Jikishin-Kai International Promotion Requirements
Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai uses a dan-kyū ranking
system very similar to the ranking systems commonly employed in
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:
**Must be 18 or older to perform tameshi-giri (stationary target cutting).