Rank Structure

Everyone begins wearing a white belt. From white they progress through the respective levels of yellow, orange, green, purple, brown and black. The Japanese term Kyu refers to the coloured belts and Dan refers to black belts.

Karate-ka shall wear a clean, white, unmarked karate gi, and the belt representing his/her present rank at the time of grading.

Children & Junior Karate-ka

The grading requirement and waiting period between each grading is the same as for adults & with the expressed approval of his or her instructor.

GRADE

BELT

MINIMUM TRAINING REQUIRED

9 Kyu

White

Less than 3 Months

8Kyu

Yellow

3 Months

7 Kyu

Orange

6 Months

6 Kyu

Green

9 Months

5 Kyu

1st Purple

12 Months

4 Kyu

2nd Purple

15 Months

3 Kyu

1st Brown

18 Months

2 Kyu

2nd Brown

21 Months

1 Kyu

3rd Brown

24 Months

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shodan

1st Degree Black Belt

3 Years

Nidan

2nd Degree Black Belt

4 Years

Sandan

3rd Degree Black Belt

6 Years

Yondan

4th Degree Black Belt

9 Years

Godan

5th Degree Black Belt

13 Years - Must Be 35 Years or Older

Rokudan

6th Degree Black Belt

18 Years - Must be 40 Years or Older