Belt Ranking Order

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Freestyle Combat utilises a Belt Ranking System to structure the progress of our students. Upon achieving competency in the syllabus requirements for a given belt, each student is entitled to test for promotion at the next grading.

Beginner Ranks

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White Belt
Orange/White Belt
Orange Belt
Yellow Belt
Blue Belt

Intermediate Ranks

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Green Belt
Purple Belt
Purple/Black Belt
Brown/White Belt

Advanced Ranks

Brown Belt – At least 6 months after Brown/White Belt
Brown/Black Belt – At least 6 months after Brown Belt

Senior Ranks

Once a student has completed each of the coloured belt requirements, they are then prepared to test for their Black Belt. In many ways, achieving Black Belt rank is a new beginning, where the true understanding of Freestyle Combat’s teachings begin. Upon earning their Black Belt, students then learns more conceptual material, earning higher Degrees of Black Belt as they go.

Black Belt (Sempai – Senior Student) – At least 6 months after Brown/Black Belt
1st Dan Black Belt with Red Writing and One Red Stripe (Sempai – Senior Student) – At least 1 year after Black Belt
2nd Dan Black Belt with Red Writing and Two Red Stripes (Dai Sempai – Advanced Senior) – At least 2 years after 1st Dan
3rd Dan Black Belt with Red Writing and Three Red Stripes (Sensei – Teacher) – At least 3 years after 3rd Dan

Master Ranks

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Having earned their 3rd Degree Black Belt, the student prepares to advance into the Master Grades. Upon reaching 4th Degree Black Belt, the colour red begins to be introduced into the belt.

4th Dan Black Belt with Red on the inside, Black Writing and Four Black Stripes (Renshi – Polished Practitioner) – At least 4 years after 3rd Dan
5th Dan Black Belt with Red on the inside, Black Writing and Five Black Stripes (Shihan – Master) – Awarded without testing after a minimum of 5 years from receiving 4th Dan.
6th Dan Red Belt with Black Bar running along outside and Black Writing (Kyoshi – Polished Master) – Awarded without testing after a minimum of 6 years from receiving 5th Dan.
7th Dan Red Belt with Black Bar running along outside and Black Writing (Kyoshi – Polished Master) – Awarded without testing after a minimum of 7 years from receiving 6th Dan.
8th Dan Red Belt with Black Bar running along outside and Black Writing (Kyoshi – Polished Master) – Awarded without testing after a minimum of 8 years from receiving 7th Dan.

8th Degree Black Belt is currently the highest rank in Freestyle Combat