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Sanwang Yi Ren Shu - (Lost Skill Art Ninjutsu)

SIHING-SENIOR STUDENT  ( 12 months study )

Dark Blue Sash - Blind    aprx 3-5 months - The student is blind to the knowedge and power of the system

Blue Sash    aprx 4-6 months  - Understanding how to flow like water

Green Sash - Ground  aprx 5-6 months   -  Understanding how to move at all levels

SIDAI-JUNIOR STUDENT    ( 18 Months study )

Yellow Sash - Being Aware - 15 - 18 months   -   Knowing when to attack

TODAI - SIFU's STUDENTS (s)  ( 12 to 24 Months study )

 Orange Sash - Chi - 20 to 24 Months  -  Understanding the power of your chi and how to use it in the system   

Red Sash - Attack - 12 Months  - ( Private )  -  Knowing the power of the art and knowing when and when not to use it

White Sash - Pure - 12 Months - ( Private ) - The student fully understands the basics of the art.

INSTRUCTOR LEVELS   (PRIVATE) ( Must be 18 years of age or older )

SIFU - Teacher and the master of a school
5 - 8  Year  Study  - ( Must be no less then 20 years old  )

SIGUNG - Grand teacher
8 - 12 Year Study  -  ( Must be no less then 27 years old )

SITAIGUNG - Great-grand teacher
12 - 15 Study - ( Must be no less then 35 years old )

Sijo: Founder

Bujinkan Ninjutsu

9TH KYU REQUIREMENTS- Beginner's Level 1
Building your foundation. Learn the proper Ninjutsu bowing-in procedures, how to tie your belt, how to warm up & stretch before training & the basic standing postures of Seiza, Hira & Ichimonji no kamae. This tape teaches you basic forward & backward rolls and breakfalls (how to go to the ground without getting hurt) as well as the basic punches and kicks of Ninjutsu. Covers how to be out of the way of attacks with proper evasion by using your body effectively. You値l begin learning the Sanshin no kata, a set of 5 elemental movement forms which teach very important principles of movement and feeling. At 9th Kyu level you値l learn the basic Chi or earth feeling form of the Sanshin. Intro Level - Basic Body conditioning, Belt tying, Bowing, Movement Basics, Natural Postures of Shizen, Seiza & Ichimonji, Earth Form, Evasion, Rolling, Basic Punching and Kicking

8TH KYU REQUIREMENTS- Beginner's Level 2
The focus of this tape is taihenjutsu or basic falling, leaping & evasion skills. The foundation for all of the more advanced techniques you will learn rests upon your ability to move fluidly and go to the ground without fear. In 8th Kyu you値l work more on your rolling & body movement skills as well as adding the postures of Hoko, Doko & Jumonji no kamae. You値l learn Omote & Ura Gyaku (inside and outside basic wrist grabs & reversals) as well as Tehodoki (basic wrist escapes) & basic Hanbo (3 ft staff) movements. Continuing the Sanshin no kata you値l learn the basic Sui or water feeling form movement. At 8th kyu you will be introduced to the Kihon Happo movements, the fundamental ways of moving upon which our art and most all of the martial arts are based. From this level on up you will need a partner to work out with. Ichimonji no kata is the first movement drill you will learn from the Kihon Happo. Wrist grabs - Locks and escapes, Cartwheels, Weapon- Hanbo (3ft wooden staff), Water form, Being a training partner (Uke), Blocks, Escape from grabs, Striking techniques. Jumonji, Hoko and Doko No Kamae.

7TH KYU REQUIREMENTS - Beginner痴 Level 3
Emphasis at this level is on having more flowing body movement with less effort. You need to be able to go to the ground effectively and be able to take your partner off balance using your body movement rather than muscle. You値l learn side rolls, more advanced back rolls, standing, forward, backward & sideways breakfalls. The postures of Kosei, Hicho & Ihen no kamae are covered as well as Shuto (cupped hand) strikes & backward and sideways kicks. More punching drills, Kihon Happo & the Sanshin forms of Ka (fire) & Fu (wind) as well as the Gyaku Waza (wrist reversals) techniques of Omote Oni Kudaki & Hon Gyaku. Basic tanto (knife) techniques are also covered. Advanced Rolling methods, Breakfalls, Kicks, Fire & Wind feeling forms (SanShin), Beginning grappling (Kihon Happo), Knife understanding attacks, Postures: Ihen, Kosei, & Hicho, Posture flow drill, Oni-kudaki.

6TH KYU REQUIREMENTS - Intermediate Level 4
At this level in your taihenjutsu (body movement skills) you should be able to roll without using your hands so that you can either pick up a weapon or take down an attacker as you are rolling. This tape covers how to do this as well as Shiho Tenchi Tobi (4-way leaping skills), Shiho Geri (4-way kicking) and Sokoyaku Ken (heel/sole foot dance). You値l learn the last set of the Sanshin no kata, the Ku or void feeling form. From the Kihon Happo you値l practice the Jumonji no kata (crossed hand posture movement drill) & Musha Dori. The Kusari fundo,a weighted chain, is the weapon focus for this level (we always use a rope version for safety when training with a partner). The importance of meditation & diet are covered as well. Leaping skills in several directions, Thumb striking, Void feeling form, Medium level Grappling, Weapon -Kusari Fundo- (Rope/Chain) techniques, Advanced kicking including 4-way (Shiho tenchi Tobi). Meditation, Diet, More Kihon Happo.

