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Goshinkan Menkyo (Licenses)

In Goshinkan-Ryu, instructors can challenge three levels of Black Belt College for improvement after learning kyu levels of the Ryu.(See Menkyo Instructor's page) These three levels also offer the instructor several individual courses they can teach outside of the Ryu, like PPPCT; escort control and so on. When the instructor has completed all of the first Black Belt College courses they can be given the license of Shoden Menkyo. (This can be achieved before the Shodan test if the student puts in the extra effort.)

Each license level requires the instructor to do more intensive studies with a higher ranking Sensei. Not every instructor will achieve these licenses as they are reserved for superior technical skills and loyalty and following the way of Bushido.

Goshinkan Ryusha - The follower or practitioner of Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu. Before a person is given a black belt or title in Goshinkan Ju Jitsu they are required to sign a Dojo Oath - sometimes called a dojo pledge or code. A statement of ethical behavior for use in the training hall and daily life made by a martial arts student. Students promise to train hard and follow the way. Often, upon earning the black belt, a student will sign an oath promising to uphold the dignity of the school and agreeing not to teach the methods of the school without the consent of the master instructor.

Goshinkan-Ryu Menkyo levels are as follows:

Shoden Menkyo (level one - beginning transmission) - this can be achieved at 1st Kyu (brown belt) but would not come with a title.

Chuden Menkyo (level two - instructor mid level) - the instructor could be awarded the title of Sensei at this level if they have not been already.

Joden Menkyo (level three - upper level instructor) - the instructor could be awarded the title of Renshi if there Sensei in the same Ryu has the title of Kyoshi. (see Titles for more info). In Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Joden Menkyo along with the minimum rank of Sandan is when a black belt is allowed to test and promote adult students to the level of Shodan. Menkyo license can only be awarded by the founder or high ranking designate.

Okuden Menkyo (level four - secret level and master instructor) - there would be no physical requirements for this level as you have mastered your Ryu. Where as in the first three licenses there would be physical requirements.

Menkyo Kaiden (last license - full transmission of the Ryu)  -this level is rarely awarded and must be awarded by a Soke, or O-Sensei or a group of other Menkyo Kaiden licensed individuals.
With these licenses there are also several titles that should be used when appropriate and earned. They should not become customary and only used on rare occasions.

Goshinkan-Ryu Titles and Meanings
The history of Sempai (Senpai) tradition is long. The position has existed in the Japanese Samurai tradition and Okinawan Warrior society since warrior groups began. Originally Senpai was the most senior warrior in the group, under the group's commander or leader. His / her responsibility has always been awesome and harder than anyone else in the group. He / she was responsible for the development and direction of the lower warriors, and for the protection of the leader. No other position in a warrior group had these responsibilities. In the Japanese martial arts, the position remains the same.

In ancient times being Senpai meant you were personally responsible for the training of your Kohai (juniors). Upon review by Sensei, all Kohai must measure up to Sensei's standards or Senpai was directly to blame. Senpai was personally responsible for Kohai etiquette. This was most important. Any breaches in etiquette in the dojo were reprimanded by Senpai, not Sensei. If Sensei had to make the correction, it simply meant Senpai was not doing his job. If either of these situations happened more than a few times, Senpai was replaced with someone who could accomplish the duties assigned.

It was Senpai's responsibility to immediately correct any breach in etiquette toward Sensei, stop any threat toward Sensei, correct technical inefficiencies of the Kohai, and dominate in training. Those who could not fulfill these responsibilities were removed.

Today, the dojo Senpai is still tasked with the responsibility of correcting the Kohai on matters of technique and etiquette. The position of Senpai in a traditional Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Dojo is one of great responsibility.  The Senpai maintains the relationship between Sensei and students, and he sets and maintains the attitude in the dojo.

Traditionally the Senpai is the one who commands the students. When he sees Sensei ready to start class he tells the students to line up. Senpai tells the students to bow to Sensei. He or she puts them back in place when they are fooling around instead of training.

Some things to keep in mind if you are the Senpai:

  • Seniors are generally considered those members ranked Sankyu (Brown belt) or higher, although, anyone of higher rank is a Senpai if awarded.
  • Being a Senpai is an important role within the dojo. A Senpai is a position of trust, honor, and responsibility.
  • Senpai should teach students how to bow, tie their obi, proper etiquette, and assist the Sensei with instruction.
  • Senpai should ensure that the dojo remains clean.
  • Senpai should always be encouraging and helpful and should never criticize or tear down their Kohai (juniors).
  • Senpai should train frequently and harder than other students, thus setting an example.
  • Senpai should have the class lined up properly and ready for training when the Sensei steps onto the floor.
  • Senpai should be positive, kind, and display respect, thus showing proper Budo.
  • Senpai should maintain dojo discipline and correct violations of etiquette or policy by taking one aside and instructing him gently and with respect. Never embarrass anyone.
  • Always research any question that a Kohai asks. When unsure of the correct answer a Senpai should never guess and should refer the question to Sensei.
  • Senpai should learn the names of all students.

A Senpai is an important part of any traditional dojo; you are there to assist Sensei, so that he may concentrate on teaching and not worry about small minor details. You are like the older brother. Remember that you were once a new student, how did you feel, how were you treated? You should take great care to assist those junior to yourself.

What is a Sensei - Sensei does not mean "Teacher, or Instructor, The term Sensei means "He/she who has gone before". It is meant to indicate someone that is highly skilled as well as knowledgeable.

