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How Many Belts Are In Karate? | ART OF ONE DOJO

November 19, 2019

So, how many belt ranks are in karate? This is a very, very common question people
search for, especially those who have not trained in the martial arts or they’re looking
to get into one. Or maybe they’re currently in one martial
art but they see another school do something different and they’re like, “Well, why isn’t
my belt rank like that?” So, this seems to be a very common point of
curiosity among the martial arts community. Now, in my personal opinion, belt ranks are
both a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing about them is, they’re a great
motivator. It’s something to work towards to. When the person takes an art, it’s always
good to see an achievement. Even though, that particular belt doesn’t
represent the hard work … It shouldn’t be the focus of your training, it is still a
good motivator and psychological tool. Additionally, it helps instructors keep track
where students are in class. However, belt ranks are also a little bit
of a curse because unfortunately, there’s a lot of people who join martial arts just
to chase the rank. Rather than worrying about the quality of
the training. So basically, you know, there’re pros and
cons to it. So as long as you keep in mind, that the belt
is really nothing more than a piece of fabric to keep your uniform closed. This is just going to be a fun little exercise,
just to see how different systems do this differently. So, we’re going to take a look at how many
belts there are in karate. Not every martial art uses a belt ranking
system. In fact, the concept of colored belts as rank,
is a relatively new one in the history of martial arts, but we’ll get back to that. Many arts don’t have a colored ranking system
at all, but sometimes, especially in commercial, American and European schools, they will adopt
similar ranks, such as colored sashes, shirts and sometimes, chevrons. Colored belt ranks are more commonly found
with arts that have Okinawan, Japanese and Korean roots. But before we get into the different styles,
let’s point out two primary classifications of belt ranks. The Kyu and Dan ranks. Kyu ranks are levels before black belt, and
they count backwards as you progress through the system. Dan ranks begin with first degree black belt
and count up as the student progresses. Some arts and schools will count white belt
as a Kyu rank, others consider white as an un-ranked beginning level. The red belt is an interesting rank in and
of itself. And it often means different things in different
systems. In some arts, it marks the beginning or novice
student. While in others, it’s simply another color
level throughout different curriculums. However, sometimes red is the color of mastery
and it might even hold a high regard, even higher than that of black belt. So, where did the tradition of using colored
belt ranks begin? There is a commonly told origin story, in
which back in older and more traditional days, Karate practitioners simply wore white belts
and never washed them. It was said, that as they trained, these belts
would get dirtier. And overtime, sweat, dirt, grass and blood
would discolor the belt as the darker and darker levels. This would hold that the darker a practitioner’s
belt was, the more experienced that they were. This was very commonly noted as the origin
of the belt system. However, it exists as a legend and is most
likely untrue. The historically recorded origin of the belt
ranking system can be traced back to Judo and it’s founder, Jigoro Kano. He is also credited for instituting the traditional
karate gi as we have today. Prior to his influence, most students trained
in traditional clothing or Kimonos. Kano founded Judo in 1882, and in 1883 he
awards two students with a black belt. He felt that these students had reached a
level of expertise, and he wanted to recognize their skill so he turned to the sport of swimming,
which was very popular in Japan. Swimmers who excelled in their skill were
awarded black ribbons. So Kano decided to carry this tradition over
to Judo. At this time, the ranks were simple black
and non-black. Judo had six Kyu rankings and Kano later decided
to add other belts to mark the progression. His original colored rankings were light blue,
two white belt levels, and three brown belt levels before reaching black. Later, as Judo spread and more practitioners
carried the art around the world, these ranks were separated into more distinct colors of:
White, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and then, black. Sometimes, blue and purple swapped places. It is also said that Kano took his inspiration
