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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_belt_(martial_arts)

In karate, even though grandmasters and non-black belts (according to whatever system) may both wear a "red belt", the difference is obvious. Not only is there a clear difference in age, but the respective belts are different, as well: Dan rank belts are broader, with kyu (pre-black belt) rank belts normally having a width of 4  ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_belt_(martial_arts)

In Japanese martial arts the further subdivisions of black belt ranks may be linked to dan grades and indicated by 'stripes' on the belt. Yūdansha (roughly translating from Japanese to "person who holds a dan grade") is often used to describe those who hold a black belt rank. While the belt ...

www.wmacenter.com/index.cfm?page=17

The Purpose of Color Belts and Sashes The Origin of the Martial Arts Colored Belt System The martial arts colored belt ranking system was originated by Dr. Jigoro Kano, who was Japanese and known as the "Founder of Modern Judo", who first devised many of the concepts that are the foundation of Modern martial arts.

www.bookmartialarts.com/news/martial-arts-belts

As you may already know, the grading and ranking of the martial arts belt vary depending on skills and styles. However, for all disciplines, it typically defines the degree of the martial artist's knowledge and practice. The general rule is that the knowledge a (martial arts) master has gathered during his/her practice is formed  ...

www.buzzfeed.com/mattjayyoung/what-the-color-of-your-karate-belt-actually-means-lg3g

Jul 8, 2014 ... What You Think Your Belt Means: 10 ranks later, I've mastered the art and skill of one of the world's oldest martial arts. Plus, I look so badass. What Your Belt Actually Means: You haven't mastered anything. This is just the beginning of your REAL training. There are 10 more ranks involving gold stripes that ...

healthyliving.azcentral.com/meaning-belt-color-levels-martial-arts-1718.html

Colored belts represent levels of progress for students of martial arts. The system was pioneered in the 19th century by Dr. Jigoro Kano, considered by many as the father of modern judo. The belt ...

ataonline.com/taekwondo/belts

The concept of belts and rank is probably one that most people associate with Taekwondo and martial arts in general, even if they only have a passing interest in the subject. In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member's proven level of competence and (just as importantly) the progression of colors reflects an inner  ...

www.pancrase.us/mma_belt_ranks.htm

Pancrase Mixed Martial Arts belt rank and degree recipients have demonstrated a high proficiency in many of the world's most effective fighting arts (Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Sambo, No-Gi Submission Grappling, Boxing, Thai Kickboxing, etc.). Each recipient has been tested and demonstrated the ability to  ...

www.karatebyjesse.com/karate-belt-colors-meaning

I'm under the impression the belt system was taken from Judo, who used the colour coded system from Japanese university swim club caps. I also thought old school Okinawan karate students didn't wear Gi, so no belts. I've seen pictures of them training in traditional clothes or (what I'm guessing to be) underwear, though ...