Koshinryu Jujutsu Australia teaches to a syllabus that demonstrates an exceptional rich depth of history, theory, and tradition … a ‘total martial art’ … existing long before the modern concepts of MMA or BJJ.
The Koshinryu syllabus is built upon techniques traditional and modern, proven to be realistic and effective. These techniques are able to be effectively applied by students of all types of builds, regardless of sex and age.
While remaining true to our foundation masters, the Koshinryu syllabus has kept up-to-date with the expectations of western culture and situations, ensuring students are taught a comprehensive and modern martial art system.
We recognise that students work hard to progress through the grading system of their chosen martial art and it is paramount that their achievement and recognition hold credibility anywhere around the world.

Designation of Junior and Intermediate Grades

Denoted simular to Mudansha with a bar across the belt.

Designation of Senior Grades

Within Koshinryu we adopt the following belt colour systems to denote the level of grade.

Mudansha (ones without dan)

Not graded                    Belt:         White
6th Kyū                           Belt:         Yellow
5th Kyū                           Belt:         Orange
4th Kyū                           Belt:         Green
3rd Kyū                           Belt:         Blue
2nd Kyū                           Belt:         Purple
1st Kyū                            Belt:         Brown

Koshinryu sensei (teachers) also have the flexibility to divide each grade above yellow into two or three parts and recognise progress within the grade by awarding bars (maximum 2 bars) 1.5 to 2 cm wide, of the colour of the next belt. E.g. Orange with 1 green bar or 2 green bars; Green with 1 blue bar or 2 blue bars etc.

Yūdansha (one with dan)

1st Dan – Shodan             Belt:         Black – 1 red bar
2nd Dan – Nidan                Belt:         Black – 2 red bars
3rd Dan – Sandan             Belt:         Black – 3 red bars
4th Dan – Yodan               Belt:         Black – 4 red bars
5th Dan – Godan               Belt:         Black – 5 red bars
6th Dan – Rokudan           Belt:         Red and White – 1 red bar
7th Dan – Shichidan          Belt:         Red and White – 2 red bars
8th Dan – Hachidan           Belt          Red and White – 3 red bars
9th Dan – Kudan               Belt          Red – 1 bar
10th Dan – Judan              Belt          Red – 2 bars

The bars are approximately 1 cm wide for 1st to 5th Dan worn on one end of the black belt, and 2.5 cm wide for 6th to 10th Dan worn on the left lapel of the jacket at a level lower than the belt.
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A sample of content within the Koshinryu syllabus



The art of throwing

  • Ukemi-waza – breakfalling and breakrolling techniques
  • Nage-waza – throwing and projection techniques

The art of control and immoblisation

  • Gatame-waza – ground fighting techniques
  • Osae-waza – pinning techniques
  • Kansetsu-waza – joint locking techniques
  • Shime-waza – strangulation techniques

The art of atemi – weak and vital points

  • Postures and guard techniques
  • Striking techniques
  • Kicking techniques
  • Parry and blocking techniques

Methods of street effective self defence

  • defence against unarmed and armed attackers
  • defence against multiple attackers
  • defence in both standing and ground situations
  • defence against commonly used street weaponry – stereo attack
  • defence against commonly used street weaponry – aggressive moving attack
  • Knife, stick, baseball bat, chain, pistol, axe, stanley knife etc

Weapons training

  • Kenjutsu kata – way of the sword
  • Jō-jutsu kata – way of the jō (wooden staff)

Plus within the total syllabus

  • Kata
  • Kappo and Katsu
  • Applied biomechanics, physiology and anatomy
  • Kyūsho jutsu – pressure to weak and vital points
  • Aikijutsu and Kiaijutsu
  • Nawa-jutsu or hojō-jutsu – arresting and binding


An example of one of the many key aspects taught within the Koshinryu syllabus is in the defence against commonly used street weaponry.  Here the attacker moves with continuing aggression and changing direction of attack in an attempt to succeed with the weapon.
By comparison in many schools both the attack and the defence are predetermined … within Koshinryu students are taught to keep an open mind to the fact that an attacker may change the direction and the type of attack, together with having the flexibility to be able to modify a defence strategy to meet a changed situation.
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