Karate Belts

Testing For Karate Belts

Many of our programs include testing for belts to achieve rank while some systems will guide you through the program and upon completion you will receive a certificate of authority. Our certificates are recognized world wide and by professional and amateur tournament circuits as an authority in the martial arts.

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Karate Belt Testing

Testing for a belt is easy with an email submission. You may choose to upload a video of your testing requirements to google drive and email the link to honbu@nkkf.org.

You will be emailed an invoice for the testing amount prior to review of the material and then critique will be given as well as a pass or fail grade.

Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for diploma processing and shipping direct from Japan.

There is also an option to use PayPal on the testing page, once payment is submitted it will direct you to the upload section.

Karate Belt Color Order and the meaning of the Different Belt Colors in Karate

Karate Belt Fable

The interpretation of the meaning of the Karate Belt colors originates from a story: The Karate Master and His Belt.

A boy was given a white belt and was sent into the woods to train Karate and not return to his master until he thought he could surpass him.

The Sensei had taught the boy everything he knew about Karate and the Martial Arts.

He wore a tattered black belt, that looked as if it were literally falling apart.

He told the boy that in order to truly master the path of Karate, one day he would have to be able to survive on his own and would only then understand what mastering Karate meant.

The legend goes, that every day the boy struggled and as he both trained his karate and survival skills his belt began to change colors.

As the boy perspired in his training and with the humidity of the Japanese forests, his belt lost it's bright white cotton shine and became somewhat of an off white until is soured and turned yellow.

In his journey he stumbled and fell many times, and often had nowhere to wipe the clay from his hands when he was climbing rocks and hillsides.

The earth collected on his belt and it began to appear with an orange hue.

Running from wild animals in the forest, and sliding down grassy hills, the chlorophyll of the forest then turned his belt green.

Then, the old grimy belt began to mold and turn blue as it had not been washed from many months.

The boy had now become a young man and with years of training the belt began to fray and rot, now appearing brown, stained with blood from rigorous training and of the years of grime from his travels.

Finally, the young man, once a boy, returned from the forest to find his Sensei.

He was eager to show him the incredible skills he had acquired from practicing all of the knowledge, once passed to him, while in the wilderness.

So, He searched for his teacher everywhere, ready to challenge him to a duel.H

e asked around town and people bowed their heads and denied knowing anything about the teacher. It seemed as if he would never find him.

Finally, a monk agreed to take the man to see his Karate master.

Up the hillside, the monk led the man to a shrine at the entrance of the very same forest he had once embarked for his karate journey.

A picture of his master lay at the foot of an engraved granite spire.

He was angered and felt like destroying the shrine when he found out his teacher had passed away while he was training.

The regret of never getting recognition for his efforts filled him with rage.

Just then, a familiar beautiful woman led a small boy to the shrine and they knelt before it and lit some incense.

The young boy began to sob, and cried to the heavens that he wished his grandpa would have been able to teach him the secrets of Karate before his sickness took him away.

The young man suddenly understood. Filled with emotion he knelt beside the boy and also began to weep.

He gently folded his karate belt, now black with age and grime and placed it on the small altar in front of the shrine and bowed deeply.

Apologizing to his Sensei for not understanding the meaning of mastering Karate and surpassing his skill until this very moment.

Speaking softly, he turned to the grandson of his master and told him the stories of his training.

After they spoke for a while, he retrieved a new white belt for this young boy and told him that if he wanted to master the true meaning of Karate that his training would now begin.

The Black Belt lay on the Sensei's Grave and over time it was washed by rain and bleached by the sun. After many years had passed, the belt had returned to white.

-By Kyoshi Colton Woodard

Other Origins of the Karate Belt Color Order

Some bloggers think that Karate's many belt colors represent the stages of a plant's growth.

It's a natural cycle of life.

The longer you practice Karate, the more you will see that you, like a plant, will change and grow. The belt's hues convey a message... Of life, development, and advancement. From the start and birth (white belt) to the intermediate stages of development (orange, green, blue, and so on) to maturation and beyond (purple, brown, black belt). The belts represent your personal growth - both within and beyond the dojo.

Thus... Life continues in a circular fashion. However, keep in mind that it is not simply about increasing your skill set. It's also about developing your fundamental character in order to become a more complete person.

Gaining a rank enables you to do and be more - to strive for more. As you advance in knowledge and skill, constantly strive to embrace the actual meaning of each of the belt colors. It isn't entirely about the belt. It is about what it represents.

