What is your belt rank system like?

Annice - posted on 02/16/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I've found in competing that there are many different belt rank systems out there. Sometimes it's hard to really know who you're competing against. My school is an American Freestyle based on Tae Kwon Do. We practice a lot of Tae Kwon Do moves, as well as incorporate moves from other styles. We also learn the John Chung Traditional TKD Forms.

Our ranks look like this: Little Dragons have white belts with a colored stripe through them, it goes white, gold, orange, green, purple, blue, red, brown and then they are moved onto high white (white with a black stripe) and then they proceed through our regular ranks.

Our regular ranks go white, high white, gold, high gold, low orange, orange, high orange, low green, green, high green, low purple, purple, high purple, low blue, blue, high blue, low red, red, high red, low brown, brown, high brown, conditional black (black with a white stripe through it...mostly for kids), and black.

Our "low" belts are the given color with a white stripe through them, and our "high" belts are the color with a black stripe through them. So, basically, we have 3 ranks within a rank.

What does your belt system look like?

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Vicki - posted on 11/05/2009

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The school I attend is a WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) associated school, so our main poomsae are the WTF. However, we also practice ITF and some others.

Our belt ranks are White, yellow, orange, purple, green, blue, brown, brown-white, red, red-white, red-black and Black with embroirdered gold names and Dan stripes.

My son, husband and I are currently at the brown belt level.

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I practice Tae Kwon-Do within the TAGB (Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain).
Our belts start at white. After the first grading you are a yellow stripe (or tag) belt.... That belt is a white belt with a yellow stripe running the length along the middle.
Then it's yellow, green stripe, green, blue stripe, blue, red stripe, red, black stripe, black.
I earnt my black belt in April and hoping to qualify as an instructor in November.

Marcel - posted on 02/23/2009

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The system I train in is less main stream than most. Most of what has been written is very much like the first 2 schools I trained with. The frequent testings and multiple belts are designed to keep the interest going. I'm willing to bet there are a lot of children in these schools. While there are a few schools within our group of schools with young children, we are predominately young adult and older.

I again invite you all to check out and join the facebook group we've started. It's under Recreation & Sports, sub type Martial Arts, and the group is called Fight Like A Girl! We talk and share insight.

Kathe - posted on 02/23/2009

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Marcel's system sounds more like the system I had seen before my son started training.  I found ours unusual until I got used to it.

Kathe - posted on 02/23/2009

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Marcel's system sounds more like the system I had seen before my son started training.  I found ours unusual until I got used to it.

Kathe - posted on 02/23/2009

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I haven't actually been to one of the tea ceremonies, but it's some type of special ceremony that honors those receiving their black belts.  It's a fairly big deal, and all of the students from the schools in the area are invited.  I'll have to go to the next one and check it out, I guess.  ;)

Marcel - posted on 02/18/2009

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My style is GoJu Ryu. Our ranking system is more traditional. There are 9 degrees (kyus) before black. 9th kyu is White. 2 black stripes around the belt tip are 8th and 7th kyu. Then comes Green and Green with a stripe, 6th and 5th kyus. Purple is 4th kyu. Brown and Brown with 3 stripes are 3rd through 1st kyus. Then Black. It takes 4-5 years to go through the ranks. There is a minimum amount of time you must spend in each rank before advancing. Unless you have rank in another system, there is no skipping kyus. Twice a year we gather with other schools within our system and we are tested, judged by our Sensei's peers, never our Senseis. It's at these testing that new color belts are earned. Stripes may be given out in between these testings, but not always.

Annice - posted on 02/16/2009

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Wow!  Yours are completely different!  The only thing that's the same is the black belt.  Ours also has the gold stripe embroidered representing the degree or "dan" and it also has your name on one end and the school's name on the other end, embroidered. 



What is the "tea ceremony"?  I haven't heard of that.

Kathe - posted on 02/16/2009

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Ours starts with white belts, then to yellow, green, purple, blue, blue w/ brown stripe, brown, brown w/ red stripe, red, red w/ black stripe, deputy (1/2 blk, 1/2 red, red on top), new black (1/2 blk, 1/2 red, blk on top), black (after tea ceremony).  On the black belt, there are gold stripes to indicate degree and the master's name and your name embroidered on it.  Our school uses a mixed Martial Arts discipline.

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