for the Kyu/Dan designations from a popular 2,500 year old Chinese board game called Go. In which, players are ranked by skill level
with beginning Kyu ranks and expert Dan ranks. And thus, the colored belt system was born
and was soon adopted by various martial art systems. Now, before we take a look at some examples,
it’s important to understand that there isn’t always a standard ranking list, even within
the same art. Many arts are divided into organizations that
will modify their own independent curriculums and therefore, employing different color schemes. This can vary from school-to-school, but we’re
going to take a few minutes to see how some arts utilize this ranking system. Many traditional Japanese and Okinawan karate
systems will use the same colors, but the order of those colors will be widely different
from each other. Shotokan founded by Gichin Funakoshi is often,
white, yellow, orange, blue, green, two purples and three levels of brown. Now, not every Shotokan school follows this
and there is some degree of variation. But this is one of the common Kyu sets. Dan ranks are often recognized as 1 – 10,
however Funakoshi himself, never personally awarded anyone higher than fifth Dan. Shito Ryu, commonly has nine Kyu ranks and
10 Dan ranks. This is an art that often excludes white belt
as a Kyu and considers it no rank. With the ranks proceeding as, white with a
yellow strip, yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, three brown belts and then, 10 Dan
ranks. Now while, Shito Ryu colors can change from
school-to-school, we see far more variation in Wado Ryu and Goju Ryu. Wado Ryu usually has 10 Kyu ranks and eight
Dans. But, there are many different color schemes
employed by different schools. Goju Ryu is an art that is governed by many
different organizations, and each affiliation uses their own schemes as well. Typically, with 10 Kyu and 10 Dan ranks. Kyokushin, a powerful, full-contact karate
system is a bit more standardized with most curriculums falling under white, orange, orange
with stripe, blue, blue with stripe, yellow, yellow with stripe, green, green with stripe,
brown, brown with stripe and then, Dan levels of black belt. Sometimes, red will take the place of orange. Now, my art of American Kenpo is one of those
arts that has divided into a thousand different directions and is splintered among many different
organizations, each as different as the next. Kenpo may perhaps, be one of the most politically
divided arts. However ironically, it seems to have one of
the more standard colored ranking systems. Most Kenpo schools, even those with completely
different curriculums, will follow this belt color system. White, yellow, orange, purple blue, green,
three browns and 10 degrees of black belt. Now, even though sometimes, you’ll see the
three levels of brown belt separated into red and red/black. Kenpo is a system that traditionally treats
red as the color of mastery and that is evidence in the black belt ranks. Each degree of black belt receives a half
inch red stripe, half an inch apart. To show that we slowly master our art in increments. When a student reaches fifth degree, the belt
receives a five inch red block. And then stripes are added until reaching
10th degree, marked by two solid blocks. Originally however, the founder of American
Kenpo, Ed Parker, used the white, brown, and black color scheme that Kano used in the beginning. Only adding more colored ranks later as the
curriculum grew and advanced. Now when it comes to JuJutsu, we are definitely
talking about a classification of martial art that is divided into many, many different
systems and we could spend all day covering each and every one of them. Like many karate styles, JuJutsu will use
standard colored belts in different orders. However, you’ll often see red belt here marking
the beginning or early rank. In the World JuJutsu Federation, ranks are
typically red, white, yellow, orange, green, blue with a white center stripe, blue, purple,
brown with a white center stripe, brown, black with a white center stripe, and then black. In the art of JuJutsu that I am currently
training in, San Yama Bushi Ryu, the belt orders are white, orange, yellow, green, three
browns and then, 10 levels of black. This brings us to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one
of the more popular and widespread arts, today. When it comes to belt ranking, Brazilian Jiu
Jitsu holds one of the stricter standards of belt rankings across different schools. Each belt takes a significant amount of time
and practice to achieve and practitioners take each rank and the respect that comes
with it very, very seriously. In most BJJ schools, you’ll find ranks set
as white, blue, purple, brown and then, black belt. This is pretty standard and interchangeable
