Yu ko ryu judo Rank Requirements

Recommendation for promotion may be made by any instructor or member in good standing who holds at least the recommended rank.

Batsugun:

For ranks up to Godan, If a Judoka wins by ippon six 3 minute matches in a row with competitors of equal or higher rank, then the time in grade requirement will be waived.

Substitution for time in grade:

Contest points and Service points accumulated since last promotion may be substituted for time in grade at YKR’s discretion.


Junikyu                    Age 13 or less           White Belt

Accepted into Judo class

agreement to follow all teacher and class rules

maintain good hygiene and attendance

Knowledge: Judo is a combative sport and must be practiced with care and only on the mat

Juikyu                       Age 13 or less          White Belt/1 stripe

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and passed all lower rank requirements

Experience: Minimum time in Judo 1 month

Knowledge: History and motto of Judo

Terminology: dojo, sensei, judogi, obi, tatami, ukemi, tachi waza, ne waza, kyotsuke, seisa, rei, joseki

Demonstration Tying the obi and proper wearing and folding of judogi

Ukemi Waza; koho, yoko, zempo

Yu Ko Ryu patch sewn on left front chest of judogi

Jukyu                        Age 13 or less          White Belt/2 stripes

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and passed all lower rank requirements

Experience: Minimum time in Judo 2 months, Randori with classmates

Knowledge: Color and order of rank insignia for age group, Meaning of Yu Ko Ryu and our logo

Terminology: Kusushi, Tsukuri, Kake, Uke, Tori, Uchi Komi, Count to 10 in Japanese

Demonstration: De Ashi Harai, Hon Kesa Gatame, Kuzure Kesa Gatame

Kukyu                     Age 13 or less                      14 to 16

                                    Yellow belt                           White Belt

Minimum time in Judo 4 months

Accepted into Judo class

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and passed all lower rank requirements

Experience: Randori with classmates

Knowledge: Philosophy of Judo

Terminology: shihai, Ippon, wazari, yuko, osaekomi, toketa, matte, hajime, soremade

Rules of scoring in shihai

Demonstration: Hiza Guruma, Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi Kata Gatame, Kami Shiho Gatame, Kuzure Kami Shiho Gatame

(Age 13 and over) Nami Jujijime, Gyaku Jujijime, Kata Jujijime

Hachikyu              Age 13 or less                         14 to 16

                                     Yellow Belt/1 stripe          Orange

Minimum time in Judo 6 months

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and passed all lower rank requirements

Experience: Shihai (at home dojo)

Knowledge:

Terminology: Nage Waza, Katme Waza, Shime Waza, Kansetsu Waza

Demonstration Uki Goshi, O Soto Gari Yoko Shiho  Gatame, Tate Shiho Gatame, Sankaku Gatame

(Age 13 and over) Hadaka Jime, Okuri Eri jime, Kata Ha Jime, Katate Jime, Ryote Jime

Shichikyu

                                      Age 13 or less                          14 to 16

                                     Yellow Belt/2 stripes          Orange/1 stripe

Minimum time in Judo 8 months

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Shihai (outside home dojo with one win)

Knowledg; Terminology: Yudansha, Mudansha, Shihan, Hanshi, Te Waza, Ashi Waza, Koshi Waza

Demonstration: O Goshi, O Uchi Gari, Seoi Nage

(Age 13 and over) Sode Guruma Jime, Sankaku Jime

Rokyu                        Age 13 or less                14 to 16                                          17 or over

                                       Orange                               Orange Belt/2 stripes          White Belt

Minimum time in Judo 10 months

Accepted into Judo class

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience:

          Under age 17: Shihai (one win with Nage Waza in open event)

Knowledge:

          Terminology: Onegai Shimasu, Arigato Gozaimashita

Demonstration: Ko Soto Gari, Ko Uchi Gari, Koshi Guruma

Gokyu                    Age 13 or less                                 14 and over 

                                   Orange Belt/1 stripe                  Green Belt                         

Minimum time in Judo 12 months

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Shihai (in open event, Ippon by Nage Waza)

Knowledge:

          Terminology: Ayumi Ashi, Tsuri Ashi, Shizen Tai, Jigo Tai, Kata

Demonstration: Tsurikomi Goshi, Okuri Ashi Harai, Tai Otoshi

Yonkyu                Age 13 or less                          14 to 16                                    17 or over

                                   Orange/2 stripes                  Green Belt/1 stripe         Purple Belt

Minimum time in Judo 14 months

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Shihai (participation in 3 open events)

