The above Downloadable PDF is a summary of the current
grading system used by the Judo Federation of Australia.
There a several different color schemes that are used throughout
the world but they Kyu grades themselves are always considered
to be the same regardless of the color belt.
The Dan grades is universal in their color schemes.
I guess it's hard to be too creative with black and the red and
red and white combination also tend not to very. Probably because
these higher grades are comparatively few in number and smaller
number tends to lead to greater agreement.
It should be noted that higher Dan grades are always entitled
wear just plain black if they should so desire or the red or red
and white if they wish.
There was an 11th and 12th Dan however as I understand it They
have all been retired now out of respect for the fame of the Judoka
who were awarded them.
The 12th Dan was awarded to Professor Kano himself by his students.
It was a white belt that was slightly wider (or so I'm told) than
the white belts of beginners. The white belt was immediately retired
so as no one else could gain it and was to symbolize the completing
of the circle of experience by the receiver. From student to master.
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