skill in the JJIF Form: NE-WAZA-JITSU-KATA

KUMITE WAZA

Advanced Kumite skills (recommended as supplemental training).

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SANDAN (Black Belt, 3rd Degree) 3rd Level - Advanced Student:

General Requirements:

  1. Be an Associate Teacher of US JU-JITSU.

  2. Minimum age - 20 years old.

  3. Sound moral character.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  5. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  6. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  7. Minimum time in grade requirement as Nidan, two years.

  8. Normal time in grade requirement as Nidan, 2-4 years.

General Knowledge:

  1. Extensive knowledge & understanding of the USJJF:

  2. Organization & Administration

  3. Purpose or Mission

  4. Primary Leaders

  5. Rank Policy

  6. Relationship with other Martial Arts and Organizations

WAZA - Techniques

Demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

Ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Ate Waza with strong technical skill.

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

Ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Geri Waza with strong technical skill.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Uke Waza with strong technical skill.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Student will point out each of the below "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

Ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Atemi Waza with strong technical skill.

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

1. Improved ability in all previous Shime Waza.

2. Sliding Label Lock (methods 5 & 6)

Okuri-Eri-Jime (Go & Roku) oh-koo-ree eh-ree jee-meh

3. Sleeve Wheel Necklock

Sode Guruma Jime soh-deh goo-roo-mah jee-meh

4. Triangular Necklock (methods 2 & 3)

Sankaku-Jime (Ni & San) sahn-kah-koo jee-meh

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Osae Waza with strong technical skill.

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

Ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Kansetsu Waza with strong technical skill.

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Outside Wheel Throw

Soto Guruma soh-toh goo-roo-mah

2. Floating Technique

Uki Waza oo-kee wah-zah

3. Side Body Separation

Yoko Wakare yoh-koh wah-kah-reh

4. Side Wheel Throw

Yoko Guruma yoh-koh goo-roo-mah

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold or strike.)

  1. Ability to demonstrate & teach all previous Goshinjitsu Waza with strong technical skill.

  2. Advanced Defenses from seated position (4 ea)

  3. Improved ability in the JJIF Form: NE-WAZA-JITSU-KATA

  4. Working knowledge and skill in the JJIF Form: E-BO-NO-KATA

RANDORI WAZA

Continued advanced Randori skills (recommended as supplemental training).

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YONDAN (Black Belt, 4th Degree) 4th Level - Skilled Technician:

General Requirements:

  1. Be an Associate Teacher of US JU-JITSU

  2. Minimum age - 25 years old.

  3. Sound moral character.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  5. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  6. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  7. Minimum time in grade requirement as Sandan, three years.

  8. Normal time in grade requirement as Sandan, 3-5 years.

Understand Advanced Theories of:

  1. Kawashi Waza (passing through your attacker) vs. Kuzushi Waza (Breaking your attackers balance).

  2. Write an essay (approx. 500 words) on the above topic.

WAZA - Techniques

Demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

Improved ability in demonstrating & teaching all previous Ate Waza.

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

Improved ability in demonstrating & teaching all previous Geri Waza.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Improved ability in demonstrating & teaching all previous Uke Waza.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

Improved ability in demonstrating & teaching all previous Atemi Waza.

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

Improved ability in demonstrating & teaching all previous Shime Waza.

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Improved ability in demonstrating & teaching all previous Osae Waza.

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

Improved ability in demonstrating & teaching all previous Kansetsu Waza.

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Rear Throw

Ura Nage oo-rah nah-geh

2. Backward Hip Throw

Ushiro Goshi oo-shee-roh goh-shee

3. Corner Body Drop Throw

Sumi Otoshi soo-mee oh-toh-shee

4. Side Dashing Throw

Yoko Gake yoh-koh gah-keh

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Students will demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Improved ability in demonstrating & teaching all previous Goshinjitsu

  2. Requirements.

  3. Improved ability in E-BO-NO-KATA.

KUMITE WAZA

Continued advanced Kumite skills (recommended as supplemental training).

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GODAN (Black Belt, 5th Degree) 5th Level - Skilled Technician:

General Requirements:

  1. Active Teacher & Leader of US JU-JITSU.

  2. Minimum age - 30 years old.

  3. Excellent moral character.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  5. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  6. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  7. Minimum time in grade requirement as Yondan, four years.