5TH KYU REQUIREMENTS - Intermediate Level 5
The focus at this level is learning the Kihon Happo movements with efficiency and knowledge of the Japanese names for each technique. This level is a major step and accuracy as well as good body flow is a must. Advanced kicking & punching methods practiced while going to the ground as well as Muto Dori Gata (empty handed sword evasion forms) are on this tape. You値l learn how to strike using the Boshi Ken (thumb fist) & Shako Ken (claw fist), and to kick using Kakushi Geri & Sampo Geri forms. Continuing the Kihon Happo you値l learn Hicho no kata (flying bird form movement drill) and Ganseki Nage (beginning throwing forms). Basic grappling forms are also covered at this level and the weapon focus for this level is Shuriken (throwing stars).Sword evasion forms, Medium level Grappling (Kihon Happo), Body grab escapes, Shuriken techniques, Beginning throws (Nage), advanced kicking and punching methods also done while falling.

3RD KYU REQUIREMENTS - Intermediate Level 7
At this point in your training your attention should be on your partner痴 body & the effects that your movement & technique have on your partner. This tape reviews the importance of this as well as introducing the sword, including how to hold it, 10 different sword kamae (postures) and the basic movements and cuts from each of the 10 postures. Advanced Taisabaki (body evasion) is covered on this tape, paying specific attention to distancing & timing, as well as advanced Ganseki Nage (throwing forms), power moves & damaging blows to crush your opponent. Sword postures (10 different kamae) , basic movement and cutting from each one, Throwing skills of ganseki forms, Silent movement, using nature, Fist and body harmony, power moves, damaging blows crush your opponent.

2ND KYU REQUIREMENTS- Advanced Level 8
This level focuses on advanced falling, leaping, and evasion skills. Kuten (front handspring), Noburi kata (climbing trees, buildings, poles), and Suwari gata (kneeling forms): wrist grabs, reversals, throws and kicks from a kneeling position are shown. You値l learn five new strikes: Shuki ken (hand start fist), Sakki ken (foot start fist), Shishin ken (finger needle strike) and Happa ken (eight leaf fist) as well as Tai ken, the use of the whole body as a fist. Koppo jutsu or bone attacks and Shime waza go kata (the five strangle hold/choking techniques) are also taught on this tape. Weapon focus on this video is the proper use of Shuko (hand claws) and Kenjutsu Shinobi Iai the art of properly drawing a sword. Discussion on using dreams as insight into things that are happening in your life. Choking and strangulation holds, Knee and elbow strikes, Bone attacks, Climbing trees skills, How to draw a Sword several ways, Fighting from sitting and kneeling, Hand claws, Dream work.

1ST KYU REQUIREMENTS- Advanced Level 9
This tape covers Stealth movement and Gotonpo (body concealment methods using nature to escape). Koshijutsu (organ and muscle attacks) are taught using points on the wrists, arms, shoulders, throat, face, back, chest and legs etc. Advanced throwing variations (henka) from the Kihon Happo movements of Ura Gyaku, Omote Gyaku, Musha Dori and Ganseki Nage are shown as well as Koshi nage (hip throws), Itami nage (pain throws) and a rare demonstration of Kuki nage (throwing without touching your opponent by using energy and intent only- no body contact). Weapon focus is the Kyoketsu shoge (long rope with circular ring on one end and a double bladed dagger on the other) and how to use Metsubushi (blinding powder). Stealth, Escaping from danger using nature (Gotonpo), Advanced throws (Nage waza), Organ and muscle attacks of Koshijutsu, Variations of advanced grappling forms, Rare Shoge weapon, Metsubushi blinding powders.

Knife and gun disarms, how to deal with multiple attackers, Kihon Happo reversing and countering techniques as well as natural taijutsu (body movement) with a gun. Breaking body balance, flowing from technique to technique, capturing the essence of the techniques, and getting your life to work for you are all covered on this video tape. If you have really been practicing, by this level of your training your life should be very different than when you first started training. You will be more confident, more relaxed and generally a happier, more aware, and more conscious human being. Now you are ready to really train! Knife and gun disarms, Handling multiple attackers, Reversing/countering techniques, Natural Gun shooting, breaking body balance, flowing technique to technique, capturing the feeling, Randori.
After learning a very solid overview of the nine traditions that make up the teachings of the Bujinkan Dojo you will begin to explore the actual school (know as Ryu) material in a more in depth way by studying the deeper principles and partner exchange forms called waza. Unlike a Kata which is performed by oneself to perfection. Wazas are interactive drills that are done with at least 2 persons both in a formal way and with many variations so that the principles of the school can also be learned. Wazas also help you learn timing, distancing, and eventually true budo protection methods. Each of the 9 schools have their own focuses and attributes and may favor certain weapons.

