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Ken Shu Dojo Belt System

KSD karateka

Ken Shu Dojo Karate Club follows the belt order of progression used by the traditional Shukokai Karate and Shito-Ryu Karate systems.

The belts from white to brown/black stripe are the “Kyu” grade ranks. Beyond this are the black belt “Dan” grade ranks.

Beginner students begin at 10th Kyu (white belt). For re-starter students or students that join KSD from another club please visit our Re-starters & Beginners page for more information.

Once a student has completed the required number of classes and when the Chief Instructor believes they are ready they will be invited to grade for the next belt in the system.

Karate belts on a table

Why do we wear karate belts?

Here at Ken Shu Dojo Karate Club a karate belt is much more than just a piece of coloured fabric; it represents a martial artist’s journey, goals, commitment, and level of expertise. It serves as a constant reminder of the values and virtues associated with martial arts, including discipline, respect, and continuous self-improvement.

The purpose of a karate belt extends far beyond its colourful appearance. In martial arts, the belt is a symbol of an individual’s journey, progress, and dedication to the art. It serves several important purposes.

Progress Tracking

Karate belts represent a practitioner’s skill level and progress within the discipline. Starting with a white belt, students work their way up through various colored belts (usually yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, and black) as they improve their techniques and knowledge.

Goal Setting

Belts act as tangible goals for students to strive toward. Each new belt signifies a higher level of proficiency and mastery of techniques. This goal-oriented approach keeps students motivated to improve and advance.

Hierarchy and Respect

The belt system establishes a hierarchy within the martial art, with black belts representing the highest level of expertise. This structure encourages respect and humility among practitioners, as they recognize and honor the achievements of those who have come before them.

Commitment and Perseverance

Earning a new belt requires dedication, hard work, and perseverance. It instills a sense of discipline and commitment in students, as they must consistently train and refine their skills to progress.

Symbol of Knowledge and Experience

A black belt, in particular, is a symbol of extensive knowledge and experience in karate. It indicates that the wearer has not only mastered the physical techniques but also embodies the principles and philosophies of the martial art.

KSD belt order

10th Kyu
9th Kyu
8th Kyu
7th Kyu
6th Kyu
5th Kyu
4th Kyu
3rd Kyu
2nd Kyu
1st Kyu
1st Kyu (Pre-dan)
1st Dan
And that's just the beginning…