Shodan Promotion Requirements
  Minimum Age: 17 Years Minimum time at Ikkyu:  18 months  
     
     
  The formal part of the promotion consists of 1/2 written and 1/2 performance. The written is made up of General Information and Vocabulary while the performance is the actual demonstration of throws, hold-downs, arm-bars, chokes, and various other techniques.  Click on the hyperlinks below to hear the names in Japanese.  
     
 

General Information

 
 

Jujutsu Ranks

 
 
Judan 10th Degree Red Obi
Kudan 9th Degree Red Obi
Hachidan 8th Degree Red & White Obi
Shichidan 7th Degree Red & White Obi
Rokudan 6th Degree Red & White Obi
Godan 5th Degree Black Obi
Yodan 4th Degree Black Obi
Sandan 3rd Degree Black Obi
Nidan 2nd Degree Black Obi
Shodan 1st Degree Black Obi
Ikkyu 1st Class Brown Obi
Nikyu 2nd Class Purple Obi
Sankyu 3rd Class Blue Obi
Yonkyu 4th Class Green Obi
Gokyu 5th Class Orange Obi
Rokkyu 6th Class Yellow Obi
 
     
     
 

Count To 10 In Japanese

 
 
Ichi - One San - Three Go - Five Shichi - Seven Ku - Nine
Ni - Two Shi - Four Roku - Six Hachi - Eight Ju - Ten
 
     
     
  Judo, which means gentle way, is a subset of Jujutsu, which means gentle art/science, and has been practiced in Japan for approximately 600-1000 years.  Jujutsu is most commonly seen in what sport?  Mixed Martial Arts.  
     
     
 

Name The 2 Divisions Of Combat

 
 
Armed Techniques Buki No Waza
Unarmed Techniques Kara Te No Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 3 Parts Of Unarmed Combat

 
 
Striking Techniques Atemi Waza
Throwing Techniques Nage Waza
Grappling Techniques Ne Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 2 Divisions Of Throwing Techniques

 
 
Standing Techniques Tachi Waza
Sacrifice Techniques Sutemi Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 3 Divisions Of Standing Throwing Techniques

 
 
Hand Techniques Te Waza
Hip/Waist Techniques Koshi Waza
Foot/Leg Techniques Ashi Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 2 Divisions Of Sacrifice Throwing Techniques

 
 
Straight Sacrifice Techniques Ma Sutemi Waza
Side Sacrifice Techniques Yoko Sutemi Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 3 Elements Of A Successful Judo Throw

 
  Kuzushi - Off-Balancing                      Tsukuri - Entry                       Kake - Execution  
     
     
 

Name The 3 Divisions Of Mat Techniques

 
 
Strangulation Techniques Shime Waza
Joint Locking Techniques Kansetsu Waza
Pinning Techniques Osaekomi Waza
 
     
     
 

Name The 4 Divisions Of Striking Techniques

 
 
Hand Strikes Te Ate Waza
Foot Strikes Ashi Ate Waza
Elbow Strikes Higi Ate Waza
Knee Strikes Hiza Ate Waza
 
     
     
 

What are the 4 sides of the dojo called?

 
 
1.   Upper Seat Kamiza (Head Instructor stands here)
2.   Upper Side Joseki (Assistant Instructors and Senior Students stand here)
3.   Lower Seat Shimoza (Junior Students stand here)
4.   Lower Side Shimoseki
 
     
     
     
 

Vocabulary

 
 
Atemi Strike   Jujutsu Gentle Art/Science
Ichi One   Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt
Gi Uniform   Yodan 4th Degree Black Belt
Jujutsuka Jujutsu Players   Hidari Left
Ukemi Falling   Migi Right
Dojo Practice hall   Sankyu 3rd Class Rank
San Three   Rokudan 6th Degree Black Belt
Rei Bow   Nikyu 2nd Class Rank
Roku Six   Kudan 9th Degree Black Belt
Hai Yes   Obi Belt
Iie No   Matte Stop, Wait
O Big, Major, Great   Geri Kick
Judo Gentle Way   Ni Two
Godan 5th Degree Black Belt   Go Five
Ikkyu 1st Class Rank   Jujutsu Gi Jujutsu Uniform
Sensei Teacher, Headmaster   Shichi Seven
Hachi Eight   Rokkyu 6th Class Rank
Kiotsuke Attention   Shi Four
Hachidan 8th Degree Black Belt   Ju Ten
Uke Receiver, Block   Shichidan 7th Degree Black Belt
Tori Giver of a technique, Hold   Ku Nine
Judan 10th Degree Black Belt   Yonkyu 4th Class Rank
Nidan 2nd Degree Black Belt   Gokyu 5th Class Rank
Sandan 3rd Degree Black Belt      
         
