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With 60 years of experience and technical excellence to draw on we provide only Black Belt Rank and Title recognition and accreditation to teachers, instructors, dojo leaders and students across all disciplines as a single discipline or as a multi-discipline, on recommendation only.

 

There is a Certificate of Title and a Certificate of Rank.

Each certificate has different wording in English and Japanese.

 

The Certificate of Title is conferred as an huge honour for Budokan to bestow upon an individual Budoka deserving of  this honour - see below for further definition.  We undertake to seek the majority approval from all current Dojo Leaders for each recommendation.  If no such majority is reached then Budokan will withdraw its application for a minimum of 12 months.

THERE IS NO FEE REQUIRED FOR A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE.

 

The Certificate of Rank application is normally completed by the Dojo Leader for a current member of their Dojo.

In the event of a Dojo Leader application it must come from an accredited source known to and supported by 2 current Dojo Leaders or Associates.

THERE IS A FEE FOR A CERTIFICATE OF RANK.

See Fee Structure below.

CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATE OF TITLE

The award of Titles is made using the ancient Shogoo system, as used by the Dai Nippon Butokukai of Kyoto in Japan, to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Traditional Japanese Budo, shown leadership in teaching and the maintenance of a high level of Budo skills over decades of continuous service.

Shogoo is bestowed upon a highly qualified individual of integrity ad honour with a proven record of achievement in all phases of their Budo.

 

Renshi - Polished Samurai Warrior

Kyoshi  -  Master Teacher Samurai Warrior

Hanshi - Exemplary Illustrious Warrior - Master of the Samurai Way

 

In Reference to the three titles Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi

Ren = A Trainer of the Way                                                                

Kyo = A Teacher of the Way                                                                

Han = A Model of the Way

 

Dojo Officials

Sempai - a leading instructor

Shidoin - a leading head instructor

Shihan - a master instructor

(For more detaiils please email us at [email protected])

 

FURTHER NOTES OF INTEREST ON JAPANESE BUDO TITLES

 

1.     Sensei "Teacher or One who has gone before": This title is by far the most often used title in karate and generally refers to someone of Yon-Dan level (4th Degree Black Belt.) Many senior instructors including Hanshi Masami Tsuruoka, will state that this is the most honorable title that a student can use when referring to the senior as their  teacher. The title Sensei implies a close bond between the student and teacher's relationship.

2.    Shihan: "Master or Expert Teacher":  It is important to understand that the meaning Master as used in the martial  arts is someone who has mastered the basic and advanced understandings {Principles} of a particular style or system, thus the title Shihan means someone who has mastered the basic and advanced techniques as well as the principles, concepts, and theory of their respective style of karate. The title Shihan does not mean that this person has stopped learning because they know all of the answers. On the contrary, they are considered to be the most serious and dedicated students in any style of martial arts. The title Shihan is generally considered to be an organizational title alone and has little meaning (May not be recognized) outside of the holders style or organization.

3.    Doshi:  "Leading Teacher": Title sometimes used before Renshi (3rd dan)

4.    Renshi: "Senior Expert Teacher": This is the first of the three generally  used teacher titles. Although this title is independent of rank, it is seldom given to anyone below the rank of Go-Dan.  (5th dan)

5.    Tasshi or Tesshi:  "Apprentice Master Teacher": This title was originally the title used instead of Kyoshi.

6.    Kyoshi: "Master Teacher, Teacher of Teachers": This is the second of the three generally used teacher titles. Although this title is independent of the ranking system, it is seldom given to anyone below the rank of Roku-dan and in most cases Shichi-dan).  (7th dan)

7.    Hanshi: "Senior Master Teacher": This is the third and highest of the three generally used teacher titles. Although this title is independent of the ranking system, it is seldom given to anyone below the rank of Hachi-Dan (8th Degree Black Belt)

 

8. Iemoto / Soke

An iemoto may be addressed by the title Iemoto or O-iemoto, or by the title Sōshō or Ō-sensei In English.

"Grand Master" is often the title that is used. The Iemoto's main roles are to lead the school and protect its traditions, to be the final authority on matters concerning the school, to issue or approve licenses and certificates and, in some cases, to instruct the most advanced practitioners

CERTIFICATE OF RANK

Recommendation is based on grading record, years of continuous training,  technical skill prowess, accomplishments, dedication and service, attitude, teaching and instruction, heart, values and excellence in personal character.

 

General Ranking guide to the timeline of consecutive years of training.

Shodan       1st Dan       1-3 years

Nidan          2nd Dan      3-5 years

Sandan       3rd Dan       5-8 years

Yondan       4th Dan       8-12 years

Godan         5th Dan       12-18 years

Rokudan     6th Dan       18 – 25 years

Shichidan    7th Dan       25 – 32 years

Hachidan    8th Dan       32- 45 years

 

HOW IT WORKS

1  Each Dojo leader  nominates a person or persons for accreditation and certification by Peer Review* directly to Budokan.

These requests may be retrospective.

2  Kindly go to ACCREDITATION for the detail of what is required.

3  Upon receipt of this information by email and any attached documentation, we examine the credentials and all endorsements in text, pictorial audio or video format in support of the application.

4  We defer to two of our Community Dojo Leaders to assist us in the examination of those disciplines outside of our remit - such as Ju Jitsu, Kodokan Judo, Kendo and Kobudo.  The personal Henko of each of these examiners will appear on the Certificate of Rank along with the Henko of the Doshu Richard Salmon and David Passmore

5  A period of 6-8 weeks needs to be factored into the review process.  

6  Once a decision has been reached either way, the recommender is informed directly by email.

7  If approved, an appropriate certificate is drawn up, dated, numbered and photographed with the appropriate Henko in place.  This photographic evidence of Rank will be placed on the appropriate Dojo Page (in the public domain) for all to see.

It wi also be registered for copyright protection and placed in our Dan Grade (Black Belt) Register.

8  If not approved, the recommender is informed as to the reasons why this decision has been reached by email and if  appropriate offer outline measures to take that will allow a repeat application to take place within 12 months at no further cost to the applicant.

9  All certificates will be carefully rolled up and inserted into a secure tube and  sent by post to the recommender to pass on or direct to the receiver, as appropriate.  A signature will be required at each destination if possible.

 

 

* Peer Review functions as a form of self-regulation by qualified members of our Traditional Japanese Budo Community.

 

Recommendations for a person to be awarded a Certificate of Rank, who is no longer active in Budo may also be considered in appropriate circumstances.

CERTIFICATE OF RANK

FEE STRUCTURE

 

All fees are shown in $USDollars

 

 1           2          3           4          5           6             7              8

Shodan          Nidan            Sandan           Yondan           Godan           Rokudan           Chichidan            Hachidan

75.00         115.00         150.00          200.00         250.00           300.00            350.00              400.00

New Budokan Certificate 2

This is a draft layout of the New Budokan Title and Rank Certificates and is for visual purposes only.

English wordng for each of the certificates will appear in the space on the left and the Japanese katakana in the space on the right.

It will be printed on Magnollia Parchment.

Paper size A3.

Explanation of the Henko

The larger square Henko is the Seal of Budokan

 

The smaller round Henko are the personal signatures from left to right of

 

Richard Salmon             David Passmore                    Derrick Wridgway             Peter Bush

      Doshu                              Kyoshi                                     Shihan                            Renshi

 

ALL OUR HENKO HAVE BEEN MADE IN JAPAN