HONOURS AND AWARDS


 
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At DSKI, we award our members for their loyalty, commitment, and contribution to Yakushin Shotokan and their outstanding achievements in the Art of Karate-Do, on merits.

The following awards may be granted by the World Chief Instructor by executive decision or on the recommendation of the country chief instructor or the Senior Technical Committee, pursuant to Articles 18 and 19 of the DSKI Membership Regulations and Training Manual.


Members can be nominated for any of these awards by completing and submitting the Nomination Form to World Chief Instructor.

The Golden Shotokan Tiger Award
The Golden Shotokan Tiger Award is the highest honour awarded to DSKI members in recognition of their excellent standards and tremendous contribution and dedication to the art of Karate-Do for more than twenty years. The Golden Shotokan Tiger Award is awarded to Nana Dan and higher.

The Silver Shotokan Tiger Award
The Silver Shotokan Tiger Award is the second highest honour awarded to DSKI members in recognition of their excellent standards and tremendous contribution and dedication to the art of Karate-Do for fifteen years. The Silver Shotokan Tiger Award is awarded to Go Dan and higher.

The Bronze Shotokan Tiger Award
The Bronze Shotokan Tiger Award is the third highest honour awarded to DSKI members in recognition of their excellent standards and tremendous contribution and dedication to the art of Karate-Do for ten years.  The Bronze Shotokan Tiger Award is awarded to Sho Dan to Yon Dan.

The Yakushin Shotokan Yudansha Award of Excellence
The Yakushin Shotokan Yudansha Award of Excellence recognizes a Yudansha member of Dynamic Shotokan Karate-Do International (DSKI) who has demonstrated overall excellence in all aspects of Karate-Do at Dan level: technical, non-technical, discipline, attitude and protocol. The award is granted to an individual Yudansha Karate-ka who is a member of DSKI, who displays outstanding technical and non-technical skills, and who demonstrates high quality standards. Emphasis is placed on well-rounded qualifications.
This award is granted by the World Chief Instructor at his discretion or on nomination by the local chief instructor or members of DSKI.

The Yakushin Shotokan Sensei of the Year Award
The Yakusihn Shotokan Sensei of the Year Award is presented to a full-time dojo instructor, who has distinguished themselves as Karate instructor throughout the year.  This award is granted by the World Chief Instructor at his discretion or on nomination by the local chief instructor or members of DSKI.
Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to DSKI headquarters at info@dynamicshotokan.com by 30 October. 

The Yakushin Shotokan Young Sensei of the Year Award
The Yakushin Shotokan Young Sensei of the Year Award is presented to a young full-time dojo instructor, who has distinguished themselves as Karate instructor throughout the year.  This award is granted by the World Chief Instructor at his discretion or on nomination by the local chief instructor or members of DSKI.  Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to DSKI headquarters at info@dynamicshotokan.com by 30 October.   

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Recommendation for Dan Award
 
Three Shogo titles are awarded to senior members of DSKI Shihankai in recognition of long teaching service and outstanding contribution and commitment to the Art of Karate-Do and Yakushin Shotokan Karate in accordance with the rules and regulations of DSKI and at the discretion of Shuseki Shihan. These titles are awarded in addition to the Dan ranking.


Members can be nominated or apply for any of these Shogo awards by completing and submitting the Nomination Form to World Chief Instructor. It is important to note that the award of Shogo is based on individual knowledge, teaching ability and outstanding development of character through the study of the Art of Karate-Do.

The above Shogo titles are conferred on instructors and teachers only. Dan holders who are still competing in Karate championships may not qualify for Shogo title awards. 

The Shihan title 

The title Shihan is conferred on active DSKI teachers holding the rank 7th Dan and above only, and on 6th Dan and 5th Dan regional chief instructors by exception and at the discretion of the Shuseki Shihan. DSKI members who do not qualify under these terms shall not be permitted to use the title Shihan.

The Sensei title 

The title Sensei is conferred on licensed DSKI instructors holding the rank 2nd to 5th Dan and above by recognition based on years of teaching experience and at the discretion of the Shuseki Shihan. DSKI members who do not qualify under these terms shall not be permitted to use the title Sensei.


The DSKI Dan and Shogo Systems

A Dan system is a technical proficiency rank system that signifies progression in the art of Karate from shodan (first black belt) to Kyudan (9th black belt) based on years of training, skills and knowledge acquired. A Dan holder may or may not be a teacher, and therefore may not have the Shogo title Sensei.  In parallel to the Dan system, the Shogo system is  system of honorifics that a karate association chooses to adopt for its high ranking Dan holders in recognition of their services and contribution as teachers.  NOT ALL DAN HOLDERS are automatically awarded a Shogo title simply by virtue of their Dan rank. DSKI members who join DSKI from other organizations and who already have Shogo titles from such organizations shall have their shogo recognized only at the discretion and approval of the World Chief Instructor.

Shogo titles are awarded free of charge.
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