Black Belt Testing - Yondan

 

Introduction

It is the goal of Shuyokan to develop the character of the student as well as the development of martial arts skills. Having reached the level of Sandan no further formal testing is required for promotion to higher level ranks. Instead, character development should be emphasized through leadership development and the "Spirit of Giving Back".

 

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Requirement

The spirit of giving back is exemplified by giving of one's self for the betterment of others and/or the art. This can be the betterment of the Dojo, Martial Arts, Individuals or the Community.

In addition to the required training schedule, the candidate shall undertake a yearly project. To assist the candidate in selecting qualifying projects, the list indicated below, is offered as a guideline. Projects shall be discussed with the candidate's Dojocho and the Shuyokan Dojocho prior to initiation.

 

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.

  1. Plan, coordinate and execute a special seminar for the dojo focusing on Shuyokan Ryu techniques. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Seminar outline and class DVD.
  2. Plan, coordinate and execute a community improvement project:
    1. Fund raiser for charity
    2. Senior citizen project
    3. Underprivileged children project
    4. Community cleanup

    Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Written summary of project and scrapbook of project activities.

  3. Plan, coordinate and execute a martial arts seminar with the intent of enrolling new students. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Seminar outline and class DVD.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Prepare an essay (2000 word minimum) on Shuyokan martial arts techniques, tactics or philosophy. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Submit essay.
  7. 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.
  8. Prepare an essay (2000 word minimum) on Leadership and leadership within the martial arts community. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Submit essay.
  9. Plan, coordinate and execute a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) seminar at home dojo. Shuyokan Hombu Dojo Documentation: Scrapbook of seminar pictures or DVD.
  10. 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 Sayings

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra. --- Jimmy Johnson"