Martial Arts Rank Certificates

Martial arts rank certificates.

What is the importance and meaning of rank certificates in the martial arts?

In a previous post in helping to understand the transmission of the martial arts we explored the role of rank in the learning process.

Rank as a way to understand a system in a step-by-step process, rank as a way to judge progress in the arts, and rank as a way to know what you are responsible for knowing in the dojo and the tradition.

So why the need for certificates?

Rank certificates offer a portability of meaning of rank.

It is always the hope of the teacher that a student will train with them for a long time, but as life happens, life situations change.

A student might need to relocate to a new dojo, or come back to training after being absent for some time.

Rank certificates allow for that introduction to a new dojo or continued training along with membership cards and other letters.

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Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial art of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo.

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