For student rankings, Cheonjikido utitlizes Korean rank titles to pay homage to Chang Moo Kwan Do, a Korean eclectic style and the great-grandfather of Cheonjikido according to our black belt lineage. For instructor rankings, Cheonjikido utilizes Japanese dan titles to pay homage to the heavy influence of Japanese and Okinawan traditional styles (i.e. Aikido, Isshin-Ryu, Shotokan) on the eclectic practice of Cheonjikido.

summary of mandatory student sets

  • Foot Movements
  • 10 Official Cheonjikido Kata
  • 10 Indigenous Chang Moo Kwan Kata (Ki-bone 1-5, Pyan-dan 1-5)
  • 81 Ippon Kumite, Right & Left Sides (20 Traditional, 8 Aikido Hand Grabs, Aikido 15 Basics, 20 Knife, 7 Gun,  Aikido 11 Dynamic Throws)
  • 5 Weapons Kata (2 Jo, 2 Bokken, 1 Bo)

For children and students with certain physical limitations, we utilize a junior ranking system up to the rank of Chil-geup (green belt). See JUNIOR RANK REQUIREMENTS.

10 areas of student assessment

  1. Ukemi
  2. Foot Movements
  3. Kata
  4. Ippon Kumite
  5. Advanced Ippon Kumite (i.e. one steps or applications)
  6. Weapons Kata
  7. Fighting
  8. Knowledge
  9. Academic Requirements
  10. Teaching Requirements

senior rank requirements

gu-geup, orange belt

  1. Ukemi: front roll, back, side
  2. Foot Movements: Unsoku (front-to-back, side-to-side, corners)
  3. Kata (2): Ki-bone IL, Sip-geup,
  4. Ippon Kumite (10): Traditional RH/LH 1-10
  5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: N/A
  6. Weapons Kata: N/A
  7. Fighting: block & catch, countering, taking balance, basic grabs
  8. Knowledge: dojo protocol & etiquette, balance points, catching a punch, basic terminology, kata bunkai (happo zanshin, application of bow, wrist escape)
  9. Academic Requirements (3): Uke & ToriOur Style Identity 
  10. Teaching Requirements: N/A

 

 

pal-geup, yellow belt

  1. Ukemi: front roll, back, side from attack
  2. Foot Movements: Unsoku, Happon Do
  3. Kata (4): Ki-bone E, Gu-geup + previous
  4. Ippon Kumite (20): Traditional RH/LH 11-20
  5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 5 RH/LH (traditional)
  6. Weapons Kata: N/A
  7. Fighting: spontaneous attacks, kumite (1-on-1)
  8. Knowledge: Cheonjikido Core Principles of Spirit #1-6, Cheonjikido Board of Directors (ranks, titles, roles), 5 Elements of Kata, kata bunkai (Kokyu-nage, Ude-gaeshi, Kote-gaeshi applications from kata)
  9. Academic Requirements (2): Itosu's Ten Precepts of Karate, Principles of Kata
  10. Teaching Requirements: N/A
 
yellowbelt

chil-geup, green belt

  1. Ukemi: flipping, uke for 15 basics
  2. Foot Movements (3): Unsoku, Happon Do, Tandoku-undo
  3. Kata (6): Ki-bone Som, Pal-geup + previous
  4. Ippon Kumite (28): Traditional 1-20 RH/LH, 8 Aikido Hand Grabs
  5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 10 RH/LH (traditional, grabs)
  6. Weapons Kata: N/A
  7. Fighting: knife blocking (stabs), eyes closed, kumite (1-on-1)
  8. Knowledge: Cheonjikido Core Principles of Spirit #1-12, 3 Stages of Kata Development, kata bunkai (applications of downward block + punch combination)
  9. Academic Requirements: Principles of KiBunkai Disassembly of Early Chang Moo Kwan Forms
  10. Teaching Requirements: N/A
 
greenbelt

yuk-geup, advanced green belt

  1. Ukemi: floating leaf
  2. Foot Movements (3): previous
  3. Kata (8): Ki-bone Sa, Chil-geup + previous
  4. Ippon Kumite (43): Aikido 15 Basics RH/LH + previous
  5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 15 RH/LH (traditional, grabs)
  6. Weapons Kata: N/A
  7. Fighting: knife blocking (slashes), randori (2-on-1), kumite (2-on-1)
  8. Knowledge: Cheonjikido Core Principles of Spirit #1-12, Cheonjikido Core Principles of Soul #1-6, kata bunkai (shiho-nage & rhythms of reversal, 2 variations of irmi-nage in Chil-geup)
  9. Academic Requirements: Jack Mumpower - 15 Basic Techniques (Video), Traditional Style Influences
  10. Teaching Requirements: Class Stretching & Warm-ups
 

