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Jikishin-Kai International Promotion Requirements

The Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai uses a dan-kyū ranking system very similar to the ranking systems commonly employed in karate-dō and jūdō.  Ranks below dan level ("black belt") are designated as kyū and ranks that are typically considered "black belt" are called dan.  The major difference is that in iaijutsu these ranks are not identified by different color belts, as they are in karate-dō or jūdō.  Instead, they are identified only on menjō (diplomas).  Rankings certified by the Jikishin-Kai begin at nanakyū (7th kyū), which is sometimes called shichikyū

Ranking in Muso from the JKI is more difficult to attain than ranking in Seitei Iaidō, so the IWU Budōkai requires students to first achieve at least rokkyū (6th kyū) ranking in Seitei Iaidō prior to testing for JKI ranking.  This not only increases the students' likelihood of passing the JKI shinsa (test), but also builds stronger fundamentals and helps students prepare and progress more quickly in JKI ranking. 

The table below summarizes the requirements of the Jikishin-Kai and IWU Budōkai as of October 2010 for promotion in Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū Iaijutsu up to the rank of Shodan:

Rank Waza Battō-hō Tachiuch no Kurai Shizan** Gakka

[n/a]

        Must achieve at least rokkyū in Seitei Iaidō prior to testing for MJER
7th Kyū [none] Juntō Sono Ichi
Juntō Sono Ni
Tsuigekitō
Deai
Tsukekomi
[none] Name of Style
Name of Founder
Why is style "Eishin-Ryū"?
Who is current headmaster?
6th Kyū [none] Tsuigekitō
Shatō
Shihōtō Sono 1
Ukenagashi 1
Ukenagashi 2
[none] Name major parts of sword
What is Jikishin-Kai?
Name of JKI Founder?
5th Kyū [none] Shihōtō Sono 2
Zantotsutō
Zenteki Gyakutō Sono Ichi
Ukenagashi 2
Ukekomi
Single mat, kesa-giri Why is nukitsuke the "Life of Iai"?
Explain significance of kirioroshi
Explain importance and dangers of chiburi and nōtō
4th Kyū [none] Zenteki Gyakutō Sono Ni
Tatekitō
Koteki Gyakutō Koteki Nukiuchi
Ukekomi
Tsukikage
double-mat, kesa-giri and gyaku-kesa Origins of battō-hō
Explain the difference between battō-hō and waza
Explain the purpose of tameshigiri
3rd Kyū Mae
Migi
Hidari
Ushiro

[none]

Tsukikage
Suigetsutō
Sandan-giri
(double-mat)
Explain metsuke, kokyū, and zanshin
2nd Kyū Migi
Yaegaki Omote
Ukenagashi
Kaishaku

[none]

Suigetsutō
Zetsumyōken
Godan-giri
(double-mat)
Explain kamae, iai-goshi, and maai
1st Kyū Hidari
Yaegaki Ura
Ukenagashi
Tsukekomi

[none]

Zetsumyōken
Dokumyōken
Godan-giri
(double-mat)
Origins of Ōmori-Ryū Seiza Waza
Shodan-ho Ushiro
Ukenagashi
Tsukekomi
Tsukikage
Oikaze

[none]

Dokumyōken
Shinmyōken
Rokudan-giri
(double-mat)
Explain Shūgyō no Mokuteki
Shodan Mae
Ukenagashi
Tsukekomi
Oikaze
Nukiuchi

[none]

Shinmyōken
Uchikomi
Rokudan-giri
(double-mat)
Explain Heijōshin
 

**Must be 18 or older to perform tameshi-giri (stationary target cutting).