Martial Art Black Belts

Martial Arts Belts

Total Self Defence Ltd Belts

Steve Mcdade

Shown above are 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th belts used in Totla Self Defence Ltd.

The Meaning of Black Belts

Kenpo Karate Black Belt
This black belt has (13 rows of stitching for a 2 inch wide belt). The red rank stripes on each belt end are sewn completely around the belt. Rank stripes are 1/2" wide and start 1 inch from the belt end, spaced 1/2" apart. The 5th and 10th degree stripes are 4 1/2 inch wide. Also known as an Ed Parker kenpo black belt. This belt is also used in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Black-White Senior Black Belt
This belt has alternating black and white panels with matching thread colour on each panel. Panels are black and white and are 10 inches long with black panels on the ends. The world jujitsu kobudo federation to represent 3rd Dan black belts now uses a similar belt with blue and white panels
Master Belt Black/White
This Master belt has white on one surface and black on the other. This style belt is also used by the (BHMA) Brotherhood of Martial Artists
Black belt with a single 3/4-inch red stripe
This belt is used in some martial arts as a senior or master black belt. It has a single three quarter inch red stripe running the entire length of the belt.
Renshi Belt 4th, 5th, and 6th Dan
The colours are red and white on one surface and black on the back. This style belt is sometimes used for 4th, 5th and 6th degree black belts in karate and other styles.
5th Dan Master of Traditional ju-jitsu
The alternating black and red panels have matching thread colour on each panel. Panels are about 10 inches long with black or Red panels on the ends; this belt can be ranked between 5th Dan & 9th Dan dependent of martial art style.
Kohaku Obi 6th 7th 8th Dan Judo/Ju-Jitsu and also in some karate styles
Red and White panel belt invented by Kano Jigoro Founder of judo, one of the original and most recognised of the master belts. The white colour was chosen for purity, and red for the intense desire to train and the sacrifices made. The colours red and white are an enduring symbol of Japan. The kohaku obi is often worn for special occasions, but it is not required to be worn at any time and the black belt remains the standard for all the yudansha ranks.
7th Dan Traditional Ju-Jitsu
The belt is red with a 1/4 inch black border on both edges, represents 7th Dan in some traditional ju-jitsu schools.
8th Dan Traditional Ju-Jitsu
The belt is black with a 1/4 inch red border on both edges. Some Ju-jitsu schools, also have red belt with a ¼ inch white border on both edges, this represents 9th Dan
9th 10th Dan Ju-Jitsu Grand Master Belt 8th 9th 10th Dan Grand Master in some karate styles
The solid red belt is used in Judo/Ju-Jitsu and many other martial arts to represent 9th and 10th degrees. The first belt you grade for in some jujitsu schools is red, by gaining the red grand master belt it is sometimes regarded that you have come full circle in your training, hence going back to your first belt the red belt.

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