Adult Rank Requirements

8th Kyu  Yellow Belt (2 month min. from White Belt)


7th Kyu Orange Belt (2 month min. from Yellow Belt)


6th Kyu Purple Belt (2month min. from Orange)


5th Kyu-Blue Belt (3 months min. from purple belt)


4th Kyu- Green Belt (3 months min from Blue belt)


3rd Kyu-Brown 3 Belt (3 months min. from Green)


2nd Kyu-Brown 2 Belt (3 months min. from Brown 3)


1st Kyu- Brown Belt (3 months min. from Brown 2)


Black Belt –shodan ( 3 months minimum from Brown 1)


2nd Degree Black - Nidan - Instructor Level 1- [2 years min. from Shodan]


3rd Degree Black Belt - Sandan - Instructor Level 2 - [4 years min. from Nidan]


4th Degree Black Belt - Yondan - Master Instructor - [4 years min. from Sandan]


5th Degree Black Belt - Godan - Master Instructor - [4 years min. from Yondan]

WAITING PERIOD BETWEEN BELTS: The waiting period was established to ensure that the student has the knowledge necessary to test to the next rank. It is not a time requirement, but a minimum class requirement based on an average of two classes per week. This means that during a two month period between beginner rank belts, it is to be understood that the student will attend at least 16 regular classes to prepare for the next rank, and during the three month period between advanced rank, he/she must attend at least 24 regular classes. Therefore, if a student comes to class sporadically, it is likely that he/she will not test after the 2-3 month waiting period, but at a later date when they have attended the required number of classes and demonstrated that the knowledge to represent the desired rank has been achieved. As the student progresses to advanced rank, this will be more strictly enforced at the discretion of the Sosais.