The Kobujutsu Kai sets the standards for the material taught by its various Dojo. In an effort to establish a little uniformity across the Association the following Membership and Time guidelines have been established.
Children and today's society represent a challenge for our profession. So, in order to increase our appeal (and help with student retention while undercutting the diploma mills), we have instituted a system designed to excite them. These
Ranks are not Kyu or Dan Ranks. They are simply colored belts designating a child's progress at the Dojo (training hall). Once a child reaches the age of fifteen, they may start fulfilling the Rank Requirements for Kyu grades leading up to Shodan.
Green (6 months to 1 year)
Brown (1 year to 2 years)
1st Black (1 1/2 - 2 years)
2nd Black (2 - 3 years)
3rd Black (3 - 4 years)
Ranks are suggestions. The time limits in the "Black" Belts are arbitrary and only a suggestion. It is up to the individual Shihans to determine what is best for them.
Yellow (8th Kyu) Hachikyu
Orange (7th Kyu) Nanakyu
Purple (6th Kyu) Rokkyu
Blue (5th Kyu) Gokyu
Green (4th Kyu) Yonkyu
3rd Brown (3rd Kyu) Sankyu
2nd Brown (2nd Kyu) Nikyu
Black (1st Kyu) Ikkyu
|Dan||Color||Stripe||Min. Age||Yrs of Study||Yrs Dan||Instructing License|
|Shodan||Black||¾ inch silver||16||4||n/a||Assistant Instructor|
|Nidan||Black||1 inch silver||17||5||1||Assistant Instructor|
|Sandan¹||Black||1½ inch silver||19||7||3||Shihandai|
|Yondan||Black||¾ inch gold||22||10 (Shihan)²||6||Shihan|
|Godan||Black||1 inch gold||25||13 (Shihan)²||9||Shihan|
|Rokudan||Black||1½ inch gold||30||15 (Renshi)²||12||Shihan|
|Nanadan||Red||¾ inch gold||35||20 (Kyoshi)²||15||Daishihan|
|Hachidan||Red||¾ inch gold||40||24 (Kyoshi)²||20||Daishihan|
|Kudan||Red||1½ inch gold||55||39 (Hanshi)²||35||Daishihan|
|Judan||Red||1½ inch gold||62||45 (Hanshi)²||40||Saikou Shihan|
¹After Sandan, only one, of the Minimums may be violated. ²Title Ranks.
It is the policy of the Association that RKKKR Certified Shihan, Renshi, and Kyoshi should operate their own unsupervised dojo. However, Gakusha Instructors (Shodan through Sandan), should, only teach under direct supervision of their Shihan, Renshi, or Kyoshi instructor.