Nidan Level Training
2nd degree Black Belt training includes Kosshijutsu study of the principles and Gyokko ryu wazas of Jo Ryaku no maki, Churaku no maki and Geryaku/Mutodori gedan plus 29 Kukishinden Ryu Hanbojutsu, Shoden/Chuden/Okuden level wazas.

Sandan Level Training
3rd degree Black Belt training includes principles and wazas of Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu, Ten & Chi No Maki, Shizen Shikoku No Kata Jutaijutsu, Shoden Gata/Juroku Gata/Chuden/Okuden levels and from Kukishinden Ryu: Rokushakubojutsu - Shoden, Chuden, Okuden, Kuden levels

Yondan Level Training
4th degree Black Belt training includes principles and wazas of Takagi Yoshin Jutaijutsu including Shoden No Kata/Chuden No Sabakigata/Chuden No Tai No Gata/Okuden No Kata levels and Eri Shimegata, Moguri levels.
Kukishinden Ryu: Yari Jutsu, Kodachi, Muto Dori

Godan Level Training
5th Degree Blackbelt training includes principles and wazas of Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
Shoden -Chuden-Okuden - Hekuto No Kata. Daishosabaki - Bokuden Ryu
Shiken Gata Shodan thru Kudan levels
At this time all 5th degree (Godan) tests must be taken in Japan with Soke Masaaki Hatsumi

Rokudan Level Training
6th degree Black Belt training includes principles and wazas of Kukishinden Ryu
Dakentaijutsu including the Shoden / Chuden / Sabaki Gata / Okuden No Kata / Shirabe Moguri Gata levels. Weapon is Naginata and Roikumiuchi.

Nanadan Level Training
7th degree Black Belt training includes principles and wazas of Togakure Ryu Happo Hiken Kenpo- Itto giri / Kakushi Iai Sanpo / Ukemi gata / Shinobi Iai Happo Sabaki Happo Bikenjutsu Level 1. Specialties / Ninpo

Hachidan Level Training
8th degree Black Belt training is Juppo Sessho and includes wazas of Kukishinden Jojutsu - Shoden Koshiki Gata - Kjui no ho, Kutsu no ho (Joruku gata) Happo Bikenjutsu Level 2
plus Jutte and Bisento -

Kudan Level Training
9th degree Black Belt training includes the basic understanding of Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu principles / Jutaijutsu Jodan No Kurai Tehodoki and Taihodoki Kukishinden Ryu:
Tessen Jutsu Happo Bikenjutsu level 3 Budo Taijutsu Weapons Ura Waza

Judan Level Training
10th degree Black Belt training includes the understanding of Budo Taijutsu Ura Waza principles Happo Bikenjutsu Level 4 and a personal choice of a deep spiritual practice. Take a look at Gyokushin Ryu principles.

Judan has 5 Grade levels
10th Dan Judan
10th Dan Judan Chigyo Happo Biken
10th Dan Judan Suigyo Happo Biken
10th Dan Judan Kagyo Happo Biken
10th Dan Judan Fugyo Happo Biken
10th Dan Judan Kugyo Happo Biken
The 5 advanced levels of Judan are awarded by Soke Hatsumi at his discretion.
While really incorrect they are often referred to 11th to 15th dan, even by Soke Hatsumi as it became easier to say

 Koga Ryu Ninjutsu Belt System


(No level) MU-KYU aprx.2-3 Months
(7th) NANA-KYU (White) aprx.2-3 Months
(6th) ROKU-KYU (Yellow) aprx.5-6 Months
(5th) GO-KYU (Orange) aprx.5-6 Months
(4th) YON-KYU (Green) aprx .5-6 Months
(3rd) SAN-KYU (Blue) aprx .5-6 Months
(2nd) NI-KYU (Red) aprx .5-6 Months
(1st) IK-KYU (Brown) aprx.7-9 Months


(1st) SHODAN - aprx.7-9 Months (Instructor) Sensei
(2nd) NIDAN - (aprx. 1 Year) 12-14 Months (Instructor) Sensei
(3rd) SANDAN - (aprx. 2 year) 24-26 Months (Instructor) Renshi
(4th) YONDAN - (aprx. 3 year) 36-38 Months (Instructor) Renshi
(5th) GODAN - (aprx. 4 year) 48-50 Months (Master Instructor) Shidoshi/Shihan
(6th) ROKUDAN - (aprx. 5 year) 60-62 Months (Master Instructor) Shidoshi/Shihan
(7th) NANADAN - (aprx. 6 year) 72-74 Months (Master Instructor) Shidoshi/Shihan
(8th)HATCHIDAN - (aprx. 7 year) 84-86 Months (Master Instructor) Shidoshi/Shihan
(9th) KUDAN - (aprx. 8 year) 96-98 Months (Master Instructor) Shidoshi/Shihan
(10th) JUDAN - (Master Instructor) Soke/Shihan