between schools. However, once in awhile, you’ll come across
a school that might add a green belt rank, usually as a novice or a youth rank. There are 10 Dan levels and the belts are
marked distinctively with belts that are black. And then they go into coral patterns and ultimately,
to red belt, which signifies a grand master title of ninth or 10th Dan. The red belt is a highly respected rank and
it takes a lifetime to achieve and it is held by few. As I mentioned earlier, not every art utilizes
colored belts for ranks. Aikido is typically one of those arts. While some schools may support colored belts,
many only allow students to wear white or black belts. In many Aikido schools, Dan students will
wear a Hakama when they have achieved that level. Swinging now over to the Korean arts, we see
much more variation again. Hapkido may have different versions of their
colored ranks. But generally, you can expect to see white,
yellow, green, blue, red and, 10 Dan levels, or at least some close variation of this. Hapkido is also one of the arts that reserves
the rank of 10th Dan for their grand Master. Taekwondo is split into a couple of different
organizations, but you will also see very different color grading’s from school-to-school,
with nine Don ranks available for living students. The standard belt ranking for the International
Taekwondo Federation is white, white with yellow tip, yellow, yellow with green tip,
green, green with blue tip, blue, blue with red tip, red, red with black tip and then,
black belt. Tang Soo Do is similarly split between different
organizations and like most of the other arts, you’ll find a myriad of different color scheme. Hwang Kee, the founder of Mood Duk Kwan, originally
established white, green and red as the colored belt ranks before going into the Dan levels. However, what is really interesting about
Moo Duk Kwan, is a custom that is followed by select schools. Traditionally, Dan ranks are represented by
black belts, but rather belts that sport a midnight blue color. This falls into the philosophy of black representing
perfection and no one can be perfect. It is commonly said that, Kee believed that
black is a color to which nothing else can be added. So the Dan holder wears midnight blue to show
that he is always learning. And finally, we’re going to take a look at
Ninjutsu or specifically, Bujinkan Ninjutsu, that is an international organization that
incorporates various Ninjutsu lineages. They have a little bit of a different approach
to the colored belt rankings. In Bujinkan, there are nine Kyus, but they
don’t traditionally follow the same belt color ranking. Beginning students are un-ranked and they
wear a white belt. Upon achieving a ninth Kyu, they will then
wear a green belt if they are male or a red belt if they are female. These students will wear these same belts
from ninth to first Kyu and when they achieve their first Dan, they will wear a black belt. Sometimes, schools will use stars or other
insignias to denote which rank they are at. Additionally, there are 10 Dan ranks, but
10th Dan has five sub-level ranks to it. These additional five ranks are certifications
that signify a Master has learned everything there is to learn about that particular lineage. Very few achieve these ranks and they’re typically,
more discrete. So, that was just a fun look to see how Bujinkan
offers a bit of unique spin on the colored belt ranking system. In any case, belt color is just a measuring
system and a syllabus guide and in no way actually, determines your skill in any art. The belt should not be the goal, but rather
you should focus on the skills that the system teaches you. So, there we go. That’s just a brief look at all the different
belt ranks and the different karate and martial art systems. In the end, it really doesn’t matter what
color you are, it’s just a piece of fabric. It doesn’t represent your actual skill or
the hard work you put into it. It’s just a milestone, it’s a tool of measurement. Whether you use it for a psychological encouragement
or you’re one of those people who want to just chase belt levels. So in the end, all that’s really important
is the quality of training you’re getting, regardless of whatever belt rank you are. Here’s to keeping your pants up. Thank you so much for watching this video. As always, I like to hear feedback from reviewers. I’m actually curious, for those of you who
train in may be some Kung Fu systems or other systems that don’t have belts. How do you guys rank? Do you have rank? Just kind of, what are some of the ways you
differentiate your different levels? I would love to hear from you. Please subscribe and share. Thank you so much for watching.

