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Kenukan-Ryu 拳友館流 is an eclectic martial arts style that synthesizes several forms of classical Asian and Western combat sciences.  Specifically, it teaches techniques & tactics traditionally found in Judo, Japanese / Brazilian Ju-Jutsu, Okinawan / Japanese Karate, Okinawan Kobudo, Aikido, Boxing, & Thai / American / Japanese Kickboxing.  Essentially, if a technique is practical and effective in self-defense, then it is tested, developed, & implemented into the system - regardless of its source.  Due to the multifaceted nature of the style, it is often referred to in Japan as a Sogo Budo Ryu 総合武道流 (sogo 総合 = synthesis, coordination, putting together, integration, composite ; budo 武道 = martial way, military way ; ryu  流 = style of, method of, manner of, school of thought).

 

For the purpose of effectively teaching and organizing the system, a unique approach to ranking / grading is utilized.  Initially, the Kenukan-Ryu adult curriculum is divided into 3 separate areas of study: Ju-Jutsu 柔術 / Judo 柔道 (Grappling), Karate-Do 空手道 / Kickboxing キックボクシング (striking), & Goshin Jutsu 護身術 (self-defense).  As the student progresses through the system, all information contained in the three areas are systematically brought together  - culminating at the rank of San-Dan 三段 (3rd Degree Black Belt).  However, up to that point, the student has the option to Major in the particular area of study that interests them.  Thus, in Kenukan-Ryu, an adult can select the following degree paths to Green, Brown, or Black Belt (click on path to see general requirements):

Of course, if one chooses, they may double, or even triple major, if they have the desire, determination, & time.  As with all Kenukan-Ryu rank, the degree, or grade, is based on realistic fighting ability, knowledge of technique, understanding of fundamental principles, & an exemplification of the style's ethical values.  Rank is not based on time, friendship, or how much money is invested.  Possessing real skill and ability is the primary focus of Kenukan-Ryu!  In order to maintain quality standards, minimum age and time in grade requirements have been established to ensure the proper development of spontaneous reflex and resistance abilities.

 

The youth curriculum (ages 5-13), is a blend of Ju-Jutsu / Judo / Karate-Do / Kickboxing / Self-Defense - which is capped off at the rank of Go-Kyu 五級 (Green Belt).  Once the student transitions to the adult classes & curriculum, usually around the age of 13, their youth rank is "frozen" until all adult tests (in either Ju-Jutsu, Karate, or Goshin-Jutsu) have been taken up to the corresponding Junior Kyu Grade.  At that time, the student is then allowed to continue with advancement.  Due to the overlap of the material taught in both the youth and adult curriculum, transition is made smoothly.

 

Please explore the following tables which explain the Kenukan-Ryu belt structure, general rank requirements, minimum age / time in grade, instructor licenses, & senior titles:

 

Table A: Mudansha 無段者 Belt Structure (Below Black Belt)

Table B: Yudansha 有段者 Belt Structure (Black Belt)

Table C: Adult Ju-Jutsu 柔術 Major - Rank Requirements

Table D: Adult Karate-Do 空手道 Major - Rank Requirements

Table E: Adult Goshin Jutsu 護身術 Major - Rank Requirements

Table F: Youth Ju-Jutsu 柔術 / Karate-Do 空手道 - Rank Requirements

Table G: Youth Mudansha 無段者 Rank - Minimum Age / Time Requirements

Table H: Adult Mudansha 無段者 Rank - Minimum Age / Time Requirements

Table I: Adult Yudansha 有段者 Rank - Minimum Age / Time Requirements

Table J: Instructor Licenses 免許 - Structure

Table K: Instructor Licenses 免許 - Minimum Age / Time Requirements

Table L: Senior Titles 称号 - Structure

Table M: Senior Titles 称号 - Minimum Age / Rank / Time Requirements

Table A: Mudansha 無段者 Belt Structure

Below Black Belt

Table B: Yudansha 有段者 Belt Structure

Black Belt

Table C: Adult Degree  / Rank Requirements

Major: Ju-Jutsu 柔術 (Grappling)

Minor: Karate-Do 空手道 (Striking)

Note: Common Tests are the same for both Ju-Jutsu, Karate, & Goshin Jutsu Rank.  Tests that are labeled Ju-Jutsu, Karate, or Goshin Jutsu are specific to that discipline.  After San Dan, Black Belts will receive Homologated (Unified) Kenukan-Ryu Ju-Jutsu, Karate, & Goshin Jutsu Rank.

