GRADING

A grading is a marker on the path that you have taken and a reference point on the road to improvement as a person.  In short why would you be given a grade for something you have already achieved?  Surely a grade represents a point you must reach? With this in mind gradings are given to those that show dedication to personal improvement. Technique, body, fluid movement and power are just the physical skills, they will to some degree, contribute to the growth of your (SHIKEN) spiritual power, however, this spiritual growth depends largely on your life experiences, your level of maturity is also a major factor in the awarding of your grade, and remember there are no definitive lists in your grading, you should expect the unexpected!

Due to the highly dynamic nature of combat and conflict in general, no individual fixed form will be sufficient to resolve any form of conflict, therefore in Ninpo taijutsu students are constantly exposed to variation in attack so they develop the ability to adjust counter techniques as needed using balance, distance and timing. In preliminary stages, this begins with the student learning various taihenjutsu skills to help protect them from injury.  The middle grades focus on dakentijutsu and the technical application of kata through the use of henka. And at the advanced stage students will start feeling confident and more able to perform the basics and pass the first level Shodan. At this stage the main focus area will be counters and a feeling of natural flow. The students mind and body are now working together and techniques will flow, but only when you no longer remember them, randori (free response) is introduced to help the student to learn to create and explore openings which naturally appear in the opponent’s movements. Training at the advanced stages can be both soft and hard. Soft, gentle training allows the student to concentrate on developing proper taijutsu fundamentals, and to understand how to respond correctly with both the heart, mind and body to the opponent’s various changes. At the same time, hard training is not neglected. Always practicing proper taijutsu principles, hard training (shiken)helps the student to build the mental and spiritual character necessary to continue in a life or death struggle even if hurt or injured.

Weapons

As students begin to understand taijutsu, basic weapons training is introduced. This has two purposes: First, students learn how to avoid or defend against weapon attacks, and overcome any fear of the weapon. Second, and more importantly, weapons training helps to perfect proper taijutsu principles. If a student’s taijutsu is weak, this will be magnified in weapons training. The main three weapons covered being hanbo, bo staff and sword.

Kyu grading

The most important thing for your progress is consistency and, focused effort. Attend class - even if you are: Not in the Mood, Sore, Tired, Grumpy, Bored, Low in Interest, Unhappy, Busy, Stressed, or, just plain don't want to! MOTION CREATES EMOTION. Just do it and, you will feel like it - and, enjoy it.

The current grading format separates into three basic levels

 

·         Green 9th kyu to 6th Kyu – Injury prevention (Taihenjutsu)

·         Red 5th kyu to 3rd kyu – Fundamentals of unarmed combat (Dakentaijutsu)

·         Brown 2nd kyu to 1st kyu Grappling techniques (Jutaijutsu)

 

Main evaluation of test.

The examination system in Ninpo Taijutsu is not structured on competition. You will be graded on the following points.

·         Your understanding of basic technique appropriate to your level.

·         The concentration and awareness you maintain throughout the examination.

·         Confidence and courage (SHIKEN), but there is no place for ego.

·         Commitment to Ninpo Taijutsu.

·         You must be a member of Ninpo Taijutsu, wear the appropriate clothing and badge

 

 

                   Black belt grading

                   Now you know the basics it’s time to start your training.

BLACK BELT 1st Degree (SHODAN) FIRST LEVEL

·         Shodan is the first level and you get the chance to show you have a basic understanding through the demonstration of Kaeshi  (counters) & Randori  (realistic combat skills capturing the essence of the techniques)

What makes a Black Belt student special is how they live their life. The heart is the most important rank of all, overall personal character and disposition towards fellow students, instructors, and society in general. Because Ninpo Taijutsu exposes students to realistic fighting skills, it’s important that students have the correct heart for training. Our Dojo logo represents the core attributes of what it means to be a student training in the Martial Arts

 

Main evaluation of test.

Overall technique and skill application to include all previous knowledge and:

·         Correct movement of kihon happo, Randori, henka and counters.

·         Stability of body with lowered hips.

·         Dynamic big movement.

·         The concentration and awareness you maintain throughout the examination.

·         Your continuity of movement, not speed.

·         Ability to fill in the very important details of the technique.

·         Commitment to additional training.

·         You must be a member of Ninpo Taijutsu, wear the appropriate clothing and badge.

 

BLACK BELT 2nd Degree (NIDAN) SECOND LEVEL

·         Nidan  is the second level and when the hard training begins.

The individual schools start being studied at this level. See the ninpo blog for individual school details. Each student has to choose which weapon or weapons they wish to specialise in.

 

Main evaluation of test.

Overall technique and skill application to include all previous knowledge and:

·         Flow of technique with strong movement and soft movement (I don't want speed).

·         The concentration and awareness you maintain throughout the examination.

·         Ability to fill in the very important details of individual Ryu ha.

                               

Black belts extra requirements

·         Black belts must attend a min of either 1 private, seminar or advanced session per month, (12 sessions per year minimum)

·         Breaking to help enhance a students Shiken

·         Show a good understanding  and demonstrate (earth, water, fire, wind) within ninpo taijutsu

·         Free learning is an essential part of an individual’s development; the knowledge must underpin the physical techniques.