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Belt Rankings

The objective of karate is to develop good character, not to achieve high rank. Rank is not intended to be an exact measurement of skill.

 

With each advance in rank comes a greater level of responsibility and the expectation of more intensive training. New techniques will be practiced and techniques already learned must be demonstrated with increased skill.

 

New students hold the rank of 10th Kyu and wear a white belt

 

Rank

Belt Color

Minimum Time Before

Rank Exams

10 Kyu

White

1 week after receiving a uniform

9 Kyu

Yellow

3 months after 10th Kyu

8 Kyu

Orange

3 months after 9th Kyu

7 Kyu

Orange Stripe

3 months after 8th Kyu

6 Kyu

Green

3 months after 7th Kyu

5 Kyu

Purple

3 months after 6th Kyu

4 Kyu

Purple Stripe

3 months after 5th Kyu

3 Kyu

Brown

3 months after 4th Kyu

2 Kyu

Brown Stripe

3 months after 3rd Kyu

1 Kyu

Brown 2 Stripe

6 months after 2nd Kyu

Shodan

Black

1 year after 1st Kyu

Nidan

Black

2 years after shodan

Sandan

Black

3 years after nidan

Yondan

Black

4 years after sandan

Godan

Black

5 years after yondan

Rokudan

Black

6 years after godan

Nanadan

Black

7 years after rokudan

Hachidan

Black

8 years after nanadan

 

 

Kyudan is awarded to the chief instructor and Judan is usually a posthumous rank.

 

The minimum time requirement noted above is calculated for students who attend all of the instructed classes (two or three times a week, depending on rank). For those who cannot train as frequently, the time needed to prepare for the next exam will be greater.

 

Click the thumbnails to open and print out the Kyu Grading Form. Please fill it in and submit it when you are eligible to grade.

 

   

 

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