Niseido® Ju Jitsu Ranking System

The Niseido Ju Jitsu ranking system is very uncomplicated. There are six kyu grades and ten dan grades. Age is an important factor in the Niseido ranking system.

There are no Black Belts under the age seventeen. There are no Ikyu Brown Belts under the age of fourteen. Instructors, no matter what their rank, may only issue rank up to Ikyu independent of the Niseido Ju Jitsu Board of Advisors. All rank must be commensurate with the recipients age. We believe that a person in their 20’s has yet to master the basic elements of life let alone a martial art. “Only with age and time together, come truth and wisdom.”

Niseido® Ju Jitsu Grading System

Niseido students are expected to be proficient with a variety of techniques, that will encompass the following categories:

  • Nage Waza (throwing techniques),
  • Gatame Waza (ground fighing techniques),
  • Shime Waza (strangulation techniques), Kensetsu Waza (joint manipulation techniques),
  • Goshinjutsu (self defense application of above techniques), and,
  • various types of Kumite (fighting).

Kumite will include ground fighting, Randori (Judo style throwing competition), and free sparring. Goshinjutsu trains the student to respond to full speed realistic attacks such as knife, gun, club, stick, bat, choke, punches, kicks, and grabs.

The requirements become increasingly more advanced with each new rank, and with the more basic techniques, a higher proficiency is expected as the student matures in rank.

Kyu Ranks Under Black Belt

Children’s Ranking

Adult Ranking

Rokyu White Belt Rokyu White Belt
Gokyu Yellow Belt Gokyu Yellow Belt
Yonkyu Orange Belt Yonkyu Green Belt
Sankyu Blue Belt Sankyu Purple Belt
Nikyu Purple Belt Nikyu Brown Belt
Ikyu None under age 14 Ikyu Brown Belt
Shodan Candidate None under age 16 Shodan Candidate Brown Belt w/Black Stripe

Blackbelt Ranking System

Shodan,
1st Degree Black Belt
A minimum age requirement of 17 years, with a minimum of three years of continous study.
Nidan,
2nd Degree Black Belt
A minimum age requirement of 20 years, with a minimum of six years of continous study.
Sandan,
3rd Degree Black Belt
A minimum age requirement of 23 years, with a minimum of three years as a Nidan and ten years of continuous study and teaching which has produced at least one student of Shodan level.
Yondan,
4th Degree Black Belt
A minimum age requirement of 28 years, with a minimum of three years as Sandan with fourteen years of continuous study and a teaching which has produced several students of Shodan level and at least one of Nidan level.
Godan,
4th Degree Black Belt
A minimum age requirement of 30 years, with a minimum of sixteen years of continuous study and teaching. The title “Master Instructor” may be conferred at this time.
Shihan/Professor – Rokudan,
6th Degree Black Belt
A minimum age requirement of 35 years, with a minimum of twenty years of continuous study and teaching.
Shichidan,
7th Degree Black Belt thru Judan 10th Degree Black Belt
Will be determined as the need for such high rank arises. However, while possible, it is unlikely that there will ever be more than one 9th or 10th Degree Black Belt at any one time. That decision will be left solely to the founder.
Note: All ranking above 5th Degree Black Belt is considered administrative and may only be awarded by a vote of the Board of Professors. All ranking in Niseido Ju Jitsu is issued in the name of the Niseido Ju Jitsu Federation, and may be withdrawn and/or revoked by the federation anytime with or without reason or cause.
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