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NOTE: The term Menkyo (免許) means “license,” and indicates that the recipient is approved and authorized to act as an expert representative for a particular art or school. This is an old practice which predates, (and sometimes augments) the kyu/dan grading system.

 

This video provides general information about the DKI Master Rank Board Test, including video of the test given October, 2014.

 

In this video, Chris Thomas analyzes highlights from the DKI Master Rank Board Test of August, 2014, to give insights into what successful competency includes.

 

Dillman Karate International (DKI) is not a style-specific organization. We believe that the application of kyusho-jitsu and tuité-jitsu principles apply to any style, and reveals the true and original combative intent of that style. Rank in DKI was never to be independent of rank in one’s source style, because kyusho-jitsu and tuité-jitsu are not “add-on” skills. For this reason, DKI rank has always been about the full integration of kyusho-jtsu and tuité-jitsu into any given system. This is the reason Sensei Dillman has always accepted qualified individuals into DKI at the rank they already held in their source style. (A note here: this is not a simply lateral movement of rank. Candidates should be thoroughly trained in the art before they receive DKI rank, and so, would-be members of DKI are intended to be students of Sensei Dillman for some time before becoming ranked-in.)

 

As DKI became larger, Sensei entrusted his most senior students to bring interested persons up to skill so they could become DKI members and be recognized at their held dan rank. And this is where the problems began, because, we seniors have not always been evaluating candidates using the same criteria. And over time, this has produced a situation in which dan ranks within DKI can vary in their requirements as broadly as dan ranks issued by completely separate organizations. To help solve this problem, Sensei Dillman has authorized me to convine Master & Grandmaster Grades Board Testing at the DKI Training Camps (MATC Camp in Deer Lake, PA, and the DKI Summer Camp).

 

In order to maintain consistency of evaluation, this Grading Board will be composed from these core members (Myself, Will Higginbotham, Matt Brown, Dustin Seale, Steve Stewart, Bill Homann, Ken Smith, Paul Bowman). These core Board memberes were selected because they are long time students of Sensei Dillman, and each one is an internationally renowned instructor. Additionally, Grandmasters who themselves have taken and passed the Menkyo Exam are sometimes also included.  Those approved by the Board will receive a special patch, together with their promotion to the next dan grade.  [Please Note: We recommend that advancing DKI members appear before the board twice, once at Master grade (we encourage this at 4th dan) and once at Grandmaster grade (we encourage this at 7th dan).]

 

What follows is information about the testing process for Master grades (4th - 6th dan).

1. Examination will be offered 2 or 3 times annually, inconjunction with DKI Training Camps.

2. Each testing candidate must provide 3 uke who will be part of an uke pool.

3. The number of test spots is limited. When demand is high, preference will be given to any who are retesting, and to those with greater seniority.

4. The test includes both an oral (content) portion and a demonstration (competency) portion.

5. The oral exam will test the candidates' thorough knowledge of kyusho-jitsu and tuité concepts and principles. All questions in the oral exam component are based directly on the books "Advanced Pressure Point Grappling: TUITÉ" and "Pressure Point Fighting Secrets of Ryukyu Kempo".

6. During the performance section each candidate will have up to 15 minutes to demonstrate mastery. (Note: our experience shows that candidates who pass take between 5 and 8 minutes to convince the Board of their competency.) This portion is for demonstrating competence, not content, so candidates will be expected to show competence in the following areas:

a. Perform Naihanchi Shodan twice (facing the board, and 90º to the board) and provide application (at least 3 techniques).  Note: One (and only one) of these applications techniques is to be presented with full explanation of the kyusho-jitsu and/or tuité-jitsu principles being applied (this is part of the oral exam component).

b. Demonstrate safe and effective kyusho-jitsu based on sound application of the principles

c. Demonstrate safe and effective tuité-jitsu based on sound application of the principles

d. Demonstrate an accurate understanding of practical bunkai and real-world application

e. Demonstrate proper revival methods

f. Demonstrate full integration of Dillman Method into all aspects of the candidate’s art

g. Demonstrate other appropriate areas of research or competence which further attest to the candidate’s mastery

7. The following general guidelines should be followed.

a. During the exam, the candidate will be expected to direct the uke in the attack. Then the candidate is to demonstrate the technique, with proficiency, against an attack delivered with intent.

b. The board will be looking for incapacitation and/or domination of the attacker/uke by means of joint manipulation, pressure points, and superior positioning. One or two light knockouts are sufficient to allow the board to evaluate revival skills.

c. The board expects some techniques to fail, Mastery includes the ability to recover from failure and maintain, or reestablish, control over the attacker/uke.

d. Injuring an uke is evidence of a lack of control and mastery, and will generally result in a fail.

