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What are karate belts used for?


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November 28, 2011 1:21AM

Karate belts are used to indicate a student's rank. It is visible marker of what a student has learned. It helps instructors to know at a glance what level the student is at and what techniques they are working on learning.

Color patterns vary, but in general go from light colors to dark colors. While many think that black belt is the highest level, it is just the beginning of the levels. Most of the martial arts have ten levels of black belt. In the traditional Okinawa styles of karate, 7 and 8 degree black belts are actually white and red striped belts. The highest two, 9 and 10 are a solid red belt.