GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Terms used throughout Shintaido practice
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The Shintaido program consists of several disciplines
which are studied individually as well as jointly:
a certain class may focus exclusively on one discipline
(for example shintaido bojutsu only), while another
may emphasize one particular technique applied across
all disciplines (for example sagari-irimi stepping
as applied in karate, bojutsu, and kenjutsu).
Each discipline has its own curriculum with a very
specific structure for techniques and ranking. This
system is closely modeled on the ranking tradition
found in other Japanese art forms, from other martial
arts to calligraphy and even flower arrangements.
What is commonly known as the "black belt" level corresponds
to 1st (Shodan) through 5th dan (Godan), the latter
being the highest rank awarded in Shintaido. Ranks
below 1st dan are called "kyu" and are organized in
descending order, 1st kyu being the highest rank and
10th kyu the lowest.