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The Grading System
of Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu

The Menkyo System
The "Menkyo (License) System" was the system of grading martial artists prior to the founding of Kodokan Judo by Jigoro Kano in 1882. Kano reorganized to the "Dan System," as we know it today. Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu, founded in 1650 and passed down from father to son ever since, did not change and today still awards grades according to the "Menkyo System" as follows:

GRADE

EQUIVALENT

Sho-Mokuroku

1st Degree Black Belt

Ni-Mokuroku

2nd Degree Black Belt

San-Mokuroku

3rd Degree Black Belt

Yon-Mokuroku

4th Degree Black Belt

Go-Mokuroku

5th Degree Black Belt

Roku-Mokuroku

6th Degree Black Belt

Shichi-Mokuroku

7th Degree Black Belt

Kuraizume

No Equivalent

Menkyo

No Equivalent

Grades

Kyu's 10-1

Mokuroku 1-9

10. Jukyu........white belt

1. Sho-mokuroku...black belt 1st degree

9. Kukyu.........white belt

2. Ni-mokuroku...black belt 2nd degree

8. Hachikyu.....white belt

3. San-mokuroku...black belt 3rd degree

7. Shichikyu....white belt

4. Yon-mokuroku...black belt 4th degree

6. Rokyu.........green belt

5. Go-mokuroku...black belt 5th degree

5. Gokyu.........green belt

6. Roku-mokuroku...black belt 6th degree

4. Yonkyu.......green belt

7. Shichi-mokuroku...black belt 7th degree

3. Sankyu.......brown belt

8. Kuraizume...black belt

2. Nikyu..........brown belt

9. Menkyo...black belt*

1. Ikkyu..........brown belt

 

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.

Grade Requirements of the New York Seibukan

  • Ku-Kyu (9th Kyu):
    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:
1.Ippon Kumite
2.Goshin-Waza
3.Kansetsu-Waza
4.Shime-Waza
5.Ukemi-Waza
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.

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