Earning Rank in the Bujinkan

We are pleased to offer you a great way to earn rank in the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu training system. Our complete curriculum is especially designed for those who do not live close to a dojo and would not be able train or test for rank in person. At Ninja Training TV, we have created a total online system for advancing in rank and receiving feedback from Sensei Mark Roemke at every step.

How to Earn Rank:

1.) JOIN the Bujinkan Organization, as per Grandmaster Hatsumi Sensei’s requirement ($40 + $15 processing fee)

2.) PURCHASE the White Belt to Black Belt Set from Ninja Training TV; download and print out the written curriculum for study purposes.

3.) PRACTICE the curriculum. Starting with 9th Kyu, study your current level at least 3 times a week.

4.) REGISTER on Ninja Training TV when you are ready to submit your first video test for rank.

In your test video, you will demonstrate each movement from the Kyu you are studying.

NOTE: some movements may require a partner to act as your “Uke.”

See other FAQs at the bottom of this page.

5.) TEST
See below options for testing

Bujinkan Rank Certificate

Rank Certificate from Japan

Registration Options for Testing:



Sensei Roemke will review your test video and you will receive an email response of “Pass or Fail”. Upon Request your official “Kyu” certificate can be mailed to you after it is received from Hombu Dojo in Japan (note: certificate from Japan may take up to three months to process.)




Sensei Roemke will view your test video and you will receive a video response from him, in which he reviews your test in full and offers additional training tips to help you advance more quickly. Upon request you can also receive an official “Kyu “ certificate from Hombu Dojo in Japan 


Registration Options for Shodan Level  - Test and Certificate:

Black Belt Shodan Level


First Degree Black Belt Shodan Level Testing must be done after passing 1'st KYU. Must take Shodan test in person by coming to Sensei Roemke Dojo, Ninja Training TV seminar, or by special in-person arrangement.

Frequently Asked Questions:

You must start from 9th Kyu unless you can provide proof of rank from the Honbu Dojo of another rank that you have already earned.

Once you purchase your testing package Ninja Training TV will send you a link to a cloud account where you can upload a video of your test.

If you do not pass the test on the first try, you may continue to retest at no extra cost until you pass.

We do not test people for Shodan “Black Belt” through online video testing, as it is the level that must be done in person at a seminar with Sensei Roemke in your area or by testing in person at Pathways Dojo with Sensei Roemke in Santa Cruz, California.