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Ben Higgins
post Dec 18 2011, 11:11 AM
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Hey Guys, I just wanted to share that I graded yesterday and ended up getting a double grade.. I was an 8th Kyu (red belt) and was going for 7th Kyu (yellow belt) but I also got asked to come back in and do some things that were 6th kyu (green) level and I ended up getting 6th Kyu !! I didn't plan for that at all so I was very surprised it ! biggrin.gif

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I feel very honoured because I've only ever graded twice.. and both times I double graded - did 2 belts at a time.

If you wonder how it works, Kyu refers to all the 'colour' belts. You start as a white belt (10th Kyu) and you work you way down to 1st Kyu, which is brown belt and 2 white stripes. The next is black belt, which is 1st Dan. Dan means 'degree' or 'level' and refers to all the black belt grades. The Dan grade then goes up from 1st to 10th, being the highest. Most people who have 10th Dan next to their name were awarded the rank posthumously and there are few living people who hold that rank.


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post Dec 18 2011, 02:25 PM
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Congrats man! smile.gif
I used to take up Karate lessons as well.But we had a level restriction.You must remain at each belt for atleast 4 months,So double grades were out of the question.I followed the Isshinryu style.We had white,yellow,green,blue,purple1,purple2,brown 1,brown 2,brown 3 followed by black.I made the mistake of stopping before I got my black.All I had to do was go for the grading but other things came in the way.Its been 5 years since then.So dont make the same mistake I did tongue.gif


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Dec 18 2011, 10:11 AM) *
Hey Guys, I just wanted to share that I graded yesterday and ended up getting a double grade.. I was an 8th Kyu (red belt) and was going for 7th Kyu (yellow belt) but I also got asked to come back in and do some things that were 6th kyu (green) level and I ended up getting 6th Kyu !! I didn't plan for that at all so I was very surprised it ! biggrin.gif

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I feel very honoured because I've only ever graded twice.. and both times I double graded - did 2 belts at a time.

If you wonder how it works, Kyu refers to all the 'colour' belts. You start as a white belt (10th Kyu) and you work you way down to 1st Kyu, which is brown belt and 2 white stripes. The next is black belt, which is 1st Dan. Dan means 'degree' or 'level' and refers to all the black belt grades. The Dan grade then goes up from 1st to 10th, being the highest. Most people who have 10th Dan next to their name were awarded the rank posthumously and there are few living people who hold that rank.


Nice! Keep it up, Ben!


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Awesome! Congrats Ben, keep at it til you get black! cool.gif


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post Dec 18 2011, 05:01 PM
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post Dec 18 2011, 05:04 PM
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Many congratulations Ben!!!
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post Dec 18 2011, 05:54 PM
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Thanks very much guys... a lot of people see black belt as the end goal and they give up as soon as they reach it. It's actually only the very beginning, like passing your driving test.. smile.gif

QUOTE (Vaidya @ Dec 18 2011, 01:25 PM) *
Congrats man! smile.gif
I used to take up Karate lessons as well.But we had a level restriction.You must remain at each belt for atleast 4 months,So double grades were out of the question.I followed the Isshinryu style.We had white,yellow,green,blue,purple1,purple2,brown 1,brown 2,brown 3 followed by black.I made the mistake of stopping before I got my black.All I had to do was go for the grading but other things came in the way.Its been 5 years since then.So dont make the same mistake I did tongue.gif


Ah yes, I've heard of Isshinryu.. you could always take it back up again.. it's never too late. I'm quite a late starter with it and you're younger than me smile.gif


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post Dec 18 2011, 06:19 PM
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post Dec 18 2011, 08:05 PM
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QUOTE (Daniel Realpe @ Dec 18 2011, 05:19 PM) *
Can I call you if I get into any sort problem? you could create like a GMC squad, for the fight against evil!


Well, it might take me a little while to get to Columbia so the trouble might be over by the time I get there..... wink.gif

But yeah, I like the idea of GMC Special Forces !! cool.gif


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post Dec 18 2011, 11:09 PM
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Great news Ben,congrats !!! You know what...it would be really interesting to see how you doing some kata,..make a video!!!!



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post Dec 19 2011, 01:57 PM
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Awesome work Ben, congratulations! smile.gif You'll wear 1st Dan sooner then planned I guess! smile.gif

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