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  1. I was actually never ranked before I had my black belt. At my club we have belts for kids, but not for adults. (Submission grappling. Mine is in jiu-jitsu). I also do boxing (no belts) and have done FMA (no belts).

  2. Actually, I have taught Kenpo for 45 years. Still to this day I only give a white belt, then stripes. Once they pass Black belt, then they can have a Black belt. Belts of today, just mean Cash for each test. How much are lessons now days, I hate to even ask,, Oh the MC dojo and it's cash flow brought the massive belts you witness today, everyone packing 10 degrees. Kids under 16 with their blacks. You won't see it in my Ranks, 4th was the highest in Kenpo-Kempo, But $100 every belt test, Wow, YOU CAN KEEP IT> I'll make students, not just a pay check thank you.. Salute

  3. TKD I grew up in had I think; white, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, 2 browns, red, then black. For kids under 6 they had white-green with black stripe as intermediary ranks, black belt had 10 degrees I think, and you earned degrees only by teaching, they also had a red and black belt as the 2nd degree they called it "master jr. black"…funny story when I trained Bujinkan they just pointed at me one day at the end of the class and said "oh by the way…9th kyu" then they all applauded and I was so confused because I didn't know what that even meant, so I got a green belt from the back room, I didn't know about the red belts for girls there were no girls in that class for some time, and the class was almost exclusively Dans (typical ninjas keeping secrets and springing surprises on me)… the tkd I grew up in was highly Americanized and only called the belts by their color…Shorun Ryu I'm currently in I think has 10 kyu and 10 Dan ranks, with red-white belts for the masters (colloquially known as "candy-cane belt), but I think only the Soke himself wears red

  4. Enjoyed the video! I am impressed with the variety of organizations you included. There are so many that it would be impossible to get them all, but I think you did a good job of covering different styles. It will be interesting to see what other systems share information. Maybe fuel for another video?

  5. I took two and one-half years of training in Kempo, and fought a black belt in Taekwondo… I won the fight. Only thing a belt's good for is holding up your pants.

  6. At the Kung Fu school I train at we wear sashes instead of belts, but it's the same concept as belt rank in other martial arts.  Our order goes white, yellow, blue, green, 3 levels of brown, and then 10 black sash degrees

  7. Gudday Mr. Dan, within our style we follow the Kukkiwon belting system. Similar format large number counting down (8th Gup) to 1st Gup and then dans/degrees in number raising to a maximum of 9.
    White is no grade
    Yellow 1, Yellow 2 with Blue stripes
    Blue 1, Blue 2, Blue 3 with Red stripes
    Red 1, Red 2, Red 3 with Black stripes
    Black 1st Dan up to 9th
    The honorific title of Mr. is 1st – 3rd Dan
    The honorific title of Master is 4th – 6th Dan
    The honorific title of Grand Master is 7th – 9th Dan
    E.g.: a 7th Dan who grades to 9th Dan would have had to have trained for 8 years (to apply for 8th Dan grading) and then the following 9 years to apply for the last grading to 9th Dan. Total of 17 years.
    Will we still be getting another vid before Xmas?
    If not, I hope you and yours have a great Xmas holiday and a safe NY. See you in 2019.

  8. Im a shaolin student and in shaolin belts arent as important. They only indicate what form(s) you will learn next and what weapon you learn next.

  9. Songahm Taekwondo uses white, orange, yellow, camouflage, green, purple, blue (2 levels), brown (2 levels), red (2 levels), half red half black (called first degree black belt recommended) and 9 degrees of black belt.

  10. I'm not gonna share the karate school out of respect but when I took karate in my late teens i had to earn my white belt for the longest time it didn't make sense to me why that is but i guess that's how the school teaches

  11. In Kajukenbo the belt ranks are

    White + 3 degrees
    Yellow + 3 degrees
    Orange + 3 degrees
    Purple + 3 degrees
    Blue + 3 degrees
    Green + 3 degrees
    Brown + 3 degrees
    Black + 10 degrees

    While being a black belt as you rank up they add red to your belt.
    Red gold ( no longer given)

    Once all the original grand masters passed away of Kajukenbo they stopped awarding the 10th degree black belt which is the red belt with gold lining.

    I don't know why they still call it black belt after the belt is red. Maybe I'll ask my grand master one day.

  12. Currently for the international Judo Federation kyu grades are white, yellow, orange, green, blue and brown. Some schools in latin america add a light blue one between white and yellow. For kids you can also find half grades, usually half belt is the lower rank color and the other half is the higher one (again in latin america sometimes you can find only the tips of the belt colored, ie. white with yellow tips instead half white and half yellow). Then 5 dan levels all black with some mark (narrow color strips at one tip or something like that), 3 white and red belts (not longitudinally along the belt, like kids' bets, but in a series of red, white, red white each 6 or 8 inches), then 2 red belts. Some people thinks there is a 11th dan that is empty and a 12th dan, white color awarded to the founder Jigoro Kano, this is not true by the way, Kodokan sources said Jigoro Kano has no rank since he is the founder, and accordingly to the meaning of the belt ranks if some day somebody maters the art and shows skills above the 10th dan he could be rewarded with an 11th dan, but this is quite impossible since 6th and above ranks are rewarded as symbol of a lifetime of work in the art.

