Junior Grading System (Under 14 years old)

The junior grading system is universal through all branches of the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association of Australia. This belt system is for karate students under 14 years old. Juniors start as a white belt before going through the below grades.
N.B. When tying a belt, the stripes should end up on the right side.


White/Yellow Belt

Yellow Belt

Orange Belt

Blue Belt

Purple Belt

Junior belts also have 3 stripes between each coloured belt.

Senior Grading System (14 years old and up)

The senior grading system is universal through all branches of the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association of Australia, and is modelled off the system used in Okinawa. This belt system is for karate students over 14 years old. Seniors start as a white belt (mukyu - no grade) before going through the below kyu system.


6th Kyu
(Rokkyu)

5th Kyu
(Gokyu)

4th Kyu
(Yonkyu)

3rd Kyu
(Sankyu)

2nd Kyu
(Nikyu)

1st Kyu
(Ikkyu)

Black Belt (Dan) Grading System

The black belt grading system is unversal through all branches of the World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do Association. Black belt karate students are refered to as 'yudansha'.
N.B. A 'dan' is often refered to as 'degree of black belt', for example a 1st Dan (Shodan) may often be called a '1st degree black belt'.

1st - 10th Dan
Renshi
Kyoshi
Hanshi
Hanshisei
A black belt may also have additional writing on their belt, such as their name & style, usually in Japanese (i.e. Matsubayashi-ryu / Jones)

Forms of address
Within the dojo, certain students and instructors are addressed with specific terms. These are used to pay respect to those who are senior to you. For example, you would call your instructor 'sensei' in class.

Title
Definition (Literal meaning)
San (さん)
Mr / Ms
Senpai (先輩)
Senior (One who is senior)
Sensei (先生)
Teacher (One who has gone before)
Osensei (大先生)
Grandmaster / Founder (Great Teacher)

Positions within the dojo
These titles are used to identify instructors who hold special positions within the dojo or association.

Positions
Definition
Kancho (館長)
Branch Director / Dojo Owner
Honbucho (本部長)
National Director / Chief Instructor
Rijicho (理事長)
Association Board Chairman
Fuku-Kaicho (副会長)
Association Vice-President
Kaicho (会長)
Association President
Soke (宗家)
Headmaster / Head of style

Shogo System (Teaching Titles)
These titles are given separate and in addition to the normal grade in order to recognise the ability of an experienced senior instructor. You do not verbally refer to someone using these titles.

Shogo Title
Grade
Definition (Literal meaning)
Renshi (錬士)
6th Dan
Senior Instructor (Polished expert)
Kyoshi (教士)
7th & 8th Dan
Expert Instructor (Teaching expert)
Hanshi (範士)
9th & 10th Dan
Master Instructor (Model expert)
Hanshisei (範士正)
Head of Style
Senior Master Instructor (Senior model expert)