Junior Jujutsu Promotions



  Kids Jujutsu will be centered around personal self-defense and confidence building. As they grow older and progress, they will learn aggressive techniques such as chokes and joint locks in addition to the basic striking techniques. For children that start before the age of 11, there is a strong chance they will be black belts before graduating from High School.

The requirements for our child members will include written requirements as they advance and grow older. For the younger kids who may not be ready for written tests, a verbal question/answer test will be given.  They will also be expected to become leaders by teaching others who have less skill/rank. This 'teaching' experience helps to develop presentation and public speaking confidence along with confirming to the student and teacher that they know the material well enough to pass it along to another who does not.

Kid members are expected to not be trouble-makers, maintain good grades and be helpful not only at home but in their community. To indicate how they are progressing within each rank, stripes/belt tips will be earned for specific accomplishments as shown below. Once all stripes/belt tips for a belt have been earned, the student will be ready to test for their next promotion belt.
Junior Jujutsu Belt Stripes/Tips
Red  Assistant Instructor 
Orange  Hold Escapes 
Yellow  Strikes (punches and kicks) 
Green  Throws 
Blue  Groundwork 
Purple  Good Deeds (1 per month time in grade) 
White  Knowledge - Recite Quote 
Brown  Pressure Points or Anatomy or Presentations or Mental Training (as required for each rank) 
Black  Tying Belt as White Belt; Teaching Requirement in all other Ranks 

When Should I Test?

  If you feel that you are ready to test, during class, ask me when I think you will be ready to test. I will gladly share with you my thoughts on your progress as well as what areas I would like to see you work on.  We typically hold promotions every three months.  There is a minimum time-in-grade requirement for each rank.  This is posted at the top of each rank webpage.  

What To Bring To The Test

  On test day, please provide a written list of the names of each technique you would like to be tested on. DO NOT forget this list!!!  There are 67 officially recognized throws in Judo.  You can pick which ones you know well and want to be tested on.  The same holds true for hold-downs, chokes, etc.  You decide what techniques you want to be tested on.  

What Else Counts Toward Your Promotion?

  You might be wondering what exactly am I looking for as your instructor when you are being tested for promotion. Here are the key points.  
  1. How long has it been since your last promotion?
    A. Do you compete and how well have you been improving?
    B. Are you at practice regularly?
    C. When you are at practice, do you goof-off or work hard?
  2. What are you doing about your Jujutsu knowledge?
    A. Do you look at books, websites, attend camp, etc. to improve your knowledge outside of class?
    B. You are expected to share your knowledge with the class during teaching time.
    C. If you know a technique, you can ask to teach it to demonstrate your understanding.
  3. What is your attitude about Jujutsu?
    A. Do you cut up and play on the exercise equipment in class or do you stay on the mat and practice?
    B. Do you make an honest effort to help others?
    C. Do you listen and learn, or play during teaching time and then ask questions about the materials you missed?
  4. Failure is an option!!!
    A. The following list will show the minimum written test score needed before continuing to the practical test.
        Do not expect to continue your test if you cannot meet this minimum score.
    B. Allowances will be made if you excel in Shiai or have extra time in grade well beyond the minimum.
    C. I will also make allowances for the practical portion of the test if you are excelling.

Minimum Passing Scores for Written Tests

  For the younger kids who may not be ready for written tests, a verbal question/answer test will be given.  
  Junior 1st degree = 60%
Junior 2nd degree = 60%
Junior 3rd degree = 70%
Junior 4th degree = 70%
Junior 5th degree = 70%
Junior 6th degree = 70%
Junior 7th degree = 70%
Junior 8th degree = 70%
Junior 9th degree = 80%
Junior 10th degree = 80%