o-geup, blue belt

  1. Ukemi: previous
  2. Foot Movements (3): previous
  3. Kata (10): Ki-bone O, Yuk-geup + previous
  4. Ippon Kumite (43): previous
  5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 25 RH/LH (traditional, grabs, knife)
  6. Weapons Kata: N/A
  7. Fighting: randori (2-on-1) blindfolded, kumite (2-on-1)
  8. Knowledge: Cheonjikido Core Principles of Spirit #1-12, Cheonjikido Core Principles of Soul #1-12, kata bunkai (review previous)
  9. Academic Requirements: Our Dojo HistoryWRITTEN EXAM
  10. Teaching Requirements: Foot Movements
 

sa-geup, advanced blue belt

    1. Ukemi: previous
    2. Foot Movements (3): previous
    3. Kata (12): Pyan-dan IL, O-geup + previous
    4. Ippon Kumite (63): Knife Ippons 1-20 RH/LH + previous
    5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 40 RH/LH (traditional, grabs, counters, knife, bat)
    6. Weapons Kata (1): Jo Kata #1
    7. Fighting: Fighting: Fighting: randori (3-on-1), kumite (3-on-1)
    8. Knowledge: Cheonjikido Core Principles of Spirit #1-12, Cheonjikido Core Principles of Soul #1-12, Cheonjikido Core Principles of Body #1-6, kata bunkai (1 application from Cheonjikido kata)
    9. Academic Requirements: Seven Principles of Kata InterpretationKyusho-Jitsu TheoryPyan-dan IL BunkaiWRITTEN EXAM
    10. Teaching Requirements: 1 complete class with lower ranks
     

    som-geup, red belt

    1. Ukemi: previous
    2. Foot Movements (3): previous
    3. Kata (14): Pyan-dan E, Sa-geup + previous
    4. Ippon Kumite (70): Gun Ippons 1-7 RH/LH + previous
    5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 50 RH/LH (traditional, grabs, counters, knife, bat, gun)
    6. Weapons Kata (2): Bokken Kata #1 + previous
    7. Fighting: weapons, randori (3-on-1) blindfolded, kumite (3-on-1)
    8. Knowledge: Cheonjikido Core Principles of Spirit #1-12, Cheonjikido Core Principles of Soul #1-12, Cheonjikido Core Principles of Body #1-12, kata bunkai (3 applications from Cheonjikido kata)
    9. Academic Requirements: Cheonjikido Pressure Point ManualPyan-dan E BunkaiWRITTEN EXAM
    10. Teaching Requirements: 2 complete classes with lower ranks
     

    e-geup, advanced red belt

    1. Ukemi: previous
    2. Foot Movements (3): previous
    3. Kata (16): Pyan-dan Som, Som-geup + previous
    4. Ippon Kumite (81): Aikido 11 Dynamic Throws RH/LH + previous
    5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 60 RH/LH (traditional, grabs, counters, knife, bat, gun, dynamic)
    6. Weapons Kata (3): Jo Kata #2 + previous
    7. Fighting: weapons (2-on-1), randori (4-on-1), kumite (3-on-1)
    8. Knowledge: applications of Cheonjikido Core Principles of Twelves, pressure point clusters, kata bunkai (5 applications from Cheonjikido kata)
    9. Academic Requirements: Pyan-dam Som Bunkai, Tomiki Aikido, WRITTEN EXAM
    10. Teaching Requirements: 2 complete classes with lower ranks
     

    il-geup, brown belt

    1. Ukemi: previous on grass
    2. Foot Movements (3): previous + applications
    3. Kata (18): Pyan-dan Sa, E-geup + previous
    4. Ippon Kumite (81): review previous
    5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 75 RH/LH (traditional, grabs, counters, bat, knife, gun, dynamic, wall)
    6. Weapons Kata (4): Bokken Kata #2 + previous
    7. Fighting: weapons (3-on-1), randori (5-on-1), kumite (4-on-1)
    8. Knowledge: pressure point meridians, kata bunkai (3 pressure points applications from Cheonjikido kata)
    9. Academic Requirements: Indigenous Chang Moo Kwan BunkaiOne Principle, One Thousand Techniques; WRITTEN EXAM
    10. Teaching Requirements: 3 complete classes
     

