JUDO: KYU / BELTS

Color   Japanese name
White  

6e Kyu

Yellow  

5e Kyu

Orange  

4e Kyu

Green  

3e Kyu

Bluew  

2e Kyu

Brown  

1e Kyu

Black  

1e t/m 5e dan

Red - White blocked          

6e t/m 8e dan

Red  

9e en 10e dan


Function of the belt / obi

The primary function of the belt (obi) is keeping together the judogi (judo uniform). Moreover the color of the belt indicates the degree of experience/achievement. The system of Kyu-rank system has been developed by Jigoro Kano.

The sixth up to and including first Kyu grade are called student ranks, the Dan-grades are called expert ranks.

To qualify for a next higher rank waiting times and age limits has been determined internationally. A waiting time indicates the period which is minimally necessary for training the skills and increased knowledge to the next level. For the first Dan a minimum age of 16 years applies.

In the Dutch national graduation system the so-called “slippen” system (so called “half kyu) has been determined for the judo youth up to 12 years


Tying the Judo Belt

This image was created and copyright by Anders Dovervik of Stockholm's Judo Club.
Used with permission.