Nindo Ryu Gendai Ninjutsu Rank Structure

Apprentice Level

Shoden Mudansha This is the basic level in ranking. In this level, the student learns the foundation of our Ryu. In the Shoden level we use the Kyu rank system, which consists of 9 Kyu, ranks, starting from Kukyu (9th Kyu) white belt to ichikyu (1st Kyu) Brown belt w/ black stripe. The student does not start at Kukyu from day one. They start from Mukyu (no rank), also known in Nindo Ryu as ñecla. This rank has no belt. The student has to earn the white and may request to be tested for white belt at any time.

Okuden Yudansha After becoming proficient in the basic techniques of the Ryu, the student is awarded black belt. At this point the student begins his or her advanced training and is also considered an assistant instructor. The first levels of Yudansha are Shodan (1st degree), Nidan (2nd degree) and Sandan (3rd degree). Anyone under 17 who reaches Yudansha Sho will hold the rank of Shodan Ho (Conditional Black Belt) and wear a black belt with a white stripe in the middle. They will have to test for Shodan once they reach age17.

This is the highest rank that can be achieved without holding a Menkyo.Instructor’s Level Yondan (4th degree) In this level. the practitioner is a seasoned teacher and is also assigned Shibu Cho (regional leadership). wear a red and white belt (white side up). the practitioner is considered a master technician and a leader within the Ryu. Those who don’t hold a Menkyo. Rokudan (6th degree) In this level. wear a red and white belt (red side up). At this point. Godan (5th degree) At this point. Those who hold Menkyo (license). . the practitioner is a Sensei (teacher) and might perform administrative duties assigned by Dai Shihan Carlos Febres. Rokudan holders wear a red and black paneled belt to symbolize their master instructor status. the practitioner is considered a skilled technician and is ready to teach others and perform administrative duties within the Ryu. Those holding a Godan. This rank is not an automatic license. wear a black belt with a red stripe through the middle.

. He or she reports to the Soke or directly to the Dai Shihan. The Kudan holder wears a red and black belt to with red outwards to symbolize his status as Grand Master. Kudan (9th degree) Grand Master instructor in command of all operations within a particular division. The Judan holder wears a red belt to symbolize his status as Grand Master. This is the heir to the system or division.Nanadan (7th degree) Master instructor usually in command of a region and holding the position of Shibu Cho (regional director). Hachidan (8th degree) Master instructor usually in command of all operations within a larger region or a particular division within the Ryu. Judan (10th degree) Grand Master instructor in full command of the Ryu or division. Hachidan rank holders wear a red and black belt with black outwards to symbolize their status as a master instructor. This rank is currently held by the founder of the Ryu. There can be only 1 Judan in a particular division. Carlos Febres Dai Shihan. Nanadan holders wear a red and white paneled belt to symbolize the status as a master instructor.

Those who hold Menkyo (license) are addressed as Sensei (teacher) or Renshi (Polished teacher). Godan (5th degree) . This is the school administrator in charge of a dojo. black belt classes and maintaining Dojo quality control.Up to and including Shodan Ho (Black belt apprentice). Those who hold Menkyo (license) are addressed as Sensei (teacher) or Renshi (Polished teacher). A Rokudan holder can promote up to Yondan if authorized by Dai Shihan Febres.Promotion Rights And Titles Yudansha – In this level. A Yondan Renshi can promote up to Nidan if there is no Kyoshi if authorized by Dai Shihan Febres. The Dojo Cho reports to the Shibu Cho within their respective region. He or She is usually a Yondan to Godan rank Holder. A Rokudan holder is usually assigned to a region and holds the title of Kyoshi (senior teacher). The Shibu Cho oversees all operations for his or her assigned region and reports to the head of the division or the Kai. A Rokudan Kyoshi is usually in charge of running the rank evaluations. Minimum time required is 4 to 5 years after Godan promotion. Yondan and Godan holders who are not running a Dojo.2 years after attaining Nidan Instructor’s level Dojo Cho – Dojo leader. This is the active administrator and director of a region within their division. Yondan (4th degree) – Up to and including Ikkyu (1st kyu brown belt with black stripe). are usually performing administrative duties assigned by the Dai Shihan or Soke and are assigned the title of Tashi (administrator) Master’s level Shibu Cho – Regional leader. Minimum time required: • Shodan – 4 years of training • Nidan – 1 to 2 years after attaining Shodan • Sandan . Minimum time required is 3 years after Sandan promotion. the practitioner is considered a senior student and is addressed as Sempai (assistant). The Shibu Cho is usually a Rokudan to Hachidan and holds the title of Kyoshi (Senior Teacher) Rokudan (6th degree) – Up to and including Nidan (2nd degree). A Godan Renshi can promote up to Sandan if authorized by Dai Shihan Febres. . Minimum time required is 3 to 4 years after Yondan promotion.

