KYU / DAN GRADE(BELT) RANKING SYSTEM

The Kyu () and Dan () ranking system is used by many Japanese martial arts organizations to indicate the level of one's ability (expertise) in the art practicing.

Dr. Jigaro Kano founder of Judo was the first to introduce and design the proper belt grading system in Judo as a visible indication of the students' progress. Later it was introduced and adapted by other martial arts schools. In our organization we have more detailed system of grading children and adults so they are trained and progressed properly for Blackbelt and beyond.

REASONS FOR BELT GRADING
The Belt grading in Karate-Do is an important part because the syllabus and requirement for Blackbelt level has been divided and organized within the 11 Kyu before Blackbelt so the student practices and masters each and every technique properly and then has to undergo the examination process for each and every rank. This examination process demands proficiency in preparatory exercises, Kihon (Basic), conditioning drills, Japanese terminology, Kumite (Sparring), Katas (technical pattern set) etc.

The Belt grading in Karate-Do is an important part because the syllabus and requirement for Blackbelt level has been divided and organized within the 11 Kyu before Blackbelt so the student practices and masters each and every technique properly and then has to undergo the examination process for each and every rank. This examination process demands proficiency in preparatory exercises, Kihon (Basic), conditioning drills, Japanese terminology, Kumite (Sparring), Katas (technical pattern set) etc.

Testing and training students in Karate-Do motivates the student to train more and set higher goals to attain, which improves the level of proficiency in the art. The advance study of Karate-Do demands high level of proficiency in the art as well correct Budo manners, etiquette, and discipline. Budo etiquette is not just "performed" when requested. Rules of Budo (loyalty, respect and politeness) must become a part of our lives.

The Japan Karate-Do Nobukawa-ha Shito-Ryu Kai India (Shito-Ryu Karate-Do International Renshikan) - KYU (level below Blackbelt) and DAN (level on Blackbelt) Certification System.

The student at our organization starts from 11th Kyu as White belt (beginner) and gradually passes through the ranks taking examinations for each Kyu grade promoting them to next level with different coloured belts. Belt grading system varies from karate institution to karate institution and reaches up to the level of Blackbelt and then the level increases from Black belt Shodan (1st Dan) to Ju Dan (10th Dan).

To obtain certification for each rank, you must fulfill the certification requirements and complete the testing procedure. Testing or grading is carried out by a Principal Instructor and authorized Examiner -India by Japan headquarters, assisted with technical experts. To be eligible for testing, you must first have to gain the appropriate amount of continuous experience and training at your current grade. For higher level of Dan grade, you may have to take the test outside your own country (at the higher Dan ranks, only Hyogo JKNSK HQ is authorized to evaluate, grade and issue certification).

Kyu and Dan Grading Prerequisites

10th to 1st Kyu
Age: - N/A
Time Requirement: - 3, 4, 6 months
Examiner: - Authorized Examiner from India HQ

Sho Dan HO (1st Dan Probationary Blackbelt)
Age requirement: - 10 years minimum
Time Requirement: - 1 Kyu to Shodan H:O 8 to 12 months
Examiner: - Authorized Examiner from Japan HQ

Sho Dan (1st Dan Probationary)
Age requirement: - 11 years minimum
Time Requirement: - Shodan H:O to Sho Dan 12 months
Examiner: - Authorized Examiner from Japan HQ

Ni Dan (2nd Dan Blackbelt)
2 years after Shodan, Age- 19 years minimum
Examiner: - Authorized Examiner from Japan HQ

San Dan (3rd Dan Blackbelt)
3 years after Ni Dan, Age- 22 years minimum
Examiner: - Examiner from Japan HQ

Yon Dan (4th Dan Blackbelt)
4 years after San Dan, Age- 26 years minimum
Examiner: - Examiner from Japan HQ

Go Dan (5th Dan Blackbelt)
5 years after Yon Dan, Age- 32 years minimum
Examiner: - Examiner from Japan HQ

Roku Dan (6th Dan Blackbelt)
6 years after Go Dan, Age- 38 years minimum
Examiner: - Examiner from Japan HQ

Nana Dan (7th Dan Blackbelt)
7 years after Roku Dan, Age- 45 years minimum
Examiner: - Examiner from Japan HQ

Hachi Dan (8th Dan Blackbelt) Upon recommendation by Instructor
8 years after Nana Dan, Age- 53 years minimum
Examiner: - Examiner from Japan HQ

Kyu Dan (9th Dan Blackbelt) Upon recommendation by Instructor
9 years after Hachi Dan, Age- 62 years minimum
Examiner: - Examiner from Japan HQ

Ju Dan (10th Dan Blackbelt)-Upon recommendation by Committee.
10 years after Kyu Dan, Age- 72 years minimum
Examiner: - Examiner from Japan HQ

To progress to the next Kyu or Dan, the students of JKNSKI must demonstrate an exceptional skill and flawless execution of Kihon, Kata and Kumite. Beside technical skills the examiner shall also observe the overall development of individual character and personality.

JKNSKI COURSES :

I) BEGINNERS COURSE - JUNIOR YELLOW BELT 10TH KYU - SENIOR ORANGE BELT 7TH KYU

II) INTERMEDIATE COURSE - JUNIOR BLUE BELT 5TH KYU - SENIOR GREEN BELT 3RD KYU

III) ADVANCE COURSE - JUNIOR BROWN BELT 2ND KYU - SHO DAN HO BLACKBELT (PROBATIONARY 1ST DAN BLACKBELT)

IV) SEMPEI ( SENIOR STUDENT) COURSE - 1ST DAN BLACKBELT TO 2ND DAN BLACKBELT.

V) SENSEI (TEACHER) COURSE - 3RD DAN BLACKBELT TO 4TH DAN BLACKBELT

VI) RENSHI (EXPERT PERSON) COURSE - 5TH DAN BLACKBELT

VII) SHIHAN (PRINCIPAL TEACHER) COURSE - 6TH DAN BLACKBELT

VIII) KYOSHI (PROFESSOR) COURSE - 7TH DAN BLACKBELT

IX) HANSHI (SUPREME MASTER) COURSE - 8TH DAN BLACKBELT

X) SOUKE (FAMILY HEAD) - GRAND MASTER OF A STYLE (SYSTEM)

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