         
         
Maitta I surrender   Guruma Wheel
Dan Black Belt Grade, Cedar,
Sandlewood Tree
  Ippon Seoi Nage One Arm Shoulder Throw
Soto Outside
Hajime Begin   Gari Reap
Hiza Knee   Tai Body
Ko Small, Minor   Te Hand
Koshi Hip, Waist   Kote Wrist, Forearm
Genkotsu Fist and Knuckles   Ju Gentle, Yielding
Kyu Student or Class Rank   Nage Throw
Kuruma Wheel   Ate Hit, Strike
Goshi Hip   Seoi Back Carry, Lapel, Shoulder
Ashi Foot   Ude Arm
         
         
         
Jime Choke/Strangle   Domo Arigato Thank you!
Morote Both Hands   Hittsui Knee Strike
Ho Method, Direction, Corner   Osaekomi Hold Down
Gatame Hold, Lock   Waza Technique
Juji Cross   Ritsu Rei Standing Bow
Katame Hold, Lock   Sankaku 3 Sides, Triangle
Kami Hair of the Head   Shiho Four Direction
Moro Multiple, Both   Shime Choke/Strangle
Kata Single, Shoulder, Form   Gyaku Reverse
Nami Normal   Uchi Inside, Strike
Kesa Scarf of a Buddist's Robe   Uchikomi Practice w/o throwing
Osae Press, Hold, Pin, Seize      
         
         
Ashibuki Ankle   Ushiro Rear
Ayumi Ashi Normal Way of Walking   Yoshi Continue, Start
Tsugi Ashi Following Foot Way of Walking   Zempo Kaiten Ukemi Forward Rolling Fall
Anza Sitting Cross-legged   Higi / Hiji Elbow
Seiza Formal Kneeling Position   Sasae Stopping, Check
Randori Free Play   Mata Thigh
Harai or Barai Sweep   Otoshi Drop
Haito Ridgehand   Kobushi Fist
Mawashi Roundhouse, circular   Zuki Punch, Strike
Tatami Straw Mats   Waki Arm-pit
Atama Head   Tsurikomi Lift-pull
De Advanced   Za Rei Kneeling Bow
Kuzushi Off-balancing   Yoko Side
Do Way, Path, Street, Torso of Body, Motion   Uwagi Jacket
Uki Floating
Tate Standing, Upright   Okuri To Send, Sliding
Eri Lapel      
         
         
         
Budo Martial Arts   Mune Chest
Bushido The Way Of The Warrior   Kubi Neck
Goshin Jutsu No Kata Forms of Self-Defense   Ryote Both Hands
Kime No Kata Forms of Decision   Ha Wing
Tatsu Stand   Hadaka Naked, Bare
Tachi Waza Standing Techniques   Shuto Knife Hand
Sutemi Waza Sacrifice Throwing Techniques   Onegai Shimasu Please
Ma Sutemi Waza Straight Sacrifice Throws   Sukashi Avoiding or Evading
Gaeshi Counter, Reversal, Return   Tachi Standing
Te Gatana Knife/Sword Han   Sutemi Breakfall, Sacrifice Body
Hane Spring Up   Ma Straight, Direct
Kaiten Roll   Kime Decision
Yoko Sutemi Waza Side Sacrifice Thows   Tani Valley
Sute Sacrifice, Throw Away, Abandon   Sukui Scooping
Dozo Please
Yudanshakai Organization of Black Belt
Holders
  Kibisu Heel
Ne Waza Ground Techniques
Goshin Self-Defense   Mudansha Holder of a Student Rank
Hiki Pull   Ryu Style, Tradition
Tekubi Wrist   Ne Ground, Floor
Nukite Spear Hand      
         
         
         
