Judo Belts - Australian Judo Grading System
The Below Downloadable PDF is a summary of the current grading system used by the Judo Federation of Australia.
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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. Also the red and red and white combination tend not to vary. Probably because these higher grades are comparatively few in number and smaller numbers 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, red / 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 11th Dan was awarded to a number of higly repected Judoka many if not all who came from various traditions of Jujitsu and all of whom contributed significantly to the establishment of Judo.
It is worth remembering here that Judo was developed out of and some would consider that it still is a school of Jujitsu. Judo simply being a reinventing Martail Art.
Tradition has it that 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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