Ryushin Shouchi Ryu follows a dan/kyu system like that used for many other modern martial art forms. Ranking in RSR is overseen by Kunikazu Yahagi, Soke, however the senior instructors (RENSHI) are permitted to award ranks up to the level of Sandan independently of Japan. Students are also free to visit the Honbu in Tokyo or attend other RSR Seminars where testing is being held.
Testing is held 2X per year, coordinating with RSR Seminars with Yahagi Sensei. The awarding of rank reflects progress in the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu curriculum. A student who attends class regularly can expect to test for shodan (first-degree black belt) in two to three years.