There are six senior (learner) grades,
called "KYU" and ten senior (teacher) grades, called
The Kyu Grade system is a distinctive
feature of judo with promotion to different coloured belts based on
technical ability, knowledge and understanding as well as supplementary
knowledge of Japanese terminology.
Although there is no contest requirement
in the Kyu Grade system there is a progressively structured randori (free
practice) element based on open skills.
The Dan Grades system is a distinctive
feature of judo with promotion to different ranks based on a variety of
different pathways and achievements.
Obtaining a Dan Grade is one of the
highest qualifications available to individuals involved in the sport of
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