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Earning Belt Ranks and Stripes
Belt ranks and examinations help students advance forward in their karate training. To achieve the level of black belt, a typical Youth Karate student will practice consistently for about five years. (There are ten belt levels from white belt to black belt.)
Ranks and exams can help teachers understand student progress and set goals for the future. Students can view ranks as rewards for personal progress and motivation for pushing forward and seeking continual self-improvement. Ranks are also used for grouping for instruction and in competition. With greater rank, comes greater responsibility at the dojo. Students of higher ranks (sempai) are expected to demonstrate higher levels of skill, knowledge, etiquette, and leadership. Higher ranked students are expected to train more sincerely, take initiative in helping lower ranks (kohai), and lead others by example.