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Is the highest judo belt really red?

It is, and it takes a LONG time to reach. If you ever reach your 9th Dan, you are awarded a red belt to wear. The white-red belt is awarded at 6th Dan. At this stage, you need to wait for 8 to 10 ...
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Keep old rank or start afresh?

Your kyu rank is relative to the style (and dojo) that you practiced at when you were 15. Realistically, no matter what the style 9th kyu is barely more than beginner. I'd suggest you start again ...
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Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?

There's no way for us to know the relevant factors here: your dojo's rules and culture, your instructor's opinion, whether she considers you to have some sort of power position over her. But if you'...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

Sounds fine to me. The kid was told exactly what would happen if he disobeyed his instructor one more time. In fact, had the instructor not followed through on his threat to take away his belt, the ...
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Keep old rank or start afresh?

Firstly, whatever you learned fifteen years ago might be muddled by age and memory lose. I would not rely on it. Secondly, since it was a child's rank and not adult, the syllabus might have been ...
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What Level Of Expertise Did Theodore Roosevelt Have In Judo?

Roosevelt's Judo experience Roosevelt trained judo under two instructors (John O'Brien, and Yoshiaki Yamashita) for a period of around a few months each in 1902 and 1904. He maintained an interest in ...
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What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order?

In ITF Taekwon-do, the coloured belts are numbered from 10th kup (also gup) to 1st kup. Black belt grades are numbered from 1st degree (also dan) to 9th degree. In the organisation I'm a member of (P....
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Black Belt - 2 Schools

Special thanks to @JohnP and @Fuzzyboots for an interesting discussion in the chat (Link to the Open Roda discussion). The answer is, for me anyway, is IF there is any doubt that your child is not ...
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Why do teachers skip belts?

Yes, this is normal although not common. Grading are set to determine if the examinee has a certain skill set appropriate for said grade. If they have, they should pass. If not, they should fail1. ...
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Fact check-- highest belt level for a 21 year old

Judo has rank requirements that include competition record, skills demonstration, time in rank, minimum age, service, etc. The specific requirements are dictated by a judoka's governing organization, ...
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

Whilst it is of course possible and I agree with much of @Wigwam's answer. I think it is important to look at the benefits of the gradings themselves: dealing with pressure - you will be put under ...
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Is it okay to get a custom belt if you're not a black belt?

For this question there is only one person to ask: Your trainer(s). Is it okay for them or not? If it is okay for them, always have a normal belt, just in case you do classes or training somewhere ...
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Is the highest judo belt really red?

Ichiro ABE, 10th Dan | Yoshimi OSAWA, 10th Dan | Toshiro DAIGO, 10th Dan The image above can be found on the website of the Kodokan. It shows three holders of the 10th dan with their red belts. ...
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What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order?

Smartass Answer Here: TKD Belts Serious Answer Depends on the school/association. Some have over 10 colored belts before you even get to first degree black. Some have much fewer. An example: ...
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The Grandmaster's Rank

Martial Arts Traditions Vary First, there's no universal structure for all martial arts. Different styles, different schools, different teachers within the same style, might have different ranks, or ...
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If I'm 12 and a white belt, what belt will I be when I turn 18?

I talk about this in more detail in my answer here: What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking at age 16 after 11 yrs experience? The answer is that most BJJ schools will automatically convert (without ...
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

Is it possible? Well, we can send a man to the moon and bring him back alive, so it stands to reason that it is possible for you to stay at white until you're ready to test for black belt. Some ...
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

There's a pretty big contradiction in your question. You are not interested in belts, but you want to have a black belt. So which is it? If you aren't interested in belts you shouldn't be interested ...
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Why do people wear frayed black belts?

People actually sell belts that have been distressed, especially black belts that have their color faded so much that they can almost pass for a dirty white belt. Many martial artists distress their ...
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Source: Hélio Gracie being offered a Kodokan Belt and refusing?

You may be considering one aspect of the story of the match between Helio and Masahiko Kimura. Kimura identified Helio as being a 6th dan in Judo in his biography and some accounts describe it as him ...
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Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?

It depends on the rules of the school, of course, but in general: It happens all the time, and sometimes works out great. (Full disclosure: I am married to somebody who I met when I was an instructor ...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

I've been in your instructor's position a few times, and I've threatened to demote. But I recognize that taking away a belt can be detrimental in several ways (call me a snowflake if you want). ...
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

Instead of doing a 'simple' belt knot, I use a variant where you put the ends of the belt between the two layers of the belt while doing the knot. This picture: shows how to do it starting with the ...
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Do people self-promote?

It happens, and it's not always completely unreasonable. In the first taekwondo school I joined, for example, the 8th dan Korean master deliberately kept the western students at no more than 2nd or ...
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Founder of a martial arts system passed away. How can current Black Belts move up in the system?

This actually happens quite a bit. I don't have statistics on how often it happens, but there are a ton of martial arts schools headed by people who essentially started their own school and declared ...
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Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?

I wouldn't care if it were my school. I can't speak for anyone else though. But I've never had a problem when two students or a Sabumnim/Senpai and a student were obviously in a relationship. As long ...
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Is the highest judo belt really red?

9th-10th dan red belts The colour of belt associated with each kyu / dan grade depends on the organisation awarding the grades, which differs from country to country. However, it is generally standard ...
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Is the highest judo belt really red?

To add to the (excellent) answers already provided: Black is an arbitrary color for an arbitrary level. This is why I've told people to be very, very dubious of special "black belt tracks." There ...
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What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order?

I can't comment as I don't have 50 reputation yet, but unfortunately coltonon is incorrect. He says "eight official color belt ranks registered by the kukkiwon and the wtf" and that those ranks are ...
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Why do teachers skip belts?

It's not unusual if the student has prior martial arts experience. Even in other situations, it may make sense. For example, if the student has natural ability and is training very hard, and the ...
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