  8. Normal time in grade requirement as Yondan, 4-6 years.

Understand Advanced Theories of:

  1. Understand the "Warrior's Way of Strategy, The Way of Honor" (suggested text: Living The Martial Way by F.E. Morgan)

  2. Write an essay (approx. 1000 words) on the above topics.

WAZA - Techniques

Demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

  1. Improved ability in all previous Ate Waza.

  2. Strong Teaching Skills for Ate Waza.

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

  1. Improved ability in all previous Geri Waza.

  2. Strong Teaching Skills for Geri Waza.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

  1. Improved ability in all previous Uke Waza.

  2. Strong Teaching Skills for Uke Waza.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

  1. Improved ability in all previous Atemi Waza.

  2. Strong Teaching Skills for Atemi Waza.

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

  1. Improved ability in all previous Shime Waza (& escapes).

  2. Strong Teaching Skills for Shime Waza.

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

  1. Improved ability in all previous Osae Waza (& escapes).

  2. Strong Teaching Skills for Osae Waza.

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

  1. Improved ability in all previous Kansetsu Waza (& escapes).

  2. Strong Teaching Skills for Kansetsu Waza.

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Two-Hand Reap

Morote Gari moh-roh-teh gah-reh

2. One-Hand Drop

Kuchiki Taoshi koo-chee-kee tah-oh-shee

3. Heel Trip

Kibisu Gaeshi kee-bee-soo gah-eh-shee

4. Inner Thigh Reaping Throw Slip

Uchimata Sukashi oo-chee-mah-tah soo-kah-shee

5. Swallow Counter

Tsubame Gaeshi soo-bah-mee gah-eh-shee

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Demonstrate a self defense technique for each type of attack, "first for form" & "second with speed & power". Each technique will include block, escape or counter with take-down or throw & control hold.)

  1. Improved ability on all previous Goshinjitsu requirements

  2. Strong Teaching Skills for Goshinjitsu Waza.

  3. Working knowledge and skill in the JJIF Form:

  4. GOSHIN JITSU NO KATA

RANDORI WAZA

Continued advanced Randori skills (recommended as supplemental training).

KUMITE WAZA

Continued advanced Kumite skills (recommended as supplemental training).

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ROKUDAN (Black Belt, 6th Degree) Teacher Level: (SENSEI)

Note: Persons holding this rank are authorized to wear either the black belt or the red and white belt

General Requirements:

  1. Be an Active Teacher & Leader of US JU-JITSU.

  2. Minimum age - 35 years old.

  3. Outstanding moral character.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  5. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  6. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  7. Minimum time in grade requirement as Godan, five years.

  8. Normal time in grade requirement as Godan, 6-8 years.

Understand Advanced Theories of:

  1. Understand the "Way of Living", (suggested text: Living The Martial Way by F.E. Morgan)

  2. Write an essay (approx. 1000 words) on the above topic.

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

Expert demonstration & teaching skills in Ate Waza.

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

Expert demonstration & teaching skills in Geri Waza.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

Expert demonstration & teaching skills in Uke Waza.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

(Able to point out all "targets" and know the correct methods of striking the target areas.)

Expert demonstration & teaching skills in Atemi Waza.

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

Expert demonstration & teaching skills in Shime Waza (& escapes).

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

Expert demonstration & teaching skills in Osae Waza (& escapes).

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

Expert demonstration & teaching skills in Kansetsu Waza (& escapes).

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Large Outer Reaping Throw Counter

Osoto Gaeshi oh-soh-toh gah-eh-shee

2. Large Inner Reaping Throw Counter

Ouchi Gaeshi oh-oo-chee gah-eh-shee

3. Small Inner Reaping Throw Counter

Kouchi Gaeshi koh-oo-chee gah-eh-shee

4. Hip Spring Counter

Hane Goshi Gaeshi hah-neh goh-shee gah-eh-shee

5. Hip Sweep Counter

Harai Goshi Gaeshi hah-rehee goh-shee gah-eh-shee

6. Inner Thigh Reaping Throw Counter

Uchi Mata Gaeshi oo-chee mah-tah gah-eh-shee

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

(Demonstrate multiple self defense techniques for each type of attack, "with form, speed & power". Each technique will include block, escapes or counter with take-down or throw & control hold or strike.

  1. Improved ability in GOSHIN JITSU NO KATA

  2. Working knowledge of KIME NO KATA

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SHICHIDAN (Black Belt, 7th Degree) Senior Teacher Level: (SENSEI)

Note: Persons holding this rank are authorized to wear either the black belt or the red and white belt

General Requirements:

  1. Be an Active Senior Teacher & Leader of US JU-JITSU.

  2. Minimum age - 40 years old.

  3. Outstanding moral character.

  4. Regular dojo attendance and training.

  5. Member in good standing with the USJJF.

  6. Trained & examined by a certified USJJF Instructor/Examiner.

  7. Minimum time in Grade requirement as Rokudan, six years.

  8. Normal time in grade as Rokudan, 6-8 years.

Understand Advanced Theories of:

