JLBC Martial Arts Ranks


JLBC Martial Arts Ranks

Ranks are divided into two major groups: Kyu and Dan. Kyu ranks are those who are not yet black belts (Dan ranks). These include students from white to Brown/Jr. Black. Kyu ranks typically follow a 10-step ranking system (for those over six years of age) that leads to earning one’s black belt.

Dan ranks are those who have made their black belts. After achieving all 10 Kyu ranks, one is eligible to test for their black belt. There are 10 Dan ranks, where tests are more challenging as you move up and may take several years between rank promotions. It typically takes approximately 4-5 years to earn their first Dan rank, and you must be at least 15 years old.

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