Uechi-ryu Rank

Rank

These are the ten beginner or Kyū ranks, which in traditional practice count down from 10 to 1:

  1. 10º Jukyū (White Belt)
  2. 9º Kyukyū (White Belt w/ 1 Green Stripe | Yellow Belt)
  3. 8º Hachikyū (White Belt w/ 2 Green Stripes | Gold Belt)
  4. 7º Shichikyū (White Belt w/ 3 Green Stripes | Blue Belt)
  5. 6º Rokkyū (White Belt w/ Solid Green Bar | Green Belt)
  6. 5º Gokyū (Green Belt w/ no stripe | Green Belt w/ 1 Stripe)
  7. 4º Yonkyū (Green Belt w/ 1 Brown Stripe | Green Belt w/ 2 Stripes)
  8. 3º Sankyū (Brown Belt w/ 1 Black Stripe)
  9. 2º Nikyū (Brown Belt w/ 2 Black Stripes)
  10. 1º Ikkyū (Brown Belt w/ 3 Black Stripes)

These are the ten black belt or Dan ranks:

  1. Shodan (1st degree | Regular Black belt)
  2. Nidan (2nd degree)
  3. Sandan (3rd degree)
  4. Yondan (4th degree)
  5. Godan (5th degree)
  6. Rokudan (6th degree) (Master’s title: Renshi | Black belt w/ 1 Gold stripe)
  7. Nanadan (7th degree) (Master’s title: Kyoshi | Black belt w/ 2 Gold stripes)
  8. Hachidan (8th degree) (Master’s title: Kyoshi | Black belt w/ 3 Gold stripes)
  9. Kyūdan (9th degree) (Master’s title: Hanshi Black belt w/ 4 Gold stripes)
  10. Jūdan (10th degree) (Master’s title: Hanshi-Sei Black belt w/5 Gold Stripes)