Knowledge: Differences between Judo, Jujitsu, and Karate

Demonstration: Harai Goshi, Uchi Mata

Sankyu               Age 13 or less                     14 to 16                              17 or over

                                 Greene Belt                          Blue Belt                          Brown Belt

Minimum time in Judo 12 months

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Shihai (participation in 4 open events winning at least half of the total matches)

Knowledge: Color and order of all age groups’ obis

Demonstration: Ko Soto Gake, Tsuri Goshi, Yoko Otoshi, Ashi Guruma (uke and tori)

Nikyu                  Age 13 or less                      14 to 16                                 17 or over

                                Blue Belt                                 Purple Belt                        Brown Belt

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Minimum time in Judo 18 months

Demonstration: Hane Goshi, Harai Tsurikomi Ashi, Tomoe Nage, Kata Guruma

Ikyu                   Brown Belt

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Minimum time in Judo 20 months

Demonstration: Sumi Gaeshi, Tani Otoshi, Hane Makikomi, Sukui Nage

Shodan           Black Belt

Age 14 or over

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Minimum time in Judo 24 months

Shihai (placed by wins in one open event in Mudansha section)

Knowledge:

          Atemi Waza: Seiken, Uraken, Tetsui, Shuto, Haito, Nukite, Shotei, Keiko, Koken, Hiza, Hiji, Kakato, Chusoku, Sokuto, Haisoku

          Ushiro Geri, Yoko Geri, Mae Geri, Hiza Geri, Kin Geri Hiji Ate, Seiken Tsuki, Shuto Ate, Tetsui Ate, Haito Ate, Yubi Tsuki

          Seiken Uke, Shuto Uke, Shotei Uke

          Kyusho: Tendo, Uto, Kasumi, Doko, Jinchu, Kachikake, Suigetsu, Denko, Getsui, Tsurigame, Shitsu

Demonstration:

          Utsuri Goshi, O Guruma, Soto Makikomi, Uki Otoshi Ude Garami, Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame, Ude Hishigi Ude Gatame

Nidan           Black Belt

Time in grade as Shodan, 1 year

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Improved skill in randori with lower ranks

Knowledge: Teaching and learning styles for Judo

Primacy/Recency Theory

Demonstration: Osoto Guruma, Uki Waza, Yoko Wakare, Yoko Guruma Ude Hishigi Hiza Gatame, Ude Hishigi Waki Gatame,

          Ude Hishigi Hara Gatame

Self Defense: attacker with knife, attacker with hand gun

Kata: Goshin Jutsu

Sandan          Black Belt

Time in grade as Nidan, 2 years

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and passed all lower rank requirements

Experience: Shihai (two wins in one open event, Yudansha section)

Knowledge: All current referee rules and regulations

Demonstration: Ushiro Goshi, Ura Nage, Sumi Otoshi, Yoko Gake Ude Hishigi Ashi Gatame, Ude Hishigi Te Gatame,

          Ude Hishigi Sankaku Gatame

Kime no Kata

Yondan          Black Belt

Time in grade as Sandan, 3 years

Passed all lower rank requirements

Experience: Teaching and refereeing for all lower ranks

Knowledge: Class and Dojo management requirements

Demonstration: Katame no Kata

Godan             Black Belt

Time in grade as Yondan, 4 years

Good attendance and hygiene, follows all safety rules, and all lower rank requirements

Experience: Teaching all lower ranks, Referee a Yudansha section in open shihai

Demonstration: Nage no Kata

Rokudan         Red/White Belt

Time in grade as Godan, 5 years

Follows all safety rules, and passed all lower rank requirements

Experience: Independent dojo or class responsibilities

One year assistant teacher

Demonstration: Ju no Kata

Shichidan          Red/White Belt

Time in grade as Rokudan, 6 years

Passed all lower rank requirements

Continued interest in spreading the art of Judo

Continued participation in Judo affairs on and off the mat

Demonstration: Itsutsu no Kata

Hachidan          Red/White Belt

Time in grade as Shichidan, 7 years

Passed all lower rank requirements

Continued interest in spreading the art of Judo

Continued participation in Judo affairs on and off the mat

Demonstration: Koshiki no Kata

Kudan          Red Belt

Time in grade as Hachidan, 8 years Passed all lower rank requirements

Continued interest in spreading the art of Judo

Continued participation in Judo affairs on and off the mat

Approval of 3 highest ranking members in good standing

Judan           Red Belt

Time in grade as Kudan, 9 years

Continued interest in spreading the art of Judo

Contribution to Judo through writings, Teaching, Shihai management, Research or fund raising

Approval of 5 highest ranking members in good standing