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In addition to the Kyū / Dan system, only the most elite of all black belt students in the Budo Ryu Kai earn the right to be ranked in the Menkyo system. Menkyo (免許) is a Japanese term meaning "license." It refers to the official license within a specific ryū, in order to maintain the correct transmission.

 

The Menkyo system dates back to the 8th century and was the old way of receiving rank in the classical samurai traditions.  Although one cannot physically see the difference in fighting ability between a really high ranking Dan level student and a Menkyo student, there are significant differences within the Kuden (oral transmission) as well as the addition of the Hiden (secret transmission) that is not presented to Dan level students.

BUDO RYU NINJUTSU - MENKYO

(武道流忍術 - 免許)

In the Budo Ryu Kai, the Menkyo levels of testing are as follows:

 

Menkyo Shoden (免許初伝) translates out as: “Initial Transmission”.  After the completion of this area of training, the budoka will also receive the mokuroko (目録) / catalog scroll of all of the techniques and teachings within the Shoden level. 

 

Menkyo Chuden (免許) translates out as: “Middle Transmission”.  After the completion of this area of training, the budoka will also receive the mokuroko (目録) / catalog scroll of all of the techniques and teachings within the Chuden level.

 

Menkyo Okuden (免許奥伝) translates out as: “Great Inner Transmission” or “Secret Transmission”.  After the completion of this area of training, the budoka will also receive the mokuroko (目録) / catalog scroll of all of the techniques and teachings within the Okuden level as well as various densho and makimono.

 

Menkyo Kaiden:  (免許皆伝) translates out as: “License of Total Transmission." It is granted by the Soke / Grandmaster acknowledging that the student has learned everything there is to know within the specific ryū. In the Menkyo system of licenses, the Menkyo Kaiden is the highest level of license that exists in the Japanese fighting arts.  It is usually, but not always, giving to the next successor or grandmaster of the art. The budoka will receive a copy of all densho, makimono and mokuroku of the ryu as well. 


Under each ryuha below, is a list of all the Menkyo students within that specific tradition.

KOKA-RYU KEMPO

(甲賀流拳法)

Jake Beyer
Wichita, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
12-13-2014
Jake Beyer
Wichita, Kansas
Menkyo Chuden
12-09-2017
Andrew Chafin
Kansas City, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
07-13-2010
Andrew Chafin
Kansas City, Kansas
Menkyo Chuden
12-01-2015
Jeremy Dupree
Kansas City, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
12-09-2017
Arturo Delfin
Kansas City, Missouri
Menkyo Shoden
07-13-2010

TENJIN-RYU JUJUTSU

(天神流柔術)

Jake Beyer
Wichita, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
12-13-2014
Jake Beyer
Wichita, Kansas
Menkyo Chuden
12-09-2017
Andrew Chafin
Kansas City, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
09-01-2011
Andrew Chafin
Kansas City, Kansas
Menkyo Chuden
12-01-2015
Jeremy Dupree
Kansas City, Missouri
Menkyo Shoden
12-09-2017
Arturo Delfin
Kansas City, Missouri
Menkyo Shoden
09-01-2011

TOMO-RYU SHINOBIJUTSU

(戸猛流忍術)

Jake Beyer
Wichita, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
12-09-2017
Andrew Chafin
Kansas City, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
06-25-2016

BUDO RYU NINJUTSU

(武道流忍術)

Jake Beyer
Kansas City, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
12-09-2017
Andrew Chafin
Kansas City, Kansas
Menkyo Shoden
12-01-2015

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