One may quickly determine a person's rank and level of proficiency based on the color of their belt. The most frequently encountered colors are white and black.

Whereas white denotes the entry level, black denotes the actual expert with the highest rating. Yellow, orange, red, green, and blue are additional belt colors.

Belt: Black

Additionally, the order of the karate belts varies between schools.

Several of the correct belt color sequences are listed below.  

White, red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, and black are the primary colors.

During the Second World War, only darker shades of colors were used in karate to denote the forward-moving objective.

Dying the belts further indicated that the individual has advanced to a higher level of expertise. Soon after, different colors were adopted to indicate an individual's level of skill.

Belt Colors and Their Significance

White Belt

White denotes the birth of a new light. In karate, it typically refers to a person who begins learning karate with an awareness of the various problems that he would face.

The yellow belt represents the first rays of sunlight. In karate, this means that the student's mind is now open to more techniques and methods.

Orange Belt
This light is a sign of light spreading throughout the world. Thus, it demonstrates how the student is broadening his or her knowledge in the topic.

The Green Belt represents the penetration of the plant's steams and roots in order to obtain sunlight. As a result, the student develops new abilities and approaches for mastering the game.

Blue Belt The plant is ascending towards the blue sky. This signifies the pupil is delving deeper to comprehend each karate motion and differentiating them in order to obtain more information.

Purple Belt signifies that the pupil is highly serious about gaining the next belt. Brown Belt This indicates that the plant has reached maturity and is ready for harvesting.

Similarly, in karate, it means that the pupil has acquired sufficient mastery of the techniques and is now prepared for combat.

It denotes the breadth of a student's knowledge and his or her capacity to guide those in a successful direction.

Black belt Every glowing thing has a black shadow behind it, and this hue is all about the shadows. This belt demonstrates that the wearer has mastered all talents and possesses the ability to enlighten others with his knowledge.

Karate is a traditional martial art with a long and illustrious history.

The belt system, on the other hand, is a very recent addition to the art. While practitioners of karate have been studying the art for hundreds of years, their advancement has been evaluated through the kyu/dan system since the early twentieth century.

What is the belt hierarchy in karate?

Modern karate styles use the kyu/dan system from Judo.

The "Black Belt" was created to demonstrate proficiency in the art, not mastery of it. The path does not end with the black belt.

Does Each Karate Style Have Its Own Ranking System?

Today, belt colors and rankings vary widely according to styles, schools, and even countries. With being said, the most frequently utilized belt colors in karate are white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, and black.

Levels of Dan (Black Belt Levels)

Dan levels are regarded advanced grades; this is the point at which the adventure truly begins. Yudansha is the term used to refer to a practitioner who possesses the dan degree.

From the 6th or 7th dan, there is no additional test; the rank is conferred on an honorary basis by the headmaster. This rating was inspired by Tozando's Kyu & Dan in Budo blog post, as it accurately describes each level, regardless of whether it is Kendo or Karate.

One who possesses superior abilities and has mastered the fundamentals of Karate. One who possesses exceptional abilities and has mastered the fundamentals of Karate.

Sandan( 3rd Dan)
One who possesses superior abilities and has mastered the fundamentals of Karate.

Yondan (4th Dan)
One who possesses exceptional abilities and has mastered the fundamentals and applications of Karate.

Godan (5th Dan)
One who possesses exceptional abilities and has mastered the fundamentals and applications of Karate.

Rokudan (6th Dan)
One who possesses exceptional abilities and has mastered the true meaning of Karate.

Nanadan (7th Dan)
One who possesses superior abilities and has mastered the underlying meaning of Karate. One who is familiar with the mysteries of Karate and has fully developed his or her abilities.

Kudan (9th Dan) and JUdan (10th Dan)
These honorary titles are bestowed upon exceptionally gifted masters.

The evolution of modern karate rankings

Jigoro Kano had an impact on karate's ranking system.

Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, established the training outfit and belt system.

You've certainly heard the legend that early Karate practitioners began their training with a white belt that became discolored black over time due to sweat and filth. This narrative should be classified as a myth, given there is no evidence to support it.

With the Japanese being so rigid and prideful, it's practically impossible that a pupil practicing with a dirty belt or uniform would be permitted to train.

The Influence of Judo on Karate's Ranking

Jigoro Kano (1860–1938), the inventor of Judo, established the martial arts belt grading system and training clothing. He employed colored belts (obi) to denote the practitioner's level of experience. In 1883, Kano adapted his kyu/dan system of classifying his students from the game of "Go."

