Basic Judo – Belt System

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Judo Master Maurice Allan demonstrates some of the basic judo techniques including the belt system.

    Maurice Allan: Hi, my name is Maurice Allan, I am a 7th degree Black Belt at judo. We are talking about basic judo, and what I would like to do is explain a bit about the rankings. Typically, the darker the belt the higher the grade you are. Everybody starts off with a white belt. Now, when you are a kid you go through various different colors of belt; also with adults, but the kids have got more colors. Typically, a kid is graded, and it will be Kyu grads, and that's like a student grade. The first grade would be, and this has just been introduced, as some systems will use stripes on their belt. You have three stripes before you move up a grade. This system is White Belt, White Yellow, that means you are not quite a Yellow Belt, but you are better than a White Belt. Once you have completed this, then you move to Yellow Belt. That time you jump from White to Yellow of course. Then you go for Yellow, the Orange. The next belt here would be an Orange Belt. The next belt here would be a Green Belt, next belt here would be a Blue Belt, then a Purple Belt, then a Brown Belt, and the between color is always Yellow to Orange. The next belt would be an Orange Belt. The next belt would be an Orange Green and so on. Then the Brown Belt, Black Belt. You are probably ready for your Black Belt and you are probably going to be in your mid-teens, if your start off when you are six, seven, eight. Now, there are three different entities in judo, or three associations in America. There is United States Judo Association, United States Judo Federation, and United States Judo, Inc. Each of them have got a slightly different grading systems, but basically you go for the colors of the belts. With seniors it's a White Belt, a Green Belt, a Blue Belt, and three levels of Brown Belt, and then you become a Black Belt, like Stevie. There are five levels of Black Belt. Once you are a Black Belt you are a Black Belt, but then it becomes a Dan Grade. If you are not a Black Belt it's a Kyu grade, student grade. Dan Grade is a Black Belt and above. So you are a first-Dan, second-Dan, third-Dan, fourth-Dan, fifth-Dan. After you are a fifth-Dan, you become a sixth-Dan or seventh-Dan, then you have a Red or White Belt, and it goes up to ten Dans. There are very few ten Dans in the world, and they are all pretty older, older gentlemen. So that's how the system works. How you get promoted is you have to demonstrate techniques, and the higher there you go the more techniques you have got to show. When you come to Brown Belt you have also got to show your seven forms, katas they are called. Seven throws, and been able to take throws. There are a lot of different katas. In your first-Dan you have got one kata, second-Dan you have got different kata, your third-Dan and so on. You do all these different katas. Also, you get points for fighting. You are going to contest and you win against somebody of your own belt level, then you get points, and you accumulate certain number of points and time and grade, and then you are eligible for promotion. Or sometimes if you go to a tournament and you do really, really well, they will just promote you right there and then. But there is also another way you can be promoted. It can be a non-competitor, that's somebody that does a very good kata, runs clubs, runs kids programs. There is a lot of different ways you can be promoted. So there is room for everybody in judo. You don't have to be a competitor, and a competitor isn't more important that somebody that comes in at the club regularly and helps with the kids, everybody can do judo, I said that earlier on, everybody can do it. So if you have watched this video, you may be interested in judo, so what I want to do is encourage you to find a good Dojo, and be safe. When you come off in the mat, wear your flip-flops, be very careful dragging stuff onto the mat, and just go and enjoy yourself. Always be very careful of your partner, that's not your opponent, it's your partner when you are practicing, take care of them, and as he would hopefully take care of you. There are plenty good Dojos around, and there are plenty good instructors around, so go find a good one.