BELTS AND RANKING
Perro Karate utilizes a traditional Ten-Kyu/Ten-Dan ranking system.
Students begin at 10th Kyu (White Belt) and progress forward to 1st Kyu (Brown Belt) by demonstrating the necessary proficiency in Basics, Forms, and Sparring. After earning a 1st Kyu ranking, students must wait one year before testing for 1st Dan (Black Belt.)
Kyu examinations (colored belts) are held every three months.
Dan examinations (black belts) are held once annually.
10th Kyu - White Belt
9th Kyu - Yellow Belt
8th Kyu - Orange Belt
7th Kyu - Red Belt
6th Kyu - Green Belt
5th Kyu - Blue Belt
4th Kyu - Purple Belt
3rd Kyu - Brown Belt I
2nd Kyu - Brown Belt II
1st Kyu - Brown Belt III
1st Dan - Black Belt I
2nd Dan - Black Belt II
3rd Dan - Black Belt III
4th Dan - Black Belt IV
5th Dan - Black Belt V
6th Dan - Black Belt VI
7th Dan - Black Belt VII
8th Dan - Black Belt VIII
9th Dan - Black Belt IX
10th Dan - Black Belt X
A HISTORY OF THE KARATE UNIFORM
The origins of the Karate Uniform are nebulous. Many stories exist, detailing how the signature style of the Martial Artist came to be. Most commonly called a "Gi" in Western Dojos, the full name for the Karate Uniform is KeikoGi. KeikoGi is comprised of two words; Keiko, meaning practice, and Gi, meaning clothing. Put them together and the translation is Practice-Clothing.
Though Martial Arts existed long before the introduction of the Gi, it's the signature jacket, pants, and belt that most people imagine all Martial Arts Practitioners wearing in class.
The modern Gi is believed to have been developed by Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo. It was based on traditional Japanese clothing, specifically the Kimono, and first offered in an unbleached cotton, and then bleached white.
The founder of Shotokan Karate, Gichin Funakoshi, adopted the uniform for Karate, and soon after, numerous Japanese Martial Arts followed suit. Today, the Gi can be found in a wide variety of colors and designs.
THE PERRO KARATE UNIFORM
All students are required to wear a uniform. Perro Karate utilizes a Four-Color Uniform System. Uniform color can change based on kyu progression.
The White Gi is the traditional and basic uniform, required by all students, and may be worn by all students from white belt through black belt.
The Black Gi is available to students ranking 1st Dan or higher.
The Red Gi may be worn by all students ranking 9th Kyu or higher.
It represents warrior strength and power.
The Blue Gi may be worn by all students ranking 9th Kyu or higher.
It represents warrior agility and speed.