Kuzure Modified/Broken   Junbi Undo Warm-up Exercises
Mae Front   Kyoshi Junior Instructor
Atemi Waza Striking Techniques   Sotai Renshu Pairs Practice
Batsugun Instant Promotion   Sukoshi A Little
Bogyo Defense To An Attack   Sumi Corner
Fusegi Escape From Hold Down   Tai Sabaki Body Turning
Garami Entwine   Tandoku Renshu Solo Practice
Hara Abdomen, Stomach Area   Taoshi Takedown, Thrown Down
Jigoku Hell   Tetsui Hammer Fist, Iron Hammer
Kaeshi Waza Counter Techniques   To Head
Kansetsu Waza Joint-Locking Techniques   Tomoe Circle, Comma Shaped
Keiko Practice In General   Shumatsu Undo Cool Down Exercises
Koho Ukemi Rear Falls   Tsukuri Entry Into A Throw
Make Winding, Wrapping   Tsuri Lifting
Makikomi Winding Pull   Yama Mountain
Renraku Waza Combination Techniques   Han Half
Sode Sleeve   Kake Execution of a Throw
Tokui Waza Favorite Technique   Kama Sickle, Scythe
Zubon Judo Gi Pants   Katame No Kata Forms of Grappling
Arashi Laid Waste, Rough, Storm   Kazushi Escape, Release
Bi Nose, Snout   Tsuki Thrust
Empi Elbow   Tsukomi/Tsukikomi Poke, Poking
Gama Sickle   Taiso Exercise
         
         
         
Ai Yotsu Same-side Gripping   Chuden Middle Transmission
Kenka Yotsu Opposite Side Gripping   Kamae Posture
Happo No Kuzushi Eight Directions of
Off-Balancing
  Ki Energy
Kiai Shout of Spirit
Aka Red   Katsu Resuscitate, Living
Shiro White   Wakare Separation
Hikite Pulling/Locking Hand   Utsuri Swtching, Changing
Tsurite Power Or Drawing Hand   Kumikata Forms of Gripping
Jodan Upper Level   Komi Pull
Joseki Upper Side Of The Dojo   Shintai Body Movement
Shimoza Lower Side Of The Dojo   Shizen Hontai Basic Natural Posture
Shimoseki Lower Seat Of The Dojo   Jigo Hontai Basic Defensive Posture
Jita Kyoei Mutual Benefit and Welfare   Nidan Biki Two-Staged Pull
Seiryoku Zenyo Maximum Efficient Use Of
Mind and Body
  Tsubame Gaeshi Swallow-Flight Counter
Mizu Water
Bo Stick   Ryo Double
Bokken Wooden Sword   Gedan Lower Level
Gake Hook   Hishigi Dislocate
Katana Blade, Sword   Ippon Full Point
Kotsu Bone   Kaku Corner
Ura Rear   Nodo Throat
Wakazashi Short Sword   Omote In Front
Tanto Knife   Hon Basic
Kuchi Mouth   Kani Crab
Tanju Pistol   Hairi Kata Entry Methods Into Mat Work
Uraken Back Fist    Kappo Resuscitation Methods
Yubi Finger   Tawara Rice Bag, Rice Bail
Do Jime Encircling Torso with Legs   Sute Geiko Alternate Throwing Practice
Daki Embrace, Hug   Shihan Honorary Title Used For Founder of a School Only
Kawazu Gake Entwining Of A Leg
Kura Receive A Blow   Sempai Senior Student
Maai Distancing   Shisei Posture In General
Chu Middle      
         
         
 
     
 

Performance Requirements

 
 
 

Techniques

Quantity Required

  Wrist Grab Escapes 12
  Clothing Grab Escapes 6
  Bear Hug Escapes 4
  Choke Holds 8
  Choke Hold Escapes 6
  Goiter Escapes 2
  Headlock Escapes 3
  Strikes 15
  Strike Defenses 15
  Weapon Defenses 7
  Joint Locks 10
  Combination Techniques 12
  Multiple Attackers 4
  Throws 34
  Counters To Throws 12
  Ground Control Holds 11
  Ground Escapes 14
  Instructor Selected * 42
  Mental Training 7
  Presentations 4
  Pressure Points 14
  Anatomy 4
  Teaching 1k
  Kata Goshin Jutsu No Kata
  Positional Defenses 0
  Use A Weapon 0
  Kappo/First Aid 3