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Avenger Menkyo Dantai Kenshou


PURPOSE:

The purpose of The Avenger Menkyo Dantai Kenshou (Avenger Licensing Guild Charter) is to provide clear and concise rank promotion standards to AVENGERS from abroad.

MISSION:

The Avenger Menkyo Dantai Kenshou (Avenger Licensing Guild Charter) mission is fourfold:

      1. To establish and enhance high comprehensive license and Obi (belt) grade standards for rank
          promotion within the Avenger Karate Organization.
      2. To ensure fair and mutual rank promotion events take place.
      3. To clearly establish achievable promotion standards
      4. To strengthen rank promotion ties from Avenger members abroad.

Avenger Menkyo Dantai Kenshou Membership

Dantai membership is free of charge and opened to all Avengers 1st DAN or higher. Members are encouraged to closely follow the Dantai Kenshou with integrity and good spirit. Administrative support of the Dantai is best achieved when members inform the Dantai about rank promotion concerns in an expeditious manner. The Avenger Menkyo Dantai receives no fees for it’s supportive service to the schools, clubs, and organizations associated from within.

Structure & Governance

The Avenger Menkyo Dantai is governed by a three-person committee rank licensing committee, whose duties are to insure internal rank promotion standards are adhered to.

Composition of Rank Licensing Committee

a. The rank licensing committee is composed of: three, a President, Vice President, and an
    Administrator.
b. The Committee President is the HANSHI
c. The Committee Vice President and Administrators are appointed by the President

SECTIONS

      A. Official Title of the Avengers Rank Licensing Commission
      B. Official Instructor Titles
      C. Official Belt Ranking System
      D. Official Menkyo Administrative Officer Committee
      E. Rank Assessment Specifications & Standards

A. Official Avengers Rank Licensing Commission

AVENGERS MENKYO DANTAI

B. Official Instructor Titles

1. A SEMPAI is an Assistant Karate Instructor. Usually refers to a Karate Instructor with 1st Dan status. Only a SENSEI or above can recommend appointment and only a SHIHAN can approve.

2. A SENSEI is a Karate Instructor. Usually refers to an Instructor with 2nd or 3rd Dan status. It is the first licensed formal teaching rank. In our system he or she is awarded this status when receiving 2nd or 3rd Dan. Requirement - A SHIHAN recommends and only a Renshi or above can approve appointment.

3. A SHIHAN is an intermediate or advanced SENSEI. SHIHAN is a "Supervisor of Sensei's" who has mastered himself." It is the second licensed formal teaching rank. In our system he or she is awarded this status when receiving the 4th or 5th blackbelt level. Requirement - A RENSHI recommends and only a KYOSHI or above can approve appointment.

4. RENSHI often refers to an Executive Advanced Instructor. It is the third formal teaching rank. Renshi means "Executive SENSEI" who has mastered himself." It is the third formal teaching rank. It is awarded around the 6th degree godan or 7th degree rokudan black belt level. Requirement - A KYOSHI recommends and only a HANSHI can approve appointment.

5. KYOSHI refers to a “Chief Executive SENSEI”. It is the fourth licensed formal teaching rank. This title is usually awarded to one who has achieved a rank of 8th or 9th degree black belt nanadan or hachidan. KYOSHI are typically regarded as those who have distinguished themselves as expert teachers or instructors. Only a Hanshi can approve appointment.

6 . HANSHI or sometimes refers to the “Honorable Chief Executive of SENSEI”. It is the fifth and final formal teaching rank. This title is usually conferred at the 10th dan (jyudan) ranking, by the senior leader or leadership of the organization. This title is given to the most senior licensed Sensei who is distinguished as the Grandmaster (Hanshi Hawkins).

C. Official Belt Ranking System & Chain of Authority

Belt Ranking System

#
English
Japanese/Okinawan
Status
Meaning
1
White Belt
RANKU SHIROI
SUB NOVICE
FOUNDATION BELT
2
Yellow Belt
RANKU KI
NOVICE
LEARNER RANK BELT
3
Green Belt
RANKU AOI
MIDDLE RANK
BASIC BELT
4
Brown Belt
RANKU KASSHOKU
ANCIENT TRANSITION 1
INTERMEDIATE RANK 1
5
Purple Belt
RANKU PA-PURU
ANCIENT TRANSITION 2
INTERMEDIATE RANK 2
6
Black Belt 1st DAN
SHODAN
SEMPAI
ADVANCED STUDENT INSTRUCTOR
7
Black Belt 2nd DAN
NIDAN
SENSEI
BEGINNER INSTRUCTOR
8
Black Belt 3rd DAN
SANDAN
SENSEI ADVANCED
BASIC SENSEI GRADE
9
Black Belt 4th DAN
YODAN
SHIHAN
INTERMEDIATE SENSEI GRADE
10
Black Belt 5th DAN
GODAN
SHIHAN SAIKUO
ADVANCED SENSEI GRADE
11
Black Belt 6th DAN
ROKUDAN
RENSHI
EXECUTIVE SENSEI
12
Black Belt 7th DAN
NANADAN
RENSHI SAIKUO
MASTER EXECUTIVE SENSEI
13
Black Belt 8th DAN
HACHIDAN
KYOSHI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE SENSEI
14
Black Belt 9th DAN
KUDAN
KYOSHI SAIKUO
CHIEF MASTER EXECUTIVE SENSEI
15
Black Belt 10th DAN
JUDAN
HANSHI
GRANDMASTER

