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Board of Directors



President: Boaz Steigman
Vice President: Gerald Wicklund
Treasurer: J.D. Natan
Secretary: Vacant
Chief Technical Officer: J.D. Natan
Senior Weapons Adviser: Vacant
Director – Research and Development: Yehoshua Kadosh
Operations Director - North America: Billy Ray Wilcox
Operations Director - England: Sholom Meyer
Operations Director - Bulgaria: Boris Gramchev


Teaching Certificate Requirements:


Ability to teach the required material is the main concern of the Teaching License. The differing levels reflect the depth of the knowledge the teacher can impart; not, just, "Time in Grade".


J.D. Natan issues all teaching certificates (licenses).

  • Shihan (Teacher's License):

  • recipients must be at least a Yondan (4th Degree Black); meet Association requirements; be recommended by their Shihan, and meet Shuseki Shihan J.D. Natan's approval.

  • Renshi (Trusted Teacher's License):

  • recipients must be at least a Rokudan (6th Degree Black); meet Association requirements; be recommended by their Shihan, and meet Shuseki Shihan J.D. Natan's approval.

  • Kyoshi (Master Teacher's License):

  • recipients must be at least Nanadan (7th Degree Red), meet Association requirements; be recommended by their Shihan, and meet Shuseki Shihan J.D. Natan's approval.

  • Hanshi (Grandmaster Level Teacher's License):

  • must be at least Kudan (9th Degree Red) or higher, and meet Shuseki Shihan J.D. Natan's approval.


NO Teacher's License can be AUTHENTIC unless:

  1. It is issued by Shuseki Shihan J.D. Natan,

  2. It contains his signature and Han,

  3. It has the RKKKR Association Seal on it.


The procedure for processing of any Promotions, Licenses, and Memberships is as follows:

  1. The appropriate form must be properly filled out, a copy retained for the records of the submitting dojo;

  2. The finished forms and photos, along with the appropriate fees in certified funds are to be mailed to the RKKKR Administrative Headquarters.


Promotion certificates should be ordered well in advance for promotions to Kyu ranks. Promotions which require Natan, Sensei's review and approval should be done at Natan, Sensei's visits. Sufficient time for processing, and mailing from Administrative Headquarters in Kfar Adumim, Israel, has to be considered on all Yuudansha promotions. Promotions will be promptly processed; and returned by first class mail, unless otherwise requested. All dojo are encouraged to have each and every member become an Individual Member of the Association.


Promotional Authority


Only RKKKR Certified and Licensed Yuudansha are permitted to promote with RKKKR certificates. Gakusha (Shodan through Sandan) Licensed Instructors may promote Kyu grades within their respective dojo, only.

  • Shodan - Through Rokkyu

  • Nidan - Through Sankyu

  • Sandan - Through Ikkyu


Shihan Licensed Instructors are permitted to promote up to and including the rank of Shodan.

Renshi Licensed Instructors are permitted to promote up to and including the rank of Sandan.

Kyoshi Licensed Instructors are permitted to promote up to and including the rank of Godan. The ranks of Yondan and above require Shuseki Shihan J.D. Natan's review and approval.

All promotions of Rokudan, and above, issuance of Shihan, Renshi, or Kyoshi Licenses are to be made, only, by Grandmaster Natan.

Requirements for Promotion


The Rengokai does not set standards for the material taught by its various members. What constitutes the requirements for rank is left to the discretion of the individual Associations and Dojo in the Rengokai. Additionally, the Association only promotes those who are recommended for promotion by their respective organizations. In an effort to establish a little uniformity across the Association the following Membership and Time guidelines have been established.

Children and today's society represent a challenge for our profession. So, in order to increase our appeal (and help with student retention while undercutting the diploma mills), we have instituted a system designed to excite them. These "Ranks" are not Kyu or Dan Ranks. They are simply colored belts designating a child's progress at the Dojo (training hall). Once a child reaches the age of fifteen, they may start fulfilling the Rank Requirements for Kyu grades leading up to Shodan.

  • Green (6 months to 1 year)

  • Brown (1 year to 2 years)

  • 1st Black (1 1/2 - 2 years)

  • 2nd Black (2 - 3 years)

  • 3rd Black (3 - 4 years)


These "Ranks" are sugestions. The time limits in the "Black" Belts are arbitrary and only a suggestion. It is up to the individual Shihans to determine what is best for them.

