Belt Home Study Course
of TESTING FOR RANK
a recognized certified rank in the martial arts of
any level is a rewarding and exciting achievement.
We at the International Bujinkan Dojo Association, Known as IBDA and Bushindo Martial
Arts University look forward to helping you to become
the best martial artist that you can be. Rank testing
gives you the necessary feedback to let you know where
you are on the path. We have put a lot of hard work
and extra effort into assuring that you get a strong
curriculum loaded with valuable information in a step
by step progressive learning process.
note that although we are pioneers in providing such
things as a Ninjutsu Home Study- Distance Learning Program for our students
that live far away from a dojo (or just want to learn
on their own or add to their existing dojo training),
whether the student studies in the actual physical
dojo with us or studies only from the dvds, all
testing is done with the same high standards. Please
understand that this standard is not always met by
other Ninjutsu or Bujinkan instructors whose requirements
for the same ranking level may be less than or different
from ours. We want our students first to be well educated
and secondly to be proud of the ranks that they earn.
Why have a rank that you cannot represent with pride
and recognition of accomplishment? ALL ninjutsu ranking
given by us at IBDA and Bushindo
Martial Arts University comes directly certified from
Grandmaster Hatsumi in Japan and is signed by Master
Van Donk as well. This means your ranking will be
beware of wannabes and so called secret Ninja Clans
who tell you that the instructor was taught privately
by an old Japanese neighbor that died giving them
all the secrets. This is not to say that none of these
claims are true - just choose well - preferably a
credible instructor that is recognized by everyone
as valid. And you can't go wrong with Grandmaster
Hatsumi and Master Van Donk who are recognized members
of the prestigious World Head Of Family Sokeship Council.
put, ALL Students who wish to TEST for rank with us
must first have IBDA membership dues current and either
must meet the above criteria to test with us. We are
sure that you want a standard that you also can be
proud of. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you still
Enrolled for Ninjutsu study as a direct student
at one of our IBDA Affiliate or Branch Dojos.
Enrolled in our Ninjutsu BlackBelt Home Study
Course Program as a purchaser of the Entire Course
Enrolled as a Registered Buddy of someone who
is enrolled in the Home Study Course.
Enrolled or qualified as a registered student
by having purchased a current membership, Shodan
training manual, Japanese pronunciation cd,
and at least the first 3 dvds of the Black Belt
Course (9th, 8th and 7th Kyu)* Note: this is now
known as the Ninjutsu Startup Package. (We decided
to allow testing for those who are committed and
could only afford a few dvd at a time. We appreciate
your continued dedication.)
You have been grandfathered in (meaning you have
successfully tested with the Shodan Course before Jan
those members on the Buddy system: though you may
test on the same video together the testing fees will
need to be submitted individually by each person testing.
We are unable to extend a discount as we pay qualified
instructors to review each person individually on
your submitted ranking review vhs tape or dvd. They prepare a
written feedback sheet instructing you on how well
you did and what exactly you need to improve on to
get the best progress in your training. The majority
of the testing fee actually goes to the International
Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Japan for your rank certificate
sealed by Soke Hatsumi.
You will be required to know the information in the
Shodan No Maki Student Guidebook and on the Home Study Course
to achieve rank. You will earn your belts and feel
proud to wear them. A student's inner spirit, attitude,
and achievements in life are graded as well as their
taijutsu (body movement) ability. You can test in
person at our dojo (prearranged), at seminars done
by Shihan Van Donk, at one of our Certified IBDA Branch Dojos,
at one of our semi-annual camps (great way to do a
BlackBelt test) or by sending us a video (video tests
only up to 1st kyu). The rankiing requirement sheets
are in your Shodan manual and
are available on the www.ninjutsu.com website). It is recommended that
you have some personal training with us when you reach
4th kyu level and 1st kyu level but it is not required
if you are doing well. The Shodan (1st degree BlackBelt)
test is only given in person.
have carefully designed a very workable feedback system.
Does it work? YES, Our Ninjutsu Home Study Course students who have started
and trained with this course have even become 10th
dans from Soke Hatsumi and many are now over 5th dan.
It works and you can do it too. When you submit a
video for review we carefully give you feedback by
charting out to you the things that will help you
in your ninjutsu studies. Remember, the Shodan (1st
degree Blackbelt) test is only given in person. Don't
be shy about sending in a test video - it gets to be fun!
Let us help you.
All Bujiinkan Ninjutsu (aka Budo Taijutsu) ranking
certificates come from Soke Masaaki Hatsumi in Noda,
Japan and are issued and certified by Shihan Richard
FEES (as of 1/01/07 - fees may fluctuate with the
$40 for each in person testing kyu level certificate,
$40 for each video testing kyu level certification,
$150 for 1st Dan certification,
$250 for 2nd Dan,
$350 for 3rd Dan,
$450 for 4th Dan.
be properly ranked in this art you are required to
obtain ranking certificates beginning with 9th kyu.
If you do not have a certificate you do not hold that
rank. It is your responsibility to submit the application
form at the bottom to the International Bujinkan Dojo Association headquarters
when you wish to be tested and to attach the proper
testing fee. In the event that you do not pass, the
fee will be returned at your request or we will hold
it until you are ready to try again. To be eligible
to apply for testing your annual IBDAo membership dues must be current.
Luck and as Soke Hatsumi says, "Keepa Going" !
Complete and return this form with correct test fee
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I wish to be tested for my next rank.
______ Please schedule me for In-Person Kyu Testing
Enclosed is fee of $40
______ Video test for _________ Kyu level- written
feedback Enclosed is fee of $40
______ Please schedule me for In-Person _____ Dan
Enclosed is fee of $________
My Membership is Current
____ My Membership fee is enclosed ($30US/$35 foreign)
latest International Bujinkan Dojo ranking certificate
I currently hold is
which I received from (instructor)_________________________________
on ______________ date.
now wish to test for _____________ (circle one) Kyu
City __________________________________ State ____________
( PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY)
Telephone # ________________________ Date : ______/______/_______
can Fax with credit card details to 707-987-2365 or
Mail to Bushindo P.O. Box 296 Middletown, CA 95461
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