Ronin Dragon Karate Belts
Q: What is a Karate Study Book?
A: Students are required to create a notebook containing all the information that they learn during their training as a Ronin Dragon. For example, white belts learn basic drills, katas, stances, kicks, blocks, and strikes. They will also be given an introductory packet containing our dojo creed and presentation. All this material must be in their book and they are expected to have everything hand written in their own words describing the steps they learn. This is not only a tool for learning, it will be their guide as an instructor later on. To qualify for their black belt testing, their book will be reviewed by each black belt before it is then reviewed by Sensei Jordan Diaz.
Q: How do I qualify to test for my next belt rank?
A: Students are required to know everything from the beginning of your training as a Ronin Dragon, up to your current rank which includes ALL criteria at your current belt rank to be considered for testing. A handwritten book containing all your knowledge is required and should be kept current. You will be monitored frequently, without prior notice, by Sensei Jordan Diaz. So make sure you are practicing at home as well as in class! You are ALWAYS being watched by a black belt. If you are eligible, a proper date for testing will be coordinated and a proper ceremony will take place upon completion of your testing.
The Color and Meaning of Your Belt
WHITE BELT - Beginning of our studies. This is where you learn the basics of our system, practicing what you learn is very critical at this stage, this is where good habits are formed and bad habits are broken.Requirements
YELLOW BELT - You have learned most of our basic system and have shown that you are able to retain the information and practice regularly.Requirements
ORANGE BELT - You have learned all of our basic system and now ready to start your intermediate training, this is where you start to become stronger in your strikes and kicks and are more confident in your training.Requirements
GREEN BELT - This is the stage where you learn most of your grab arts and other forms of self defense, you also learn the first section of the bo and katas become more complex.Requirements
BLUE BELT - You are more solid and at the same time, fluent in your strikes, blocks, forms, sparring and are a guidance of lower ranks. You will begin to assist if needed and maturity starts to grow.Requirements
PURPLE BELT - The first steps of your advance training and the most critical part of your studies, this is where the maturity really shows. You must be able to run the exercise classes and teach the lower belts with the Sempai or Sensei helping.Requirements
PURPLE BELT W/ BLACK STRIPE - This is where you prove your dedication as a student and a leader and are preparing to enter the advanced stage of your training.Requirements
BROWN W/ WHITE STRIPE - This is where you have learned all of the above and are able to teach and run the classes with the Sempai or Sensei watching from the side. You have mastered the bo and arnis at this point and are ready for your new set of training. Katas are very crucial so building a solid "karate study book" up to this point is very important.Requirements
BROWN BELT - This is where you find yourself polishing your skills in leadership and have learned almost all your required shotokan katas.Requirements
BROWN BELT W/ BLACK STRIPE - This is the transition phase and the hardest time in your martial arts training. You are now preparing for your black belt test and could be tested at any time during your 2nd year.Requirements
BLACK BELT "SHODANHO" - Reserved for ages under 16 years old (Probationary Black Belt). You have learned all of the above. You must be able to run and teach the classes without the presence of the Sensei. You are matured into the system and have earned your spot in the family tree. You understand what it means to be a black belt and hold yourself to high standards showing respect not only to others but to yourself as well.
BLACK BELT "SHODAN/NIDAN" - 1st and 2nd Dan (degree) You will be assessed to become a "Sempai" and are now instructing classes, continuing to train and work hard. You are learning the operations of running a school, showing a professional demeanor at all times and know to always be a leader to the under belts.
BLACK BELT "SANDAN/YONDAN" - 3rd and 4th Dan (degree) You will be assessed to become a “Sensei” (Teacher/One who has gone before). If you qualify you will be a black belt teacher. You will be ready to run your own dojo. You will understand the operations of owning and running a school. You will have a deep knowledge of the Ronin Dragon System.
BLACK BELT "GODAN" - 5th Dan (degree) You are now "Renshi." (Polished Instructor or Teacher of Teachers).
RED AND WHITE BELT "ROKUDAN" - 6th Dan (degree) You are now "Shihan." (Head Instructor and Highest rank in the Ronin Dragon System)
**Note: NEVER wash your belt. It is a Japanese custom and a sign of disrespect to do so. The symbolism to this is, you start off as a white belt. Then throughout the years, with all the dirt and sweat from training that you wipe off on your belt, it will eventually turn black. The dirt, blood, sweat and tears is a badge of honor for all your hard work. So wear it with pride.