Kito-Ryu Jujitsu

Modern Kito-Ryu Jujitsu


The philosophy of the Kito-ryu is to embrace a change in positions. Known as the “school of rising and falling” the exponent of Kito-ryu understands that life is in constant change from strength (rising) and weakness (falling). In Kito-ryu tradition “when two minds meet it is the stronger mind that wins.” Be strong, be smart. Make smart decisions regarding money, social relationships, and personal protection. Be prepared to out think, out play, out last the opponent. Seek to position where the opponent is weak and you are strong. Discover your personal strength and always move forward. In training as in life, there will be times of falling down but always rise up. Never back down in your quest for personal perfection. This is the way of the Kito-ryu. J. Beasley ©

The candidate for promotion must  demonstrate good character by following the code of Bushido: Justice, Courage, Benevolence, Politeness, Veracity(truth), Honor, Loyalty.

The Kito-Ryu Jujitsu is an old and honored art with a demonstrated focus on Nage-waza (投げ技): throwing techniques.  Katame-waza (固技): grappling techniques.  Atemi-waza (当て身技): full body-striking techniques. Although history and tradition are both honored and taught, many skills have been updated for modern use. For example, some traditional Atemi-waza are used as a reference point even though updated skills and teaching methods are employed.

Modern protective sparring gear is used to encourage and withstand hard contact. “A true fighting art cannot be practiced without the concomitant element of risk, nor can it be brought to a practical conclusion without potential harm.” Draeger and Smith, Asian Fighting Arts 1980.

The Modern Kito-ryu jujitsu fighter strives to be passionate at stand up, in the clinch and grappling

Students engaged in BMA private lessons are eligible for promotion after each 24 hour block (2 hours per week for 3 months/12 hours per week for 6 months etc.) or at the discretion of the instructor. Only Renshi level Black Belts of 4th Dan or higher may issue diplomas. Skills are not required to be taught in the written order presented below.

White Belt 10th-9th Kyu : Full-body striking, and goshin waza per level

Yellow Belt – 8th-6th Kyu         

Demonstrate the following techniques 

1) All striking/punching skills

2)  Hooking punch/ elbow

3)  Uppercut

4) Movement skills

5)  Specialty Strikes -Knife hand, Bottom fist

6) Target focus work

Kicks and Knees

1) front

2) round

Demonstrate the following Ukemi Waza:

1) Front Breakfall

2) Back Breakfall

3) Left Side Breakfall

4) Right Side Breakfall

Demonstrate Goshin Waza

1-      Against single attacks



Blue Belt – 5th-3rd Kyu   

Demonstrate defense from the following:

All skills for 10th-6th kyu

1) Front Choke and two (2) variations

2) Single Lapel grab and two (2) variations

3) Double Lapel grab and two (2) variations

4) Rear Choke and two (2) variations

5) Front Bear Hug (Under arm)

Demonstrate defense from the following:

1) Front Bear Hug (over arms)

2) Rear Bear Hug (under arms) and one (1) variation

3) Rear Bear Hug (over arms) and one (1) variation

4) Full Nelson

5) Ground Scissors

6) (straight arm lock)

7) naked strangle choke

Demonstrate the following sweeps and throws:

1) Lead Leg Sweep

2) Rear Leg Sweep

3) Lead Leg Hook Sweep

4) Rear Leg Hook Sweep

5) Roundhouse Leg Sweep

6) Rear Leg Sweep

7) Hip Throw (O Goshi)

8) Shoulder Throw  (Seoi nage)

9) Sweeping hip (Hari goshi)

10) Rolling Throw (Toma Nage)


Brown Belt – 2nd Kyu  

Newaza (ground techniques)

Shime waza (Strangulation)

Sangaku gatame (Triangle hold)

Demonstrate defense from the following:

1) Side Headlock

2) Front Headlock

3) Rear Strangle

4) Front Hair Grab

5) Rear Hair Grab

6) Escape from  3 ground chokes

7) Escape from ground scissors, [passing guard]

Randori (Free style) Stand-up to ground


Brown Belt – 1st Kyu

All previous skills

 Demonstrate escapes and defenses from the following:

1) Arm Bar

2) Rear Arm Pin

3) Double Arm Pin

4) Roundhouse Punch & ten (10) variations




 Black Belt – Shodan(1st Dan) 

Pre-test (Fitness requirement)

1)    Pre-test Basics:  Demonstrate ALL previous requirements

2) Demonstrate defense from the following:

A) Front Kick

B) Round Kick

C)  Punch Kick Combinations

D) Over Head Knife

E) Side Knife

F) Slashing Knife

G) Jabbing Knife

H) Underneath Knife

I) Over Head Club

J) Side Head Club


 Shodan Black Belt Exam /Final test

1)    Kumite:  Be able to demonstrate all striking and evading skills in full contact

5 Rounds

2)    Randori: Be able to demonstrate all holds submissions and escapes in free-style grappling from the ground.

5 rounds








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