    This modern rank system was developed by Mikonosuke Kawaishi in the mids of XX century in europe (French Judo Federation) and then was used by almost all martial arts, as said in the video in the beginning there was only white, brown and black belts, and maybe purple for women.

    For the WTF (World Taekwondo Federation, the olimpic one) we have the same system as judo, white (half white – half yellow), yellow… and brown called gup or kup, then for kids there are 3 pum grades half red half black if they aren't old enough (under 15 or 16 old) the get the first dan, all black, then 5 more dans which you can get passing and exam, and if i don't recall wrong 5 more you get as a reward for your work in the art.

    This is quite standard maybe because those are the only martial arts present in the olympic games (WTF is ITF, ATA… are not), one of the requests from the IOC to ITF Taekwondo to be part of the olympic sports is kind of unification of the different branches into something more normalized in relation of rules and styles (something similar to the NBA and european federations of basketball, same sport but different rules that must be unified every time they play an international game). Anyway this is another subject to discuss.

  13. In my Japanese AikiJujutsu, we go by the menkyo system which mastery is really from the certificate and we stay white belts until black. But I know a lot of even Daito Ryu school have also which to color belt in recent times

  14. This is a sobering video. My only thought is that with all the colors and systems, I would like to see one standard color system. White, yellow, orange, blue, green, purple , 3 ryus brown (red), and black. It would simplify tournaments, cut out all the fluff divisions. Secondly, a governing board that oversees dan ranks to screen all these self promotioned tenth dans running around and that no one can just put on a belt and open a school.

  15. My son is doing Goju_Ryu Karate and their belt ranks are, White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, purple, Brown 3, Brown 2, Brown1, Brown with a Solid Back Stripe through its called  (Shodan-Ho) and then Black. To move to the next colour belt you need 4 red stripes.The Goju Ryu Club not far from my house has a different set – White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown 3, Brown 2, Brown 1 and Black. To move to the next colour belt you also need 4 red stripes. So it means that my son will take much longer to get to Black Belt – 10Kyu before Black. The other club is 7Kyu before Black. My sons Sensei always tells the student that the belt is there to hold up your pants. Belt colours doesn't show ability. That is so true because my son is now Orange with 4 stripes and actually beats the guys that's on Greene and Blue Belts. Its much easier to refer to your Kyu level than to look at color belts.

  16. I train in 2 systems that don't have traditional belt ranks. In Hung gar kung fu we use sashes. White, 2 golds, 2 blues, 3 greens, 3 reds, 5 blacks. In kalaripayattu we have student and teacher.

  17. Yeah, I know of two Shotokan Karate schools. At the local one, my next rank would be yellow. At my college one, it's blue.

  18. And, apparently the Gracie family initially had equites, blue, navy blue. Royce grace wears a navy blue belt as that was what his father wore, but, the family brought in a more traditional system for competition, or so I have read. Happy to be correct. OSU!

  19. The shotokan system i came up in was white yellow orange green blue purple brown black. There used to be 2 yellows and 2 purples but they later added orange and blue in their place. And of course there are 3 browns

  20. I'm a Tai Chi practitioner and we don't use belts. How do we differentiate rank? Simple. If the other guy can put you on your arse, then s/he's your superior. 😉

    Actions speak louder than apparel. 🙂

  21. Belt become darker over the course of training? So when you're a black belt, your journey to the Dark Side is complete 🙂

  22. The Judo I did for years cared more about the quality of the GI. The belt was what ever you could get from another member, or for cheap. Sweats were acceptable. I know Karate is a bit different. Interesting video. My son did karate young, and they seemed to want you to pay for a new belt all the time…..skills and progress didn't matter. 14yr old black belts that couldn't fight an old lady.

  23. When i was younger i trained in Wushu (kung fu) and they had no belts. Everyone wore a black sash. But you got a different patch on your jacket depending if passed a test on a given form and it's applications. It was more like boyscout merit badges.

    As an adult ive trained at a Northern Mantis (Kung Fu) were you start with no dash, have to earn a white, and then keep earning different colors until black.

