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The Tenbukai (All Okinawa Gojuryu Rengokai) is an exclusive organization for individuals with a direct lineage of Gojuryu Karate through Toyama Zenshu Hanshi. To join our organization you need to train at a dojo that is recognized as having this lineage, which are found on our locations page.

Recognition and Certifications

Copies of our records are found on our records page. We document each advancement and keep an online database for verification purposes. To access our records you will need the individual's student ID number, which is located on each certificate that is issued.

Instructor's Licenses

Instructor's licenses are issued for individuals who show promise and a natural ability to teach Toyama sensei's karate. These are optional and not required for advacement in the system. Our licenses break out as:

Class 3 Instructors License: Typically a Shodan/Nidan and must be at least 21 years old, they are allowed to teach material through 3rd Kyu, and are able to sit boards for tests through 1st Kyu. This type of instructor is considered under supervision, and must be directly under and still receiving instruction from a class 1 instructor.

Class 2 Instructors License: Typically a Sandan/Yondan level, under this license an individual can teach material through 1st Kyu. A Class 2 instructor can independently test a student to Sankyu, and can sit testing boards for as high as Nidan level. They are not considered supervised, but must be directly under a class 1 instructor.

Class 1 Instructors License: Class 1 Instructors are the rank of Godan or higher. These individuals are allowed to independently run their own dojos without supervision. They can promote their own students to the rank of Shodan, and teach the entire curriculum.

Testing for any rank above Shodan requires a testing board, and are often conducted at the Okinawa or Canada Hombu Dojos. All testing is done in person.

Shogo (称号) - Titles

Shogo are only issued for our highest ranking members. All Shogo titles are issued from the hombu dojo in Okinawa and are also registered in Okinawa. These titles do not come with rank, but are issued to individuals who have gone above and beyond what is required.

Shogo titles are displayed as follows: single bar represents the Renshi title, two bars represent the Kyoshi title, and three bars represent the Hanshi title.

- Renshi (練士) - Requirements: 1 year after obtaining the rank of 6th dan. Must attend college level classes covering the subjects of Physical Education, Business Ownership, Ethics, and Psychology. Expected to hold a valid CPR card and First Aid certification from a reputable source such as the Red Cross. Must have published 1 book related to karate, physical education, or martial medical studies, or 5 articles published in reputable publications.

- Kyoshi (教士) - Requirements: 1 year after obtaining the rank of 7th dan and must hold a Renshi title. Must attend college level classes covering the subjects of Human Anatomy, Kinesiology, Business Management, Ethics, Psychology, History (World or regional), Physics, and Mental Health. Must hold a valid CPR card, First aid certification, and Lifeguard certification from a reputable source such as the Red Cross. Must have published at least 2 books related to karate, physical education, ethics, anatomy, or martial medical studies, or have a total of 15 published articles.

- Hanshi (範士) - Requirements: 1 year after obtaining the rank of 8th dan and must hold a Kyoshi title. Must attend advanced college level classes covering the subjects of Ethics, Business, Medical Science, Japanese History, Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Physics. Must be a certified trainer from a source such as the Red Cross to conduct training for CPR and Basic First Aid. Must have published at least 3 books related to karate, physical education, ethics, anatomy, medical martial studies, medicine, history, or have published a total of 15 articles in reputable publications.

Honorific Titles

- Sensei (先生) - At a minimum the individual must be 21 years old and hold a class 3 instructor's license. This individual must hold a valid CPR certification card and have attended at least 1 class or course on basic First Aid. A sensei cannot run a school independently, they must be under a class 1 instructor who provides them training and guidance.

- Shihan (師範) - Shihan is the first level where someone can independently own and operate a karate dojo. At a minimum the individual needs to hold a 5th Dan and hold a class 1 instructor's license. Typically a 5th Dan is familiar with the entire curriculum of the style, which is why this requirement exists. A Shihan can have several sensei under them who are running schools in different areas, but are still going to the Shihan for training and mentorship. This individual must hold a valid CPR certification card and have attended some type of First Aid course either from a reputable organization such as the Red Cross or from a local college. This individual should have also attended classes covering subjects such as business, ethics, and first aid.

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