The Grading System in Okinawa Seishinryoku Karate Do

One of the first things that you will notice about Okinawa Seishinryoku Karate Do, is that we're different from many other forms of martial arts. This is especially true when it comes to how we award belt rankings, and the requirements for them. Our ranking system takes longer that many other forms, meaning that our students (Karate-Ka) end up with more experience before a rank is earned. The belts of Okinawa seishinryoku karate do are:

The ranking structure is designed to measure the proficiency of the student as he or she progresses through a rigorous training program okinawa seishinryoku karate do.


The dan ranking system is a Japanese mark of level, which is used in modern fine arts and martial arts. Originally invented in a Go school in the Edo period,this system was applied to martial arts by Kanō Jigorō, the founder of judo and later introduced to other East Asia countries.

In the modern Japanese martial arts, holders of dan ranks often wear a black belt, those of higher rank may also wear red-and-white and red belts. Dan ranks are still given in arts such as the strategy board games Go, Renju, the art of flower arrangement (ikebana); and the tea ceremony.

The character of Dan (dan) is used in Japanese to mean step or grade, and is commonly equated with a degree. However, the origin of the Chinese character, spelled duàn in Pinyin, was used to mean "phase". Dan rank is often used along with the lower rank system, Kyū (Kyū) rank. There are other methods of assessing rank in Japanese martial systems, of particular note is the older menkyo system.