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Anderson Bushi Kai Karate has a lineage tracing back through Australian martial art Zen Dō Kai Karate, and then Japanese martial art Gōjūryū Karate.

Consequently, our ranking system closely follows that of most Karate styles.

The table below shows the lower ranks nearer the bottom, and higher ranks nearer the top.


Ranks

Rank and belt colourRank nameModern Japanese scriptOld Japanese script
10th Degree Black BeltJūdan十段拾段
9th Degree Black BeltKudan九段玖段
8th Degree Black BeltHachidan八段捌段
7th Degree Black BeltShichidan七段漆段
6th Degree Black BeltRokudan六段陸段
5th Degree Black BeltGodan五段伍段
4th Degree Black BeltYondan四段肆段
3rd Degree Black BeltSandan三段参段
2nd Degree Black BeltNidan二段弍段
1st Degree Black BeltShodan初段初段
Black BeltShodan-Ho (First degree candidate)初段補初段補
1st Kyū / Double Black BarIkkyū一級壱級
2nd Kyū / Black BarNi Kyū 二級弍級
3rd Kyū / Brown BeltSan Kyū 三級参級
4th Kyū / Double Brown BarYon Kyū四級四級
5th Kyū / Brown BarGo Kyū五級伍級
6th Kyū / Green BeltRokkyū六級陸級
7th Kyū / Green BarNana Kyū七級漆級
8th Kyū / Blue BeltHakkyū八級捌級
9th Kyū / Blue BarKyū Kyū九級玖級

Titles [SHŌGŌ 称号]

Japanese scriptJapanese readingEnglish interpretation
先輩SempaiMentor
大先輩Dai-Sempai
Advanced Mentor
先生SenseiTeacher
大先生Dai-SenseiAdvanced Teacher
錬士RenshiTraining Instructor
大錬士Dai-RenshiAdvanced Training Instructor
師範ShihanLower Master Instructor
大師範Dai-ShihanAdvanced Lower Master Instructor
教士KyōshiEducator (mid-level Master 1)
大教士Dai-KyōshiAdvanced Educator (mid-level Master 2)
達士TasshiMaster (mid-level Master 3)
大達士Dai-TasshiAdvanced Master (mid-level Master 4)
範士HanshiUpper Master
大範士Dai-HanshiAdvanced Upper Master
会長KaichōHead of Society (i.e. the president)
大会長ŌkaichōChief Head of Society (i.e. the chief president)
大神殿ŌshindenChief Temple

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