Our Programs & Classes
Students and enthusiasts of Karate have many reasons for their interest in this and other martial art styles. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek to add discipline and self control to their lives. While still others are concerned about safety and self-defense.
Classes at our school are $40 per month and there are test fees when it comes to promotion time. We urge you to try TWO WEEKS FREE to see if you like our program. Karate uniform is available through our school. We teach men and women 15 years of age and older. Call with any questions.
System of Ranks
There are two types of ranks in karate. They are kyu ranks (collectively referred to as "mudansha" or all ranks below black belt) and dan ranks ("yudansha" or all ranks of black belt). How they are designated by colored belts varies greatly from school to school. To get an accurate idea of someone's rank, you need to ask what "kyu" or "dan" they are, because the same kyu rank can be shown by a different colored belt from school to school. Indeed there is such a disparity in how schools do their colored belts that when competing in tournaments, the divisions are classified by "time in karate" rather than the color of the belt. The exception is the "black belt" divisions where it is commonly accepted that a black belt has been training over 3 years. Below is the rank/belt system as practiced by Liberty Karate Club. The time frames given for promotion are a guideline and exceptions can be made by the Chief Instructor.
White Belt: One begins karate training in our school wearing a white belt which signifies "no rank". At the first promotion to 8th kyu, two green tips are added to the belt. This promotion usually comes 3 months after starting karate training. Three months later is the next test for 7th kyu. If succesful in promoting, one of the green tips is removed from the belt. The white belt rankings are considered Beginner Ranks. ________________________________________
Green Belt: The next promotion to 6th kyu is designated by a green belt with 3 white tips. This promotion usually comes 3 months after 7th kyu. The next promotion to 5th kyu is designated by removing a white tip from the belt. This promotion usually comes 3 months after 6th kyu. The next promotion to 4th kyu is designated by removing a white tip from the belt. This promotion usually comes 6 months after 5th kyu. The green belt ranks are considered Intermediate Ranks. ________________________________________
Brown Belt: The next promotion to 3rd kyu is designated by a brown belt with 3 white tips. This promotion usually comes 6 months after 4th kyu. The next promotion to 2nd kyu is designated by removing a tip from the brown belt. This promotion usually comes 6 months after 3rd kyu. The next promotion to 1st kyu is designated by removing a tip from the brown belt. This promotion usually comes 6 months after 2nd kyu. The brown belt ranks are considered Advanced Ranks. ________________________________________
Black Belt: Shodan (1st degree black belt) in our school is achieved after approximately 3 to 4 years of training depending on class attendance and effort. From 1st kyu to shodan takes a minimum of 1 year. Shodan is an adult rank requiring maturity and responsibilty and will not be awarded to anyone under 18 years of age. A shodan is an advanced student.
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