This is a brief outline of the requirements to achieve this promotion. A more detailed curriculum is available at our school.
Black Belt Rankings
Juniors (those learning the Junior 6 - 12 year old curriculum) first earn the Junior black belt
-black belt with a red stripe through the middle.
Junior Black Belts must then earn 4 black stripes over the next 18 - 24 months (the stripes correspond to learning the Junior Black Belt curriculum). The next belt is the Solid Black Belt which designates a provisional black belt level.
Note: there are minimum age requirements for provisional, certified and higher black belt rankings - see your instructor for details
Adults earning a black belt first earn the solid (provisional) black belt.
After one year of consistent training after solid black belt, the student may be eligible for their certified black belt (designated by a single gold bar embroidered at one end of the belt). This designates the students as a certified shodan (first degree) black belt.
The next level is Nidan (second degree) black belt which can be earned within 18 to 24 months after shodan certification.
Sandan (third degree) black belt can be earned after another 3 years of training.
Yondan (fourth degree) black belt can be earned after an additional 4 years of training
Godan (fifth degree) black belt can be earned after an additional 5 years of training
Note - the "Renshi" belt - red and white on one side, black on the other - may be awarded at 4th, 5th or 6th degree black belt. It usually designates a senior instructor and is worn differently for the various degree levels.
Rokudan (6th degree), Nanadan (7th degree) and Hachidan (8th degree) are awarded after many years of continued training and teaching.
Note - the "Shihan" belt - red and white panels - may be awarded for 7th and 8th degree levels and designates a Senior Master Instructor level.
Kudan (9th degree) and Judan (10th degree) black belts are awarded after more than 40 years of karate training. These ranks are usually designated by a solid red belt.
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