Progressing at each individual’s own speed, students earn higher ranked belts by attending promotions held at their karate school every other month. Students perform group katas (memorized karate routines), as well as disciplined kumite (sparring sessions) with fellow classmates. Their skill and technique is evaluated on a point system by a panel of black belt instructors.

Kyus at the Japan Karate Federation are ranked as follows: White • Orange • Blue • Purple • Green • Brown • Black

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