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Karate Ranking

The colored 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.

Belt ranking 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.

Intermediate 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.

In addition 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.

Students participating 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.

Click on the links below for a complete and detailed set of promotion exam requirements/guidelines. (PDF Documents)

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    Pre-Karate Requirements
10th 10th kyu Provisional Yellow Belt Exam Requirements
9th 9th kyu Yellow Belt Exam Requirements
8th 8th kyu Orange Belt Exam Requirements
7th 7th kyu Green Belt Exam Requirements
6th 6th kyu Blue Belt Exam Requirements
5th 5th kyu Low Purple Belt Exam Requirements
4th 4th kyu High Purple Belt Exam Requirements
3rd 3rd kyu Low Brown Belt Exam Requirements
2nd 2nd kyu Middle Brown Belt Exam Requirements
1st 1st kyu High Brown Belt Exam Requirements
  Shodan Black Belt Exam Requierments

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