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Kodokan Judo Ranking System

Name
Level
Belt Colour
Rokkyu
Sixth-class kyu
White
Gokyu
Fifth-class kyu
White
Yonkyu
Fourth-class kyu
White
Sankyu
Third-class kyu
Brown
Nikkyu
Second-class kyu
Brown
Ikkyu
First-class kyu
Brown
Shodan
First-degree dan
Black
Nidan
Second-degree dan
Black
Sandan
Third-degree dan
Black
Yodan
Fourth-degree dan
Black
Godan
Fifth-degree dan
Black
Rokudan
Sixth-degree dan
Black or red & white
Shichidan
Seventh-degree dan
Black or red & white
Hachidan
Eighth-degree dan
Black or red & white
Kudan
Ninth-degree dan
Black or solid red
Judan
Tenth-degree dan
Black or solid red


Sources

Pedro, J. Judo techniques & Tactics. Champaign, IL.: Human Kinetics, 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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