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Kin Shin Kai being primarily karate based draws its grading systems fairly much from the Japanese karate way. In the early days of karate in Okinawa the teaching was largely one on one and in small groups and no ranking system appears to have been developed. As karate grew in popularity in Japan the highly hierarchical Japanese borrowed the kyu/dan grading system from that developed by Judo founder Jigoro Kano himself inspired by the 'Japanese chess' game of Go. The black belt rank is now so widely known and respected that it has even been adopted by many non Japanese martial arts.
What do the grades and belt colours mean?
In order to give parents and students a reference point, following is an explanation of KIN SHIN KAI grading system using the normal education system as an analogy to describe the growing Mental, Physical and Technical maturity involved..
A) Coloured Belt Levels - "KYU" or "Child" Grades, in Japanese language these students are described as 'mudansha'
After attaining 1st kyu students may be invited to attempt being graded to 1st Dan Black belt level when their instructors consider them ready.
Students are sometimes impatient to attain their Black belt and ask how long it takes. The answer is largely that it's up to them. If a student trains with greater concentration, application and dedication they can take years off the time. On the other hand a true traditional black belt level of development can only be achieved after a number of years sustained training. Usually this will take 4 years or longer.
Following is an explanation of the various levels and types of Black belt.
B) Black Belt Levels - "DAN" or "Adult" Grades, in Japanese language these students are described as 'yudansha'
6th to 10th Dan levels are awarded for years of research, practice and continued contribution to Karate Do in particular, and martial arts in general. •
Kin Shin Kai recognises two different type of Black belt holders depending on age and maturity.
ADULT Black belt
Students 16 years and up who are of sufficient physical, mental and technical maturity may be awarded a full 'Adult' Black belt level.
This will be recognised by the awarding of an A3 size 'parchment' certificate and the wearing of a plain black belt with stripes at each end.
1st and 2nd Dan 'Adult' black belt holders will be recognised by a single red stripe at each end of their belt and are addressed by students as 'Senpai' or 'Senior'.
3rd and 4th Dan 'Adult' black belt holders will be recognised by two red stripe at each end of their belt and are addressed by students as 'Sensei' or 'Instructor'.
5th Dan and higher black belt holders are master instructors and will be recognised by thee gold stripes at each end of their belt. They may be addressed by students as 'Shihan' or 'Teacher of Instructors' but are commonly also addressed as 'Sensei'.
Junior age Black belt
Students up to 18 years who are of sufficient physical, mental and technical maturity but not quite Adult level may be awarded a Teenage or 'Young samurai' Black belt level.
This will be recognised by the awarding of an A3 size 'parchment' certificate and the wearing of a black belt with a white stripe running through it for 1st Dan holders, and a black belt with a red stripe running thorough it for 2nd Dan holders.
To grade to 3rd Dan (thereby entering 'Sensei' level) all students must be 18 or over.