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BELT RANKS & ATTRIBUTES:

Belt Rank
 Summary of Belt Ranks & Attributes:       
White Belt         
Program Indoctrination, Club Etiquette, Rules and Protocols, Responsibilities as a Martial Arts Student and certain basic materials.

Yellow Belt
(Shichikyu)
Shichikyu level is a Beginner Level and provides basic level of understanding and performance of certain foundationing skills which will be refined so they can be done with good form (power and speed not a factor). This belt rank can usually be achieved in 1 or 2 months of training. 

Orange Belt  (Rokukyu)
Rokukyu level is considered an Intermediate Level.  Will learn basic coordination skills needed to move into a study of how to generate force in karate techniques using Newton's 2nd and 3rd Laws of Motion. Specifically, using body mass (the "m" in F=ma) and "action/reaction" principles. Muscle tensity is controlled at the termination point. The focus of study is on analysis of energy transfer. This belt rank can usually be achieved in 2 or 4 months of training.

Green Belt (Gokyu)
Gokyu Level requires the ability to effectively apply all material in a self defense situation. Basic Coordination skills are needed to learn how to generate force in karate techniques using body acceleration  (the "a"  in F=ma) with breath control. This belt rank can usually be achieved in 7 to 9 months of training.

Purple Belt (Yonkyu)
Yonkyu Level requires excellent form for all techniques to prepare for learning how to dramatically increase force through "snap" (time rate of change of the applied force).  All material must be done with smoothness, precision, confidence with clean crisp form, good speed and sound hard driving force taking on the characteristics of an Art Form. This belt rank can usually be achieved in 13 to 15 months of training.

3rd Degree Brown Belt (Sankyu)
Sankyu level is considered to be an Advanced Level and thus an important step in the students development. There can be no doubt in the Sensei's mind or in the students mind that total confidence in Self Defense is firmly established. The exam for Sankyu level is a very rigorous physically and mentally demanding exam and should only be taken by a student who is serious and confident both in their physical ability, technical and theoretical knowledge. This belt rank can usually be achieved in 18 - 24 months of training.

2nd Degree Brown Belt (Nikyu)
Nikyu level requires precision, smoothness and confidence in the execution of techniques at an Advanced Level. Technical problem solving ability is also an essential trait that must be demonstrated. A strong understanding of the Technical Theory and applied Application Theory is also required. This belt rank can usually be achieved in 24 - 30 months of training.

1st Degree Brown Belt (Ikkyu)
Ikkyu level requires good Teaching Ability, must have demonstrated a Leadership Role and must be able to prove total capability in the Basics. This belt rank can usually be achieved in 24 - 36 months of training.


Black Belt Ranks

Pending Black Belt         (Shodan Ho)
Shodan Ho level is pending Black Black Belt.  Typically there is an 18 month waiting period at Pending Level (with a minimum of 3 years in the program) before testing for Shodan. Can usually be achieved in 2 - 3 years of training.

1st Degree Certified Black Belt (Shodan)
A Shodan is a 1st Degree Certified Black Belt.  Can usually be achieved in 3 - 5 years of training. There is a 1 year waiting period at 1st Degree Black Belt before petitioning for 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan Level).
2nd Degree Certified Black Belt (Nidan) A Nidan is 2nd Degree Certified Black Belt. There is a 2 year waiting period at 2nd Degree Black Belt before petitioning for Sandan.

3rd Degree Certified Black Belt (Sandan) A Sandan is a 3rd Degree Certified Black. There is a 3 year waiting period at 3rd Degree Black Belt before petitioning for Yondan.
4th Degree Certified Black Belt (Yondan) A Yondan is a 4th Degree Certified Black Belt. There is a 4 year waiting period at 4th Degree Black Belt before petitioning for Godan.
5th Degree Certified Black Belt (Godan)
A Godan is a 5th Degree Certified Black Belt.  There is a 5 year waiting period at 5th Degree Black Belt before petitioning for Rokudan.

6th Degree Certified Black Belt (Rokudan)
A Rokudan is a 6th Degree Certified Black Belt. There is a 6 year waiting period at 6th Degree Black Belt before petitioning for Shichidan.

7th Degree Certified Black Belt (Shichidan)
A Shichidan is a 7th Degree Certified Black Belt. There is a 7 year waiting period at 7th Degree Black Belt before petitioning for Shichidan.

8th Degree Certified Black Belt (Hachidan)
A Hachidan is an 8th Degree Certified Black Belt. There is a 8 year waiting period at 8th Degree Black Belt before petitioning for Kudan.

9th Degree Certified Black Belt (Kudan)
A Kudan is 9th Degree Certified Black Belt. There is a 9 year waiting period at 9th Degree Black Belt before petitioning for Judan.

10th Degree Certified Black Belt (Judan)
A Judan is 10th Degree Certified Black Belt.




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