belt ranking system used at the Traditional Karate Center is based
on similar systems found in other Japanese martial arts. Karate
ranking is based on technical competence and character development.
It measures one's improvement, provides valuable feedback and helps
to motivate the student towards reaching their goals.
in our dojo uses a system with 10 major levels, or Kyu. 10th Kyu
(white belt) is the lowest, and 1st Kyu (high brown belt) is the
highest. After the Kyu are the Dan, or black belt degrees. 1st Dan
black belt is the lowest and 10th Dan black belt is the highest.
A TKC student can expect to train 6-8 years to earn the rank of
1st Dan black belt. This level is not considered an end, but a new
beginning in karate training.
belt ranks, called Provisional ranks, are also awarded to students
from white belt to purple belt. These ranks are not Full Kyu levels
but stepping stones in between full ranks.
to Full Kyu and Provisional ranks, there are also black rank stripes
that can be earned on the student's existing belt. There are three
stripe levels between each belt rank in the youth program, and one
stripe level between each full rank in the adult program.
Students are not judged in comparison to one another, but are judged
against a minimum standard necessary to earn each specific rank.
Judges will take into consideration the age, individual progress
and improvement of each student. Some specific technical areas of
importance include: (1) the ability to move correctly and smoothly
from one stance to another, (2) weight distribution in stances,
(3) breathing in correspondence with body movements, (4) coordination,
(5) physical endurance in stance work, (6) proficiency in kata and
knowledge of application of kata, (7) ability to focus, (8) use
of hip, (9) proper usage of the different striking surfaces of the
hands, arms, feet and legs, (10) knowledge of effective target areas.
in a promotion exam are responsible for making themselves familiar
with all of the requirements and judging criteria for their specific
level of promotion. Also, it is important to remember that these
requirements are only part of the test - regular class time, attitude,
spirit and attendance are also taken into consideration.
on the links below for a complete and detailed set of promotion
exam requirements/guidelines. (PDF Documents)
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