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sferik's avatar

What's the karate belt order?

Asked by sferik (6091points) August 21st, 2008

I know it starts with white and ends with black, but what’s in the middle? Is it the same for all martial arts?

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Wine3213's avatar

White
Yellow
Orange
Purple
Green
Blue
Red
Brown
Black
I believe that’s the order.

jlm11f's avatar

it differs across the different schools of karate.

edit: this seems to be a good source for the belt order across the different styles. i usually paste the important part of the answer, but since the list is kind of long, i’ll just let you go look at it.

peedub's avatar

What color belt is ninja level?

sferik's avatar

@peedub I think ninjas wear all black. I guess you need to become a black belt before you can ascend to the rank of 忍者.

jlm11f's avatar

Actually, I researched this a bit more, and it seems there is a standard order of White to Yellow to Green to Brown to Black. If you use the source I referred to in my first quip, you will notice this pattern stays for all the different styles whenever it has those colors.

andrew's avatar

@peedub: C’mon. Ninjutsu and karate = TOTALLY different. Sheesh.

Varies between schools (as you’ll see from McDojos spewing out black belts). Of course there’s ranks within the colors as well. wiki

joeysefika's avatar

Wine3213 you were half right. There are 3 levels of Karate, Junior, Intermediate and Senior students. The belts for junior is White – Yellow – Red – Green – Purple – Brown – Black. Then for intermediate and senior students the ranking is white – yellow – green – brown – black.. Within the belts you have a ‘Tabbing’ system. E.g. Yellow – Yellow and 1 green tab – Yellow 2 green tabs – Green. The system is generally different between martial arts and even within different styles of Karate (I listed GoJu karate). In Judo the belts are White – Yellow – Orange – Green – Blue – Brown – Black with the respective tagging system to go along with it.

SuperMouse's avatar

I don’t think there is any single order the belts follow. The belt order in Hapkido is white, orange, yellow, green, blue, red, black. There are no stripes on any of the belts and the only time you can add “degrees” is once you have earned a black belt. I also studied a style of Kung Fu that had no belts at all, I studied it in tandem with Hapkido, but I can’t say I have a black belt in Kung Fu because I wasn’t awarded a single belt.

breedmitch's avatar

Wear whatever color you like just as long as it matches your shoes. Wait, what?

wrestlemaniac's avatar

it depends on the martial art, i took taekwondo, and the order is slightly similar, but ther are many extra color belts to get.

peedub's avatar

@Andrew- Ok, you caught me, I just wanted to work ninjas into the discussion. I have to say, I’m thoroughly impressed with sferik’s usage of that character. I need to learn that special technique.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

i can master it.

Wine3213's avatar

I know that some martial art purests look down on the belt system all together. They see it as just a bs way of showing rank, imstead of letting skill show how advanced a student is.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

actually skill does show.

jemsmom's avatar

It does depend on the school and they style. In my style:

white, yellow,orange, purple, blue,green, brown (3rd, 2nd and 1st degrees) and black.

PooperDood's avatar

I heard that a longlong time ago they didn’t promote you with a new belt everytime you deserved so, it was just that you kept your belt for your whole life without washing it and wore it at every training session. This caused it to become very dirty and change colors over time. Eventually it would turn black, meaning you have trained a very long time and have got skills that kills.

semblance's avatar

It varies depending on the spefic discipline and even the instructor. The one I am most familiar with goes white, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown (three degrees), and black.

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