Remember, a belt, whether white or black, only holds your pants up. It does not define you. You, your mind, your desire, your dedication will always be more important than a colored belt. A true Martial Artist, not only trains in their art, they live it, both in and out of the Dojo. They carry its spirit with them always, in their hearts, minds, body and souls. And remember this…. a true martial artist is always……humble.

Things that help count toward time on mat, (These are strictly from my way of promoting and may not be the same for another AJA Dojo or that of any other Sensei):

  1. Positive Attitude
  2. Working well with others on the mat
  3. Proper Dojo Etiquette
  4. Attending various seminars when you can
  5. Asking questions
  6. Helping lower-ranked students on the mat
  7. Embracing “Bushido”, Japanese for “way of the warrior.” This system insists on extreme physical and mental discipline, using martial arts as a means to spiritual enlightenment.

Budoshin Estimated Time in Rank/Promotion

To 7th kyu – Yellow Belt – 15-30 hours instruction plus practice time
To 6th kyu – Green Belt – 15-30 hours instruction plus practice time
To 5th kyu – Green w/stripe – 25-50 hours instruction plus practice time
To 4th kyu – Purple Belt – 25-50 hours instruction plus practice time
To 3rd kyu – Brown Belt with Green Stripe – 50-75 hours instruction plus practice time
To 2nd kyu – Brown Belt with Black Stripe – 50-75 hours instruction plus practice time
To 1st kyu – Brown Belt with Blue Stripe – 50-75 hours instruction plus practice time
1 Degree Black Belt-50-75 hours instruction plus practice time
2nd Degree-2 years in this rank
3rd degree-3 years in this rank
4th Degree-4 years in this rank
5th Degree-5 years in this rank
6th Degree-6 years in this rank
7th Degree-7 years in this rank
8th Degree-8 years in this rank
9th Degree-9 years in this rank
10th Degree-10 years in this rank (To get to 10th Dan, overall, it could take 35-45 years on the mat.

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