The Grading System
The Menkyo System
NOTE: *Although instructors in Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu normally wear black belts, on special occasions the grade of “Menkyo” (the equivalent to Menkyo Kaiden in other systems) may wear a red belt.
Student must know basic punch & block and leg & body exercises, falling techniques, and begin to assimilate into the class format. Hachi-Kyu (8th Kyu):
In addition to the above, Student must know first 6 throws. Shichi-Kyu (7th Kyu):
Student must know first 13 throws on the right side and practice first 6 throws on the left side. Ro-Kyu (6th Kyu)--Green Belt:
Know first 21 throws on the right side and practice first 13 on left side. Go-Kyu (5th Kyu)--Green Belt:
Know first 29 throws on the right side and practice first 21 on left side. Yon-Kyu (4th Kyu)--Green Belt:
Know first 35 throws on the right side and practice first 29 on left side. San-Kyu (3rd Kyu)--Brown Belt:
Know all 42 throws on the right side and practice first 35 on left side. Ni-Kyu (2nd Kyu)--Brown Belt:
All 42 throws on the left and right sides and 24 of the 48 Sosuishi-ryu Kata. Ik-Kyu (1st Kyu)--Brown Belt:
All 42 throws on left and right sides and all 48 Sosuishi-ryu Kata. Sho-Mokuroku--1st Degree Black Belt:
Perfection of all of the above to standard.
The above grade requirements are just a guide. Students must also be proficient in the following for their respective grade:
6.Terminology Students are judged and graded on an individual basis, as the Martial Arts are an individual strive for perfection. No two students' training/ proficiency are alike. As students increase in grade, they are judged more on attitude, courtesy and demeanor.
Decisions in regard to grade are ultimately made by the chief instructor, as his decision is final. NOTE: These are the requirements for the New York Seibukan. This may vary slightly, from one Dojo to another. There are no testing or promotion fees!