Kano reasoned that the kyu/dan grading and ranking system would aid in motivating students and in arranging classes at each level. Six kyu grades (one for light blue belt, one for white belt, and three for brown belt) and ten dan or black belt grades were used. Karate soon followed.

Gichin Funakoshi, the originator of Shotokan Karate (and a friend of Jigoro Kano), adopted the kyu/dan system for Karate in 1922 and issued the first Karate Shodan (1st-degree black belt) levels to seven of his students in 1924. Other Okinawan educators have followed suit. Additional Colored Belts for European Karate Students

As you are probably aware, karate originally had three belt colors: white, brown, and black. However, something was about to change. Mikinosuke Kawaishi is credited with establishing the colored belt system in Europe when he began teaching Judo in Paris, France, in 1935. He believed that western pupils would improve more quickly if they had a visible system of numerous colored belts recognizing achievement and providing regular incentives. Soon afterwards, practitioners of karate outside of Japan began to adopt Kawaishi's colored belt system. After a period of time, Okinawa and Japan joined the system. It's critical to remember that there is currently no standard for Karate belt colors, as they vary between schools and organizations.

The Original Okinawan and Japanese Martial Arts Ranking System

Menkyo - The Original Japanese Martial Arts Ranking System

Japanese scrolls distributed as part of an ancient Japanese martial art system.
It's no secret that the Japanese culture is very regimented and rigid.

Almost every traditional art discipline, from calligraphy to floral arrangement, has its own developing hierarchy of formal levels. This is also true of Budo or martial arts. In Okinawa, experience trumps rank.

There were no belt ranks in the early days of Okinawan Karate or Te, as it was formerly known. When Karate was founded in Okinawa, the majority of practitioners lacked both belts and uniforms. They trained in casual kimonos and sashes. Traditionally, karate masters would select only a few students and teach the technique for free.

The advancement of a student was not determined by rank, but by the number of years spent training, the level attained, and the degree to which his intellect was appropriately developed. The kyu/dan system was not used universally in Okinawa until 1956, when the Okinawa Karate Federation was founded.

Japanese Martial Arts Ranking System from Antiquity

Prior to Kano Jigoro's creation of Kyu and Dan levels in Judo, Japanese martial arts had a system called Menkyo or "license." The Menkyo system is a traditional Japanese license system that dates all the way back to the eighth century.

The master was then presenting a certificate to his disciple in the shape of a calligraphed roll, attesting to the art's technical and mental transmission. The Menkyo system is not based on years of study, but on discipline mastery. One distinctive feature of the Menkyo system is that it has significantly fewer levels than the kyu/dan system.

On average, practitioners get between three and five Menkyo degrees during the course of their careers. This system of "titles" is still employed in the majority of traditional Koryu schools today.

Jigoro Kano is responsible for the ranking system in karate that we all adore, the colored belts. As you can see, both the amount of kyu and the color associated with it vary according to style, but one thing remains constant - the trip, not the destination, is what matters most.

Anyone who has taken karate instruction is well aware of what it takes to obtain a black belt in the martial art. However, few people are aware of the history and significance of colorful belts.

Judo was the first martial art to establish the colored belt system.

In Judo, colored belts indicated a student's advancement. In karate, a similar ranking system based on colored belts was developed. Shotokan Karate schools were among the first to incorporate this system into their instruction.

Historically, colored belts were created by dying a white belt a new color. The repeated dyeing of the belt in order to obtain a new color resulted in the establishment of the order.

This explains why the colors of the belts in ascending sequence continue to darken with rank. Dyeing was employed in Japan as a low-cost method of establishing a visible ranking system. Students were given with a belt of a different color as they advanced in their rankings through passing grading assessments. The color sequence, as well as the relationship between rank and belt color (Kyu), varies by school.

Kyu, or ranking, always begins at ten and finishes at one. After earning a black belt, a pupil must progress through various levels or dans, which are graded from 1 to 10.

Few karate schools immediately award a student with a white belt, while others grade new students prior to presenting them with their first belt. There are numerous'schools' or'styles' of karate, and each one has its own ranking system for karate belts.

This does not always imply that black represents the highest rank and white represents the lowest rank. Karate belts are often arranged in the following order: white, yellow, green, blue, brown, and black.

