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 Ro-Kyu (Yellow Belt)

Prerequisites: At least 1-3 months as white belt and recommendation from the Head Instructor of the Ball State Judo Club.

The following techniques must be demonstrated and judged as proficient by the Head Instructor of the Ball State Judo Club:

Ritsu Rei                      Standing Bow

Za Rei                          Kneeling Bow

Ukemi Waza                 Break Falling Technique

Chugari                        Judo Tumble

Shisen Tai                    Natural Posture

Jigo Tai                        Defensive Posture

Tai Sabaki                    Body Movement

Tsugi Ashi                   Foot Work

Kazushi Waza              Off Balancing Technique

Tsukuri                       Body Fitting

Kake                           Execution

Kumikata                     Gripping Forms


Te Waza (Hand Techniques)

Ippon Seoi Nage          One Arm Shoulder Throw


Koshi Waza (Hip Techniques)

O-Goshi                      Major Hip Throw

Koshi Guruma             Hip Wheel


Ashi Waza (Leg Techniques)

O-uchi Gari                 Major Inner Reaping Throw

O-soto Gari                 Major Outer Reaping Throw

Kouchi Gari                Minor Inner Reaping


Satemi Waza (Sacrifice Techniques)

Tani Otoshi                 Valley Drop    (*Note: know both counter and direct attack)

Tomoenage                  Circle or Stomach Throw


Ne Waza (Ground Techniques)

Circle of Pins:

Kesa Gatame                     Scarf Lock

Kata Gatame                     Shoulder Lock

Tate Shio Gatame              Vertical Quarter Lock

Yoko Shio Gatame             Side Quarter Lock

Kami Shio Gatame             Upper Quarter Lock

Ushiro Kesa Gatame           Reverse Scarf Lock

Kazure Tate Shio Gatame   Modified Vertical Quarter Lock

Demonstrate from opponents’ down position three techniques from:

Turnovers into a pin


Arm Bars


The student must have a working knowledge of some of the most commonly used Japanese terminology used during class. Examples could be counting to ten, attention, bow, etc…

The student should be able to state and explain the following two principles of Judo:

1.) Maximum efficiency with minimum effort

2.) Mutual welfare and benefit

The student must have a firm grasp on the origin and history of judo and its founder.