The ranking system in Dora Ryu is very similar to other martial arts. The lowest rank we have is white belt, progressing through to brown. The following is a list of the ranking system, and explanation of the higher ranks.
PURPLE (YOUTH 16 AND UNDER)
Sempai (Assistant instructor, literally “senior”): This is a term used for Brown belts. They are students who are learning how to teach.
Sensei (Instructor, literally “one who came before”): This is a term for all black belts; the belt is a black belt, sometimes seen with red or gold stripes to denote rank.
Renshi (Professor, “polished teacher”): This is the first level of professorship; this term is used for black belts that are holding a rank of 4th or 5th degree black. The belt is a red, white & black belt. When the white stripe is on the top this person is a 4th degree, if the red stripe is on top this person is a 5th degree. For 5th degree there is also a belt that is in blocks of red and black.
Shihan (Professor, literally “teacher of teachers”): this is the second level of professorship. This term is used for 6th, 7th, and 8th degree black belts in the Dora Ryu system. The belt is in blocks of red and white.
Hanshi (Senior Professor) This is the highest rank in the Dora Ryu system and is used for 9th and 10th degree black belts. The belt is a solid red belt.
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