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We consider ourselves an inclusive system, and welcome experienced martial artists from all styles and backgrounds who wish to learn from us and share their knowledge. Of course, we focus most of our efforts on newcomers to the martial arts. Any of our branch schools are always open to visitors seeking to learn more about us, but as our schools exist primarily in a university setting, access to the university facilities in which we train is frequently restricted to university students, faculty, and staff. Anyone wishing to contact one of our branch schools to inquire further is invited to do so. Please see our contact page for information.

The following documents have been prepared for the benefit of those with prior experience in the martial arts. The text of each document follows, and they are also available for download.

Acceptance Policy For Kyu (under black belt) Ranks

Acceptance Policy For Dan (black belt) Ranks

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AMERICAN BUTOKUKAN
GENERAL POLICY STATEMENT

ACCEPTANCE OF KYU (UNDER BLACK BELT) RANKS TO TRAINING:


Welcome to the American Butokukan System. Thank you for taking an interest in our organization. We pride ourselves in professionally run programs with strict quality maintenance controls.

The curriculum of the American Butokukan system is a highly organized, broad-based training regimen reflecting a holistic approach to both mental and physical conditioning. Due to the extensive nature of the curriculum and our dedication to quality and professionalism, we find it necessary to make certain demands and stipulations concerning the potential influences introduced by individuals from alternate training formats.

To facilitate the continuation and continuity of our curriculum and training format, we must request that all incoming students of under black belt ranking wear a white belt until the first possible test date. At that time you will be advanced as far as possible, depending of course, upon your demonstrated knowledge and skills capabilities as required by the club's curriculum.

There are many ways to do certain techniques. Our methods have been closely scrutinized and improved over time. We require that all of our students execute technique in the same manner. In order for you to learn and grow within the American Butokukan System, we suggest you "empty your cup." In other words, open your mind to new ideas and new ways, temporarily putting your previous learning on the shelf. This will help to ensure the smooth acquisition of new skills. Should you have pertinent questions as to why our techniques may be executed differently, you may politely discuss these matters with the instructor after class.

American Butokukan students have been ranked in the top ten percent in Open-Style competition since 1979. We intend to maintain this caliber and invite you to join our ranks. We hope you understand our need to constantly upgrade our quality and ask for your patience during your transitional phase.

Thank you,
American Butokukan
Todd D. Jones

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AMERICAN BUTOKUKAN
GENERAL POLICY STATEMENT

ACCEPTANCE OF DAN (BLACK BELT) RANKS TO TRAINING:


Welcome to the American Butokukan System. Thank you for taking an interest in our organization. We pride ourselves in professionally run programs with strict quality maintenance controls. Since its inception, the American Butokukan system has produced many highly qualified black belt instructors. Mr. Todd D. Jones, the organization's chief instructor, has been a nationally recognized competitor who held state-wide ranking in forms, fighting, and weapons between 1979 and 1985. Mr. Jones holds dan ranking in Karate, Aikido, Kenjutsu, and Iaido.

The curriculum of the American Butokukan System is a highly organized, broad-based training regimen reflecting a holistic approach to both mental and physical conditioning. Due to the extensive nature of the curriculum and our dedication to quality and professionalism, we find it necessary to make certain demands and stipulations concerning the potential influences introduced by individuals from alternate training formats.

For consideration, you will be requested, at the discretion of the club's senior instructor and/or Mr. Jones, to:

1. Show proof of Dan rank via certificate.
2. Discuss your training goals/objectives.
3. Discuss your ideas about training and teaching.
4. Abide by club rules and policies.
5. Pay semesterly club dues.
6. Be allowed to attend advanced classes ONLY; unless given special permission to attend beginner's classes; in which case you will be asked to work out only (NO TEACHING OR CORRECTING).
7. Learn our curriculum and training format.
8. Accept a probationary status.

We welcome visiting black belts to train with us. However, classes are organized to facilitate developmental learning of the various ranked students within our system. Consequently, classes may not always cater to your needs specifically. At a later date, should you show an interest in learning our system, with Mr. Jones approval, we will closely work with you, as needed, to prepare you for ultimate rank attainment within the American Butokukan System.

Thank you,
American Butokukan
Todd D. Jones

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