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Belt rank structure
INTERMEDIATE RED (brown with a red stripe down the middle)
RECOMMENDED BLACK (half red half black, black on top)
1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT
2ND DEGREE BLACK
3RD DEGREE BLACK
4TH DEGREE BLACK
5TH DEGREE BLACK
6TH DEGREE BLACK
7TH DEGREE BLACK
8TH DEGREE BLACK
9TH DEGREE BLACK
The following are the names of the forms/katas that are learned at each belt level.
White Belt: Tae Dan One
Yellow Belt: Pinan Nidan
Orange Belt: Tae Dan Two
Blue Belt: Pinan Shodan
Purple Belt Tae Dan Three
Green Belt: Pinan Sandan
Brown Belt: Pinan Yandan
Intermediate Red Belt: Kusanku
Red Belt: Bassai
Recommended Black: Created form of at least 50 moves
1st Degree Black: Tae Dan Four
2nd Degree Black: Chinto
3rd Degree Black: Sei San
4th Degree Black: Wanshu
5th Degree Black: Niseishi
The following are also required at each belt level
White Belt: White belt one steps 1-3
Yellow Belt: Yellow belt one steps 1-3
Orange Belt: Self defense moves 1-4
Blue Belt: Sparring combination 1-3
Puple belt: Wrist releases 1 & 2
Green Belt: Gun Defense1-3
Brown Belt: Knife Defense 1-3
Intermediate Red Belt: Combat defense #1
Red Belt: Combat defense 2 & 3
Recommended Black: No Supplimental
1st Degree Black: Essay of bunkai of one under black belt
2nd Degree Black: Essay of bunkai of two different forms
under second degree black belt
3rd Degree and above: No required supplements
Tae Dan: “Harmonious blend”. Name of the group of 4 forms Tae Dan One, Tae Dan Two, Tae Dan Three, Tae Dan Four.
Pinan: “Peace and tranquility.” Name of the group of 4 forms Pinan Nidan, Pinan Shodan, Pinan Sandan, Pinan Yondan.
Kusanku: Sometimes called Kushanku “Viewing the Heavens” or “Sky Viewing”.
Bassai: Sometimes called Passai “To penetrate the fortress”.
Chinto: Fighting to the east.
Seisan: Crescent moon.
Wanshu: Flying swallow
Niseishi: “24 steps”. This kata is effectively conducted in 3 directions, to the points of a triangle.