  1. Understand "Mastery of the Martial Way", " (suggested text: Living The Martial Way by F.E. Morgan)

  2. Write an essay (approx. 1000 words) on the above topics.

WAZA - Techniques

Students will demonstrate the following techniques:

ATE WAZA - Striking Techniques:

  1. Senior Expert Instructor of Ate Waza.

  2. Expert Skill in demonstrating all Ate Waza.

GERI WAZA - Kicking Techniques:

  1. Senior Expert Instructor of Geri Waza.

  2. Expert Skill in demonstrating all Geri Waza.

UKE WAZA - Blocking Techniques:

  1. Senior Expert Instructor of Uke Waza.

  2. Expert Skill in demonstrating all Uke Waza.

ATEMI WAZA - Vital Point Techniques:

  1. Senior Expert Instructor of Atemi Waza.

  2. Expert Skill in demonstrating all Atemi Waza.

SHIME WAZA - Choking Techniques:

  1. Senior Expert Instructor of Shime Waza (& escapes).

  2. Expert Skill in demonstrating all Shime Waza.

OSAE WAZA - Holding Techniques:

  1. Senior Expert Instructor of Osae Waza (& escapes).

  2. Expert Skill in demonstrating all Osae Waza.

KANSETSU WAZA - Joint Locking Techniques:

  1. Senior Expert Instructor of Kansetsu Waza (& escapes).

  2. Expert Skill in demonstrating all Kansetsu Waza.

NAGE WAZA - Throwing Techniques:

1. Scissors Throw

Kani Basami kah-nee bah-sah mee

2. One Leg Entanglement Throw

Kawazu Gake kah-wah-zoo gah-kee

3. Large Outside Winding Throw

Osoto Makikomi oh-soh-toh mah-kee-koh-meh

4. Inner Thigh Winding Throw

Uchi Mata Makikomi oo-chee mah-tah mah-kee-koh-meh

5. Hip Sweep Winding Throw

Harai Makikomi hah-rahee mah-kee-koh-mee

GOSHINJITSU - Self Defense Techniques:

  1. Senior Teacher of all USJJF Goshinjitsu.

  2. Improved ability of KIME NO KATA and all other JJIF/USJJF Kata.

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HACHIDAN (Black Belt, 8th Degree) Master Teacher Level: "National Leader of Ju-Jitsu":

Note: Persons holding this rank are authorized to wear either the black belt or the red and white belt

  1. Minimum time in Grade Requirement as Shichidan, seven years.

  2. Normal time in grade requirement as Shichidan, 9-11 years.

  3. Minimum age, 50 years old

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KUDAN (Black Belt, 9th Degree) "Grand Master": "International Leader of Ju-Jitsu":

Note: Persons holding this rank are authorized to wear either the black belt or the red belt

  1. Minimum time in Grade Requirement as Hachidan, eight years.

  2. Normal time in grade requirement as Hachidan, 12-14 years.

  3. Minimum age, 60 years old

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JUDAN (Black Belt, 10th Degree) "Grand Master": "World Leader of Ju-Jitsu":

Note: Persons holding this rank are authorized to wear either the black belt or the red belt

  1. Minimum time in Grade Requirement as Kudan, nine years.

  2. Normal time in Grade Requirement as Kudan, 13-16 years

  3. Minimum age, 70 years old.

Note: There are no technical requirements for these ranks. If the USJJF Central Technical Committee does not have knowledge of the technical ability of the candidate in question, he or she may be required to demonstrate the requirements for Shichidan. The USJJF Board of Directors must approve all promotions to these ranks. The primary requirements for 8th, 9th, and 10th Degree Black Belt are moral character and outstanding service to the USJJF and the American Martial Arts. Questions which the USJJF Central Technical Committee will discuss regarding candidates for these very high ranks are:

  1. Outstanding Moral Character. Is this person honest in word and deed? Does this person possess patience, compassion, courage, and all other virtues listed in the USJJF Character Development System?

  2. Outstanding Service. Has this person made original contributions to the theory of Ju-Jitsu, or in teaching Ju-Jitsu? Is this person actively teaching Ju-Jitsu? Is this person a National (&/or International) Leader in representing the USJJF? How many articles, manuals or books on US JU-JITSU has this person written?

  3. Outstanding Loyalty to the USJJF. Does this person constantly support the USJJF with "time, talent, & treasure"? Can this person be counted on in public to stand up for the Mission Statements of the USJJF?

  4. Does this person possess outstanding technique? Can he or she demonstrate all of the Rank Requirements of US JU-JITSU?

Note: Not all candidates will possess outstanding achievement in every area listed. Our Federation should be able to point to every Hachidan and higher rank and tell young people to model their actions and their character after these leaders.

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