8. Candidates will be informed of the Board’s decision before training has concluded on Saturday. Candidates may ask for and receive direct feedback from Board members after the exams are complete.

9. Testing costs $150 (price ysubject to change). The fee for retesting is $100. Contact Chris Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and pay.

10. Candidates who pass will be immediately charged $375 for the DKI Plaque.  (Note:  All promotions are subject to approval by Professor Dillman.)

 

What follows is information about the testing process for Grandmaster grade (7th dan or above):

1. Examination will be offered 2 or 3 times annually, during the daytime, on the Friday of DKI Training Camps.

2. Each testing candidate must provide 3 uke who will be part of an uke pool.

3. The number of test spots is limited. When demand is high, preference will be given to any who are retesting, and to those with greater seniority.

4. The test includes both an oral (content) portion and a demonstration (competency) portion.

5. The oral exam will test the candidates' thorough knowledge of kyusho-jitsu and tuité concepts and principles. All questions in the oral exam component are based directly on the books "Advanced Pressure Point Grappling: TUITÉ" and "Pressure Point Fighting Secrets of Ryukyu Kempo".

6. During the performance section each candidate will have up to 15 minutes to demonstrate mastery. (Note: our experience shows that candidates who pass take between 5 and 8 minutes to convince the Board of their competency.) This portion is for demonstrating competence, not content, so candidates will be expected to show competence in the following areas:

a. Perform Naihanchi Shodan twice (facing the board, and 90º to the board) and provide application (at least 3 techniques).  Note: One (and only one) of these applications techniques is to be presented with full explanation of the kyusho-jitsu and/or tuité-jitsu principles being applied (this is part of the oral exam component).

b. Demonstrate safe and effective kyusho-jitsu based on sound application of the principles

c. Demonstrate safe and effective tuité-jitsu based on sound application of the principles

d. Demonstrate an accurate understanding of practical bunkai and real-world application

e. Demonstrate proper revival methods

f. Demonstrate full integration of Dillman Method into all aspects of the candidate’s art

g. Demonstrate other appropriate areas of research or competence which further attest to the candidate’s mastery

7. The following general guidelines should be followed.

a. During the exam, the candidate will be expected to direct the uke in the attack for the kata bunkai portion only. For the remainder of the exam, the attacker/uke will be instructed in the type of attack by the Uke-wrangler (this means that the candidate will not know what the attack will be).

b. The board will be looking for incapacitation and/or domination of the attacker/uke by means of joint manipulation, pressure points, and superior positioning. One or two light knockouts are sufficient to allow the board to evaluate revival skills.

c. The board expects some techniques to fail, Mastery includes the ability to recover from failure and maintain, or reestablish, control over the attacker/uke.

d. Injuring an uke is evidence of a lack of control and mastery, and will generally result in a fail.

8. The candidate will make a brief presentation to the board on an area of research, or specialization.  This material should constitute a useful contribution to the overall knowledge of the group.

9. The candidate may be asked to teach a 30-45 minute set during the seminar.

Candidates will be informed of the Board’s decision before training has concluded on Saturday. Candidates may ask for and receive direct feedback from Board members after the exams are complete.

10. Testing costs $150 (price subject to change). The fee for retesting is $100. Contact Chris Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and pay.

11. Candidates who pass will be immediately charged $375 for the DKI Plaque.  (Note:  All promotions are subject to approval by Professor Dillman.)

 

To register and pay for testing:

 

Name (for Diploma)
Instructor's Name

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The Fine Print:

  1.  Training must be paid for in advance.
  2. There is a $50 “no-show” and/or cancelation fee.
  3. A session may be reschedule one time without penalty, up to 48 hours prior to the originally scheduled time.
  4.  Sessions are not to be recorded.
  5.  Sessions will generally take place at the Madison KJK Dojo.
  6.  Sessions with minors require the presence of other adults (preferably parents and guardians) in the dojo.
  7.  Students (or their agents/guardians) will sign release of liability forms each time.
 

NOTE: The term Menkyo (免許) means “license,” and indicates that the recipient is approved and authorized to act as an expert representative for a particular art or school.  This is an old practice which predates, (and sometimes augments) the kyu/dan grading system. 

 

 

This video provides general information about the DKI Master Rank Board Test, including video of the test given October, 2014.

