Grades, Designations and Qualifications of Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Union in 2016

AIMS:
When we live our life, we must learn how to live properly and how to enrich it while respecting a moral or a philosophy that its aim is the progress of our personality, knowledge, competence and strong kindness and benevolence. The main characteristiscs, are the following:

  • Knowledge and wisdom of life
  • Benevolence
  • Ability to coexist with others, to show compassion and cordiality
  • Courage to fight and to struggle with patience and power
  • Etiquette: Courtesy, respect and appreciation of Mind and Body
  • Faith & Trust: having trusted friends and being cordial
  • Loyalty: Establishing sincere relationships between teachers and students, at both an individual and a team level

Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Designations:

Any candidate must have a beautiful character, that is at the same time, an example in society.

SHODAN Black belt (1st Dan)

The candidate:
- must be training Karate for at least 3 years.
- Must be at least 15 years old.

NIDAN Black Belt (2nd Dan)

The Candidate:
- must be training karate for at least 2 years after SHODAN.
- Must be at least 17 years old.

拳士 KENSHI

The candidate:
- wants to dedicate themselves in pursuit for the essence of Budo

Karate training, both physically and mentally, as a devoted member

of Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai World Union

準指導員 JUN SHIDOIN: Associate Instructor

The candidate:
- has to work towards teaching karate in the future by learning

Kihon, Kata and Bunkai.

SANDAN Black Belt (3rd Dan)

The Candidate:
- must be training karate for at least 2 years after NIDAN.
- Must be at least 21 years old.

指導員 SHIDOIN (Instructor)

The candidate:
- Has acquired a good level of kihon, kata and kumite with the

spirit of Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai
- must be also able to transmit this knowledge to their students.

YONDAN Black Belt (4th Dan)

The Candidate:
- must be training karate for at least 3 years after SANDAN.
- Must be at least 25 years old.

準師範 JUN-SHIHAN (Associate Shihan)

The candidate:
- must be at least 25 years old
- has acquired the practice of the kata bunkai
- is able to transmit the kata techniques and the spirit of

Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai
- works towards becoming a teacher with common decency.

錬士 RENSHI

The candidate:
- must be at least 25 years old
- must be accomplished and distinguished in Budo Karate.

GODAN Black Belt (5th Dan)

The candidate:
- must be training karate for at least 4 years after YONDAN.
- Must be at least 30 years old.

ROKUDAN Black Belt (6th Dan)

The Candidate:
- must be training karate for at least 5 years after GODAN.
- Must be at least 40 years old.

師範 Shihan

The candidate:
- Must be an excellent teacher of very good technical quality
- Must be a very respectable person
- Must be capable of transmitting the Katas, techniques and spirit

of Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai
- Must be a very good and decent instructor

教士 Kyoshi

The candidate:
- Must be at least 45 years old.
- Must be capable of giving an education by Budo Karate
- Must be an example as a decent Karateka and as a person.
- Must be an achieved and distinguished Instructor.

NANADAN Black Belt (7th Dan)

- must be training karate for at least 6 years after ROKUDAN.
- Must be at least 50 years old.

達士 TASSHI

The Candidate:

- Must hold at least a 7th Dan
- Must be an excellent technician
- Must be a remarkable and insightful person.
- Must be a skilled leader

HACHIDAN Black Belt (8th Dan)

The Candidate:

- Must be training karate for at least 7 years after NANADAN.
- Must be at least 60 years old

範士 HANSHI

The Candidate:
- Must hold at least an 8th Dan
- Must be a virtuous person, refined, clever and distinguished.
- Must have insight
- Must be a leader
- Must have integrity
- Must represent the best of Budo Karate.

An explaining infographic is included to better understand the difference between Dan Grades, Yamada-ha SSU Designations and Instructor Qualifications:

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