 

Chain of Authority

#
POSITION
1
SEMPAI
2
SENSEI
3
SHIHAN
4
RENSHI
5
KYOSHI
6
HANSHI

CERTIFICATES & MENKYO

o CERTIFICATE of RANK – White Obi through Purplebelt
o MENKYO (Certificate License) – 1st through3rd DAN
o MENKYO SHIKAN (Officer Certificate License) – 4th
through 10th DAN


D. Official Menkyo Administrative Officer Committee
      1. HANSHI - President
      2. KYOSHI - Vice President
      3. SHOKI - Administrator

#
Title
Responsibilities
Officer
1
President
Appoints administrative positions and delegates responsibilities to administrative officers on the committee. Responsible for SHIHAN, RENSHI, and KYOSHI approval by way of signature.
Riley Hawkins
2
Vice President
Assumes duties of President in his or her absence. Responsible for SENSEI approval by way of signature. The Vice President can delegate his signature approval, for SENSEI, to a RENSHI in his absence.
3
Administrator
Responsible for creating and forwarding all licenses to President or his designator/s.
Michael Mobley


E. Rank Assessment Specifications & Standards

#
Rank Assessment Specification
Standard
1
All colored Obi’s will conform to the traditions and standards of the Avengers.
Section C of this constitution
2
All certificates below Blackbelt 1st DAN are authenticated by signature of SENSEI or above, too include a witness signature of SHIHAN or above.
Specification #2
3
All SENSEI certificates are authenticated by signature of SHIHAN or above, too include a witness signature of Renshi or above.
Specification #3
4
All SHIHAN or above certificates are authenticated only by signature of HANSHI
Specification #4
5
The HANSHI is the only member authorized to sign a MENKYO without a witness signature.
Specification #5
6
The HANSHI Menkyo is authenticated by his senior SENSEI or organization
Specification #6
7
The HANSHI is the only member to designate authorization for allowance of kyu’s to be added to rank structure in a school based on justifiable reasons. The Hanshi shall designate this responsibility to the KYOSHI SAIKUO if in his absence.
Justifiable reasons from an Avenger Sensei through the chain of authority to the HANSHI
8
All Obi 3rd DAN and below will not exceed a 1¾ inch belt width
Specification #8
9
All Obi 4th DAN and above will not exceed a 2 inch standard
Specification #9
10
All Black Obi (Blackbelt) will have their DAN’s identified in Japanese calligraphy only. Each DAN’s calligraphy will be identified as follows: (a) on the Black Obi LEFT SIDE (as viewed from the front), vertical from top to bottom with a “1 inch indented border,” the word DAN (b) and below the word DAN is the numbered rank. No calligraphic titles such as, nick names, statements, etc. will be affixed to the Black Obi.  Only embroidered yellow or red colored calligraphy characters are authorized for the Black Obi.
Specification #10
11
As an option, for the purpose of “karate instruction,” SENSEI and above are authorized to display their TITLE & NAME, on the RIGHT SIDE (as viewed from the front) of the Black Obi, in English, for purpose of “Instructor Identification”. Rank is only identified with all capital letters in Japanese or English calligraphy. Only 2 options of fonts are authorized for usage – 1) Cezanne, or 2) Arial Narrow. Obi stripes are not authorized on belts, unless authorized by Hanshi Hawkins.
1) Cezzane Font
2) Arial Narrow

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Specification #11
12
Only the HANSHI has authorization to demote a SENSEI, SHIHAN, RENSHI, or KYOSHI. Demotion is solely based on the HANSHI’s judgment of a member’s performance, attitude, and behavior not being conducive to the cherished standards and traditions of the AVENGERS honor code.
Specification #12
13
Ceremonial Obi (the red & white Obi) Shihan (4th DAN) to Kyoshi (9th DAN) are only authorized to wear at ceremonial occasions as authorized only by the HANSHI (see http://avengersdantai.net/Obi&Gi.htm). Specifications #10 and #11 does not apply to this Obi.  No embroidery is authorized on the Ceremonial Obi.
Specification #13
14
Only the HANSHI is authorized to don the red Obi for ceremonial wear.
Specification #14
15
All MENKYO’s are made from rice paper and authenticated by the “kami no senshi seal” with dimensions of 13” by 20”.
Specification #15
16
The KYOSHI assumes responsibilities of the HANSHI in case of absence due to health
Specification #16