@imwritehere1920 More or less! You start out at 10th rank and then work up to 1st rank, then begin the black belt progression which unintuitively begins at 1st rank and moves upward from there. You have to demonstrate proficiency with a different set of martial arts skills and meet a standard of maturity to move to the next rank. I took karate for about nine years and reached 2nd kyu (ninth belt) but stopped when I started working. My brother, who was much better at it than me, stayed for about six more years and earned his 3rd dan (third degree of black belt) and taught a whole school for a while.
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