Brown Belt, 1st Degree - Ikkyu

Students at the Brown 1st stage will spend approximately six months refining everything they have learned in the past years of study. Conditioning is also a priority, since the Black Belt test is an aerobic endeavor as well as a test of knowledge. Students are also expected to fully embrace the idea of professionalism at this stage. Any lapses in dojo etiquette and/or character must be addressed prior to Black Belt certification. Brown 1st students will often be used as assistants to instructors, and should be willing and able to perform such duties. The purpose of this is to not only show the instructors that you can do the material but that you also understand the material well enough to teach it to a lower rank.

This is your last rank before Black Belt! You must be able to show any lower rank any of your techniques on demand. You must know all your information inside and out. Train on your own daily, running should be added to your home training to help you physically pass the Black Belt Test.

Requirements for Next Rank

All previous rank requirements.

Self-Defense Techniques

Five of each of the following

  • Single wrist grabs

  • Double wrist grabs

  • Front chokes

  • Back chokes

  • Double lapel grabs


  • Thirteen


  • Two weapons forms


  • Three animal techniques for each of the five animals