Our Dojo is supported by a community of more than sixty active training members of all ages, ethnicities, and genders. The following is a representation of a member rank board. In many traditional Japanese martial art Dojos, the members and students would have a small wooden slat with their name imprinted upon it. This slat would be hung on a special board (“nafudakake”) in the Dojo which would show their rank and seniority. After their first test, students are awarded the rank of rokyu (6th kyu); they progress up to ikkyu (1st kyu), which is the highest rank before 1st degree black belt (shodan). These are the active ranked members of our Dojo:
What is this?
In many traditional Aikido, Karate, Judo, Kendo, Jujitsu and other Japanese martial art schools, a nafudakake is a wooden board that displays the names and ranks of the members.