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Black Belt Testing - Shogo
It is the desire of Shuyokan Ryu that the Shogo Level candidates take an active leadership role within the Ryu and community. It is important to the Shuyokan Dojocho that all Shogo candidates remain on the path of knowledge, personal development and a giving and serving spirit. To this end, all Shogo Level promotions will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Shuyokan Dojocho based on time in grade, continued training, leadership, personal development and contribution to the martial arts and community.
In addition to promotion to the Shogo level rank, an honorific title will also be awarded. While the informal title of "sensei" will always apply in all cases, the awarded title shall be used in all formal matters and settings. The formal honorific titles are shown in the table below.
Shogo (Senior) Level Ranks
Godan / Rokudan / Shichidan / Hachidan
|Role / Duty|
|Shogo or Senior Level|
|5||Godan||Sensei||Renshi||A Teacher of the Art's Techniques
A Teacher of Students
|6||Rokudan||Sensei||Kyoshi||A Teacher of the Art's Philosophy
Teaches Renshi to Become Teacher of the Art's Philosophy
|7||Shichidan||Sensei||Hanshi||A Senior Teacher of the Art
Teaches Kyoshi to Become Teacher of the Art
Highest Achievable Level Within Shuyokan
|9||Kudan||Sensei||Nidai Soke||Assumes Leadership as the Headmaster of Shuyokan Ryu
with the rank of Kudan
|10||Judan||Sensei||Soke||Rank and Title Reserved for the Founder of Shuyokan Ryu:
David A. Dye - Soke
In addition to the required training schedule, the candidate shall undertake a yearly project. To assist the candidate in selecting qualifying projects, guideline projects are indicated below. Projects shall be discussed with the candidate's Dojocho and the Shuyokan Dojocho prior to initiation.
A Word About Titles
Many Ryu within the Martial Arts Community use similar titles to those adopted by Shuyokan. These titles may be bestowed at different rank levels in different Ryu. The titles and ranks adopted by Shuyokan are not intended to conflict nor supersede titles and ranks used by other organizations or Shuyokai. Any titles and/or certificates associated with/or issued by Shuyokan prior to the implementation of Shuyokan Shogo Level Ranks shall be recognized and honored.
The projects indicated below are offered for guidance only. Specific projects shall be discussed with the Shuyokai Dojocho and approved by the Shuyokan Dojocho. For each year during the time in grade period, a minimum of one project shall be completed.
- Plan, coordinate and execute a special seminar for the dojo focusing on Shuyokan Ryu techniques. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Seminar outline and class DVD.
- Plan, coordinate and execute a community improvement project:
- Fund raiser for charity
- Senior citizen project
- Underprivileged children project
- Community cleanup
- Plan, coordinate and execute a martial arts seminar with the intent of enrolling new students. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Seminar outline and class DVD.
- Outside training at another dojo with the intent of bringing lessons learned back to the home dojo. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Seminar outline and class DVD.
- Study or attend a class in the martial healing arts. Plan, coordinate and execute a "lessons learned" seminar at home dojo. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Martial Arts Healing Manual and Seminar DVD.
- Prepare an essay (2000 word minimum) on Shuyokan martial arts techniques, tactics or philosophy. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Submit essay.
- Establish a branch dojo of your home dojo. This project may take the place of three yearly projects. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Branch dojo scrapbook of pictures, and enrollment statistics.
- Prepare an essay (2000 word minimum) on Leadership and leadership within the martial arts community. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Submit essay.
- Plan, coordinate and execute a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) seminar at home dojo. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Scrapbook of seminar pictures or DVD.
- Become a community services volunteer (50 hours minimum per year). Suggestions include Hospital, Senior's Center, Children's Center or schools. Shuyokan Hombu Documentation: Written documentation from supervisor and scrapbook of pictures.
Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Written summary of project and scrapbook of project activities.