KEMPO / KENPO TITLES
Here is a list of
titles commonly given in Kempo/Kenpo by Grandmaster Robert Gelinas
The title of
Shodai is only given in two ways. 1.
Shodai is given
your chosen in heritor if you retired from Martial Arts
Shodai Soke = Founder of a system.
Nidai Soke = Commonly given
to the inheritor of a
Menkyo Kaiden = Means Master
Teacher/10th Dan Rank.
Menkyo Shihan/Dai Shihan =
Master of Teachers.
Grandmaster = 10th Dan/Judan
or a 9th Dan/Kudan.
Kyoshi = 8th Dan/Hachidan
is also a Professor.
Shichidan/Nanadan = 7th Dan/Shihan
is also a Master.
Rokudan = Highest Level of
Renshi Rank/6th Dan
Godan = Middle Level of Renshi
Yodan/Yondan = Lowest Level
of Renshi Ranks/4th Dan.
Sandan = Sensei/Instructor
Nidan = Sempai/Asst. to the
Shodan = Shidoin/Beginner
Shidoin = Highest Brown Belt
Level, sometimes called a
Junior Black Belt.
Remember this always, a title and rank is
different. Some Kur-Obis/Black achieve black
belt ranks, but never become a teacher. In another
words, they only compete
and train to become better
competators. So don't give a title to those who only
compete. They only get dan ranking,
never rank and a
title. A title must be earned. And remember that a
title doesn't always go with the rank. That is one
the biggest mistakes that many Grandmasters,
Professors, Masters, Kyoshi, Renshi make. They think
that a title
goes with the rank. A title must be
always earned. Just because a person earns - let a say
a Godan rank, it does not
given him or her the title
of Renshi; unless they have been previously given the
title of Renshi. The title mean the
level of Teaching
capabilities all around.