How to Join
The method of joining any of our organizations varies slightly depending on individual circumstances. The following outlines the procedure for new students, for people who wish to join from another organization and keep their rank and members who are returning to Genbukan after some break. Also use the Dojo Locator to find the nearest place to learn.
Please be aware that Genbukan only allows people of good standing into our organization and as such people who are members of any anti-social organization or a group that has been linked to violence or terrorism may not join.
Before learning any of the systems listed under the Genbukan, you must first join the appropriate organization.
Members of GWNBF can learn and check test in Taijutsu, Bojutsu, Bikenjutsu, Naginata, Yari and other weapons systems, as well as Koryu Karate, individual Ryuha (after obtaining at least Shodan in Taijutsu), Goshinjutsu and Chinese martial arts.
Members of KJJR can learn and check test in Jujutsu, Koryu Karate, individual Ryuha (after obtaining at least Shodan in Jujutsu), Goshinjutsu and Chinese martial arts.
Members of JKWF can only learn and check test in the individual Ryuha. To be accepted as a member of JKWF, individuals must either have obtained at least Shodan in Taijutsu or KJJR Jujutsu or have obtained a black belt in another martial art, such as Aikido, Karate, Judo etc. Members of Ninja or Ninjutsu systems other than GWNBF will not be allowed to join.
Members of ATWF can only learn and check test in the Amatsu Tatara system.
The normal method to join these organizations is through a recognized Dojo-Cho. If you are not already training at a dojo, then please research the closest dojo to you, for example, by using the dojo Locator on the Genbukan home page. If there is no dojo close to you then you should research the closest dojo within your country and join Genbukan by contacting the Dojo-Cho of that dojo. If there are no dojos within your country, then you may contact Honbu and ask for a recommendation. In this case please contact Honbu dojo directly via the Genbukan home page, and Honbu will give guidance on how to proceed.
The application forms for joining these organizations are available below. New members should only use the application form that Honbu has defined, and give the completed form, together with their application fee and photo(s) (32mm tall x 30mm wide) to their direct teacher.
Students / Instructors from other organizations
People wishing to join GWNBF / KJJR / JKWF from another organization, who hope to retain the same grade, may test for the appropriate grade. This applies until 1st kyu, but from Shodan onwards, every grade must be tested by the grandmaster, and there will be a special fee for the certificate.
Honbu may award an honorable black belt, to instructors from other organizations, who wish to join GWNBF / KJJR / JKWF and bring their students with them. The instructor must then study all of the Kyu Waza before testing for Shodan, when they will receive their Shodan certificate.
For those instructors who wish to join GWNBF / KJJR / JKWF / ATWF, but cannot come to Japan, Honbu will introduce another Dojo-Cho as a director. This director will act on the Grandmasters’ behalf, in instructing and guiding the new member.
It is acceptable for an individual to continue to belong to another martial art organization, provided the GWNBF / KJJR / JKWF / ATWF President/Grandmaster has agreed it. However, no other Ninpo / ninja organizations are acceptable. An individual in this organization can either belong to GWNBF or not belong to any ninja / Ninpo system.
Returning GWNBF / KJJR / JKWF & ATWF Members
A Kyu level member who leaves the organization, then at a later date wishes to rejoin will have to re-test from 9th Kyu upwards, regardless of their previous grade.
A black belt member who leaves the organization, then at a later date wishes to rejoin, will have to review all grades from 9th Kyu upwards and will have to re-test from Shodan, regardless of their previous grade.
All titles previously obtained will also have to be re-tested as they are lost when a member leaves or is expelled from the organization.
If there are extenuating circumstances as to why you left the organization and can now return, then please consult with your teacher.