Belt Ranks & Testing Requirements

For current Belt Testing dates/times, please contact Shudokan Karate at 303-651-7156.

Rank Testing
/ Belt Color
Class
Credit1
KATA Required for Test 1-Step Sparring Tournament
Event
Participation
9th Kyu2
/ Yellow
20 Taikyoku Shodan N/A N/A
8th Kyu2
/ Orange
20 Pinan Nidan A - Series,
Step #1 - 43
 
7th Kyu2
/ Blue
25 Pinan Sandan A - Series,
Step #1 - 43
 
6th Kyu2
/ Green
30 Pinan Shodan A - Series,
Step #1 - 4
 
5th Kyu2
/ Low Purple
35 Pinan Yodan A - Series,
Step #1 - 6
 
4th Kyu2
/ High Purple
35 Pinan Godan A - Series,
Step #1 - 8
 
3rd Kyu2
/ Brown
50 Passai
& all Pinan Katas4
A - Series,
Step #1 - 8
55
2nd Kyu2
/ Brown
60 Kushanku
& all Pinan Katas4
B - Series,
Step #1 - 8
 
1st Kyu2
/ Brown
60 Naihanchi (Adults)
Niseishi (Youth & Child)
& all Pinan Katas4
B - Series,
Step #1 - 8
 
Jr. Black Belt
(15 & under )
/ Stripe Black
80 Wanshuu
& all Pinan Katas4
B - Series,
Step #1 - 8
& Kihon Kumite
 
Kari-Shodan
/ Black Belt
80 Seishan
& all Pinan Katas4
B - Series,
Step #1 - 8
& Kihon Kumite
55

1 Number of class required prior test.

2 For what is "Kyu", please see our Karate Words in Japanese page.

3 Not required for kids 11 yr. and under.

4 Only test one.

5 A Tournament participantion is defined as competing in one of the following events: individual kata, individual kumite, or team kata/kumite. If you compete in three events, it counts as three tournament participation. Five tournament participation is required for 3rd brown belt test, and five more for black belt test.