    Recently, i visited a different Mantis School where every one wears green sashes, and their are 4 levels denoted by your t-shirt color: white, yellow, green, and finally black.

  24. My teacher was fairly good about belts and told us they were for his benefit – It is so much easier to group people by ranking than by name.

  25. My karate belt ranking goes White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Brown with one black stripe, Brown with two black stripes and then Black

  26. Muay thai or muay boran has no belt rank. But vovinam from Vietnam has a belt rank. I think but not quite sure

  27. Informative video in my adult class I don’t have rankings i tell the adult students belts are just symbolic more about their time in the training but in my kids class i have ranking system and my system is hybrid of Aikido, jujutsu, judo, ninjitsu and karate

  28. my karate style is wado ryu
    And the belts go
    Brown then you u get strips for yellow to purple the you need to get three black strips then you get a
    Brown and white belt
    Junior black belt if you are a kid
    Senior black if you are a adult or if your moving on for your junior black belt
    The belt stays pretty much the same until you get to 6th dan where you get a red and white belt
    And I can’t remember the rest of them

  29. Our karate school uses this
    White 9 kyu
    Yellow 8 kyu
    Orage 7 kyu
    Green 6 kyu
    Blue 5 kyu
    Blue 4 kyu
    Brown 3 kyu
    Brown 2 kyu
    Brown 1 kyu

  30. When I took Chito Ryu we went White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown, Black then red came later on. I am not doing TKD and my Grand Master has mixed ITF/WT. Belt system is White, Orange, Orange Yellow Stripe, yellow, Yellow green stripe, Green, green Blue stripe, Blue, Blue Red stripe, red, then deputy black so black with white stripe. Its a bit weird too me personally. But I enjoy the focus on the Art ans not just for thr sport of TKD which a lot of schools tend to do.

  31. Really good video! I got my brown belt w/ black stripe in Shobu Kai Karate last week. We go from white, white w/green stripe, green, blue, purple, red, red w/ brown stripe, brown, brown w/ 1, 2, 3 stripe and 10 Dan ranks.

  32. The way our Shito Ryu organization belt ranks goes (jr) Is white, yellow, yellow one stripe, yellow 2 stripes, purple, purple 1, purple 2, blue, blue 1, blue 2, red, then red with name. Yellow is 9th kyu all the way to red with name which is jr. Shodan. Adult ranks are white, white, white 1 stripe, white 2 stripe, 3 greens, 3 browns, black (shodan ho), black with yellow name (shodan), same with nidan, black with red name (sandan), same with yondan, black with white name godan and above.

  33. Hey I know that guy that was in the omega martial arts gi that was doing the form in like the 2:50 time frame area he owns that academy in Springville Utah my friend trains with him.

  34. My class goes
    Im currently a Green Belt
    The system may not make sense to some
    But i don't care
    I just go with the flow

  35. My Class goes
    White, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Purple, Green, Brown(White Stripe), Full Brown, Brown(Black Stripe), Black(White Stripe), and then full Black.

    Once you achieve your Black belt you change from White pants to Black belts. You start off with full white Gi but change the pants which is cool.

  36. Mine is white, High white, low blue,blue ,high blue,low yellow,yellow,high yellow, low green, green,high green, low red, red, high red, brown , high brown , Black

  37. The best belt ranking system of all was Jigoro Kano’s original white and black only. You’re either an expert or you’re not. Far too many black belts get destroyed by “brawlers” for anyone to put so much stock in a “black belt.”

  38. What about Kajukenbo or Tukong Moosul or talking about the difference between ATA, ITF, and WTF Taekwondo

  39. Love your videos, sometimes I use the info and advice or training in my Taekwondo classes, do you or would you consider doing a seminar to teach and train with us here at Odessa, Texas, do you know, talk, or collaborate and train with Jesse Enkamp, Chloe and Grace Bruce, Alex Wong or Samery Moras

  40. Have you seen or heard of Al Thomas and his Budo jujutsu, is there a difference between jujutsu and jiu Jitsu besides the spelling

