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Sisede Jujustu Testing Rank Comparison and Testing Fee Chart

Belt Color Kyu/Dan Menkyo Chinese Tai Chi Testing fee
White one stripe 11th kyu n/a n/a n/a  
White two stripe 10th kyu n/a n/a n/a  
Blue 9th kyu n/a n/a n/a  
Blue Two stripe 8th kyu n/a n/a n/a  
Blue Three stripe 7th kyu n/a n/a n/a  
Green 6th kyu Menkyo Shoden n/a n/a  
Green Two stripe 5th kyu n/a n/a n/a  
Green Three stripe 4th kyu n/a n/a n/a  
Brown 3rd kyu Menkyo Chudan Si-Hing Si-Hing  
Brown Two Stripe 2nd kyu n/a n/a n/a  
Brown Three Stripe 1st kyu Menkyo Joden Si Sook Si Sook  
Black one stripe Shodan Menkyo Okuden Si Fu 1 n/a  
Black two stripe Nidan Menkyo Kyoshi-Dai Si Fu 2 n/a  
Black three stripe Sandan Menkyo Kyoshi Si Fu 3 Si Fu  
Black four stripe Yodan Menkyo Shihan-Dia Si Fu 4 n/a  
Red and White Godan Menkyo Shihan Si Bak 5 Si Bak  
Red and White Rokudan Menkyo O'Shihan Si Bak 6 n/a  
Red and Black Shichidan Menkyo Dia Shihan Si Bak 7 n/a  
Red and Black Hachidan Menkyo Hanshi Si Bak 8 Si Gung  
Black with Red stripe Kudan Menkyo O'Hanshi Si Bak 9 n/a  
Red Judan Menkyo Kaiden Si Gung 10 n/a  

The menkyo rankings are what was used prior to the kyu/dan rankings in Okinawa and Japan.

The kyuldan ranking system was established by Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo. In the original system there were 12 dan levels. The 12th dan rank being for the head of the system and the 11th dan rank being set aside for his successor. The common in testing is that one can grade up to two dan ranks below you.

Here are some other traditional names for dan rankings in Japan. They are seldom used anymore.

  • 1st dan - student (sen)

  • 2nd dan - disciple (go no sen)

  • 3rd dan - accepted disciple

  • 4th dan - expert (sen no sen)

  • 5th dan and 6th dan - expert (kokoro)

  • 7th dan and 8th dan - expert (iko-kokoro)

  • 9th and 10th dan - master (iko-kokoro)

The Chinese and Tai Chi grading is for reference only. The names of the levels refer to titles of respect.

They are defined as this:

  • Si Hing — your senior or older brother
  • Si Sook — your uncle or your instructor’s junior
  • Si Fu — your father or instructor
  • Si Bak — your uncle or your instructor’s senior
  • Si Gung — your grandfather or your instructor’s instructor



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