The Association uses colored belts, in this order, for the Kyu grades:

  • Yellow (8th Kyu) Hachikyu

  • Orange (7th Kyu) Nanakyu

  • Purple (6th Kyu) Rokkyu

  • Blue (5th Kyu) Gokyu

  • Green (4th Kyu) Yonkyu

  • 3rd Brown (3rd Kyu) Sankyu

  • 2nd Brown (2nd Kyu) Nikyu

  • Black (1st Kyu) Ikkyu


And the Ryukyu system in the Dan ranking:


Experience Requirements:


Dan Color Stripe Min. Age Yrs of Study Yrs Dan Instructing License
Shodan Black ¾ inch silver 16 4 n/a Assistant Instructor
Nidan Black 1 inch silver 17 5 1 Assistant Instructor
Sandan¹ Black 1½ inch silver 19 7 3 Shihandai
Yondan Black ¾ inch gold 22 10 (Shihan)² 6 Shihan
Godan Black 1 inch gold 25 13 (Shihan)² 9 Shihan
Rokudan Black 1½ inch gold 30 15 (Renshi)² 12 Shihan
Nanadan Red ¾ inch gold 35 20 (Kyoshi)² 15 Daishihan
Hachidan Red ¾ inch gold 40 24 (Kyoshi)² 20 Daishihan
Kudan Red 1½ inch gold 55 39 (Hanshi)² 35 Daishihan
Judan Red 1½ inch gold 62 45 (Hanshi)² 40 Saikou Shihan

¹After Sandan, only one, of the Minimums may be violated. ²Title Ranks.

It is the policy of the Association that RKKKR Certified Shihan, Renshi, and Kyoshi should operate their own unsupervised dojo. However, Gakusha Instructors (Shodan through Sandan), should, only teach under direct supervision of their Shihan, Renshi, or Kyoshi instructor.


Rank Accreditation:


Only Shuseki Shihan J.D. Natan has the right to issue RKKKR Certificates. No RKKKR Rank Diploma, Dojo Certificate, or Teacher's License can be AUTHENTIC unless:

  1. It is issued by Shuseki Shihan J.D. Natan;

  2. It contains his signature and Han;

  3. It has the RKKKR Association Seal on it.


Individual RKKKR dojo, with a licensed teacher, may issue Association Kyu certificates to students holding Individual Memberships; however, these certificates are to be obtained, only, from the Ryukyu Kenpo Karate Kobudo Rengokai Administrative Headquarters.


Fees


Organizational:
Organizational Affiliation $100
Black Belt Affiliation $100
Basic Membership Free
Individual Memberships:
Muudansha Membership $25.00
Yuudansha Membership $35.00
Yondan through Rokudan Membership $50.00
Dojo Licenses:
Individual Dojo $100.00 (does not include Dojo seal)
Additional Branch Dojo* $10.00


* Branch Dojo are those Dojo in different locations in which the same person teaches. For example: an instructor has a main Dojo where he centers his activities. He, also, teaches in a University club at the University that is separate from his main Dojo; due to University policy. The University club would be a Branch Dojo. Or, he may teach in a number of community centers, Boy's Clubs, etc. These are not required. Only if the instructor wishes to have additional certificates to hang in his various Branch Dojo should he ask for them.

Certificate and Promotion Fees


Muudansha (Kyu)* Fee
Signed and Stamped Certificate from the Association $10.00 each
50 or more Certificates $5.00 each
Yuudansha (Dan) Fee
1st Shodan $100.00
2nd Nidan $100.00
3rd Sandan $100.00
4th Yondan $200.00
5th Godan $100.00
6th Rokudan $200.00
**Jump Test $50.00

* Muudansha test fees are up to the individual Dojo to set. These are only the prices for the certificates from Association Headquarters; not including Shipping and Handling.

**Jump Test. Applies only to Nidan, Sandan, and Godan. First time test: i.e. a previously ranked Shodan by another organization who wishes to advance to Nidan may Jump Test to Nidan. Cost - $200. To Sandan $250. From Nidan to Sandan $250. To Yondan $400. From Sandan to Yondan - $400. Normal route: i.e. Jump Test from Shodan to Sandan. Cost $150. From Nidan to Yondan - $250. From Yondan to Rokudan - $250. Nanadan and higher promotions are presented for time in rank and service to Saikou Shihan Natan and the Association.



Teacher Certificates Fee
Assistant Instructor (Shodan – Nidan) $90
Shihandai (Sandan) $90
Shihan (Yondan) $200
Shihan (Godan) $90
Shihan (Rokudan) $90
Daishihan (Nanadan) $0

Title Certificates Fee
Renshi (6th Rokudan)* $200
Kyoshi (7th Nanadan)* $200
*Minimum rank to be awarded.
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