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daniel loughlin
09-14-2004, 01:03 PM
what is kyu? is there a difference between kyu and coloured belts?

Greg Jennings
09-14-2004, 01:09 PM
Kyu are the ranks below black belt. Dan are the ranks above. Some dojo use colored belts to designate kyu grades, others do not.


daniel loughlin
09-14-2004, 01:11 PM
does this mean that coloured belts have kyu equivilants?

Greg Jennings
09-14-2004, 01:24 PM
Generally, yes. I have seen both one-to-one and more-than-one-kyu to a color.


daniel loughlin
09-14-2004, 01:33 PM
ok thanx you dont happen to know the equivilants do you?

Greg Jennings
09-14-2004, 01:57 PM
There is no universal standard. In my dojo it's rather simple. All kyu map to white, all dan to black.


daniel loughlin
09-14-2004, 02:03 PM
o ok thanx :)

09-14-2004, 02:11 PM
Hi Daniel,

I noticed that in our dojo children wear coloured belts, for adults with a rand below black belt, kyu ranks are used. The colours of the belts for kyu ranks are white, blue, white/blue combinations (like white with blue stripe in the center or visa versa), brown, brown/black with combinations. For black belts dan is used.
Greg, if I'm correct your dojo is also associated with Tekamusu organization. Do you use the same system?


Greg Jennings
09-14-2004, 02:35 PM
We're a member of the Takemusu Aikido Association. http://www.takemusu.org/ . Our dojo doesn't have children's classes, so no issue there. The TAA wouldn't dictate such, anyway.

So, we have 6 kyu grades that all map to a white belt.

Best regards,

09-14-2004, 03:51 PM
I see. Thanks.