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Nikyu Ikkyu


Students who are promoted to brown belt continue to practice basic skills like atemi and ukemi while learning newer and more advanced techniques. These students are roughly halfway to earning the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt).  Brown belts are shown arm and joint locks, submission holds, and choke techniques. The higher grades begin to train with the bo staff. Exceptional students of ikkyu rank are eligible to become a kohai, or junior assistant teachers allowed to assist lower ranks (beginners) with techniques they have previously been taught.