Friday, February 27, 2015

Ranking Systems in Modern Budo


Found in Richard Kim’s “The Weaponless Warriors”, As this does not seem to be shared on the interner, in the interest of understanding how ranking systems developed I am sharing this.

 

RANKING SYSTEM IN MODERN BUDO

Adopted by F.A.J.K.O., on March 27, 1971.

 

Ranks
Age
Title
Ju-Dan (10th) over 10 years arter Ku-Dan
70 years or over
*HANSHI over 15 years after Kyoshi 55 years old or over
Ku-Dan (9th) 10 years after Hachi-Dan
60 years or over
*HANSHI over 15 years after Kyoshi 55 years old or over
Hachi-Dan (8th) over 8 years after Shichi-Dan
50 years or over
*KYOSHI over 10 years after Renshi 40 years old or over
Shichi-Dan (7th) 7 years after Roku-Dan
42 years or over
*KYOSHI over 10 years after Renshi 40 years old or over
Roku-Dan (6th) over 5 years after Go-Dan
35 years or over
*RENSHI over 2 years after 5th Dan 35 years old or over
Go-Dan (5th) over 3 years after Yo-Dan
under 35 years
*RENSHI over 2 years after 5th Dan 35 years old or over
Yo-Dan (4th) over 3 years after San Dan
under 35 years
*RENSHI over 2 years after 5th Dan 35 years old or over
San-Dan (3rd) over 3 years after Ni-Dan
under 35 years
No Formal Title
Ni-Dan (2nd) over 1 year after Sho-Dan
under 35 years
No Formal Title
Sho-Dan (1st) at least three years
under 35 years
No Formal Title
Ikkyu (1st Brown)
no age specified
KYU
Nikyu (2nd Brown)
no age specified
(below brown identified by
Sankyu (3rd Brown)
no age specified
different colors) * However,
Yonkyu (4th class)
no age specified
all kyus are considered
Gokyu (5th class)
no age specified
white relative to the black belt.
Rokkyu (6th class)
no age specified

 

*TITLES:: May not be given irrespective of how high the rank; awarded for exceptional achievement and outstanding character.

 

** F.A.J.K.O. – Federation of All Japan Karate-Do Organizations.

 
Thank you to Mario McKenna who provided me assistance locating this material.

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