Chikara Shinai Ryu
MARTIAL ART/
KARATE GRADES

Grades listed below are the ranks that can be obtained when you attend or go for a grading and pass. The starting grade is White Belt. No matter who you are, all beginners are called white belts when they start. You can only go up the grades by successfully passing the grade requirements. When you reach brown belt you are given the title of Kohai, or Junior Student.
As the list shows below, all Black Belt ranks have a Title. The rank of Blackbelt, must always be respected and honoured by both students and Blackbelts alike. To gain the rank of Black Belt, takes a lot of years of hard training, dedication and perseverance. It is often said that when you attain the rank of a Black Belt, that's when your training really begins.

Colour of Belt
Rank
Title
WHITE Belt
9th Kyu

YELLOW Belt
8th Kyu

ORANGE Belt
7th Kyu

GREEN Belt
6th Kyu

BLUE Belt
5th Kyu

PURPLE Belt
4th Kyu

BROWN with WHITE STRIPE
3rd Kyu
Kohai
FULL BROWN Belt
2nd Kyu
Kohai
BROWN with BLACK STRIPE
1st Kyu
Kohai
BLACK with WHITE STRIPE
Sho Dan Ho
Sempai
BLACK with 1 RED BAND
1st Dan
Dai-Sempai
BLACK with 2 RED BANDS
2nd Dan
Sensei
BLACK with 3 RED BANDS
3rd Dan
Renshi
BLACK with 4 RED BANDS
4th Dan
Shihan

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