How many belts are there before I reach
At the dojo at McMaster, there are 6 kyu belts that must be attained
prior to grading for 'shodan' (black belt). The first belt you get
just for stepping on the floor - white or 6th kyu belt. Next is
yellow (5th kyu), orange (4th kyu), green (3rd kyu), blue (2nd kyu)
and brown (1st kyu).
Often you will seen brown belts with a black strip all along their
belt - this 'stripe' has been granted by Sensei and is an indicator
to the student that they are ready to start preparing in earnest
for a black belt grading.
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