IBDA Shihan Van Donk offers a strategic standardized
step-by-step learning and ranking system. This
special system has been refined for over 20 years by Shihan Van
Donk's some 50 trips to train with Soke Hatsumi, his owning every
piece of his printed material, several hundred published
and non-published videos, personal training with Soke who answered
all his questions, personal training with most all senior Japanese
instructors, and instructing several thousand students to every
level in the Bujinkan, including many students to high Judan levels
with lots of them starting with the distant learning Ninjutsu
BlackBelt course. Bottom Line our method works. The proof is in
the students who's lives have been changed by our training. Yours
will be too when you study with us.
who is affiliated with us will have studied this material or has
proven to Shihan Van Donk that they indeed know the material presented
in our courses. There is no exception and there will be no exception.
We believe in our standard and recommend that all teachers do
the same. We believe that the future of Ninjutsu will depend on
this. Ranks just given without meaning or the student knowing
what they have learned for the rank they where given is in our
opinion unfair to the student. We prefer the University approach.
You can learn anything you want in any order you want with us.
Do what you love and the rank will come as you learn and can demonstrate
the required material as outlined very clearly in our Kyu and
Dan ranking curriculum. All of our ranks have always been and
always will come through Soke Hatsumi in Japan. And that is a
rank you can be sure will be recognized worldwide.
a short overview of what you learn at each level.
this beginning level you will learn an overview of all the 9 schools
and their weapons to prepare you for the deeper study of Budo
Taijutsu and all the 9 schools wazas and principles.
Taijutsu training from 9th kyu to Shodan you learn a strategic
systematized overview of the Ninjutsu 9 schools including foundations,
postures, punches, kicks, weapon basics, history, stealth, chokes,
grappling, throws, meditation, proper body movement and much,
much more. Hundreds and hundreds of techniques. On the average
our students spend 3 years of solid training on this level as
it covers main aspects of Togakure Ryu, Gyokko Ryu, Koto Ryu,
Kukishinden Ryu, Shinden Fudo Ryu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu preparing
you for a deeper focus of individual schools that you will study
at succeeding dan levels.
are divided into these levels. Once completed you become a Shodan
and receive your BlackBelt.
- 9th Kyu (Kyukyu)
- 8th Kyu (Hachikyu)
- 7th Kyu (Nanakyu)
- 6th Kyu (Rokkyu)
- 5th Kyu (Gokyu)
- 4th Kyu (Yonkyu)
- 3rd Kyu (Sankyu)
- 2nd Kyu (Nikyu)
- 1st Kyu (Ikkyu)
a very solid overview of the nine traditions that make up the
teachings of the Bujinkan Dojo you will begin to explore the actual
school (know as Ryu) material in a more in depth way by studying
the deeper principles and partner exchange forms called waza.
Unlike a Kata which is performed by oneself to perfection. Wazas
are interactive drills that are done with at least 2 persons both
in a formal way and with many variations so that the principles
of the school can also be learned. Wazas also help you learn timing,
distancing, and eventually true budo protection methods. Each
of the 9 schools have their own focuses and attributes and may
favor certain weapons.
2nd degree Black Belt training includes Kosshijutsu study of the
principles and Gyokko ryu wazas of Jo Ryaku no
maki, Churaku no maki and Geryaku/Mutodori gedan plus 29 Kukishinden
Ryu Hanbojutsu, Shoden/Chuden/Okuden level wazas.
Sandan Level Training
3rd degree Black Belt training includes principles and wazas of
Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu, Ten & Chi
No Maki, Shizen Shikoku No Kata Jutaijutsu, Shoden Gata/Juroku
Gata/Chuden/Okuden levels and from Kukishinden Ryu: Rokushakubojutsu
- Shoden, Chuden, Okuden, Kuden levels
Yondan Level Training
4th degree Black Belt training includes principles and
wazas of Takagi Yoshin Jutaijutsu including Shoden
No Kata/Chuden No Sabakigata/Chuden No Tai No Gata/Okuden No Kata
levels and Eri Shimegata, Moguri levels.
Kukishinden Ryu: Yari Jutsu, Kodachi, Muto Dori
Blackbelt training includes principles and wazas of Koto
Shoden -Chuden-Okuden - Hekuto No Kata. Daishosabaki - Bokuden
Gata Shodan thru Kudan levels
this time all 5th degree (Godan) tests must be taken in Japan
with Soke Masaaki Hatsumi or by Shihan Van Donk in Soke's presence.
6th degree Black Belt training includes principles and
wazas of Kukishinden Ryu
including the Shoden / Chuden / Sabaki Gata / Okuden No Kata /
Shirabe Moguri Gata levels. Weapon is Naginata and Roikumiuchi.
7th degree Black Belt training includes principles and
wazas of Togakure Ryu Happo Hiken Kenpo- Itto
giri / Kakushi Iai Sanpo / Ukemi gata / Shinobi Iai Happo Sabaki
Happo Bikenjutsu Level 1. Specialties / Ninpo
8th degree Black Belt training is Juppo Sessho and includes
wazas of Kukishinden Jojutsu - Shoden Koshiki Gata - Kjui no ho,
Kutsu no ho (Joruku gata) Happo Bikenjutsu Level 2
plus Jutte and Bisento -
9th degree Black Belt training includes the basic understanding
of Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu principles / Jutaijutsu
Jodan No Kurai Tehodoki and Taihodoki Kukishinden Ryu:
Tessen Jutsu Happo Bikenjutsu level 3 Budo Taijutsu
Weapons Ura Waza
10th degree Black Belt training includes the understanding
of Budo Taijutsu Ura Waza principles Happo
Bikenjutsu Level 4 and a personal choice of a deep spiritual practice.
Take a look at Gyokushin Ryu principles.
This top Shihan ranking will take the signatures
of Shihan Van Donk and at least 2 other Judans plus the
final agreement of Soke Hatsumi.
Judan has 5 Grade levels
- 10th Dan Judan
- 10th Dan Judan Chigyo Happo Biken
- 10th Dan Judan Suigyo Happo Biken
- 10th Dan Judan Kagyo Happo Biken
- 10th Dan Judan Fugyo Happo Biken
- 10th Dan Judan Kugyo Happo Biken
5 advanced levels of Judan are awarded by Soke Hatsumi at his
really incorrect they are often referred to 11th to 15th dan,
even by Soke Hatsumi as it became easier to say.
IBDATM ranking and study structure goes all the way to 10th degree.
There is a lifetime of learning available
and we can help you travel the journey as far as you want to go.