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How do I get promoted in Hinode-Ryu Karate at Rising Sun?

            Since Rising Sun began in 1991, we have always tried to teach students the importance of effort in each and every class. It is the effort that we give to techniques during training that will determine how we use the technique if, and when, needed. We have a saying in the Dojo that “You begin testing for your Black Belt the first time you step on the mats”. So we have applied this philosophy to our kyu rank (under Black Belt) advancements. Students train during their regular scheduled classes. During each training session, they are evaluated and scored for their effort, focus, discipline and results of the day’s lesson. All scoring is tabulated and recorded each day and at the end of the year; students will be awarded their new rank for their training results according to the rank advancement scale developed. A formal rank advancement ceremony is part of our annual banquet.  Students can earn 1 stripe, 2 stripes or even a new colored belt depending on their score, and amount of training time accrued. It could also mean no advancement if it is not EARNED. This testing format only applies to Brown Belt 3rd and below.  All Black Belt testing and fees will remain the same for degree tests, not level checkpoints.

    Don't put your emphasis on what's around your waist, instead, put your effort into learning, understanding and mastering your technique. Rank advancement should be like self defense. Your self defense in the street will only be as good as your training in class. It will not be to the same level as your effort in a pre-determined time, date and situation like a promotion test.

    In the event that a student stops training before the end of the year, that student can request an "Exit Ranking" where an appropriate certificate will be administered in accordance with the points earned to that date.

So the answer to the question, "When do we test" is...EVERYDAY!


Additional Rank Advancement Material:

Written Tests - Written tests are required one time per year for each student. The written test shows your knowledge of your rank requirements. Students will be instructed when they need to take the written test.

HOW TO TIE YOUR BELT IN HINODE-RYU KARATE - Every style ties their belt in a different way. You may find a video on You Tube or somewhere else "on the line", but it may not be the same as the way we do it. Please review the link above for system for tying the belt.



Rank Status: January 1, 2019

*Starting Rank = The rank in which the student began the training year 2019.

**Test Eligible Rank = The rank in which the student MAY be eligible to receive before a formal test.

Name *Starting Rank **Test Eligible Rank
Master Chuck Hosler Rokudan Sitidan
Ben Hosler Sandan - L4 Sandan - L4
Brandon Keller Sandan Sandan
Paul Kikuchi Shodan-L6 Nidan
Cameron Yeckel Black Belt-L2 Black Belt-L2
Duane Leiby Black Belt-L3 Black Belt-L3
Weston Larkin Black Belt-L3 Black Belt-L3
Keith Humfleet Black Belt Black Belt
Max Price Brown 3rd Brown 3rd
Abby Klemm Brown 3rd Brown 3rd
Jason Styer Brown 3rd Brown 3rd
Joe Klemm Brown 1st Brown 1st
Bob Walkup Brown Belt Brown Belt
David Colasante Green Belt Green Belt
Maddie Styer Purple 1st Purple 1st
Kevin Hutchinson Blue 2nd Blue 2nd
Tammy Kolas Blue 1st Blue 1st
Luke Kolas Blue 1st Blue 1st
Matthew Kolas Blue 1st Blue 1st
Shane Rooney Blue Belt Blue Belt
Mason Legge Orange 2nd Orange 2nd
Chris Cunningham Orange 2nd Orange 2nd
Ryan Watts Orange 1st Orange 1st
Jason Newman Orange 1st Orange 1st
Cordelia Jefferies Orange Belt Orange Belt
Ryan Snodgrass Orange Belt Orange Belt
Aiden Gontz Orange Belt Orange Belt
Jocelyn Hatfield Orange Belt Orange Belt
Mark Hatfield Orange Belt Orange Belt
George Kanski Orange Belt Orange Belt
Laila Hockenberry Yellow 2nd Yellow 2nd
Alexander Myers Yellow 2nd Yellow 2nd
Mackenzie Myers Yellow 2nd Yellow 2nd
Katie Luff Yellow 2nd Yellow 2nd
Mason Jones Yellow 2nd Yellow 2nd
Michael Mullaugh Yellow 2nd Yellow 2nd
Laney Moon Yellow 2nd Yellow 2nd
Brandon Myers Yellow 2nd Yellow 2nd
Morgan Houser Yellow 1st Yellow 1st
AJ Palko Yellow 1st Yellow 1st
Brandon Esek Yellow 1st Yellow 1st
Dane Neidig Yellow 1st Yellow 1st
Evelyn Shesko Yellow 1st Yellow 1st
Joy Koltas Yellow 1st Yellow 1st
Teonna McGuire Yellow 1st Yellow 1st
Logan Hindmarch Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Nicholas Huschak Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Madeline Jefferies Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Cole Dailey Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Grace Winkler Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Nicholas Walkowiak Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Ashley Watts Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Emily Watts Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Cameron Mackowiak Yellow Belt Yellow Belt
Luke Arnstein White Belt Yellow Belt
Marc Steinert White Belt Yellow Belt


To review your training requirements, click on your current belt color:

White Belt  Yellow Belt  Orange Belt  Blue Belt  Purple Belt  Green Belt  Brown Belt  Brown 3rd

Solid Black Belt  Shodan Black Belt  Nidan Black Belt