Does judo have a rank system? If so, is there a color rank (similar to karate)? If yes, how does the color rank go? How does a person studying judo earn rank? Is it earned by testing or competiton experience?
Gaston said:Good evening
I am glad you asked.
Your initial response was accurate; there are some variations within countries. As it seems you would like a more definitive answer. Having gone through all of the rankings up to 1st degree black, I will try to clarify things for you from Canada. Judo is comprised three categories Nage-waza (throwing techniques), Katame-waza (Grappling Techniques), and Atemi-waza (Striking Techniques). Nage-waza can be subdivided into tachi-waza (standing techniques) and sutemi-waza (sacrifice techniques). Katame-waza some of which san also be done standing is subdivided into osae-komi-waza (hold-down techniques), shime-waza (strangling techniques also choking techniques), and kansetsu-waza (joint techniques). Atemi-waza is similar to other striking arts and can be discussed at length if you require.
Apparently it takes a long time to move up through the ranks then. The other students are yellow belts and they said they've been in judo a year.There are six rankings preceding black White belt, Yellow (Gokyu), Orange (Yonkyu), Green (Sankyu), Blue (Nikyu), and Brown (Ikkyu). Finally you grade for your 1st degree black ECT to 9th. There used to be a 10th degree rank but within the Kodokan it is reserved for Jigoro Kano and his direct pupils. As kids get bored between belts we usually promote up to three stripes before the next full belt promotion. The stripes are corresponding with the next belts color. Each school requires the students to demonstrate an increasing variety of techniques kata and Judo knowledge before a promotion takes place. You usually are requested to grade when your instructor sees you are ready. You can not grade for your black belt till you are sixteen, no 6 year old black belts here. No matter how ready you are (our daughter is already practicing with me and she is only 27 months). After your black you must wait an increasing number of years to be allowed to grade for your next Dan. At which time you must provide a (uke) willing partner, points from clinics, tournament, or instructor time. Then if you pass the exam you receive your next ranking. If you have any other questions just ask. I love grappling.
With a sport system, be it Judo or boxing or Muay Thai, you can tell how good someone is--they compete against fellow practitioners. In other arts, it's a judgment call! What you are seeing may represent the local standard.Ceicei said:[/size][/font]
Apparently it takes a long time to move up through the ranks then. The other students are yellow belts and they said they've been in judo a year.
I hope your head feels better by now... it could have been a concussion.auxprix said:Over all, it was easy. However, I was testing alongside another whitebelt who botched a throw and caused me to smack my head on the mat. That really affected my ability to answer questions, but I somehow passed!
bignick said:I actually gained one of the "battlefield" promotions arnisador talked about....kinda....
I had been training about 4 months and went to my first shiai as a white belt...it was a saturday and i was supposed to be testing for my yellow belt that tuesday...when i got there they said they wouldn't let a white belt compete...so my sensei walked over to the merchandise table...bought the biggest yellow belt they had...and said..."here, you're a yellow belt now...". thought it was funny that they wouldn't let a white belt compete...but they'd let me put that yellow belt on and all of sudden it made a big difference...anyways...i showed up the next class...in my white belt...tested for yellow...and passed....
so i walked over and grabbed the belt out of my bag and switched....good times
tmanifold said:It has a potential for abuse but so does belt testing.
My thoughts too.as long as i'm learning and getting better...thats all i need...