Becoming a Master

The Path to Mastery


Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt II (Nidan)

            • All of the Requirements for Shodan
            • Execute 10 Empty Hand Kata
            • Execute 10 Weapons Kata
            • One year teaching an organized class or/
            • Attaining Black Belt, by test, in another style


Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt III (Sandan)

          • All of the Requirements for Nidan
          • Execute and Demonstrate Mastery of Rope Techniques
          • Execute and Demonstrate Mastery of Handkerchief Techniques
          • Execute and Demonstrate Mastery of Hat Techniques
          • Create, Demonstrate and Explain 1 Empty Hand Kata
          • Create, Demonstrate and Explain 1 Weapons Kata
          • Be actively engaged as a teacher in an organized class



Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt IV (Yodan)*
            • All of the Requirements for Sandan
            • Execute and Demonstrate Mastery of White Lotus Sword System
            • Execute and Demonstrate Mastery of Knife Techniques
            • Execute and Demonstrate Mastery of Bo Techniques


    *A properly certified Gun Fu Black Belt of the Iron Crane School can also attain a level of Yodan by satisfying the following:

    1. Take four students from white belt to Black Belt in full compliance with the standards recorded in the manual; and

    2. Have no active restrictions to promotion or advancement, of record.


 

Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt V (Godan/Master)

            • All of the Requirements for Yodan
            • 1 Hour Demonstration of Technique to Panel of Masters
            • Recitation of Personal Philosophy, Standards, and Ethic
            • Present a Record Video for Review by the Board and for Retention in the Gun Fu Archives



Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt VI
(Rokudan/Esteemed Master)
            • All of the Requirements for Godan
            • Review of Lifetime Contribution to the Martial Arts By a Panel of Masters


Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt VII

(Shichidan/August Master)

            • All of the Requirements for Rokudan
            • Review of Lifetime Contribution to the Martial Arts By a Panel of Masters



Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt VIII
(Hachidan/Head of System)

            • All of the Requirements for Shichidan
            • Review of Lifetime Contribution to the Martial Arts by a Panel of Masters
            • If Appropriate...Designation by Current Head of System


Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt IX
(Kudan/Head of System II)

            • All of the Requirements for Hachidan
            • Review of Lifetime Contribution to the Martial Arts by a Panel of Masters
            • If Appropriate...Designation by Current Head of System


Gun Fu Testing Requirements
Black Belt X
(Judan/Founder of System)

            • Review of Lifetime Contribution to the Martial Arts by a Panel of Masters
            • Creation of a Defined and Recognized Program of Martial Arts Technique and Instruction

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