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Universal Ukogi Jujitsu

Belts, Rank and Titles

The bright colored belts (white, yellow, and orange) are viewed as beginner students. A military equivalent would be privates and corporals. The green belts are like a low level sergeant. They are the link between the lower belts and the brown belts. They are the ones who should be quietly helping beginners learn the customs of the dojo (school).

 

Brown belts are considered intermediate level students. They are the junior leaders and the representatives for the class. They should be capable of running a class and dealing with answering the phones. The intensity of their training should increase.

 

Mudansha ranking

Rank Belt color Minimum time
in grade
Common time
in grade
Beginner White 2 months 2-3 months
Rokyu Yellow 2 months 2-4 months
Gokyu Orange 2 months 3-4 months
Yonkyu Green 2 months 4-5 months
Sankyu Brown 2 months 5-8 months
Nikyu Brown 2 months 5-8 months
Ikkyu Brown 2 months 5-8 months

 

Yudansha ranking

 

Rank Belt color Time in grade
Shodan Black 1 year
Nidan Black 2 years
Sandan Black 3 years
Yondan Black or red and black panel 4 years
Godan Black or red and black panel 5 years
Rokudan Black or red and black panel 6 years
Shichidan Black or white and red panel 7 years
Hachidan Black or white and red panel 8 years
Kudan Black or solid red 9 years
Judan Black or solid red  

 

The significance of rank

Rank, displayed by belt color, shows others your skill level and authority. A common misconception in the west is that a new black belt is an expert in the art. This is not the case. A new black belt is considered an advanced student.

 

The bright colored belts (white, yellow, and orange) are viewed as beginner students. A military equivalent would be privates and corporals. The green belts are like a low level sergeant. They are the link between the lower belts and the brown belts. They are the ones who should be quietly helping beginners learn the customs of the dojo (school).

 

Brown belts are considered intermediate level students. They are the junior leaders and the representatives for the class. They should be capable of running a class and dealing with answering the phones. The intensity of their training should increase. Most students who stay long enough to get ranked leave after their first brown or black belt. This is because the intensity levels increase at these stages in training. The brown belts should help the green belts transition to this new level.

 

A black belt in Judo means that you can take whatever is thrown at you. You become responsible for your own safety. This may sound mean; but, it is actually very respectful. By not having to worry about injuring a student of low skill level, the black belts are free to practice at whatever intensity they like. This further increases their skills.

 

Yudansha is the term for any black belt. The chart below shows the classification of yudansha. Some Japanese systems give out titles.

 

Degree Grade Title Note
1 Advanced Student    
2 Advanced Student    
3 Advanced Student   Some systems consider 3rd degree as teacher grade.
4 Teacher Renshi  
5 Teacher Renshi  
6 Expert Renshi/Kyoshi  
7 Expert Kyoshi  
8 Expert Hanshi  
9 Master Hanshi  
10 Master Hanshi  

 

Other titles include:

  • Shihan: the supreme teacher of a school.
  • Meijin: An expert who has gone beyond technique itself.
  • Soke: The head of a style.
  • Soke Dai: The next in line to be Soke.
  • Sensei
    The word sensei means teacher. How this is used varies from club to club. It is only used for black belts. Some clubs reserve it for the head instructor. Others call all black belts sensei. Others call 3rd or 4th dan and up sensei.