Table D: Adult Degree  / Rank Requirements

Major: Karate-Do 空手道 (Striking)

Minor: Ju-Jutsu 柔術 (Grappling)

Note: Common Tests are the same for both Ju-Jutsu, Karate, & Goshin Jutsu Rank.  Tests that are labeled Ju-Jutsu, Karate, or Goshin Jutsu are specific to that discipline.  After San Dan, Black Belts will receive Homologated (Unified) Kenukan-Ryu Ju-Jutsu, Karate, & Goshin Jutsu Rank.

Table E: Adult Degree  / Rank Requirements

Major: Goshin Jutsu 護身術 (Self-Defense)

Minor: Karate-Do 空手道 (Striking)

Note: Common Tests are the same for both Ju-Jutsu, Karate, & Goshin Jutsu Rank.  Tests that are labeled Ju-Jutsu, Karate, or Goshin Jutsu are specific to that discipline.  After San Dan, Black Belts will receive Homologated (Unified) Kenukan-Ryu Ju-Jutsu, Karate, & Goshin Jutsu Rank.

Table F: Youth Degree  / Rank Requirements

Ju-Jutsu 柔術 & Karate-Do 空手道 Blend

Note: Juniors receive Homologated (unified) Ju-Jutsu & Karate Rank up to Go Kyu.  Junior Rank is frozen upon transferring to the Adult Rank Curriculum (normally between 12 and 14 years old).  Once all Adult Tests (in either Ju-Jutsu, Karate, or Goshin Jutsu) have been taken up to the corresponding Junior Kyu Grade, the student is then allowed to continue with advancement.

Table G: Youth Mudansha 無段者 Rank - Minimum Age / Time Requirements

Ju-Jutsu 柔術 & Karate-Do 空手道 Blend

Note: Junior Rank is frozen upon transferring to the Adult Rank Curriculum (normally between 12 and 14 years old).  Once all Adult Tests (in either Ju-Jutsu, Karate, or Goshin Jutsu) have been taken up to the corresponding Junior Kyu Grade, the student is then allowed to continue with advancement.

Table H: Adult Mudansha 無段者 Rank - Minimum Age / Time Requirements

Ju-Jutsu 柔術, Karate-Do 空手道, & Goshin Jutsu 護身術

Note: These are Minimum Ages & Minimum Times.  Once a student meets these requirements, it does not automatically constitute advancement.  Rank is ultimately based on Knowledge, Experience, Skill, and Real Fighting Ability.  The “Minimum Time in Grade” ensures that even a gifted student (one who excels quickly) will gain experience - which is valuable in the areas of Randori (free grappling) and Kumite (sparring).  The “Minimum Age” Requirement is necessary to ensure the student has both the mental and physical maturity to defend the rank.

Table I: Adult Yudansha 有段者 Rank - Minimum Age / Time Requirements

Ju-Jutsu 柔術, Karate-Do 空手道, & Goshin Jutsu 護身術

Note: All Ranks above Go Dan must have obtained Shi Han Teaching License.

Table J: Instructor Licenses 免許 - Structure

Note: Black Belts with Shi Do In license are permitted to open Dojo with consent of the Kenukan Budokai.

Table K: Instructor Licenses 免許 - Minimum Age / Time Requirements

Note: Black Belts with Shi Do In license are permitted to open Dojo with consent of the Kenukan Budokai.

Table L: Shogo 称号 - Senior Titles - Structure

Note: These definitions fall short of the true Japanese meaning of these titles.

Table M: Shogo 称号 - Senior Titles - Minimum Age / Rank / Time Requirements

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