Black Belt Ranks

Karate Black Belts (Dan Ranks)

Bushido Martial Arts Karate uses a similar Dan level ranking system to that used in many styles of Karate.

It uses 10 formal levels of Black Belt and incorporates into these levels a number of Probationary levels, or 'Ho' levels. Only Shodan Ho or Probationary 1st Dan Black Belt actually has a designated belt for a probationary level. All other probationary levels use the belt of the student's full rank.

For example, a student that has a rank of Yondan Ho, will wear the Sandan belt, until such time as they have successfully passed the Yondan examination.