  41. My first Belt in Chinese Boxing in the 70s was an old piece of rope. Same with Philipino arts, they had no belts, they were not even allowed to Teach westerners. Then I got into Kempo-Kenpo with Kim Goo and others, the late 70s, still One belt, White, and by double-digit Years of Practice, most important, lots of time, it changed, Goju the same. Isshin Ryu also only gave out White, then a lifetime before you could even claim black, unlike today. Now it's just the Money Table that dictates your Belt Rank. Kenpo was the First I Practiced and Completed that had its ranking. Even today that is misunderstood by most in the colors, Most saying in brown it's 1st 2nd, Third. My understanding was 3rd, 2nd first in Brown then Black. But Heck, I only got 45++ years in Multiple systems, Never needed the mass of red tabs, since it was a lifetime, Lifestyle of Mastering, and not just some grab-mass attack for Belt recognition like today, and everyone scrambling to find their Roots and Reason for it all. When it became a reason to Fight about all this, as we witness today as normal disrespect of all the Arts, I walked away, didn't need the Politics or the Disrespectful Drama of it all in today's Mass of Masters after 5 years.

  42. When I studied in Korean Hwa Rang Do the ranking system was as follows
    White Belt
    Orange Belt
    Yellow Belt
    Green Belt
    Blue Belt
    Senior Blue Belt which was blue with white tips
    Red Belt
    Senior Red Belt which was red with white tips
    Brown Belt
    Senior Brown belt as above
    Half Black which was black with Red tips
    Then 9 levels of black belt.

  43. In some martial arts the red belt is the highest. For example Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and some forms of Japanese Jiu Jitsu.

  44. Awesome video! Very instructive! I practice WTF Taekowndo in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil and my instructor changed the second white belt by an orange belt… just to motivate students…

  45. My friends and I have all trained in different martial arts. I've done boxing, (and a bit of karate, judo, and Jiu-Jitsu, not enough that I would consider it formal training.)

    We all crosstrain togeather, and often times look at old martial arts such as pugilism and Glima.

    Anyone can wear whatever uniform they want, but we have a special belt that only the house champion can wear.

    I made it yellow with a green stripe. I wanted to avoid making it black, because I don't think it's fair for me or my friends to wear a black belt when most people have to spend a decade or more getting one.

  46. Belts suck when you need to do kata/poomsae and they suck even more when gradings are expensive. However, if there are no opportunities to compete then you need them- I didn't start MMA until I was violet belt in Japanese Ju Jitsu (belt 6 out of 12), orange belt in judo (4 out of 9) and blue in kickboxing (5 out of 10).

  47. The Isshin Ryu dojo I train at has the full kyu belt system for children. Adults are white untilSensei hands you a green someday. Green until he hands you a brown. Brown until testing for Shodan. Black after that. There is a red/white belt at 6th dan but I've never seen my Sensei wear his.

    Our Kobudo system has a full range of belts but most people just test for 1st kyu & then for shodan after a few years.

  48. The Real Ranks Are
    1 D Brown
    2 D Brown
    3 D Brown
    And then just the 9 other dans

  49. I went to a Wado Ryo school that had 20 Kyu. White was unranked. You went White, Blue, Green, Purple, Brown, Black. Blue through Purple each had 5 bars so Blue was 20-16th Kyu. Green was 15-10th and so on.

  50. traditionally 4 belt colors in karate – white, brown, black — which turns to white.
    belts don't matter to me.

  51. The Dojo My Granddaughter attends however have the Belt System.

    Black to 7th Degree .

    Her Master is an 8th Degree .

  52. In taekwondoín Mexico who’s is modukuan we call advance example yeelowbelt advance green belt advance etc and when we reach green we change the color our v in our uniforms

  53. When I studied East-West Kempo, the colors were the same as your school, but red belt was a junior instructor belt, you wore your red belt when you were teaching, and your regular belt when you were training.

  54. In the dojo where I train in Karate & Judo the belts are:
    Black 1st to 3rd Dan
    Black w/red stripe 4th to 6th Dan
    Black & Red Coral 7th Dan
    White & Red Coral 8th Dan
    Red 9th & 10th Dan

  55. I study Wado Ryu karate in UK. We have

    Red stripe (or yellow stripe if you do well in your first grading)
    Red (solid)
    Brown with white stripe
    Brown with black stripe
    Then 1st dan

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