Brown Belt (Sankyu) Curriculum

Please note: We are currently in the process of entering the curriculum requirements for this rank into the system. This is a time consuming process. Information will be immediately available via this post as it is published, but not all content is currently available. We will remove this comment when all curriculum content for this rank has been provided.

Brown Belt Introduction

Congratulations once again on having achieved your Green Belt.  Your next goal is to move out of the intermediate rank levels and move into the advanced level, beginning with your Brown Belt. The largest area of study for those seeking to achieve the Brown Belt ranking is grappling. These studies will help you achieve the often coveted Brown Belt.  The Brown Belt rank requires maturity in physical, emotional, and spiritual skills. As students prepare for their Brown Belt they become accomplished martial artists who must know what constitutes inappropriate martial arts utilization. Students study conflict avoidance and the discipline of avoiding opponent harm.  You will also develop extensive grappling and ground fighting skills. Additionally, students begin preparation for eventual Iaido studies by exploring use of the Bokken weapon.

There are three levels of brown belt studies. You will undergo a ranking examination to achieve each level. The greatest amount of material is found at this belt level (Sankyu). The Nikyu and Ikkyu training involves less material but it is of a  more advanced nature.

Brown Belt Overview

The further exploration of Waza and expanded conceptual knowledge are a primary emphasis of the material in the belt.

Students study a series of powerful Kata. These Kata are the Kusanku, Koryo, and Matsumura Rohai. The purpose of these Kata is to further explore Bunkai as it relates to powerful movements that may lead to serious injury of an opponent.

The green belt might also be referred to as the grappling belt. Students extensively explore grappling skills and methods including effective take downs, locks, holds, escapes, and essential ground work. The purpose of this training is to give practitioners the skills and experience they may need if a conflict goes to the ground or when confronting someone someone who has grappling experience.

The primary weapons used for training in this belt are the knife and the Bokken. Students begin by working on numerous knife-skills including escaping, thwarting, self-defense, disarmament, and destructive skills. The goal is to ensure students have a sound appreciation for the risks and possible defensive options to consider when confronted by someone with a knife. Students round out this training by studying a single Tanto Kata.

Following knife training students study use of the Bokken. Students will train with other weapons as well to both see how a practitioner might overcome these weapons when using the Bokken, and to explore how these weapons might be employed to defend against and defeat a Bokken. Students should note that how a weapon fares against a Bokken is not necessarily a good indicator for how it may fare against a Katana. There are no Kata related to the Bokken in this belt curriculum, but practitioners will study Bokken forms at the next belt level.

The curriculum in this belt also involves relatively detailed study of the human muscular system. Muscle types, muscular fibers, muscular fatigue, contraction cycles, lever function, and muscle identification are all studied so students have an intimate understanding of how muscles work, which muscle controls what motor function, and how to enhance or retard the functioning of individual muscles.

Brown Belt Curriculum

We continue our anatomical studies by exploring the human muscular system. Students will explore muscle types, muscle tissues, muscle functioning and interactions, muscle groups, muscle metabolism, and the various muscles ...
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The weapons training provided in this belt curriculum deals primarily with the Tanto (knife) and Bokken. This represents an introduction to and initial study of bladed weapons. When studying the ...
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Exploration of new knowledge and conceptual information kicks into overdrive in this belt. Much of what you have previously learned will be explored again from different perspectives. A great deal ...
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In the prior belt you studied fundamental grappling skills. Now you will begin to put these skills to work. In this belt you will learn specific grappling strategies and methods ...
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You will study several open-hand Kata and one weapon Kata in your studies to achieve your Brown Belt. The three open-hand forms focus on the derivation of speed and power ...
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The movement skills in this belt are often quite subtle and at times almost imperceptible. This makes some of these skills very hard to master. Many other skills studied in ...
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Final Thoughts

At the conclusion of your training for this belt you will have mastered fundamental skills, conceptual notions of movement, structure, timing, and distance, sparring, grappling and extensive weapons training. After achieving your Brown Belt you will begin to integrate these various skills into a unique fighting style we call Ad Hoc fighting. You will also begin a formal exploration of the Japanese Katana. Your prior weapons skills will prove invaluable as you begin to formally study Katana usage. We look forward to helping you explore these truly advanced skills.

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