Promotions in judo are the result of three things: (1) time in rank, (2) demonstrated skill in free-play and competition, and (3) demonstration of techniques in front of a testing committee. Individuals progress through the ranks at their own pace; and it is assumed that every club member is working toward his/her next promotion. Judo ranks are recognized world-wide, so moving to another judo school does not mean having to start again at white belt.

Test for Ik-Kyu (First Degree Brown Belt)

Prerequisites: At least six months’ time in rank as Ni Kyu; regular attendance at judo club workouts; participation in shiai (competition) and clinics; and recommendation from the Head Instructor of Ball State Judo Club.

The following techniques must be demonstrated and judged as proficient by the Head Instructor of Ball State Judo Club and at least two other persons holding the rank of Shodan or higher.

NOTE: All rank tests are cumulative tests. Demonstration of techniques listed on the Go Kyu, Yon Kyu, San Kyu, and Ni Kyu tests may be requested for the Ik Kyu test.

Nage Waza (Throws):  Student will demonstrate all five sets of Gokyo-No-Waza.

Gatame Waza (Holds): Escapes from holds

Shime Waza (Chokes): Ryote Jime, Sode Guruma Jime, Kata Te Jime


Student will demonstrate and have a working knowledge of all sets of the Nage-No-Kata (formal demonstration).

The student must have a good working knowledge of some of the most commonly used Japanese terminology used during class. Examples could be counting to twenty, translation of throws from Japanese to English or from English to Japanese, competition terms, etc…