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DSI Instructor Certifications

This is a specialized field of study and utilizes the sciences and concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as it applies to life-protection techniques. Only dan gradings will be issued. Black Belt rank and Instructor Certifications are separate acknowledgments. A person may attain, for example, the rank of 5th degree black belt yet posses only an Assistant Instructor certification or none at all.

In order to receive rank and/or instructor certification in this field, one must posses the minimum of 1st Degree Black Belt or equivalent, a specified level of understanding and an applied expertise of TCM in accordance with DSI standards. Additionally, one must actively participate in DSI seminars, support and promote DSI and its philosophies, be a current member and study directly under a DSI senior, or higher, level instructor. A Board of Examiners will review each eligible applicant, alleviating any political or impartial bias. Following is the list of instructor certification titles and a brief narrative.

Assistant Instructor

 

  • Basic understanding and applied knowledge of TCM and related sciencesActive member of DSI for a minimum of 2 years
  • Actively assists and/or conducts classes/seminars on this field
  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Minimum rank of 1st Black or equivalent (must not be self-promoted or affiliated)
  • Trains directly under a Senior level instructor or higher
  • Minimum 5 years martial arts training
  • Must be sponsored by a DSI Senior level instructor or higher other than personal instructor
  • Complete any written, oral and/or physical demonstration, etc. as specified by DSI

 

Instructor

 

  • Complete understanding and application of TCM and related science
  • Active member of DSI for a minimum of 2 years Actively assists and/or conducts classes and/or seminars on this field
  • Minimum 25 years of age
  • Minimum rank of 3rd Black or equivalent (must not be self-promoted or affiliated)
  • Trains directly under a Senior level instructor or higher
  • Minimum 10 years martial arts training
  • Must be sponsored by a DSI Senior level instructor or higher other than personal instructor
  • Complete any written, oral and/or physical demonstrations, etc. as specified by DSI

 

Senior Instructor

 

  • Advanced understanding and application of TCM and related sciences
  • Active member of DSI for a minimum of 3-5 years
  • Actively assists and/or conducts classes and/or seminars on this field
  • Contributes to the growth of DSI, attends DSI national conventions
  • Minimum 30 years of age
  • Minimum rank of 4th Black or equivalent (must not be self-promoted or affiliated)
  • Minimum 15 years martial arts training
  • Ability to apply to other systems
  • Trains directly under a Master level instructor or higher
  • Must be sponsored by a DSI Master level instructor or higher other than personal instructor
  • Complete any written, oral and/or physical demonstrations, etc. as specified by DSI

 

Master Instructor

 

  • Advanced understanding and application of TCM and related sciences
  • Active member of DSI for a minimum of 5 years
  • Actively assists and/or conducts classes and/or seminars on this field
  • Contributes to the growth of DSI, attends DSI national conventions
  • Minimum 35 years of age
  • Minimum rank of 5th Black or equivalent (must not be self-promoted or affiliated)
  • Minimum 15-20 years martial arts training
  • Ability to apply to other systems
  • Trains directly under a Professor level instructor or higher
  • Must be sponsored by a DSI Professor level instructor or higher other than personal instructor
  • Complete any written, oral and/or physical demonstrations, etc. as specified by DSI

 

Professor

 

  • Superior understanding and application of TCM and related sciences
  • Active member of DSI for a minimum of 5 years or more
  • Actively assists and/or conducts classes and/or seminars on this field
  • Contributes to the growth of DSI, attends DSI national conventions
  • Minimum 40 years of age
  • Minimum rank of 7th Black or equivalent (must not be self-promoted or affiliated)
  • Minimum 20-25 years martial arts training
  • Ability to apply to other systems
  • Trains directly under a Professor level instructor or higher
  • Must be sponsored by a DSI Professor level instructor or higher other than their personal instructor
  • Complete any written, oral and/or physical demonstrations, etc. as specified by DSI
  • Authored papers, magazine articles, produced video tapes, etc.

 

The more advanced instructor will be required to posses the ability to better define the intricate sciences, principles and concepts of TCM as they relate to the martial arts. These principles will include, but are not limited to;

 

  • Yin & Yang - Law of Complimentary Opposites
  • Meridians and Related Channel Systems
  • Acu-Points Functions and Indications
  • Five Element Theory - Laws of Nature
  • Organ/Bowel System and Inter-Connective Relationships
  • Qi/Energy Flow
  • Quadrant Theory
  • Mechanics - Muscle (tendons) and Bone (cartilage and ligaments) alignment
  • Western Anatomy and Physiology
  • Inherent Natures - Physiological and Psychological responses (imbalances) to external stimuli
  • Energy (Qi) Transference

 

These sciences are presented as basic models and guidelines. Just as Torite-jutsu is a specialized field of study all to itself, so are each of the above topics. The complete lists of requirements will be available in the very near future. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to any of the information, please feel free to contact Mr. Moneymaker.