    *YEONG-GEUP, SR. BROWN BELT

    Yeong-geup, or Senior Brown Belt, is a transitional rank adopted by Catawba Valley Martial Arts in order to accommodate students below the age of eighteen (18) who have met the requirements for the rank of Shodan (i.e. black belt). Catawba Valley Martial Arts considers a Black Belt to be more than just an expert performer of Cheonjikido technique. Rather, we hope that such will prove able instructors of what they have learned, as well as good citizens with virtuous moral character and emotional maturity. Cheonjikido needs confident, yet humble yudansha (i.e. black belts) who will represent the style well as both members and instructors. That being said, WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS FULLY ACQUIRED AND CAPABLE OF BEING PROPERLY ASSESSED IN AN INDIVIDUAL BELOW THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN. This age, therefore, is considered to be the earliest point of determining whether a student can responsibly represent Catawba Valley Martial Arts and/or the style of Cheonjikido within the community as a Black Belt. The Yeong-geup rank will be implemented in the following fashion:

    • A brown belt student below the age of eighteen (18), who has been deemed ready for promotion by his instructor, will undergo the normal promotion procedure for the rank of Shodan (black belt), complete in every respect
    • If criterion for a black belt is met, the student below the age of eighteen (18) will be awarded the senior brown belt rank
    • This rank will be signified by a black strip worn on the brown belt
    • The promotion fee will be one-half of the amount designated for black belt; the other half is payable when and if the senior brown belt is awarded the full rank of shodan
    • A senior brown belt will rank between brown and black belts in class formation
    • Senior brown belts may attend yudansha meetings but WILL NOT retain voting privileges
    • Upon reaching the age of eighteen (18), a senior brown belt is eligible to be recommended by his instructor for the rank of Shodan (black belt); THIS WILL BE BY INVITATION AND IS NOT AUTOMATIC
    • An actual re-testing in terms of a senior brown belt being awarded a black belt is up to the discretion of the yudansha
    • This rank is never to be awarded for an inferior performance by a student testing for black belt. The promotee is to be a qualified black belt in every respect except age.
    • Exceptions to this age limitation are on a case by case basis and left to the discretion of the yudansha
     

    shodan, black belt

    *BY INVITATION ONLY, MUST BE AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE

    1. Ukemi: previous on concrete
    2. Foot Movements (3): previous + applications
    3. Kata (20): Pyan-dan O, Il-geup + previous
    4. Ippon Kumite (81): review previous
    5. Advanced Ippon Kumite: 100 RH/LH (traditional, grabs, counters, bat,  knife, gun, dynamic, wall, suwari)
    6. Weapons Kata (5): Bo Kata #1 + previous
    7. Fighting: weapons (3-on-1), suwari (3-on-1) blindfolded, randori (8-on-1), kumite (4-on-1)
    8. Knowledge: 5 advanced kata bunkai; pressure point meridians; teaching proficiency concerning Cheonjikido Core Principle of Twelves, terminology, dojo history, style background, and undergirdings of traditional style; familiarity concerning Black Belt ranking system and Black Belt Board protocol
    9. Academic Requirements: Larry Beal Kyusho-jitsu SeminarFrom Point Zero to Ground Zero; Jack Mumpower - Comparing the Basic 15 and the 17 AdvancedRESEARCH PAPER (topic determined by Black Belt Board of Directors)
    10. Teaching Requirements: 5 complete classes
    11. OTHER: Traditional Kata of student’s choice (must be approved by instructor); First Aid & CPR Certification
     

    nidan, 2nd-degree black belt

    1. Cheonjikido Kata #1-5 with rhythms of reversal
    2. Chang Moo Kwan Kata: Chulgi IL, Gensu-Gensa
    3. Koryu-Dai-Ichi, Koryu-Dai-Ni
    4. Bo Kata #2-3
    5. Jo Kata #3-4
     

    sandan, 3rd-degree black belt

    1. Cheonjikido Kata #6-10 with rhythms of reversal
    2. Tan-Tui Kata
    3. Goshin Ho #1-42 RH/LH
    4. Koryu-Dai-San, Koryu-Dai-Yon
    5. Bo Kata #4-5
     

    yondan, 4th-degree black belt & above

    • There are no formal tests above the rank of Sandan. Subsequent ranks are awarded based upon time, active participation, consistent contribution, training, growth, and teaching in the art of Cheonjikido.

    junior rank requirements