Master Black Belt
- May 20, 2003
- Reaction score
- Silicon Valley, CA
Old Fat Kenpoka said:Ralph Castro has a probationary Black Belt.
Should have provided this information in my previous post:
From Ralph Castro's FAQ page:
"After many years of successful study through the colored belt ranks, and after the demonstration of advanced skills, the student black belt is awarded. This award is followed by a one-year (minimum and typical) probationary period, after which, if studies and obligations are successfully accomplished, the first red tip will be awarded. The red tip indicates 1st-degree black belt. "
According to the belt diagram on the FAQ page, the student Black Belt has no stripes and is shown in the student section with the white and colored belts. A 1-stripe 1st Degree Black Belt and a 2-stripe 2nd degree are called "Instructor".
Higher ranks have other titles. Above double red-bar 10th degree, there is another rank "Great Grandmaster"...and you can click the link above to read all about that...