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Fugakukai International Association

Karl E. Geis, Hanshi
10th Dan Aikido, 9th Dan Judo U.S.J.A., 8th Dan Jyodo




The ranking system for children stresses frequent and positive rewards. We recommend that a child's first promotion be given within a two month period after starting Judo and that each child be given regular promotions every four months thereafter as a minimum. We feel the instructor must have total freedom with the instruction of children and the following guidelines are simply that and may be deviated from in any way the instructor chooses. We recommend that a student's first promotion be based on the chart below, regardless of ability. However, any student may rise above his age group to the top of the chart should the instructor feel his technical ability and knowledge supports the promotion. We do recommend that no student be promoted more than four ranks ahead of his age group. However, children's promotions will be left solely to the discretion of the instructor.


INSTRUCTIONAL STANDARDS
Training standards for children should be flexible and we recommend that the teacher follow the Kodokan Gokyo No Waza including the first three kyo and various basic grappling techniques, all the time guiding the child toward sankyu or higher standards as the case may be. Always keep in mind that children learn at different speeds and should be taught accordingly. We also feel the children should have a basic vocabulary and historical knowledge as long as undue pressure and stress are not put in this area. All 20 children's belt ranks will contain different colors and color combinations. This is accomplished by incorporating a sleeve 12 inches long that can be slipped over the existing yellow, orange, blue, purple or green belt. For example, when a child is promoted from yellow belt he will receive a diploma and an orange sleeve to slide over his existing belt. With registration all children will receive our first registration diploma. However, all promotions thereafter will have completely different and decorative diplomas each telling in its own special way of the child's achievement, thereby reinforcing the child's self image of himself as well as bringing the Judo message to him and his family. All of the following age increments are to be considered with total flexibility, and the instructor has total flexibility in their use.


CHILDREN'S AGE AND BELT RANK CHART
For Instructors
AGE BELT COLOR
YR MONS

YR

MONS

6

to

6

4

yellow belt

6

4

to

6

8

yellow belt with orange sleeve

6

8

to

7

yellow belt with blue sleeve

7

to

7

4

yellow belt with purple sleeve

7

4

to

7

8

yellow belt with green sleeve

7

8

to

8

yellow belt with brown sleeve

8

to

8

4

orange belt

8

4

to

8

8

orange belt with blue sleeve

8

8

to

9

orange belt with purple sleeve

9

to

9

4

orange belt with green sleeve

9

4

to

9

8

orange belt with brown sleeve

9

8

to

10

blue belt

10

to

10

4

blue belt with purple sleeve

10

4

to

10

8

blue belt with green sleeve

10

8

to

11

blue belt with brown sleeve

11

to

11

4

purple belt

11

4

to

11

8

purple belt with green sleeve

11

8

to

12

purple belt with brown sleeve

12

to

12

4

green belt

12

4

to

12

8

green belt with brown sleeve

12

8

to

13

brown belt (if knowledge and experience warrant)



If the student is a beginner at age 13, the first promotion should be in 2 to 4 months and should be to senior green belt.