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Iwama Ryu Hakama
Proudly handmade in Kyoto, Japan - Yamato Budogu
09-14-2004, 12:03 PM
what is kyu? is there a difference between kyu and coloured belts?
09-14-2004, 12:09 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.
09-14-2004, 12:11 PM
does this mean that coloured belts have kyu equivilants?
09-14-2004, 12:24 PM
Generally, yes. I have seen both one-to-one and more-than-one-kyu to a color.
09-14-2004, 12:33 PM
ok thanx you dont happen to know the equivilants do you?
09-14-2004, 12:57 PM
There is no universal standard. In my dojo it's rather simple. All kyu map to white, all dan to black.
09-14-2004, 01:03 PM
o ok thanx :)
09-14-2004, 01:11 PM
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?
09-14-2004, 01:35 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.
09-14-2004, 02:51 PM
I see. Thanks.
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