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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Modern Japanese Jujitsu?
There are two terms of significance we should discuss Modern and Koryu. 
Koryu (old style)  refers to schools that continue to teach techniques designed for ancient battlefields, primarily against armed opponents in armor trying to kill each other.  Those techniques and the end result of applying them were different than what is presented in today’s Modern (gendai)  techniques.  For example, atemi waza (striking techniques) were less emphasized in many martial schools because armor protected combatants vital targets. Since survival on the battlefield depended on disabling ones opponent before he did the same to you and because armor provided for  opportunity to grapple, lock/dislocate joints, break spines and bones, and throw one's opponent, those techniques were more studied.
Edo (Tokugowa) period brought 250 years of peace and stability to Japan (and spurred the evolution of a new kind of noble, bushido, the literate warrior).  There was less need to prepare to fight an armored opponent (and less of a call to kill everyone you fought) so many martial arts schools (ryus) adapted to their techniques to meet the needs and the ethos of the times. The more destructive and lethal techniques were replaced, the way of throwing an opponent to the ground was softened (this actually is a good thing for ukes), more techniques to control (or arrest) were added, and (as evidenced by karate's popularity) striking techniques reemerged.   Although there are a few koryu schools left, most martial arts ryus today –even those billed as classical ("classical"that's a whole 'nother  conversation)- teach Modern techniques. 
How long does it take to make Black Belt in your system?
That depends on many factors: how often you come to class, if you are able to practice between class, how quickly you learn physical skills, how well you listen to and follow your instructors advice, your in class and overall attitude, and so on.

NOVA Budoshin Jujitsu is not a black belt factory, promotions are awarded based on skill level and attitude.  While we honor Budoshin Jujitsu / American Jujitsu Association's recommended minimum training times we do not test or promote a student before they have demonstrated their mastery of the required skills. In other words, the time you've held your current rank only minimally factors into when we will test you.  We have had truly dedicated students reach shodan in 5 years, but most take much longer.
     ** We do not make junior (non-adult) black belts.

How much does testing cost?
Gold, green, blue, & purple can expect to pay ~ $10 *
Brown (1-3) & Black  ~$18 **

Note, you must be an AJA member for us to test you for any colored belt & that's currently $20 per calendar year. 
*  That covers the cost of the belt, the certificate, tax, and shipping  -- it usually comes to around $10. 
** Brown and Black belts incur an extra charge to cover the cost of AJA certification, currently its $8.