The Karate 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.