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In this video, Chris Thomas analyzes highlights from the DKI Master Rank Board Test of August, 2014, to give insights into what successful competency includes.

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DKI is not a style-specific organization.  We believe that the application of kyusho-jitsu and tuité-jitsu principles to any style, reveals the true and original combative intent of that style.  Rank in DKI was never to be independent of rank in one’s source style, because kyusho-jitsu and tuité-jitsu are not “add-on” skills.  For this reason, DKI rank has always been about the full integration of kyusho-jtsu and tuité-jitsu into any given system.  This is the reason Sensei Dillman has always accepted qualified individuals into DKI at the rank they already held in their source style. (A note here: this is not a simply lateral movement of rank.  Candidates should be thoroughly trained in the art before they receive DKI rank, and so, would-be members of DKI are intended to be students of Sensei Dillman for some time before becoming ranked-in.)

As DKI became larger, Sensei entrusted his most senior students to bring interested persons up to skill so they could become DKI members and be recognized at their held dan rank.  And this is where the problems began, because, we seniors have not always been evaluating candidates using the same criteria.  And over time, this has produced a situation in which dan ranks within DKI can vary in their requirements as broadly as dan ranks issued by completely separate organizations. To solve this problem, Sensei Dillman has authorized me to convine Master Grade Board Testing at the MATC Camp in Deer Lake, PA.

 

In order to maintain consistency of evaluation, the Menkyo Grading Board will be composed of fundamentally the same members (Myself, Will Higginbotham, Matt Brown, Steve Stewart, Bill Homann, Ken Smith).  These core Board memberes were selected because they are internationally renowned instructors.  Those approved by the Board will receive a special patch, together with their promotion to the next dan grade.  


What follows is information about the testing process (but, please note that this process is still be refined).

Menkyo Examination Board: Candidate Information


1. Examination will be offered bi-annually, during the daytime, on the Friday of the MATC.

2. Each testing candidate must provide 3 uke who will be part of an uke pool.

3. The number of test spots is limited.  When demand is high, preference will be given to any who are retesting, and to those with greater seniority.

4. The test includes both an oral (content) portion and a demonstration (competency) portion.

5. The oral exam will test the candidates thorough knowledge of kyusho-jitsu and tuité concepts and principles.  All questions in the oral exam component are based directly on the books "Advanced Pressure Point Grappling: TUITÉ" and "Pressure Point Fighting Secrets of Ryukyu Kempo".

6. During the performance section each candidate will have up to 15 minutes to demonstrate mastery.  (Note: our experience shows that candidates who pass take between 5 and 8 minutes to convince the Board of their competency.)  This portion is for demonstrating  competence, not content, so candidates will be expected to show competence in the following areas:

     a. Perform Naihanchi Shodan and provide application (at least 3 techniques)

     b. Demonstrate safe and effective kyusho-jitsu based on sound application of the principles
     c. Demonstrate safe and effective tuité-jitsu based on sound application of the principles
     d. Demonstrate an accurate understanding of practical bunkai and real-world application
     e. Demonstrate proper revival methods
     f. Demonstrate full integration of Dillman Method into all aspects of the candidate’s art
     g. Demonstrate other appropriate areas of research or competence which further attest to the candidate’s mastery

5. The following general guidelines should be followed.
     a. During the exam, the candidate will be expected to direct the uke in the attack.  Then the candidate is to demonstrate the technique, with proficiency, against an attack delivered with intent.  
     b. The board will be looking for incapacitation and/or domination of the attacker/uke by means of joint manipulation, pressure points, and superior positioning.  One or two light knockouts are sufficient to allow the board to evaluate revival skills.  
    c. The board expects some techniques to fail,  Mastery includes the ability to recover from failure and maintain, or reestablish, control over the attacker/uke.
    d. Injuring an uke is evidence of a lack of control and mastery, and will generally result in a fail.

6. Candidates will be informed of the Board’s decision before training has concluded on Saturday.  Candidates may ask for and receive direct feedback from Board members after the exams are complete. 

7. Testing costs $400 (price subject to change), which includes the cost for the DKI diploma/plaque and the Menkyo patch.  The fee for retesting is $100.  Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and pay.

 

 

 

To register and pay for testing:

 

Name (for Diploma)
Instructor's Name

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Grandmaster George Dillman has authorized Chris Thomas to organize and conduct board testing for master grades (ranks 4th dan and above) to be offered twice annually on the Friday morning of the Pennsylvania Camps.  It is expected that advancing DKI members will appear before the board twice (for promotion at master grade [4th-6th] and for promotion to grandmaster [7th and above]).

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