BELTS (GRADING SYSTEM)

Junior grading system
The junior grading system is universal through all branches of the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association of Australia. This belt system is for karate students under 14 years old. Juniors start as a white belt before going through the below grades.
N.B. When tying a belt, the stripes should end up on the right side.
White/Yellow Belt
(1st - 4th Mon)
Yellow Belt
(5th - 8th Mon)
Orange Belt
(9th - 12th Mon)
Blue Belt
(13th - 16th Mon)
Purple Belt
(17th - 20th Mon)
Senior grading system
The senior grading system is universal through all branches of the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association of Australia, and is modelled off the system used in Okinawa. This belt system is for karate students over 14 years old. Seniors start as a white belt (mukyu - no grade) before going through the below kyu system.
6th Kyu (Rokkyu)
5th Kyu (Gokyu)
4th Kyu (Yonkyu)
3rd Kyu (Sankyu)
2nd Kyu (Nikyu)
1st Kyu (Ikkyu)
Black Belt (Dan) grading system
The black belt grading system is unversal through all branches of the World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do Association. Black belt karate students are refered to as 'yudansha'.
N.B. A 'dan' is often refered to as 'degree of black belt', for example a 1st Dan (Shodan) may often be called a '1st degree black belt'.
1st - 10th Dan
Renshi (6th Dan)
Kyoshi (7th/8th Dan)
Hanshi (9th/10th Dan)
Hanshisei (10th Dan)
Forms of address
Within the dojo, certain students and instructors are addressed with specific terms. These are used to pay respect to those who are senior to you. For example, you would call your instructor 'sensei' in class.

Title - Literal meaning
San (さん) - Mr / Ms
Senpai (先輩) - Senior (One who is senior)
Sensei (先生) - Teacher (One who has gone before)
Osensei (大先生) - Grandmaster / Founder (Great Teacher)

Positions within the dojo
These titles are used to identify instructors who hold special positions within the dojo or association.

Positions - Definition
Kancho (館長) - Branch Director / Dojo Owner
Honbucho (本部長) - National Director / Chief Instructor
Rijicho (理事長) - Association Board Chairman
Fuku-Kaicho (副会長) - Association Vice-President
Kaicho (会長) - Association President
Soke (宗家) - Headmaster / Head of style

Shogo System (Teaching Titles)

These titles are given separate and in addition to the normal grade in order to recognise the ability of an experienced senior instructor. You do not verbally refer to someone using these titles.

Shogo Title - Grade - Definition (Literal meaning)
Renshi (錬士) - 6th Dan - Senior Instructor (Polished expert)
Kyoshi (教士) - 7th & 8th Dan - Expert Instructor (Teaching expert)
Hanshi (範士) - 9th & 10th Dan - Master Instructor (Model expert)
Hanshisei (範士正) - Head of Style, 10th Dan - Senior Master Instructor (Senior model expert)