Junior Judo Promotions



  Your promotion test includes a written test and physical test.  However, you must also have demonstrated during your regular practice "Jita Kyoei" or "Mutual Benefit and Welfare".  This means that you regularly and willingly give of yourself in order to make others better. This in turn, makes you better. If you have mastered Jita Kyoei, you are 1/3 of the way to your next promotion.

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 Judo Belt Stripes/Tips  
Red  Throws
Orange  Throwing Defenses, Combinations, Counters 
Yellow  Chokes
Green  Hold Downs 
Blue  Hold Down Escapes 
Purple  Good Deeds (1 per month time in grade) 
White  Knowledge - Recite Quote 
Brown  Gripping
Black  Tying Belt as White Belt; Teaching Requirement in all other Ranks 

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 Judo knowledge?
    A. Do you look at books, websites, attend camp, etc. to improve your Judo 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 Judo?
    A. Do you cut up and play on the exercise equipment in class or do you stay on the mat and practice your Judo?
    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%