Karate rank progression -What you can expect

White Belt
This rank level typically is focused on basic stance, straight and diagonal movements, basic hand strikes, blocks and kicks. Development of agility, strength, dexterity, and speed begins.

Yellow Belt
As well as building on the above-mentioned techniques new hand striking/blocking and kicking concepts and movements are introduced. Body motions and complex patterns are now developed.

Orange Belt
As well as building on the above-mentioned techniques hand defences and escapes from stationary positions are now added. Students are should be proficient in basic techniques. Takedowns and Groundwork start to come into play.

Purple belt
As well as building on the above-mentioned techniques, weapon attacks and defences are taught. Spinning kicks and hand techniques along with more advanced patterns and body movement are introduced as well as additional hand and leg defence options from stationary positions.

Blue Belt
As well as building on the above-mentioned techniques additional weaponry and more complex defences for hands, legs, ground, and weapons are introduced. Weapon kata’s are now taught.

Green Belt
Repetition and analysis of all of the above-mentioned techniques linking kicking and weapon on weapon disarming is now taught along with more defences for hands, kicks and weapons. Full experience in contact sparring. demonstrating knowledge in short-range, medium-range, and long-range fighting tactics. Developed strength, endurance, agility, and speed (number of movements per unit time).

Brown belt
As well as building on the above-mentioned techniques new weapons and locking and pinpoint striking are required. New weapons and concepts are introduced regarding body control. Multiple attackers, active control are all crucial concepts at this level. Proficiency is expected on throwing techniques and groundwork. Striking combinations; hand and foot striking sequences are expected to be executed without error. Full proficiency in self defence applications.

Black belt
This rank demonstrates that the student has undertaken years of training and obtained fundamental physical, technical, psychological knowledge.

From here on further expertise is gained in hand-to-hand combat, weapons combat, creative fighting and instant defensive application without hesitation and demonstrating adaptability.