The following table summarizes the belt hierarchy according to popular karate schools:

Belts of Keichu Ryu:

Belts of Isshinryu:
They do not have purple or red belts in the Isshinryu system of karate. However, each belt has its own divisions. Belts have two stripes at the bottom of the color of the next belt in order to show these divisions. For instance, if a person is progressing from yellow to green and has made significant progress, his yellow belt will be recognized with two green stripes. It is unknown whether this is an official practice or something done simply to keep the individual informed of his development
Belts of Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu:
8th Kyu – White
7th Kyu Yellow Tip
6th Kyu – Yellow
5th Kyu – Green Tip
4th Kyu – Green
3rd Kyu – Brown Tip
2nd Kyu – Brown
1st Kyu – Black Tip
1st to 6th Dan – Black
7th and 8th Dan - Red or White
9th and 10th Dan – Red

In this style of karate, there is typically a transition point between each belt color, denoted by the following color in succession on the bottom half of the belt.

Belts of Kyokushin:
Beginner – White Belt
10th Kyu – Red Belt
Seniour Red – 9th Kyu
8th Kyu - Blue Belt
7th Kyu – Blue Seniour
6th Kyu – Yellow Belt
Seniour Yellow – 5th Kyu
4th Kyu – Green Belt
3rd Kyu – Green Seniour
2nd Kyu – Brown Belt
Seniour Brown – 1st Kyu
1st Dan - Black Belt (the highest order)

Belt Order of Wado-Ryu:
Black Each of these belts contains five kyu, whereas black belt contains ten kyu or dan. Belts Shotokan: Red
Purple striped with white
Brown striped with white
Two white stripes on brown

Another hazy theory concerning the colour of karate belts is circulating. According to this idea, the founders of karate began practicing with white belts and never washed them, which eventually resulted in their belts becoming black as they advanced in rank.

As the founders improved, the color of their belts changed from white to yellow to brown to black. This hypothesis resembles a fable more than reality, and should be regarded with a grain of salt.

Have you ever wondered why a Karate class has so many different colored belts? The visual representation of a student's progress is convenient.

Additionally, it instills a sense of pride and accomplishment in Karate students as they progress through the ranks and earn new colors.

However, where did the concept of colored Karate belt levels originate? What is the proper order of the karate belts and what does each one mean? Let us ascertain!

How Many Belts Do You Have in Karate?

There are nine different colors of karate belts, yet the majority of people are only familiar with the two most common.

Additionally, certain karate belt ranking systems may have multiple levels of the same belt color. The white belt is the first belt in karate and is where everyone begins.

The majority of students have worn this belt, and many students never progress beyond this point. The black belt is the highest belt in karate and consequently the most prized.

Only about 3-5 percent of persons who begin training in karate will earn a black belt. Earning a black belt in karate is an illustrious accomplishment.

Earning a black belt takes years. The majority of people are unaware of the hours of sweat, tears, and even a little blood required to acquire this reward.

However, when you receive your black belt, you will understand. And the sense of pride and achievement is palpable.

Naturally, you'll also recognize that you've only began. Earning a black belt in karate is not the end of the road; it is the start of a lifelong adventure.

The Karate Belt's Origins

It may surprise you to learn that the concept of utilizing different colored belts to indicate a student's status is not particularly ancient.

Though it is employed in a variety of combat arts, the belt grading system dates all the way back to Karate.

The Origins of the Karate Belt

There is a mythology regarding the origins of the karate belt that you may have already heard. It is stated that as pupils began their instruction, they were given a white belt.

The belt became soiled and unclean over time due to perspiration, dirt, and blood.

Students were warned against ever washing their belts.

According to superstition, doing so would "wipe away" their experience. Once the student's belt turned black, he or she was regarded as a genuine martial artist.

The mythology portrays the belts as both magnificent and terrifying.

Naturally, the true tale is a little more pragmatic.

The True Origins of Karate Belts

Martial artists practiced in secret for decades in Okinawa, the origin of Karate.

Wearing a colored belt, or any other indication of their advancement or interest in martial arts, was a risky proposition.

Jigoro Kano, the inventor of Judo, first proposed the concept of a colored belt system in the late 1880s.

Previously, pupils were only handed certificates as they advanced through the ranks. Jigoro Kano was inspired by Japanese swimmers who wore a black ribbon around their waists to denote their superior rank.

He began awarding belts at his Judo school. The color white was reserved for novices, while the color black was reserved for teachers and experienced students. The system spread from Judo to Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and other kinds of martial arts. In the early 1900s, the system was expanded to include a few other hues. And the full-color Karate belt system was not developed until the 1930s or 1940s.

Colors of the Karate Belt

The Karate belt colors do not have a one-size-fits-all rating system. Diverse types of karate (and occasionally schools within the same style) employ a variety of belt systems.

