The following categories of techniques and drills are incorporated into the Rank Requirements Matrix of Wabujitsu. The descriptions of each category are generalized and not all encompassing. The techniques listed are basic requirements to shodan level (first degree black belt) only; the numbers before the individual techniques indicate at what kyu level (levels leading up to shodan) the techniques will be tested.
Te Waza – Basic joint manipulations for use against wrist grabs and clothing grabs, from a standing position
Ate (or Atemi) Waza – Striking/smashing techniques from any position.
Uke Waza – Blocking, trapping, and redirecting techniques.
Nage Waza – Throwing techniques.
Kansetsu Waza – Joint-locking techniques on any joint from any position.
Ukemi Waza – Falling techniques, i.e. rolling and breakfalls.
Tai subaki Waza – Techniques of repositioning/moving in relation to the attacker’s position and movement.
Shime (Jime) Waza – Techniques of strangulation.
Katame Waza – Techniques of grappling from any position.
Ne Waza – Techniques of grappling from a seated or lying position.
Kobujutsu Waza – Weapons techniques; field-expedient, traditional, and modern weapons. Weapons of choice in Wabujitsu are sticks (hanbo, jo, escrima/kali), walking canes (we endorse the hardwood combat canes produced by CaneMasters), knives, pistols (both revolver and semi-automatic) and rifles. Weapons training is reserved solely for adults of proven reputable character. All weapons from all styles are recognized, testable, and creditable for rank promotions.
Kata – Traditional solo drills of patterned movement, with and without weapons, against imaginary attackers. 19 traditional Japanese, Okinawan, and Chinese kata are taught in Wabujitsu; however, all kata from all styles are recognized, testable, and creditable for rank promotions.
Goshin Jutsu Kata – Drills where student defends against one or more attackers, with or without weapons, in a controlled, safe manner.
The following matrices will indicate in a generalized way the requirements for each rank. Individual techniques in each category are minimum requirements, and we will show as many as possible on the password-protected area of our web page. Trying to describe these techniques by words alone would be time-consuming, and would have little training value. Also, the execution of techniques has to be shown by a qualified Wabujitsu instructor; shihonage performed by a jujitsu practitioner, an aikido practitioner and a student of Wabujitsu would probably have significant differences.
This matrix is offered only as a guide for Wabujitsu students, and also to provide to experienced practitioners of other arts a guideline to become ranked in Wabujitsu. Other experienced martial artists will have to consult with us on the “flavor” of the Wabujitsu method of execution of techniques in order to be ranked in our system.
Students will also engage in jiyu kumite and randori (controlled methods of free-fighting) as part of the evaluation process for promotion.
Additionally, for promotion to shodan (1st degree black) the practitioner will write a detailed essay regarding the legal and moral application of force, how it relates to self-defense, and how it relates to instruction.