 

Dragon Society International Offers Rank and Promotion for the Following:

OKINAWAN KEMPO KARATE

TORITE JUTSU

DSI CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

The following are the requirements to earn your DSI Rank in Okinawan Kempo Karate:

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Yellow Belt Requirements

Green Belt Requirements

Brown Belt Requirements

Black Belt Requirements
                                             

For the full list of 'Players to the Game'

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The following lists the basic requirements for attaining rank in the art of
Torite Jutsu

For those who want to earn TORITE JUTSU rank you will follow the same requirements as in Okinawan Kempo Karate. In addition to these requirements, you must be able to explain the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) science for each of their techiques and to each move in the DSI kata.
We only award TORITE JUTSU ranking to existing Black Belts.   Upon completion, you will receive rank as a DSI Black belt in Okinawan Kempo AND TORITE  JUTSU. For second degree Black Belt you will need two variations for your 50 techniques, and two reasons and science for their kata moves.
Third degree black needs 3 and so forth. These requirements have nothing to do with DSI Certified Instructorship. One could be a 5th degree TORITE JUTSU Master and have no DSI Instructorship title.

 

Torite Jutsu Testing Dues 

Please remember that, except in unusual circumstances, the first three black belt ranks are considered to be "introductory" in nature. As such, the student is taught beginning level techniques and theory and is expected to expand upon them as they rise through the individual ranks. Within the DSI ranking structure, the instructor certification licenses are the benchmark of advanced ability and knowledge.

Consideration will be given to those that have prior training and experience at the time of testing.

 

 

Shodan Rank Requirements
First Degree Black Belt

The following are the basic requirements for attaining Shodan or First Degree Black Belt.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be at least a Shodan (1st degree black) in another art (not self promoted)
  • Must be a member of the Dragon Society for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Must demonstrate the 50 Torite-jutsu core techniques as on the DSI 50 Technique DVD and DSI 50 Technique Book.
  • Must demonstrate at least 4 "players to the game" as applied to the individual techniques.
  • Breakdown (bunkai or analysis) one kata or form from the applicant's own system, showing at least one breakdown for each kata move.

 

Nidan Rank Requirements 

Second Degree Black Belt

The following are the basic requirements for attaining Nidan or Second Degree Black Belt.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be at least a Nidan (2nd degree black) in another art (not self promoted).Must be a member of the Dragon Society for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Must demonstrate the 50 Torite-jutsu core techniques  - 2 variations for each as on the DSI 50 Technique DVD and DSI 50 Technique Book.
  • Should show distinct improvement of form and technique from Shodan testing.
  • Must demonstrate at least 6 "players to the game" as applied to the individual techniques.
  • Should be able to explain the points used in the techniques as well as the basic theory and principles behind the techniques and variations (from a MWM & TCM perspective).
  • Breakdown (bunkai or analysis) one kata or form from the applicant's own system, showing at least two breakdowns for each kata move. This should be a different kata than the one used when testing for Shodan.

 

Sandan Rank Requirements

Third Degree Black Belt

The following are the basic requirements for attaining Sandan or Third Degree Black Belt.

  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must be at least a Sandan (3rd degree black) in another art (not self promoted).
  • Must be a member of the Dragon Society for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Must demonstrate the 50 Torite-jutsu core techniques - 3 variations for each as on the DSI 50 Technique DVD and DSI 50 Technique Book.
  • Should show distinct improvement of form and technique from Nidan testing.
  • Must demonstrate at least 10 "players to the game" as applied to the individual techniques.
  • Should be able to explain the points used in the techniques as well as the advanced theory and principles behind the techniques and variations (from a MWM & TCM perspective).
  • At this point, the applicant should be able to demonstrate advanced level of movement in regards to flow" in the techniques.
  • Applicant should be able to field questions in regards to theory and principle from the testing board.
  • Breakdown (bunkai or analysis) one kata or form from the applicant's own system, showing at least three  breakdowns for each kata move. This should be a different kata than the one used when testing for Shodan or Nidan.

All applicants and DSI members should be aware of the following:

  • All compliance with the list of requirements is the digression of Professors Muncy and Moneymaker. If you have a valid reason to waive any of the requirements, please contact one or both of them.
  • All black belt rankings in Torite-jutsu are separate from Instructor Certifications.
  • If you wish to also test for an instructor ranking, you must make separate arrangements with Professors Muncy and Moneymaker.
  • All test fees and membership dues must be paid in full and be current prior to testing.
  • Anyone wishing to test for Yondan (4th degree black) or higher should contact either Mr. Muncy or Mr. Moneymaker directly to discuss requirements and/or arrangements.

While Professors Muncy and Moneymaker are the only people who can bestow an Instructor Certification ranking, any certified DSI yudansha (black belt) holding a minimum of an "Instructor" certification can promote individuals in Torite-jutsu to within one rank of themself. Professors Muncy and Moneymaker's signature will be on each certificate issued. Therefore, it is not necessary to have Professors Muncy and Moneymaker test you directly.

When you decide you are ready to test, it is suggested that you find an Certified Instructor in your area and contact them. Currently, we have qualified individuals in Virginia, Texas, Arizona, New Zealand and Australia. It is recommended that you have a video tape of yourself performing the requirements necessary for the rank you wish to test for that you can send to them for review before making arrangements to get with them in person.
Getting the approval for testing does NOT guarantee that you will pass the test. It is simply an indication that given a review of your skills that you have the possibility of passing. All test fees are nonrefundable. If there is any doubt in your mind as to whether or not you are ready to test, then you are probably not ready.