If you hear your Sensei refer to an assistant teacher in the Dojo by his/her first name, it does not mean you should as well. That individual is the Sensei's student, but he/she is your senior, and should be addressed as Sensei if awarded the title.

A Sensei therefore is someone who has been "born before" you in the system you are studying and is therefore senior to you and your teacher. A Sensei can actually do what he teaches, he or she embodies the art, while a coach can teach you how to do something without necessarily being able to perform the skill him or herself.

Traditionally the Sensei was not expected to answer to his students for either his behavior or his teaching methods. His role was to create situations so that the student learned by experience; he was not expected to explain the intricate details of every technique - training was a thing of the heart, not of the mind.

After being awarded the title of Sensei and only if the Sensei holds the minimum level of Yodan they me be awarded with the title of Renshi. Please note that it is possible that the instructor have the title of Senpai or Sensei with the title of Renshi.

In order for a Sensei to be able to teach and grade all levels of Goshinkan they must achieve the full teaching license Joden Menkyo. The Joden Menkyo can be achieved before Sandan by a highly motivated Sensei.  

If the Sensei has been promoted to Rokudan they may be awarded or have earned the title of Shihan or master Sensei. Shihan is not one of the three honorary titles but an awarded title for a master Sensei; there are only two types of instructors.

If a Soke or O-Sensei sees fit, they may award the second of the three traditional Japanese titles of Kyoshi from Rokudan to Hachidan.
From Kudan to Judan they might be awarded Hanshi, there is some over lap of the three titles as Kyoshi and Hanshi may be awarded a rank before or after.

There are special certificates for all of these licenses and titles. Many of them are based on years in the Ryu and physical requirements and how you have developed yourself and your Ryu.

Much of the work has already been established over the last 16 years within Goshinkan-Ryu and Shihan Lintott has put a great deal of time in achieving the titles and Menkyo(s). 


Affiliated Dojo

Become an affiliated dojo.

Students, Instructors and Clubs who are without an instructor (Ronin), or who wish to add a focus on practical, effective, self-defense.

Membership Benefits

  1. Comprehensive insurance package that covers your dojo and your students
  2. Your dojo will be listed on the Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu and AJJA (Alberta JuJitsu Association) website
  3. Greater student retention for your dojo through participation in Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu events
  4. Media coverage of events & individuals, as well as support in getting exposure for your dojo (Punch Magazine & events)
  5. Open and continuous communication within the Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu community
  6. Province-wide referral service for member clubs
  7. Opportunities to foster the growth and promotion of JuJitsu in Alberta.

Membership Requirements

The criterion for membership in the Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu is as follows:

  1. Good JuJitsu (Jujutsu) skills and/or self-defense techniques
  2. Honorable people with good spirit (no criminals) criminal record check may be required
  3. Members that will participate, fund raise, and support AJJA events
  4. Members must also be willing to sit on the Board of Directors or volunteer time
  5. Provide contact information for three references, and send us information on your dojo and martial arts style—a club visitation will then be scheduled
  6. Final approval of an affiliate school is given in conjunction with a satisfactory review by Master Instructor Shihan K.D. Lintott, Kyoshi — this involves an evaluation of documentation provided, in addition to the club visitation

Membership Addendum

  1. Membership is open to the public from all walks of life
  2. Head instructors who will be hosting events or teaching at Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu events must send us a copy of their current Black Belt certification
  3. If you currently need a JuJitsu (Jujutsu) Instructor we can help, we also have a Black Belt Grading Board available for these circumstances—ask for grading criteria to be mailed to you
  4. Members must submit articles for quarterly newsletter and notify us when you would like to have a student promotion listed
  5. All students of the affiliate school must be Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu members in order to have your affiliate school listed on the Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu web site and to have a copy of the insurance policy
  6. All member schools are expected to host a technical seminar; they will be assisted by other Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu instructors and dojo owners—technical seminars are currently held quarterly throughout the year

Affiliated Dojo's

  1. Many people claim to be affiliated with Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu, if they are not listed on our web site they have no affiliation with us
  2. All student regardless of ranking in another style of JuJitsu will be required to wear a white belt and start at white belt in Goshinkan


Request for Seminar

Goshinkan Ju-Jitsu puts on several technical seminars throughout the year for affiliated and non-affiliated schools, teaching a variety of material from ground fighting, jujitsu, Police Pressure Point Control Tactics and more.

For affiliated schools Goshinkan Ju-Jitsu puts on these seminars on a cost-recovery basis, or a standard fee if your school is not affiliated with Goshinkan-Ryu Ju-Jitsu. The requesting dojos take turns hosting the seminar and does not have to be an affiliated Dojo. The seminar can be taught in private settings or for a group. This also provides an opportunity to help improve junior instructors’ teaching abilities.

Have a look under our Programs Section for more topics.

Duration The seminars vary from one to two days, with the start time generally at 10 AM until 5PM the first day; then 11 AM - 5PM the following day; lunch breaks are provided each day, including photo opportunities at the end of each training day.

Certificates & Promotions Certificates are given out for participants at each seminar. If there were any recent promotions at member dojos, the instructors have the opportunity to acknowledge their students and give out their own certificates if desired. If you are requesting a promotion have a look at Black Belt College or Rank Review.

To check availability or request a seminar please contact Shihan Kevin Lintott, Kyoshi.


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