Grading system

Musashi-no-kuni Mugaikai Grading System

Mugairyu grading system is described below.

  • For Kyu grading, 1-Shihan or 1-Instructor can test.

  • For Dan grading up to 5 dan, Shihan can test.

    (No single Shihan can test. Normally three Shihan must attend.)

  • 6 dan and above must be tested by Soke in Himeji city.

 

Kyu Grading

Grade

Test items

Requirement

Grading fee

3 Kyu

2 off Goyo &

1 off Goo

Reiho and minimum 2 months training required

¥ 5,000

2 Kyu

2 off Goyo &

2 off Goo

Kata sequence and

4 months in 3 kyu

¥ 5,000

1 Kyu

3 off Goyo &

2 off Goo

Kata sequence and

6 months in 2 kyu

¥ 5,000

 

Dan grading

Grade

Kata Test

other test items

Grading fee

Sho dan

All 5 off Goyo

Shizan: See below

Written test (see below)

¥13,000

Ni dan

Any 4 off and designated 1 off Goyo and Goo

Shizan: See below

Written test (see below)

¥23,000

San dan

Any 4 off and designated 1 off Goyo, Goka and Goo

Shizan: See below

Written test (see below)

¥35,000

Yon dan

Any 4 off and designated 1 off Goyo, Goka and Goo

Shizan: See below

Iai-no-kata (Both sides of Uchidachi and Shidachi)

Written test (see below)

¥45,000

Go dan

Any 5 and designated 2 off Goyo, Goka, Goo and Hashirigakari

Shizan: See below

Wakizashi-no-kata (Both Uchidachi and Shidachi)

Written test (see below)

¥55,000

 

 

Written test: Must be submitted before the performance test.

 

Shodan:

  • Name of sword parts. To fill up the blank part sheet downloadable as below.

Nidan:

  1. Describe a brief history of Mugairyu

  2. Describe 5 schools of Iaido other than Mugairyu

  3. Describe proper posture of Seiza(lit. correct sitting, 正座)

     

Sandan:

  1. write down all names of 20 forms, 3 Naiden, 5 Tachi-no-kata and 5 Wakizashi-no-kata.

  2. describe about Zanshinliterary remaining mind, 残心)

 

Yondan:

  1. describe 5 brief points of guiding Iaido

  2. describe about "Ki-Ken-Tai no Itchi (unification of energy, sword and body)"

 

Godan:

  • describe about

    Kisei (impelling spiritual energy, 気勢) and Kiin (emanating internal will power, 気韻) of Mugairyu Iai Hyodo with regard to Shisei (posture, 姿勢), Nukitsuke (Unsheathing, 抜き付け), Kiriage (cutting upward, 斬り上げ), Kirisage (cutting downward,斬り下げ) and Zanshin (remaining mind 残心).

 

Notes:

  • In case of grade-skipping by accelerated promotion, fees for the skipped grade shall also be paid.

  • Grading test will be done twice a year, say in April and October. Actual date to be noticed. Also special grading test may be conducted as appropriate. 

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Shizan test items for grading
English as of 2016.4.10
Mugairyu Shizan Test 2016_英語_R2.pdf
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Written test for Shodan
Blank sheet to fill up terms of sword parts
Shodan written test_Term of Sword.pdf
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