Rank Recognition, Rank Promotion and Black Belt Instructor Certification

Before being considered for membership, an applicant:

1. Must possess a valid black belt certificate from a recognized Kodenkan/Danzan Ryu sensei or organization. Upon request, a copy of said certificate must be presented to the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance for review.
2. Must be 18 years of age or older
3. May not have a felony criminal conviction involving acts of violence, racially motivated crimes, terrorism, drug trafficking, child abuse or neglect, sexual assault or domestic violence.
4. Must be recommended by two or more members in good standing with the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance.
5. Must agree to accept and promote the goals and values of the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance.

The PJA Membership Committee will review all applications and will make their recommendation to the PJA Senior Black Belt Committee.

All new members will be subject to a one year probationary period.

The Pacific Jujitsu Alliance does not discriminate towards any member or applicant due to race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation or economic background.

For additional information on individual and/or dojo memberships in the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance, please contact the PJA.

General Membership Requirements:

Membership in the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance is open to black belt students of Kodenkan/Danzan Ryu Jujitsu.

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Membership and Rank

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Two different titles of Black Belt certificates may be issued by the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance to its members: rank recognition and rank promotion. Black Belt Instructor certificates may also be awarded to members for each specific "board' of instruction.

Rank Recognition Certification:
Those who join the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance will be recognized at the dan rank they have received from a recognized Kodenkan/Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Sensei or organization. The certificate issued by the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance will show the date the member was accepted into the Alliance, the members name and their Black Belt rank. The certificate will indicate that the members rank is being honored as a "Rank Recognition".

Rank Promotion Certification:
Members may choose to take a Pacific Jujitsu Alliance black belt exam. Upon successful completion of a PJA black belt exam, and after approval by the PJA Standards Committee, the member will be awarded a Rank Promotion certificate. The certificate issued by the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance will show the date the member passed his or her exam, the members name and the black belt rank to which they were promoted.

The PJA offers two rank promotion options.  Traditional 5 Black Belt Rank system or Contemporary 10 Dan System.  We allow the Dojo Sensei choose the option that best fits their way of teaching the arts.  The certificate will indicate the members rank is being honored as a "Rank Promotion".  Click here for more detailed information.

Instructor Black Belt Certificates:
Members of the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance who successfully complete an intense course of instruction on any of the "boards" of the Professor Montero versions of Kodenkan Jujitsu will be eligible to receive a specific teaching certificate. Upon demonstrating proficiency and the ability to teach a specific "board", and after approval by the PJA Standards Committee, a member may be eligible to receive an Instructor Black Belt Certificate listing that specific "board". The certificate certifies the member as an instructor of this specific "board" as it is taught and authorized by the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance.