Bujinkan Rank

Phil Legare (47 Posts)

Dai-Shihan Legare is the recipient of 4 Bujinkan Gold Dragon Awards and the Bufu Ikkan lifetime award presented by Hatsumi Soke for martial arts excellence. Joanne Legare, Phil’s wife and a Yushu Shihan in the Bujinkan who often co-teaches at his seminars, is also the recipient of a Gold Dragon Award. Dai-Shihan Legare currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and trains with Soke on a weekly basis


Joanne and I at Honbu 2004

In preparation for our webinar on “Rank in the Bujinkan” (scheduled for 25 Nov at 1300 EST), I’d like to hear your thoughts on the only official rank test we have in the Bujinkan. The Godan or Sakki test. Recently this came up as a source of controversy at Hombu. Apparently, someone came over to Japan for training as a 3rd kyu. On this person’s first day of training, one of the Japanese Shihan promoted him to Shodan. A couple of days later, one of the other Japanese Shihan promoted this individual to Yondan. At Soke’s class a day or two later, Soke asked if anyone there was a Yondan and wanted to take the Sakki test. This person then sat for the test, passed and left Japan a Godan/Shidoshi. Incredible, from 3rd kyu to Godan in about a week.

I don’t have enough information on the individual or the circumstances to give a value judgment. Possibly the person has been training for a very long time and just never got promoted. Soke sometimes promotes people who are high up in government or a senior grade in another martial art. I don’t know for sure, but my gut tells me this person was promoted way too early.

What are your thoughts on the only official rank test we have in the Bujinkan? How many years should you train before being allowed to sit for “The Test?” Let me see your opinion in the comments below!

We’ll discuss this and other issues involving rank at our webinar on the 25th.
Gambatte !!

r/Phil

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Phil Legare

Dai-Shihan Legare is the recipient of 4 Bujinkan Gold Dragon Awards and the Bufu Ikkan lifetime award presented by Hatsumi Soke for martial arts excellence. Joanne Legare, Phil’s wife and a Yushu Shihan in the Bujinkan who often co-teaches at his seminars, is also the recipient of a Gold Dragon Award. Dai-Shihan Legare currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and trains with Soke on a weekly basis

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