While the colors of the belt are normally the same, the arrangement of the colors varies and some systems eliminate a color or two. Occasionally, stripes are added to indicate advancement within a rank prior to graduation to the following level.

For instance, you may begin training as a white belt for several months. However, as your abilities improve, you will earn one, two, or even three stripes on your belt before progressing to the next color.

Belt rankings in Shotokan Karate are as follows: white, yellow, orange, green, purple, brown, and black. This system has two purple belt levels and three brown belt levels.

Other often used color schemes include the following: White, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, red, brown, and black are the primary colors used.

White, red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, and black are the primary colors used.

Yellow, green, orange, red, blue, purple, brown, and black are the primary colors.

The idea of a student's development being symbolized by the same white belt turning black is a fallacy.

However, the progression of colors from lighter to darker was chosen for practical reasons. The colored belt system in karate gained popularity during and after World War II, when life was difficult and money was few.

Rather than providing each rank with a new belt, the same belt was dyed a deeper color to conserve resources.

Order of Karate Belts

So how did they choose the colors for the Karate belts? What do the various colors mean? Did a group of karate masters meet one day and put their favorite colors into a hat, drawing them out until they got a sufficient number of hues?

As with everything else in karate, the colors chosen are deliberate and deliberate. They symbolize the plant's life cycle, from its lowly origins to its seeming demise. This is how it works. 1. Belt, white The white belt is, of course, the first belt in karate.

It symbolizes the beginning. As the tiny plant emerges from the dirt, it is met by the day's dazzling, white light.

As the plant reacts to the light, the golden tint of sunshine intensifies. The pupil gets warmed up and stretched in pursuit of their objectives.

As the sun gets hotter, the small plant's life becomes more challenging.

Similarly, training gets more challenging for the pupil.

The small plant has survived the scorching sun and is now producing new growth. The plant's green leaves and shoots are expanding outward. The pupil is maturing and gaining proficiency in the fundamentals.

The plant continues to expand and reach towards the brilliant blue sky. The student's knowledge base continues to grow.

As the day draws to a close, the blue sky darkens to a purple hue. The student's knowledge grows in depth and breadth.

The sun's final rays are crimson and scorching on the flowering plant. Although the training is strenuous, the pupil has gone a long way. Additionally, red is a danger symbol. The student is developing proficiency to the point that they pose a threat to their adversaries.

The darkness grows darker, and the plant respectfully bends its head in the direction of the dirt from where it emerged. The seed is maturing and ripening in preparation for harvest. The pupil is now reaping the benefits of their toil and training.

Darkness sets in, and the plant perishes. However, a fresh beginning has taken its place. The student has gained a wealth of knowledge, including the realization that there is still much more to learn.
Their martial arts quest has completed the first stage, but the journey has only just begun.

Karate Black Belt Degrees

After earning a black belt, the journey does not end. There are ten levels of black belt, each of which requires years of intensive instruction.

Order of Shotokan Karate Belts

Shotokan Karate employs a distinct belt system to determine a student's rank. The karate belt system employs a color-coded system to denote an individual's skill level.

With each level gained, the belt's color darkens. Many also believe in the belief that the white belt becomes soiled and eventually turns black, symbolizing the highest level, the black belt.
Required Rank Kata
White: Heian Shodan: 9th Kyu
Heian Nidan: 8th Kyu: Yellow
Orange: Heian Sandan: 7th Kyu
Green: Heian Yondan: 6th Kyu
Purple: Heian Godan: 5th Kyu
Purple and White: Tekki Shodan: 4th Kyu
Bassai Dai: 3rd Kyu: Brown
2nd Kyu: Bassai Dai: Brown and White
1st Kyu: Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion Or Empi: Brown and White
All Kata's Shodan 1st Dan Black

Order of Kyokushin Karate Belts
White Belt of Mukyu
Orange Belt 10th Kyu
Orange Belt with a Blue Stripe 9th Kyu
Blue Belt 8th Kyu
Blue Belt with a Green Stripe 7th Kyu
Yellow Belt 6th Kyu
Yellow Belt with an Orange Stripe 5th Kyu
Green Belt 4th Kyu
Green Belt with Brown Stripes 3rd Kyu
Brown Belt 2nd Kyu
Brown Belt with a black stripe 1st Kyu

Order of the Kyokushin Black Belt:

