​OUR RANKING SYSTEM

In Shotokan, earning your Shodan (1st degree black belt) literally signifies as the beginning of your karate venture.  This is not the end of karate training, merely the beginning of a life long journey of advanced learning and experience.  

​BLACK
BELTS

SHODAN                    1ST DEGREE

NIDAN                        2ND DEGREE

SANDAN                     3RD DEGREE

YONDAN                    4TH DEGREE

GODAN                       5TH DEGREE

ROKUDAN                   6TH DEGREE

SHICHIDAN                 7TH DEGREE

HACHIDAN                  8TH DEGREE

KYUDAN                      9TH DEGREE

JUDAN                         10TH DEGREE



​lifetime of training 

Karate-do is a way of life, a lifetime of training.  Tesing is a method of training to check the student's knowledge of understanding.  The ultimate goal of karate-do is to advance oneself mentally, physically, and spiritually, rather than just progressing through the ranks to black belt levels.  Every training should be thought of as a personal test of one's abilities, to endeavor and seek perfection of character.  Karate-ka must mentally focus to gain the clearer perspective of karate techniques.  There are many training methods for self awareness and self reflection, including dojo training, self training, tournaments, and formal testing.  Each of those methods, although different, are part of a karate-ka's training.  Karate is a life long journey.  Karate-ka are constantly learning, studying, practicing, and stiving to become better.  There is no end...

​COLORED  BELTS

WHITE                         9TH KYU

YELLOW                      8TH KYU

ORANGE                     7TH KYU

GREEN                        6TH KYU
         
PURPLE                       5TH KYU 

PURPLE                       4TH KYU

BROWN                      3RD KYU

BROWN                      2ND KYU

BROWN                      1ST KYU

​ISKF QUALIFICATIONS

Ranks are not limited to just belt colors.  Rank examinations also include instructors, examiners, and judges.  There are four different ranks in each of these areas, beginning with D as the first and going up to A, which is the highest rank.  Each rank level has specific requirements, including belt rank, age, length of current qualifications in months/years.  

INSTRUCTOR

A RANK INSTRUCTOR
Must be be a Shichidan for at least three months.


B RANK INSTRUCTOR
Must be a Godan for at least three months.


C RANK INSTRUCTOR
Must wait a minumum of two years after receiving D Rank and be a Yondan for at least three months.


D RANK INSTRUCTOR
Must be at least 24 years old, hold a Sandan rank for over three months, and must have all the technical and academic instructor training requirments completed.  These include being a minimum of 22 years old, CPR certified,  attending/participating in specific 30 seminars, attending Master Camp at least twice, writing 43 technical papers, creating 3 projects, taking a witten exam and a practical exam.

JUDGES

 A RANK JUDGE
Must be at least three months past achieving Shichidan.


B RANK JUDGE
Must be over three months after acquiring Yondan.


C RANK JUDGE
Must be at least three months past receiving Sandan.


D RANK JUDGE
Must be at least 22 years old and at least three months after attaining Nidan.

EXAMINER

A RANK EXAMINER
Must be an A Rank Instructor, and A Rank Judge, and wait at least three months after earning Hachidan.


B RANK EXAMINER
Must be a B Rank Instructor for over a year, a B Rank Judge, and wait three months after acquiring Rokudan.


C RANK EXAMINER
Must be a C Rank Instructor for over a year, a C Rank Judge, and wait three months after passing Yondan.


D RANK EXAMINER
Must be a D Rank Instructor, and a Sandan for at least a year.