Yudansha Ranks - Black Belts
Shodan
1st Dan
Shidosha
Nidan
2nd Dan
Sensei
Sandan
3rd Dan
Shihan
Dai Shihan
Yondan
4th Dan
Shihan
The Kyu ranks are where the basics and some
intermediate techniques are learned.  Depending
upon the type of program and the number of
hours of instruction and practice, it will take 3 or
more years to learn the basic and intermediate
techniques necessary to attain Shodan.  Just as a
high school diploma is a statement that the holder
has studied and possesses enough knowledge to
continue his study in an institute of higher
learning or applying this knowledge in a job, the
high school diploma is not an end, it is a
beginning. A rank is not a reward for hard work,
it is a "diploma" that is to be used to gain further
knowledge.  It is natural to proud for gaining
rank, but it should be humbling to know that is
only a beginning.   
Godan
5th Dan
Renshi
Renshi
Rokudan
6th Dan
Kyoshi
Nanadan
7th Dan
Kyoshi
Hachidan
8th Dan
Hanshi
Kudan
9th Dan
10th Dan
Judan
Kaicho
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