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Level Belt Description
10th Dan Red Great Teacher / O-Sensei
9th Dan Red Great Teacher / O-Sensei
8th Dan Red/White/Red Master Instructor / Shihan
7th Dan Red/White/Red Master Instructor / Shihan
6th Dan Red/White/Red Master Instructor / Shihan
5th Dan Black Teacher / Sensei
4th Dan Black Teacher / Sensei
3rd Dan Black Teacher / Sensei
2nd Dan Black Teacher / Sensei
1st Dan Black Teacher / Sensei
1st Kyu Brown Assistant Instructor
2nd Kyu Purple Advanced Student
3rd Kyu Blue Intermediate Student
4th Kyu White Beginner Student

Grading in the Gaijin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu System is based on individual ability. This ability is usually measured by knowledge, dedication, conduct and sometimes proficiency in tournament competition.

Differences in grading are shown by the colored belts that are worn with the gi/kimono.

All students start off with a White Belt. After White comes Blue, Purple, and Brown. These are all student levels known as Kyu (grade) ranks.

After Kyu ranks come Dan (degree) ranks. These are referred to as Instructor levels. From 1st Dan to 5th Dan, all Instructors wear a plain black belt. Instructors of 6th, 7th and 8th Dan wear a special red and white belt. Instructors of 9th and 10th Dan wear a plain red belt.

Note: Ranking in Gaijin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu is only available exclusively through the World Combat Arts Federation.


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