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Karate Belts Colors

Karate Belts

Source: Wikipedia

Karate belts are a very important symbol in Karate.

The karate belts symbolize the progress as an individual inside and outside the dojo.

The various belt colors in Karate symbolizes the stages of growing student.
Karate students are ranking by a system of different colored belts, or obi.
Each karate style has your own ranking system.
However there are some general rules to understand what a karate belt mean.
A white belt always signifies a beginner .
In a general color scheme the earliest kyu are the lightest colors which progress to darker colors.
A black belt is someone who has achieved 1st dan or greater.
The International Shotokan Karate Federation’s color order is: white, yellow, orange, green, purple, brown, black.
The general Wado-ryu color order is: white, red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, brown-white, brown-black, black.
The Isshin-ryu style has another general order followed by most schools: white, yellow, orange, blue, green, purple, brown, black.
The only colors constant across ranking systems are white, green, brown, and black.

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Karate Belts T-shirt

Karate Belt T-shirt

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Karate Masters the 1936 Meeting

The Meeting of Okinawan Karate Masters in 1936


In 25 October, 1936 was a meeting of the great Okinawan karate masters.

It was in Naha city, capital of Okinawa.

The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss certain aspects of karate.

Present at this meeting were great masters as Yabu, Kiyamu, Motobu,Miyagi and Hanagi.

Was in this meeting that the form of writing karate became standardized and has remain unchanged to the present day.

The term karate (empty hand) was formally adopted in favor of the old Tote (China hand).

Those karate masters realized that it was time to make karate more accessible to the youth. They successfully begun to spread the art and modernizing many of the kata.

As a result of this Meeting was founded in 1937  the Okinawan Prefectural Karate-Do Promotional Society.

The famous photograph above was taken at the formation of this society.

The members of this society followed up the main proposals made at the Okinawan Meeting a year before and established the basic kata of karate do.

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Old Masters karate t-shirt