Maritime IKD

Black Belt Club

black belt clubThe Maritime IKD Black Belt Club spans many years and organizations. The black belts listed here have earned their ranks in the JKA, ISKF and IKD.

To become a member, the black belt must register their black belt with the Maritime IKD headquarters.

All ranks here have been registered through the Maritime IKD. There is a small group of “Honorary” members of the Maritime IKD Black Belt Club. The “Honorary” members are high ranking Masters who did not receive their rank as part of the Maritime IKD.

Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

Shodan mean first step and is the beginning of really learning the art of Karate. A student must train for more than a year after receiving their 1st Kyu (3rd Brown Belt) to be able to test for Shodan.

Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt)

A student must train for more than 1 years after receiving their Shodan to be able to test for Nidan.

Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)

A student must train for more than 2 years after receiving their Nidan to be able to test for Sandan.

Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt)

A student must train for more than 3 years after receiving their Sandan to be able to test for Yondan.

Godan (5th Degree Black Belt)

A student must train for more than 4 years after receiving their Yondan to be able to test for Godan.

Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt)

A student must train for more than 5 years after receiving their Godan to be able to test for Rokudan.

Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt)

ShichiDan (7th Degree Black Belt) denotes a Shihan (Master). A student must train for more than 6 years after receiving their Rokudan to be able to test for Shichidan. Upon achieving 7th Dan, the new Master could be invited to join the IKD Shihan Kai if the rank of “A” Level Instructor, Examiner & Judge has been achieved.

Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt)

To test for Hachidan, the student must be recommended by the IKD Shihan Kai. The Master level student must train for more than 7 years after receiving their Shichidan to be able to test for Hachidan.

Kyudan (9th Degree Black Belt)

This rank is reserved for the Vice Chief Instructor of the IKD.

Judan (10th Degree Black Belt)

This rank is reserved for the Chief Instructor of the IKD.

Honorary Members

The following International Masters have Honorary membership in the Maritime IKD Black Belt Club.