International Shotokan Karate Federation
Ranking System


Students RankColorRemarksMin. Training
10 kyuWhite BeltBeginner
9b kyu
9 kyu
8b kyuYellow BeltIntermediate3 months
8 kyu
7b kyuOrange Belt6 months
7 kyu
6b kyuGreen Belt9 months
6 kyu
5b kyuPurple Belt12 months
5 kyu
4b kyuAdvanced15 months
4 kyu
3b kyuBrown Belt18 months
3 kyu
2b kyu24 months
2 kyu
1b kyu27 months
1 kyu

1st DanBlack BeltShodan36 months
2nd DanNidan1 yrs. after Shodan
3rd DanSandan2 yrs. after Nidan
4th DanYondan3 yrs. after Sandan
5th DanGodan3 yrs. after Yondan