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Questions tagged [belt]

Piece of clothing indicating rank within a martial art organization. Each organization chooses its own colors and their relative order and awards its own ranks. A black belt commonly signifies a practitioner is sufficiently proficient to be considered representative of their martial art. Use this tag for questions about rank and the accompanying clothing.

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Can someone enter a BJJ competition one belt higher than their current rank?

So for example, if someone is a blue belt and has been for years, but travels around a lot, has no regular club (and so can't get promoted presently) and has won many gold medals at blue belt, could ...
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Is there a martial art where exams can be taken at will?

It's standard in most arts that access to rank/belt exams is restricted in some way. In many cases, there are minimum waiting periods between exams, and in some dojos, an exam can only be attempted ...
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Belt too long, tie with two knots?

I use the classic one knot belt tie, but the tied belt is quite long (almost touches the knees), and I’m wondering if I could use two knots. I tried doing it, but the result was too “bulky” and I ...
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Taekwondo belts and their rankings [duplicate]

What are the rankings of the 6 taekwondo belts and how long does it take to get those belts?
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Keep old rank or start afresh?

Many years ago, around 15 or a little bit more, I practised karate. I was a child and reached 9th kyu. Now I want to come back to the karate. Should I start from 9th kyu or I should start from the ...
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Where to get lightweight belts for bjj competitions from?

Is there any company that specialized on this? My main belt is rather heavy, would be great to get a lighter one to wear during competitions, so that I'll have to cut a little less weight :D Any ...
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Source: Hélio Gracie being offered a Kodokan Belt and refusing?

I remember reading somewhere that, way down the line, the Kodokan offered Hélio Gracie a high dan ranking, and to absorb what had become BJJ back into the world of Judo. Hélio refused, presumably ...
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What is traditionally written on a judo belt?

I recently passed a Dan exam and would like to get rid of my old, cheap belt. I would like to buy a higher grade belt and have some inscriptions on it. I plan to take a Kusakura obi with the Kodokan ...
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Black Belt - 2 Schools

My son attends a taekwondo school, who in my opinion is a diploma mill. I have seen many students with black belts who are lacking skills that are fundamental to earning a black belt. The dilemma is, ...
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Why do people wear frayed black belts? [closed]

There seems to be a pride in using a beaten up belt. Isn't a belt cheap, shouldn't a MA practitioner be in clean and well maintained attire ?
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Sandan meaning in Taekwon do

I found my dad's certificate which says "Sandan" on it. What does that mean? Is it a 3rd degree Black Belt?
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

Is it possible to stay white belt and continue to learn as normal until black belt level without taking belt advancement because not really interested in belt but in skill for self defense
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If the instructor recommends advancement, should I trust them?

So after a few months of training, my instructor eventually told me I was ready to test for belt advancement. I got very emotional and I didn't know how to react. Contrary to the reaction of pride you ...
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Fact check— highest belt level for a 21 year old

I don't know if this is the right place for this question, but here it goes. I'm writing a story where one of the characters has been involved in judo since she was 4/5. She took to it like a duck to ...
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What height should women tie their belts?

As a woman starting in BJJ, I find that wearing my belt as low as the men in my class results in it sliding, during a roll, from my hips to up higher up onto my waist, which is naturally much smaller ...
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If I'm 12 and a white belt, what belt will I be when I turn 18? [duplicate]

I'm 12 and I started BJJ 2 months ago, and I've been wondering if by the time I'm 18 will I still be in the kids category of belts? According to my math, a yellow belt?
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The Grandmaster's Rank

I once heard that the grandmaster of a school of martial arts has the highest rank in the whole world. No one else can earn that rank, so when the grandmaster passes, the man or woman who has the next-...
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Why do teachers skip belts?

I currently work (part-time) as an instructor with a karate dojo. I have been with them in one way or another for over five years (including taking classes). Recently, a highly decorated instructor ...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

Is it ever appropriate for an instructor to take away a student's belt as discipline? Two 12 year old students were outside the class engaged in horseplay. One had been told previously that if the ...
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Why is the red part of a BJJ belt on the left side?

I have been practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a while. The red tip of the belt is worn on the left side; the only explanation for this is because it is the same side as the heart. This doesn't sound ...
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What do I need to promote someone to Taekwondo dan rank under the Kukkiwon?

What are the rules set by the Kukkiwon on who can promote others to black belt ranks (Dan for 15 years old and over, Poom for under 15 years old)? Can individual instructors do it?
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BJJ Instructor and Fighter Ranks

I remember reading a long while ago (when BJJ was first hitting popularity) about how they had different colour tips (or sheaths as they seem to be known) for their black belts (white and red from ...
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Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?

I'm just wondering weather it would be appropriate for me to date one of the coloured belts at my dojo. I don't instruct her personally, and I know her outside the club through school. I would like to ...
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What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order?

What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order? Also could you add the degrees, I have had a hard time finding a reliable site?
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Is the highest judo belt really red?

I found a graphic detailing belt colours according to ranks. In there, the last two judo ranks are red and white for 6-8th dan ranks and full red belts for 9 and 10th dan. Is the highest judo belt ...
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What adult BJJ belt would a junior blue belt receive upon turning 16? [duplicate]

My son started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 5. Assuming he continues this, what belt should he receive once he is in the adult class? According to the belt chart, it would be blue or ...
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What does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo?

I'm a software engineer basically but have been practicing taekwondo since 2-3 months. I just wanted to know what it takes to get a black belt?
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How did the belt system color develop? [duplicate]

I was told that a student of martial arts started with a white belt and used the same belt throughout their training and that they never washed the belt so over time it became darker and eventually ...
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What are the techniques a white belt should master to become a blue belt in BJJ?

What are the techniques that a white belt should master to become a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? What are the differences between a white belt and a blue belt BJJ practitioner?
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How does the BJJ graduation system work?

There is so much variation between gyms, I am wondering how the official BJJ graduation works?
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What Level Of Expertise Did Theodore Roosevelt Have In Judo?

During his tenure as president, Theodore Roosevelt held a third-degree brown belt in Judo (according to Wikipedia). I know that in standard ranking systems, a third-degree brown belt is just below ...
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Junior BJJ belt conversion when one becomes an adult

Junior BJJ belts are different from adult ones. How are they converted when a junior becomes an adult? So let's say I'm 15 and have Orange belt. When I turn 17 should I start from White again or will ...
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What are good questions to ask for a black belt testing?

I am a 4th Degree in American Karate. The dojo I have recently become a part of has a number of Black Belt candidates, and I will be serving on the panel. I don't have much experience attending black ...
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Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?

I came across this youtube video. Being a beginner in Aikido I was wondering, is this the traditional way of tying your belt? Are there other ways to do it? Does it matter how you tie it?
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How did the colour belt ranking system originate?

Many martial arts (karate, judo, jiujutsu, taekwondo, kung-fu, etc.) use some form of coloured belts to denote rank and level. How did this come about? Did the concept have common origin or did ...