Black 1st Degree Shodan (Dan)
Black Nidan 2nd Degree (Dan) Nidan
Black Sandan 3rd Degree (Dan)
Yondan Black 4th Degree (Dan) Yondan
Black 5th Degree (Dan) Godan
Black 6th Degree Rokudan (Dan)
Black Shichidan 7th Degree (Dan) Shichidan
Black 8th Degree Hachidan (Dan)
Kydan 9th Degree (Dan)
Black 10th Degree (Dan) Jdan
Order of the Shorin Ryu Karate Belts
White Belt Introductory level
8th Kyu Yellow Stripe Belt
7th Kyu Yellow Belt
6th kyu orange belt
5th kyu green belt
4th Kyu Purple Belt
3rd kyu brown belt
2nd kyu brown belt
1st kyu brown belt

As soon as you achieve the first kyu level, your next objective should be to get a black belt. On average, it takes an individual between four and six years to attain that level.

However, that is not the final goal. Black belts are further classified according to their Dan's grades.

Order of the Wado Ryu Karate Belts Colors

Kata for Belt Level

Hachikyu - First grade 8th Kyu Yellow Belt. Kihon, no Kata, or fundamental Kata
Sichikyu -7th Kyu Orange Belt The kata required to gain the belt is Pinan Nidan.
Rokyu - 6th Kyu Green Belt Pinan Shodan, Pinan Shandan are the kata for this rank.
Gokyu - 5th Kyu Pinan Shodan, Yondan Blue Belt
Yonkyu - 4th Kyu Purple Belt Students must pass the Pinan Godan, Yodan Karate test to earn this rank.
Sankyu -3rd Kyu Brown Belt - 1 stripe Pinan Godan Sankyu
Kushanku Ni Kyu-2nd Kyu Brown White Belt- 2 stripes
Ik Kyu-1st Kyu Brown Black Belt-3 stripes Naihanchi Ik Kyu-1st Kyu Brown Black Belt
After achieving these levels, students advance to the Black 'Dan' levels. Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan, Rokudan, Nanadan, Hachidan, Kudan, and finally Judan are the ten levels of black belt.

Order of the Goju Ryu Karate Belts Colors

White Ungraded
White with a tab for the tenth kyu
9th kyu blue
8th kyu blue with tab
7th kyu yellow
Yellow with 6th kyu tab
5th kyu green
Green with 4th kyu tab
3rd kyu brown
Brown with 2nd kyu tab
1st kyu brown with two tabs

Order of the Uechi Ryu Karate Belts
Uechi Ryu Karate's belt system is as follows:

Belt Requirements
White Belt Jukyu -10th Kyu
Sanchin, Kyukyu - 9th Kyu White Belt With Green Stripe
Kanshiwa, Sanchin, Exercises Hachikyu - 8th Kyu White Belt With Two Green Stripes
Sichikyu -7th Kyu White Belt With Three Green Stripes Sanchin, Exercises + Kanshiwa Bunkai Sichikyu -7th Kyu White Belt With Three Green Stripes Sanchin
Rokyu - Sixth Kyu White Belt With Green Bar Kanshu, Kotikitai, and Kyu Kumite
Sparring Between Gokyu – 5th Kyu Green Belts And Everything Above
Yonkyu - Green Belt 4th Kyu With Brown Bar Seichin And Everything Above
Sankyu -3rd Kyu Brown Belt With Black Stripes Effective Sparring And Everything Above
Nikyu - 2nd Kyu Brown Belt With Two Black Stripes Seisan, Bunkai Seisan, And Everything Above
Kenyuikai Kumite And Above Ikkyu – 1st Kyu Brown Belt With Three Black Stripes

Chito Ryu Karate's belt system is divided into numerous levels, ranging from white to black.  
Following the black belt, the following grades are available for promotion: Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan, Rokudan, Nanadan, Hachidan, and Kyudan.

Your Journey Through the Martial Arts Belt Ranks

If you haven't yet begun your own path, you will begin like the rest of us – with a white belt. If you choose to participate in this training, you will embark on a life-changing trip.

Recognize the Significance of Karate Belt Colors

The majority of people are familiar with someone who has earned a black belt in karate or another martial art. These individuals are aware of the ability and accomplishment it signifies. There are, however, numerous other belt colors that students of karate must earn before reaching the peak of their training.

What is the Martial Arts Belt System?
Let's begin with a brief review of the martial arts belt system.

Numerous martial arts systems have their own belt progression from beginner to advanced. Historically, as a learner advances, the belts become darker.

In terms of Jeet Kune Do-based karate belts, we rank them from white to black belt.


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