black belt classes and maintaining Dojo quality control. A Nanadan holder can promote up to Godan if authorized by Dai Shihan Febres. The Kudan holder is the heir to the Ryu or division and holds the title of Hanshi (Master Teacher) or Renshi Shihan (Master Assistant). A Nanadan holder is usually assigned to a region and holds the title of Kyoshi (senior teacher). A Nanadan Kyoshi is usually in charge of running the rank evaluations. Upon Dai Shihan Febres’s retirement. A Hachidan can promote up to Rokudan under permission of the Dai Shihan. Minimum time required is 5 to 7 years after Nanadan promotion. Grandmaster’s level Kancho – Head of the school. The Judan rank holder is the head of the Ryu or division and oversees all operations. Judan (10th degree) – Up to and including Hachidan (8th degree). Dai Shihan has assigned a senior administrative position for each division. the title of Dai Shihan will not be used again. The current Judan rank holder is Dai Shihan Carlos Febres. Minimum time required is 5 to 6 years after Rokudan promotion. The Hanshi runs all aspects of his or her respective division with the exception of assigning Menkyo (license). Upon Dai Shihan’s retirement. The Kaicho is the highest authority in the ryu and holds the title of Dai Shihan (headmaster). Hachidan (8th degree) – Up to and including Yondan (4th degree). This position is known as Kancho. The Kaicho oversees all operations within the Kai. A Hachidan holder usually runs administrative operations for a large region or a Ryu division and holds the title of Kyoshi (senior teacher). The next headmaster will be awarded the title of Dai Soke (head of the family) and will assume the position of Kaicho.Nanadan (7th degree) – Up to and including Sandan (3rd degree). Kaicho – Head of the Kai. There’s only one Dai Shihan in the Ryu. This is the active senior administrator of the Nindo Ryu Bujutsu Kai. The Kancho oversees all operations within their division and holds the title of Renshi Shihan (Master Assistant) or Hanshi (Master Teacher). Kudan (9th degree) – Up to and including Nanadan (7th degree). The Kyoshi reports to the Soke or to the Dai Shihan. This is the active senior administrator of a particular division of the Kai and is the chosen heir to a division. Upon O’Sensei’s retirement from active duty. the Kancho will be awarded the title of Soke (Head of the family) and assume full authority to award Menkyo within their division. the next Judan rank holder will assume the position of Kancho and will hold the title of Soke (head of the family). . and that’s O’Sensei Carlos Febres. Dai Shihan is the only one authorized to issue Menkyo and Menkyo Kaiden in the Ryu. Since the Nindo Ryu is not one single art.

Dai Shihan Febres is the only one authorized to issue Menkyo license. Those testing for Yondan and Menkyo. O’Sensei – Great Teacher. Febres. The reason for this is that Yondan is the introduction into instructor’s level. if necessary. This is an honorific title spoken in reference of those held in high esteem. this title is used to refer to Dai Shihan Carlos Febres. Saiko Shihan – Head Shihan. Other Titles Kaiden Shihan . In the case of our Ryu. This is also an honorific title which can be used in reference to the head of the Kai or division head. in any division. All promotions of Rokudan and above must be approved by Dai Shihan before they are issued. The Kaicho is above rank and therefore can promote up to the rank of Judan (10th degree). Currently. have to be evaluated by Dai Shihan Febres. but it refers to a leader among masters. Dai Sensei – Head Instructor. This title may be awarded to a Shihan who holds a Menkyo Kaiden (License of Full Transmission). The Kancho is a Judan (10th degree) can only promote up to Hachidan (8th degree) It is recommended that Yondan promotions are done by Dai Shihan Carlos R.Master of full knowledge. .Note: The difference between the Kancho and Kaicho is that the Kancho is the authorized to teach and promote within their division. Highly regarded or respected teacher. The Kaicho is not bound by any particular division and can teach and promote in any division within the Ryu. This title is not normally used in our Ryu.

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