Belt Ranking System

  Kukyu
  Hachikyu
  Shichikyu
  Rokyu
  Gokyu
  Yonkyu
              Sankyu
          Nikyu
  Ikkyu
  Shodan
  Nidan
  Sandan
              Yodan
              Godan
              Rokudan
              Shichidan
              Hachidan
  Kudan
  Judan
During the years Professor Okazaki taught his system, the black belt was the highest and
only belt color used. It was not until several years
after his his death that some Danzan Ryu organizations began to use the more modern colored belt ranking systems found in Judo and other Japanese martial arts. Today, many of the Danzan Ryu organizations use the black belt for 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree dan ranks (shodan, nidan and sandan), black and red paneled belts for 4th and 5th degree dan ranks (yodan & godan), red and white paneled belts for 6th, 7th and 8th degree dan ranks (rokudan, shichidan and hachidan) and red belts for 9th
and 10th degree dan ranks (kudan and judan).


Not only have most of the Danzan Ryu organizations added colored belts for the dan ranks, they have also gone from a 5-dan system to a 10-dan rank system.  Professor Okazaki originally designed his ryu to be a 5-dan rank system. In the early days of the AJJF, these ranks were: Instructor, Senior Instructor, Master, Senior Master, and Professor.