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Ronin Ryu Title System

 
 
 
 

Ryu Administration Titles

 
  Shodai Soke
(Shō-dai sōke 商 台宗 家, Founder of a school (Ryu), First Generation Soke for that school)
 
 
 
  Niday Soke ( Ni-dai sōke 第二 世代 宗 家), a second generation Soke and so on, can only be appointed by the previous Soke and this is made by a document with a 
“Notarius Publicus” postiljum attached to it. 
 
 
 
  Shihanke Shihanke (師範 家) Responsible for a country, Sokes right arm so to speak. A Shihanke is essentially a second training lineage that exists autonomously from the Soke. In an organisation where there is a Shihanke and a Soke it is possible for the position of Soke to essentially be a hereditary honorary title in our system while the Shihanke is responsible for the actual teaching and operation of the school and to organize his country with Dai Shihan appointments. All Dai Shihan will automatically be subordinate to Shihanke in his country. A shihanke also holds the rank of 6-9dan.   
 
 
  Dai Shihan Responsible for an area within a country (大師範) (5-9dan), Superior Master instructor, subordinate to Soke and Shihanke   
 
 
  Shoseki Shihan (5 dan<) Chief instructor for a Dojo. Shuseki Shihan is a title that is used to signify the Chief Instructor in a dojo. 
Shuseki means “Top position” Shuseki Shihan cannot be used if there is only one Shihan instructor in the Dojo
 
 
 
  Shihan (5 dan<) Shihan literally means, “To be a model” but it is only a formal word for sensei or instructor or teacher.  
It has however been reserved for instructors who have achieved a higher rank and are active as instructors.
 
 
 
 

Instructor Titles

 
  Hanshi (師範) Kudan (9dan<), Senior Master Instructor, example model. The “Han” in Hanshi means “example, model” and indicates “a teacher that can serve as an ideal model for others”, or a “senior master”.  This is a very special title representing the highest levels of martial arts, a teacher of other teachers and demonstrates personal growth and an in depth understanding of the style and the organisation.  
 
 
  Kyoshi (教士) Shichidan (7dan<), Professor of Martial Art philosophy. The “Kyo” in Kyoshi means “professor” or “philosophy”. Therefore, Kyoshi equals a “professor” capable of teaching the philosophy of the martial arts.  An instructor who has earned the title of Kyoshi should award this title by a person who has earned the title of Hanshi and this person should still be active in a dojo and also train diligently on his or her own.  
 
 
  Renshi (錬士) Godan (5dan), Polished Instructor. Renshi title indicates a “polished instructor” and may be awarded by an instructor who is earned the title of Kyoshi.  
 
 
  Sensei All Black Belt Head/ CheifInstructors in charge of the training in a Dojo  
 
 
  Senpai All helpinstructors with lower rank than the Head/ Cheifinstructor in a Dojo.  
 
 
       
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